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11th December 2019

Will These Be The Top 10 Most Exciting 2020 Wedding Trends?

We all know wedding planning can be as fun as it is stressful, we intend to help all you brides out there get ahead of the game by giving you the top 10 2020 wedding trends.

These include ideas for the environment conscious couples, unique ways to record your special day and the biggest trend of 2020, lush green outdoor wedding venues, floral stylings and accessories.

Here are the most exciting predicted wedding trends of 2020 you simply must follow.

2020 Wedding Trends: Simple Gowns Are Replaced with Detailed Tattoo Lace

This year the wedding gown trend took a decided turn down a simple yet elegant path. Silhouettes were streamlined and detailing was kept to a minimum.

 

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But by 2020, the trendiest wedding gowns will feature intricate lace overlays and detailed embroidered finishes.

Choose your shape and opt for a nude or blush underlayers, mimicking the tone of skin, then cover with floral motifs and whimsical laced sheer slips and sleeves. The effect will hug your figure and show off your feminine silhouette.

In 2020 the tattoo lace and embroidery trend mean brides can give the effect of showing traces of skin, whilst still keeping things classy and modest.

2020 Wedding Trends: Get Ready to Video Map Your Venue

Make leaps and bounds into the future and bring a touch of technological wizardry to your special day in 2020 with the latest wedding trend: video mapping.

 

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Thanks to this unique concept, couples can project anything they want into their chosen venue, turning their venue into an exotic palace or woodland wedding in a deep forest.

Video mapping can project carpets of florals on every surface or fill the ceiling with stars mimicking the night sky.

The choices are endless meaning brides and grooms can get married anywhere in the world, no matter where they host their wedding.

2020 Wedding Trends: Blush Pink to Make Your Guests Wink

Whether it’s in your floral arrangements, on your bridesmaids or accenting your accessories, blush pink is the top colour of choice for 2020 wedding trends.

 

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The soft and subtle colour will be found in rose laden bouquets, lapel pins and table centrepieces. Blush ribbons will find their way into hair pieces or wrapped around chair coverings and bridesmaids will be draped from head to toe in the palest of pinks.

No longer reserved for girly style weddings, blush pink will give any and every wedding day a soft on-trend edge in 2020.

2020 Wedding Trends: Lush Green Garden Party Outdoor Wedding Venues

Outdoor weddings are tricky in the UK, with our fabulous unreliable weather you simply have to pray you’ll get a sunny day.

But thanks to one of the latest 2020 wedding trends, outdoor garden party style venues are the in choice for forward-thinking couples.

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Rainhill Hall – Outdoor ceremony

Not only does Rainhill Hall boast the most extraordinary outdoor wedding venue in Liverpool, but the flexibility of the space allows you to stick to your dreams of a lush green backdrop, come rain or shine.

Greenery and natural colours will play a big part in 2020 wedding trends, so there’s really no better choice for your 2020 outdoor wedding venue than Rainhill Hall.

2020 Wedding Trends: Lights, Camera, Action Wedding Movies

For a lot of brides and grooms, their special day can fly by in an instant, which is why many couples rely on a skilled wedding photographer to capture as many precious memories on camera as possible.

For 2020, wedding trends will include making epic wedding movies.

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As well as plenty of stills, a wedding video maker will put together a mini moving montage of your day, creating a one of a kind special memory you can watch and share with your guests.

Kind of retro, but with today’s modern technology this wedding trend is one we see being big in 2020.

Add a Princess Tiara For a Really Regal Wedding

Following on from the last royal wedding, we predict the princess theme still being one of the biggest 2020 wedding trends.

 

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One way to add a splash of royal class to your wedding day is to choose a tiara style headpiece to complete your princess wedding ensemble.

Choose from opulent crowns, to barely there embellished bands, either way, princess tiaras are sure to be spotted at plenty of weddings in 2020.

2020 Wedding Trends: Keeping Things Eco-Friendly

Saving the planet is on everybody’s minds these days, and for the most environmentally conscious of us, our wedding day shouldn’t compromise the health of our planet.

Wedding trends in 2020 will see eco-friendly couples doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

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Compostable and biodegradable packaging and of course biodegradable petals.

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These will include recyclable materials being used for stationary and confetti or using in-season flowers. Wedding feasts will be sourced from local providers to help reduce transport pollution and favours will include edible options or encourage gifting plants or charity donations in guests’ names.

Brides can even do their bit by sourcing responsibly made wedding gowns, or even choosing vintage fashion, and second chance wedding dresses. After all, someone else’s trash can always be made into treasure.

There are plenty of ways to throw a planet-friendly, sustainable wedding and this is one of the best 2020 wedding trends we hope will be adopted by happy couples tying the knot in the future.

We Say Welcome the Zen Do

When it comes to getting married, ladies love a hen do. Getting dressed up in a silly outfit and hitting the town with your girlies is something every bride looks forward to.

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In 2020, however, we predict a new trend will emerge in the form of a “Zen Do”.

Instead of the wild hen parties we’re all used to, health-conscious brides are predicted to opt for a Zen Do including indulgent spa retreats and elegant meals or dining experiences.

Not that we’re expecting the traditional hen dos to disappear, but you may start to see fewer tutus and ‘L’ plates in town and more treatments and bathrobes in your local spa come 2020.

Commission a Wedding Canvas

One thing we’ve seen recently, and adored the idea of is a wedding canvas.

As well as wedding photos and wedding videos, the wedding trend of 2020 sees couples hiring artists to capture their most special moments with paint and a brush.

 

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This unique 2020 wedding trend will give the bride and groom the chance to capture their day on canvas, giving them something to hang in their home forever.

Artists would be stationed in prime position ready to capture every detail of the venue, your guests and the entire feel of your special day, adding their own individual sense of style to the piece.

We hope our predictions of the top 10 2020 wedding trends will give happy couples inspiration to tailor their special day to their tastes, making the entire affair a day to remember and cherish forever.

At Signature Living Weddings, our coordinators will be on hand to help couples create the most amazing and unforgettable weddings. Their experience and knowledge of the business keep them ahead of the game and, when it comes to predicting the top wedding trends of 2020, they’ll have all our ideas above and much more to offer.

Call 0151 305 3753 to arrange an appointment with a member of the team and start planning your wedding with us today.

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3rd December 2019

How to Craft a Magical Christmas Wedding

A Christmas wedding is slightly less conventional but perfectly festive and fun! In fact, it has the potential to be one of the most special days of your life. From beautiful wintry décor to festive floral bouquets, there are so many elements of a winter wedding to embrace.

To help you craft the most magical Christmas wedding possible, we at Signature Living Weddings have rounded up the best tips and tricks to ensure that your winter nuptials are remembered as the most wonderful time of the year.

Seasonal Decorations

 

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There’s something truly charming about soft candle light, twinkly lights and icy-cool décor. Synonymous with togetherness and joy, the decorations that come hand in hand with Christmas time are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Weave a sense of Christmas cheer into your special day by incorporating luxurious colour schemes, plenty of candlelight and fun little touches like snowflakes – anything that will bring that all important feeling of enchantment and wonder.

 

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Plenty of light sources will also come into their own in a practical sense when it comes to getting the photos just right, as this will remove the need for too much flash photography.Originally a church, Alma de Cuba is a perfect venue for a seasonal theme. Awe inspiring architecture and rich heritage mean that Alma is ideal for a Christmas wedding full of wonder and intrigue.

Bring the Outside In

Think outside the box when bringing outdoor elements into your wedding venue. Incorporating seasonal greenery and foliage into various parts of your wedding is a sure-fire way of creating picture perfect Christmas nuptials; think birch, thistles, branches, mistletoe, roses and anemones.

 

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For example, why not have a row of trees lining the aisle, with the branches and twigs glittering with ‘snow’? Looking to nature like this will create a cosy, rustic feel to your day as well as creating unique photo opportunities! Don’t forget to apply the same thinking to the bouquet. A festive arrangement full of wintry berries, leaves and texture will complete the theme perfectly.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

 

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Having a wedding at this time of year does have its challenges. One of the most important things to bear in mind is the weather – especially if you will be moving from one venue to another in between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Don’t worry though, just a little bit of creative thinking and you’ll have yourself covered if it gets too chilly. A long-sleeved dress is a usual go-to for a winter wedding, as is making sure your bridesmaids are equipped with a shawl, stole or something to that effect to protect them from the elements.

 

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Sometimes, in addition to the dress, a coordinating jacket or coat can be added to add utility but without compromising on style. The groom and his groomsmen also have the option to get creative – with velvet suit jackets hitting the mark when it comes to being on trend as well as adding that little bit of extra warmth.

It’s the Little Things

 

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If you don’t want to go all out with the Christmas theme but still want an atmosphere full of festive cheer, adding small nuances into your special day will help to create a wedding that is both memorable and unique. Singing carols at appropriate times during the service can be a great way of tying the time of year in with the celebrations. Instead of standard bubbly, break the mould and serve mulled wine and cider to warm your guests up ready for the wedding breakfast. Instead of confetti, why not have your guests light sparklers or candles as you exit as a newly married couple?

Keep It Simple

 

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A great solution to some of the main problems you may face when planning a Christmas wedding is keeping the entire day contained in one venue. Instead of traipsing through the cold to another site, why not find somewhere with plenty of flexibility so you can have your wedding, meal, party and guest accommodation all under one roof? Venues like 30 James Street, The Shankly Hotel and Exchange Hotel are great options for those who want to keep their day seamless, luxurious and stress free.

Start Your Christmas Wedding Journey Today

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Feeling inspired? Want some more information? Give our team a call on 0151 236 0166 and we will help you begin to plan your very own winter wedding. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

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25th September 2019

The Return of the Engagement Party & Where to Host Yours

In the past engagement parties were thrown by the parents of the bride as they proudly announced their daughters pairing off. We are talking period drama times here though.

Since the start of the 20th-century engagement parties fell off the radar of socially acceptable events. They were even considered a bit cheeky by certain people who felt attending hen parties, bridal showers and of course the actual wedding to be celebration enough.

Now, in 2019, we welcome the return of the engagement party with open arms, celebrating our friends and family’s happy news with all the appropriate gusto.

And where better to book your engagement party than with Signature Living and any one of our amazing private party venues.

The Vestry

Hovering in the eaves, high above the heads of hundreds of party-goers at Alma de Cuba is where you’ll find Vestry, the perfect engagement party venue in Liverpool.

Not only can you enjoy the fabulous carnival atmosphere that Alma de Cuba always delivers, but you and your guests will also have access to your own private bar, stylish seating arrangements and a private dancefloor.

Think of The Vestry as the best of the best VIP party venues, giving you all the best bits of a night out in Alma de Cuba and the privacy of your own private party space to share with your friends.

Baby Eden

Snuggled in the back of The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotel a charming city centre venue, Baby Eden awaits you and your loved ones to celebrate the perfect engagement party.

Inside the intimate space can be decorated to your specifications along with a private bar and the most delicious catering.

We can help organise a DJ or a sit-down dinner, a day or evening event. No matter what you need Baby Eden is the perfect place to host unforgettable engagement parties in Liverpool.

Carpathia Private Dining

If you’re thinking of keeping things on a smaller scale and wish to share your happy news with a select few loved ones, consider booking your engagement party in Carpathia’s Private Dining Space.

Here you can enjoy an amazing dinner paired with spectacular views in first-class surroundings.

Lift glasses of bubbly to toast your happy news with a select few in your very own exclusive dining space at 30 James Street in our VIP private dining space.

Booking Unforgettable Engagement Parties with Signature Living

Any excuse to celebrate is a good one that’s why, at Signature Living, we look forward to hosting all sorts of special occasions and events in our stunning city-centre events venues.

Each one offers something different to our guests, whether it’s a small-scale intimate celebration dinner or a more extravagant affair in one of our larger private hire venues, every celebration is as important to us as the last.

When it comes to booking your engagement party, we have everything from delicious catering ideas, themes, cocktails concoctions and spectacular venues to suit all sizes.

Simply call our events team on 0151 305 5109 or email events@signatureliving.co.uk and start planning your engagement party today.

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19th September 2019

Carnival Style Wedding Packages at Alma de Cuba

We’ve created a selection of the best wedding packages Liverpool has to offer in our stunning city-centre wedding venue, Alma de Cuba. Each one taking inspiration from the exotic elegance and vibrant colours of Latin American culture, providing your wedding day with the style of celebration befitting the most extravagant Cuban Carnivals.

The Most Amazing Wedding Packages Liverpool Boasts

Take a look at how wonderful we can make your wedding day at Alma de Cuba, by choosing one of the three most exciting wedding packages Liverpool has for 2020.

Within the ancient walls of Alma de Cuba, there lies a plethora of original evangelical features, retained from the buildings time as a church.

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Lofty vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, glittering stained glass windows and an impressive marble altar with flanking columns make Alma de Cuba a stunning city-centre venue to host a dream Liverpool wedding.

Choose any of the packages detailed below to ensure both you and your guests enjoy an unforgettable wedding day experience from start to finish.

The Alma Wedding Package

When you book the perfect wedding venue in Liverpool, everything else usually just falls into place, especially when that particular venue comes with its very own bespoke wedding package.

Our Alma de Cuba Wedding Package provides everything a happy couple could need on their special day, including creative cocktails served to your guests on arrival, delicious catering and the most glamourous wedding venue in Liverpool from which to enjoy your wedding.

Starting at just £5,500, this amazing Liverpool wedding package caters to 50 daytime guests and 80 evening guests. Every happy couple has the option to book the entire venue for a civil ceremony* where they’ll be wed in front of the stunning Alma de Cuba altar.

After a spectacular service, let the celebrations can continue in our private events venue, The Vestry, where your party can enjoy a private bar, an evening buffet and a wedding reception that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The Rio Wedding Package

Don’t take your wedding to Rio, let us bring Rio to you with our sensational new wedding package at Alma de Cuba.

Garnering inspiration from the party capital of the world, we’ve taken all the charisma and charm of the city’s biggest celebrations and tailored them to suit the most amazing wedding day imaginable.

Think party, party, party as we’re going big with this one including samba dancers, confetti cannons, coloured sparklers and smoke cannons, as well as all the finer details included in all our Alma de Cuba Wedding package.

With prices starting at just £7,500, our Rio Wedding Package will make your special day an unforgettable affair, inspired by the street parties of a city where the celebration never stops.

The Carnival Wedding Package

If like us, you just love a carnival, we’ve got the perfect wedding package for you at Alma de Cuba.

By booking The Carnival Wedding package you’re guaranteeing a wedding day that will go down in the history books.

An occasion that will be marked by plenty of fabulous party-themed favours, this wonderful wedding package includes our very own samba dancers, an amazing evening buffet and drinks on arrival, we’ll be sure to help you make your wedding the stunning celebration you always dreamed of.

We’ll take care of all the finer details so you and your intended can get on with the most important part of your day, celebrating and announcing your love for one another.

The Carnival Wedding Package starts at just £6,500 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests.

We can help create all the excitement of a carnival celebration on your wedding day with Signature Living Weddings.

Booking the Best Liverpool Wedding Packages

All our Alma de Cuba wedding packages can accommodate extra guests both day and night, we can add or change aspects of our packages that don’t suit your particular plans, whatever you think will make your wedding day memorable, our wedding coordinators are happy to arrange.

At Signature Living Weddings, we pride ourselves on getting to know our couples well so we can best advise on how to make the most of their special day. At the end of this year and into 2020, we’ll be hosting a series of free-to-attend wedding showcases at both The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Why not book to attend and come see what we do at Signature Living Weddings that makes us stand out from the norm.

Each of our unique and bespoke wedding packages can be tailored to suit your own personal preferences, and we’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch.

Start planning a colourful, carnival-style wedding day with Signature Living Weddings by booking any of the most exotic and exciting wedding packages Liverpool has to offer at Alma de Cuba.

To start planning your wedding or to discuss our packages and venues please email weddings@signatureliving.co.uk or call  0151 305 37 53 and speak to our team today.

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12th September 2019

Best Wedding Venues In Liverpool

Liverpool is absolutely inundated with eclectic, unique settings just waiting to be discovered – but knowing where to begin finding your dream wedding venue is no easy feat! From tying the knot al fresco style to saying “I do” against a classic backdrop, our list of the best wedding venues in Liverpool is bound to leave you feeling inspired.

From botanical oasis’ to quirky warehouses, here are the wedding venues in Liverpool that you simply must see to believe . . .

Alma de Cuba

Where: Seel Street

 

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Let’s kick things off with a truly unique Liverpool wedding venue that offers couples the opportunity to walk down the aisle in real style. Award-winning Alma de Cuba, an incredible venue in the heart of Liverpool, offers vibrancy, fun and a real sense of occasion that you and your guests will never forget.

An award-winning bar, delicious restaurant and spectacular events space, Alma de Cuba is the perfect wedding venue for loved-up couples who want to revel in their quirky side on the most special day of their lives.

Renowned for its Latin American twist, this beautiful wedding venue is known for thinking outside the box – making it one of the most quirky wedding venues in Liverpool, and one we simply couldn’t exclude!

The Garden of Eden

Where: The Shankly Hotel

Perched atop our award-winning Shankly Hotel, sits an ethereal outdoor wedding venue that overlooks the impressive and iconic skyline of Liverpool: The Garden of Eden.

This outdoor wedding venue is chic and glamourous, boasting unparalleled views from an expansive terrace garden and an exquisite backdrop offering striking photo opportunities.

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The flexible space gives happy couples a blank canvas to work with, and a variety of layout options for aisle and seating arrangements.

You could host an unforgettable outside wedding ceremony, beneath a blossom-strewn gazebo while your guests look on from sun-drenched seating. And what could be better than spending your entire wedding day soaking up the sun, sipping champagne and bespoke cocktails at your outside wedding reception, before watching a glorious Liverpool sunset from an unspoiled vantage point?

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Should the weather hold up, your evening outdoor wedding reception could be the stuff of dreams. Sharing your first dance as a married couple under a clear night sky, filled with twinkling stars before going on to spend the evening celebrating with loved ones, enjoying al fresco dining and gazing out across the glistening rooftops below.

The Garden of Eden has all the elements to host a flawless outdoor wedding and reception, from day to night, and is by far the most heavenly rooftop wedding venue in Liverpool, bar none.

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Rainhill Hall

Where: Rainhill

There’s no artist quite as talented as Mother Nature, and at Rainhill Hall, we’ve made it possible for couples to make the most of her work, by booking Liverpool’s newest, and most enchanting outdoor wedding venue.

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An otherworldly romance awaits in the sprawling grounds of a respectfully restored grand country manor. Rainhill Hall is an outdoor wedding venue that exudes classic elegance and charm, designed for hosting an idyllic dream wedding.

All the rage in current trends, woodland weddings are a magnificent way to harness the beauty of nature, tying it all in to the theme of your nuptial celebrations. At Rainhill Hall, we can help you tailor the surrounding wild splendour of lush greenery to suit your perfect day.

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Picture yourself strolling down an effortlessly beautiful woodland walkway, flanked either side by wedding guests. Your seating placed beneath a gossamer canopy of romantic lighting and floral artistry.

What’s more, our whimsical woodland will cater to both outside wedding ceremonies and receptions. Happy couples can take advantage of the stunning secret garden to host a wedding toast and we can even help you organise a spectacular fireworks display.

At Rainhill Hall, the added beauty of heritage grounds provides a timeless setting to make magical memories of your most special day.

We’ve continued the rustic theme of Rainhill Hall’s outdoor wedding space through to the most spellbinding lakeside accommodation. Here you‘ll find a collection of charming cabins for your wedding guests, sat glowing in the evening light, nestled in amongst the trees.

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Your own spellbinding bridal suite can be found, floating in the treetops. A fairy tale escape, complete with private hot tub and beautifully bespoke natural décor.

Rainhill Hall provides the perfect balance between the wonders of the wilderness and the comfort on an established outdoor wedding venue.

 

The Palm House

Where: Sefton Park

 

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Can you imagine anything more beautiful than walking down the aisle in a botanical oasis? The Palm House is so lush and green, adorned with spectacular tropical flowers, plants and trees – it’s no wonder that this venue took the prize for the Hitched Best City Wedding Venue 2018!

Guaranteed to leave your guests in awe, the Palm House in Sefton Park is one of the most unique wedding venues in Liverpool, and could make the perfect backdrop for the right couple looking to bring vibrancy and fun to their special day.

The Bluecoat Contemporary Arts Centre

Where: School Lane

A unique wedding venue for creative couples, The Bluecoat is simply stunning. The Bluecoat always feels like such a calm, relaxing space while the building’s architecture is completely breath-taking.

An eclectic mix between traditional exterior and modern interior, The Bluecoat is not only a unique wedding venue in Liverpool, but it’s also a hidden gem.

Camp and Furnace

Where: Greenland Street

 

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As unique wedding venues go, Camp and Furnace is absolutely amazing. Not only does it do the best Sunday lunch in Liverpool, but the Camp and Furnace also holds amazing, hipster weddings.

This huge space is ideal for weddings, with room for as many of your unique ideas as you heart desires. The Camp and Furnace can hold up to 300 guests and is ideal for an unmissable hipster wedding.

 

Goodison Park

Where: Goodison Road

 

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A place of heritage and prestige, Goodison Park is a great venue for a wedding. This historic stadium dates back to 1892 and is the perfect place for Everton-mad couples to tie the knot.

With Goodison Park adding to the grandeur of your wedding, this eminent old stadium is a wonderful place for a wedding ceremony and a special place for a celebration.

Festival Gardens

Where: Riverside Drive

 

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Couples in search of unique wedding venues in Liverpool need look no further that the Festival Gardens. 230 acres of beautiful, tranquil space, the Festival Gardens, with their oriental decorations, pagodas, lakes and waterways, provide the perfect setting for your wedding album.

This botanical paradise is not to be overlooked when looking for unique wedding venues in Liverpool.

Signature Living Weddings

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We hope you enjoyed our guide to the most unique wedding venues in Liverpool. We think Alma de Cuba is our particular favourite – but all of the wedding venues featured offer their own personality to compliment your day, and we would advise you see some of them in real life before making your choice!

At Signature Living Weddings, we thrive on creating bespoke weddings designed with you and your partner in mind and our gifted wedding co-ordinators are on hand for viewings and inspiration to help you make the big decision. Whatever you have in mind, our tailored wedding packages have been crafted to suit weddings of all budgets and sizes – so we’re confident we can help create the event of your dreams.

We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure your day is extra special. So, why not got in touch today on 0151 305 3752 and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

Answering some of your most frequently asked questions

Our extensive experience with wedding venues in Liverpool has meant that we are often inundated with queries from excited couples looking to create their perfect wedding day.

So, if you’re looking to get married in Liverpool, then you’ve come to the right place!

Along with our guide to some of Liverpool’s most impressive wedding venues, here we have also answered some of your burning questions! Find everything you need to know below:

How do you find wedding venues?

With so much variety out there, finding your perfect wedding venue can take weeks, months or even years to do! The good news is that there are plenty of resources to help make the job a little less taxing, and a little more enjoyable!

The best way to start your hunt for a wedding venue in Liverpool is to get an idea of the following:

  • Timeframe – when do you want to get married? Will it be a summer or a winter wedding? How long have you got to plan?
  • Dates – with a rough idea of how long you have to prepare and save, the next step is to narrow down your search to possible dates. A weekday wedding may be more restrictive, but it is likely to cost less – so these are important factors to consider
  • Budget – perhaps the biggest deciding factor that will help you rule out venues is how much you have to spare. Consider opening up the conversation to your close family, particularly those who may be willing to help contribute to your big day
  • Entertainment – ensure that your chosen location are happy with your entertainment choses, for example if you’re using singing waiters or other live entertainment. Most venues will not have an issue with this, but it’s always worth checking
  • Style – the fun part is deciding on the type of vibe you want your wedding to have. From highly structured to fancy-free, knowing the type of style you want your wedding to be will go a long way to helping you choose a venue

Where can I get married in Liverpool?

From Anfield stadium to the Hard Day’s Night hotel – there are a huge range of wedding venues in Liverpool, which is great for attracting a plethora of people, but not so great when it comes to helping you narrow down your search!

If you’re unsure where you can get married in Liverpool, we advise taking a look at Liverpool.gov where you will find a list of approved wedding venues as well as a range of other important info.

What does a wedding venue in Liverpool cost?

Much like any city, wedding venues in Liverpool can vary drastically in price depending on what you’re looking for. Liverpool itself is home to dozens of beautiful wedding venues perfect for all kinds of budgets, so whether you’re working on a shoestring or have your life’s savings ready to spend – the city has something to offer.

If you’re interested in tying the knot at one of our Signature wedding venues in Liverpool, then why not get in touch with us to discuss your budget today?

Where can I find cheap wedding venues?

If you’re working to a tight budget, it may feel like finding your dream wedding venue in Liverpool is beyond reach. Whilst we understand that some venues are considered on the higher end of the price scale, there are also plenty of affordable, unique and special wedding venues in the city that can offer a memorable day for you and your loved ones.

If you have your heart set on a wedding venue in Liverpool, but need to keep to a particular budget – why not get in touch with us to speak with one of our wedding specialists who can help you create an amazing day that won’t break the bank.

How far ahead should I book a wedding venue?

Ultimately this depends on you and your partner and how prepared you’re already feeling for the big day. As a general rule of thumb, it is advised that couples preparing to say “I do” book a venue at least 12 months before the big day. However, if you’re right at the beginning of preparations and have very little saved up, you’re more likely to benefit from a window of at least 2 years to get your affairs in order.

On the other end of the scale, you may have the finances aside and plans in place to be able to get married in the same year – but to avoid disappointment or missing out on your dream venue, giving as much notice as possible is advised.

How do I give notice of marriage in Liverpool?

Although a crucial part of any wedding prep, giving notice of your up coming marriage doesn’t need to be complicated. You can easily access full information on when and how to give notice of marriage or civil partnership in Liverpool on the gov website.

What do I need to organise for my wedding venue?

Perhaps one of the most time-consuming aspects of planning any wedding is figuring out what you need for your venue, but this demand can change from one venue to the next depending on a range of things, including how hands-on they are as a venue. For example, some wedding venues include a wedding planner as well as offering other support from decoration and flexibility when it comes to where you will say “I do”.

If you are opting for a wedding venue in Liverpool that benefits from a range of facilities you may not need to travel from the ceremony to the reception, removing the need for transport and reducing the amount you need to spend and organise.

It’s always worth having a discussion with your chosen wedding venue about how they can help and what options are available as this will directly impact how much you need to organise ahead of time.

How many wedding venues should I visit before booking?

This is entirely up to you and your partner, and no two couples will say the same! When it comes to the hunt for your dream wedding venue, not just any space will do and so for some it could take weeks or months of countless venue visits before finding the perfect one. On the other hand, we have had couples who have fallen head over heels for one of our venues, before looking anywhere else.

Our advice is to go to every venue with an open mind, ask questions and get as much information as possible so that you can leave feeling informed and reassured that your wishes have been listened to.

 

 

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23rd August 2019

Sustainable Wedding Ideas for a Planet-Friendly Big Day

Reducing plastic use, minimising our carbon footprint – we’re all aware of our alarming impact on the planet and how to reduce it. But weddings can be a minefield of plastic wrappings, unwanted favours and food waste, making your big day a not-so green wedding.

Aiming towards environmentally friendly nuptials isn’t just better for the planet – it can help you save money and stress by simplifying wedding plans and reducing unnecessary spending on defunct items.

If you’re serious about making your wedding sustainable, there’s lots of steps you can take to make it a plant-friendly day. You don’t have to go mad – but even taking a few steps to reduce your impact will guarantee a special occasion to be proud of as you help the planet alongside celebrating your marriage.

And the best part? You don’t have to compromise on style for sustainability. Thanks to this year’s trend for botanical-themed weddings, green is now a timeless touch for any nuptials.

Go local

 

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Air miles and traffic fumes are some of the worst polluters in the world, so cutting down on travel for your wedding gives big green brownie points towards sustainability.

And it’s not just about hosting your wedding in the local area – using local companies and sourcing flowers and food from your region will cut down on carbon production.

Get serious about sustainability by making a promise to use local brands where possible during your big day preparations.

Think carefully about the location of your venue

 

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When it comes to eco-friendly venue choices, inevitably it’s better to choose permanent wedding spaces rather than renting marquees, as hired tents must be transported to the location.

Even better – pick a venue that’s close to public transport hubs. At Signature Living Weddings, all our venues are just moments away from the city’s Lime Street Station. From the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street, sitting elegantly on the waterfront, to the sumptuous Shankly Hotel Garden of Eden rooftop space, your guests can travel to the big day without hassle and reducing their carbon footprint.

 

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For a green wedding with a unique twist, why not take a look at our new Rainhill Hall venue? With a stunning open air, woodland ceremony space and gorgeous tree house suites tucked into the trees and lakeside luxury cabins, all available soon, you can bring the outdoors straight into your big day.

Hosting your ceremony and reception in one space also helps cut down on guests travelling. At Signature Living Weddings, we’re happy to accommodate every aspect of your big day from start to finish – making your planning easier, and helping the planet.

Choose favours that benefit the Earth

Inevitably, wedding favours often seem to come wrapped in cellophane or tucked into plastic bags. And sadly, they’re often left behind, thrown away, or unused despite the effort put into sourcing them.

 

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But favours are also one of the easiest ways to make your wedding more planet-friendly. For a more sustainable choice, think about using edible favours (everyone will want to eat a personalised biscuit) or consider offering small, potted plants which guests can take home.

A quirky option that’s increasingly popular for couples-to-be is offering packets of wild flower seeds, which can be personalised and double-up as place names, allowing guests to give back to the environment when they go home.

For a zero-waste option at your green wedding, why not chose to give charity donations in lieu of a material gift? Ask guests to pick from a list of charitable donations, or chose just one close to your heart and give the money you would have spent on favours helping ecological causes.

The dress

Your wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the day if you’re a bride. But sadly, it’s also often the least environmentally friendly aspect of the occasion.

Vintage dresses are an increasingly popular route to sustainability, as are ethical designers produce custom-made garments. But sometimes that won’t work out – and we don’t want to suggest you give up on your dream dress because you feel guilty about its eco-impact.

 

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Instead, focus on the second life of the garment to reduce environmental harm. Too many wedding dresses end up in landfill, so focus on what happens to the dress after your wedding to make a change. Think about hiring your dress, so that you can be certain it gets a second life, or keep it for relatives to also use. Or, think of ways to reuse the materials. Why not craft a cushion or sew parts of it into a quilt? There’s companies all over the UK who specialise in re-purposing wedding dresses into beautiful keepsakes so that you’re once-in-a-lifetime garment can be used again and again.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

 

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Try to cut down on paper-use by minimising the amount of stationary you send to guests. Rather than sending save the date cards, why not use an online e-card service?

And for invitations themselves, source recycled and recyclable paper that won’t be cutting down any more trees for its creation. Some printers even offer vegetable-based inks rather than traditional ones that contribute to chemical pollution.

For an extra green wedding touch, why not use seed paper? Available at a number of online retailers, seed paper lets your guests ‘plant’ the invitations after use, which then sprout wild flowers thanks to seeds embedded in the biodegradable paper!

Look local for food

Catering for large parties is difficult – and food waste is one of the worst offenders when aiming for sustainability at weddings.

 

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At Signature Living, all our restaurants offer regionally-produced and locally sourced food, meaning your can be sure your wedding day menu doesn’t carry unnecessary air miles. Whether you opt for an elegant sit-down meal or a laid back buffet style, we’ll strive to create a menu that uses the best local, fresh and tasty produce for your wedding.

And to cut down on food waste, make sure you designate someone to pack up any leftover food for that post-wedding night snack. You could even try to arrange for any leftovers to be delivered to a homeless shelter, like the Cotton Street Project, although bar in mind that once left at room temperature, the perishable food will have a short life span.

Avoid plastics when decorating the venue

 

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If you’re looking to be as sustainable as possible on your wedding day, decorating the venue can be a minefield. From flowers to balloons, you’d be surprised how much single-use plastics and carbon footprints creep into the least expected areas of wedding planning.

As a rule for green weddings, always look to hire rather than buy to reduce waste. Luckily, according to Signature Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin, borrowing decorations is a great way to keep costs down on your big day. At Signature, our couples-to-be love the centrepiece blossom trees we offer for your reception tables.

 

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Other easy ways to reduce waste include hiring lanterns rather than balloons, using beautiful liquor bottles to hold flowers (all those gin bottles you stored could come in handy) and finding household products that can be re-utilised on the table. Why not keep it homely with tealight lanterns made from jam jars or add a touch of Bohemia by arranging your flowers into jazzy old food tins? A trip to your local vintage store will spark your imagination.

Forego your gift register

 

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Do you really need that ice-cream maker, or will it just end up in landfill a few years down the line? Ask for sustainable and ethical gifts from your guests to ensure you’re not throwing things away a few months after you’ve received them.

Why not ask for monetary donations to help with your dream honeymoon, or request that guests donate to a charity working towards minimizing the effects of climate change?

Pick your confetti with care

The confetti toss as you leave your wedding venue can produce some of the most beautiful photos of the day. But throwing rice or paper around outside isn’t particularly environmentally conscious.

As an alternative, look towards biodegradable and water soluble substitutes or revert to nature with plant-based confetti made from lavender, rose petals, fresh herbs and micro flowers.

Pick seasonal flowers for your green wedding

Flowers won’t last forever – but they might have a lasting impact on the environment. Many cut flowers are flown in from far-away countries like Kenya and have been treated with damaging pesticides that decimate local bio-climates.

To keep your green wedding on track, go seasonal and local and ask your florist to source your blooms from known sustainable producers. You’ll benefit from the freshest, brightest blooms and the planet will benefit from a reduced carbon impact.

For a Spring wedding, consider bulb plants like daffodils, hyacinths and muscari, as well as ranunculus, lilacs and viburnum. In Summer, look towards hydrangea, peonies, the sunshine blooms of sunflowers and larkspur. As you head into the colder months, pick wax flower, stephanotis and dahlia.

 

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Make sure to ask your florist to avoid using floral foam (commonly known as oasis) – this traditional material that is used to hold blooms in place is an open-cell plastic and pretty nasty, causing skin irritation and breathing issues. It’s also not great for the environment.

Or, if you’re keen to make your wedding totally sustainable, opt for potted plants rather than cut blooms. Make like Kate Middleton and hire small saplings to fill an airy venue or buy your own plants which can be planted afterwards for a lasting memory of your special day.

For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch and start planning your perfect green wedding, contact us today on 0151 305 3753 or email weddings@signatureliving.co.uk 

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20th August 2019

A Maid of Honour Cheat Sheet to Planning the Perfect Wedding

Okay, so we know you won’t actually be planning the entire perfect wedding yourself but once you accepted the job for the Maid of Honour you became an integral piece of the big day.

The question is, are you ready for it?

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To help you help your bride when it comes to planning the perfect wedding we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet to make sure you are the best Maid of Honour you can possibly be.

What Exactly is the Perfect Wedding?

You may have your ideas of what your own perfect wedding day would be but what about your Bride to be?

It’s important to know exactly how she wants her day to go unless of course, you are already well versed in every detail. Discover her dream wedding venue, the dream dress and do everything you can to help her make those dreams a reality.

Assert Your Authority

When it comes to bridesmaids, we all know they can get a little rebellious at times so it’s your job to herd them like a professional cattle wrangler. You are leader of the bridesmaids for the foreseeable future so let them know who’s boss, like Beyonce.

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If one doesn’t like the dress or the other doesn’t like the fancy dress theme for the hen party, tough!

It’s up to you to keep the peace and get them to the dress fittings, hair and make-up tests, bridal shower and then hen party in an orderly fashion and with a smile.

Plan The Perfect Hen Party

Start your hen party plans by listening to your Bride-to-be’s wishes and then completely ignore most of what she has to say.

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Every Bride-to-be may say she wants a classy, ladylike hen party but deep down you know she’s lying. Pull out all the hen party clichés and make sure the Bride-to-be is the centre of attention on the night and you’re golden.

Signature Living Hotel has the ideal group accommodation for hen parties and, when it comes to planning the perfect hen party in Liverpool, they are number one on every list. With everything from epic pool parties to Million Dollar Men nights and even adult-themed afternoon teas, a Signature Living hen party is always unforgettable.

Our helpful reservations team at Signature Living will help you plan every aspect of the most epic hen party ever, so all you need to do is pretend you are listening to your bride-to-be and let us do all the dirty work.

Plan An Even Better Bridal Shower

This is your chance to give the Bride the classy pre-wedding event she says she wants. Inviting all the right people and picking the perfect wedding shower venue is key.

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Whether it’s an at-home garden party or a private soiree in an exquisite city centre events venue you are the hostess with the mostess and there’s no room for failure.

Learn How to Be a Human Shield

One of your most important jobs is to shield the Bride from any possible and unnecessary drama or stress.

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So get out your Wonder Woman Bracelets of Submission and block all that negativity so your Bride will have the perfect wedding day of her dreams, without any of the bother or hassle.

Study That Guestlist

Time to climb the family trees of the Bride and Groom because you may think you already know everybody but you are wrong.

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Your Bride to be will have aunties and uncles you’ve never met and distant cousins you’ve never heard of and don’t even start on the Groom’s side.

You will be the main contact for all these guests on or before the big day so, to save your Bride having to answer everyone’s urgent questions, you need to know names.

Get Involved in Planning

If you know the ins and outs of the big day then you are instantly more helpful when the Bride forgets something or the Groom shows up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Find out the when, where, how and who as fast as you can, and help your Bride enjoy the perfect wedding day she’s always wanted.

The Big Day Checklist

Just in case you get overwhelmed yourself it might help to have a small checklist to hand just for your peace of mind;

  • Don’t forget the veil
  • Have a safe place for the wedding band
  • Know the wedding planners number
  • And the Best Man’s (he could become your best friend on the day)
  • Don’t drink too much pre-wedding champagne

Keep it together missy.

Maid of Honour Emergency Kit

To make sure you are ready to meet the needs of your Bride pack our Mary Poppins-style emergency kit with everything you could possibly need on the Big Day;

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  • Sewing Kit – for rips and tears
  • Nail and eyelash glue – in case either should falter throughout the day
  • Make-up touch up kit – because
  • Hairspray and hairpins – for any hair-related mishaps
  • Tissues – for happiness tears
  • Stain removal wipes – for spills and smudges
  • Paracetamol – for your own headache
  • A hip flask – for pre-ceremony butterflies
  • The Brides favourite sweets or chocolates – for low blood sugars and nibbles
  • Flats – because your Brides shoes are fab but very high
  • Phone charger – you are the emergency contact and need to capture candid camera moments

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

After all, this is said and done you will have helped your Bride plan the perfect wedding and given her the support she needed throughout the perfect wedding day. And don’t worry, you can always pay her back by asking her to be your Maid of Honour when it’s your turn to walk down the aisle.

Signature Living Weddings

We are every maid of honours best friend at Signature Living Weddings because we have all the tools to make sure your Bride’s perfect wedding day is delivered.

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Our exquisite Liverpool wedding venues each have a unique character and charm that can be tailored to be everyone’s perfect wedding.

From the elegant and intimate to the grand and remarkable, each Signature Living wedding venue delivers exactly what any and every Bride could dream of for their perfect wedding day.

Call 0151 305 3753 or have a browse around our amazing wedding packages to see the different ways Signature Living can make all your wedding day dreams come true. We have put together the perfect packages that cover everything you could think of and more for hosting a dream wedding day with Signature Living Weddings.

Like our latest venue at Rainhill Hall where you can book;

  • Prosecco and canapés (2 per person) on arrival
  • Three-course wedding breakfast
  • Half bottle of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
  • Prosecco for the wedding toast
  • Mini Evening buffet
  • ‘Love’ letters
  • Fully stocked candy cart
  • A cake stand, cake knife and wedding post box
  • Table name/number stands and easel for your table plan
  • Bridal Suite the night of your wedding (subject to availability)
  • Civil Ceremony in The Chapel (optional)
  • A designated wedding coordinator and events manager

This will cater to up to 50 daytime guests and 80 evening guests all in Liverpool’s newest and dreamiest wedding venue. Prices start at just £8,500 (varying depending on dates) and can be booked as of now with our talented team of wedding coordinators.

Keep up to date with news from our wonderful wedding open days and browse our blog archives for more ideas and inspiration.

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13th August 2019

How to Make the Perfect Groom Wedding Speech

As a soon-to-be groom, making your groom wedding speech can be daunting. Accustomed as you may be to making big speeches, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever given a speech in what can seem such a high-pressured environment.

There’s a lot to consider when making your groom wedding speech including the length, structure, what to say and who to thank, but nevertheless, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered.

Here are some important pointers to keep in mind as you get ready to give your groom wedding speech. We’ve also included some examples that you can adapt and reuse on the big day. Good luck!

Practice. Practice. Practice.

 

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A rehearsed groom wedding speech is guaranteed to be an improvement on anything you can – or think you can – knock up in a minute or two.

What we’re trying to say is, don’t be that groom who, when it’s his turn to stand up, goes to absolute bits, gets his new mother-in-law’s name wrong and who is sweating through his nicely tailored summer suit so much that it’s began to cause a scene.

So, practice your groom wedding speech – maybe even try and make your mates cry a bit, just don’t, whatever you do, leave it to the very last minute.

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to decide. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.” (Louis de Bernieres)

Cut the Clichés

 

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Remember, every groom thinks his partner is stunning (see also amazing, incredible and gorgeous) so think about what makes your partner unique; what makes them stunning to you and no one else.

Are they an ultra marathon runner who eats ice-cream in bed, are they a book-lover, rave-goer, or maybe they’re the most epic hip-hop queen in Eastbourne? Whatever it is, avoid using words like ‘soulmate’ and ‘sidekick’ and resist the urge to call them your best mate.

People want to hear why you love your new-spouse, so make sure you tell them in your groom wedding speech.

“Oh god it’s wonderful

to get out of bed

and drink too much coffee

and smoke too many cigarettes

and love you so much” (Frank O’Hara)

I’d Like to Thank…

 

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Whatever you do, do not turn your groom wedding speech into one long and laborious thank you list. That’s not to say don’t thank your nearest and dearest or the people who have helped and waited on you throughout the day, however, there’s no need to thank your great-great-great uncle Neil who took you to the park that one time.

Hook your guests in with a good tale or two and then bore them with the odd thank you. The pleasantries should be no more than an overzealous extra; a walk-on part even, but what they certainly shouldn’t be is the leading man.

“You seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.” (Oscar Wilde)

Make Sure You Stay Sober

 

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Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, and yes, a shot or two may help loosen you up – but please, make sure you stay sober.

Staggering up to make your speech, drink in hand, while your spouse’s dad tries to murder you with his eyes isn’t a good look. Stay clear of the free champagne and focus on the job in hand.

So, save the boozing for the honeymoon and let your best man make a fool of himself when he gives his best man’s speech instead.

 “I could tell him, too, that to know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.” (Evelyn Waugh)

Make a Toast and Wrap It Up

 

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There’s a skill in keeping your speech short and punchy. A groom wedding speech should be between 1,000 and 1,300 words and should always be to the point.

The moment anecdotes turn into tales and tales turn into novels, it’s time to put everyone out their misery – remember, no one has ever thought when listening to a wedding speech: “I wish that was longer.”

So, skip the odd thank you, wrap your stories up, raise your glass and get it over with.

“We get to choose who we let into our weird little worlds. The question is: Whether you’re perfect for each other. That’s the whole deal. That’s what it’s about.” (Robin Williams)

Signature Living Weddings

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We hope you enjoyed our guide on how to give the best groom wedding speech. These thoughtful tips promise to help you shape and structure your speech.

At Signature Living Weddings, we thrive on creating bespoke weddings designed with you and your fiance in mind. From the incredible Rainhill Hall to the spectacular 30 James Street, our venues are simply breath-taking.

We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure your day is extra special. So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3752 and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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9th August 2019

6 Things to Make a Same-Sex Wedding Stand Out from the Crowd

Okay, so we know not everyone can afford to have Liza Minelli officiate their wedding. Then perform her version of All the Single Ladies at the reception, ala Stanford and Anthony’s SATC wedding.

So, the question is how do you want to make your same-sex wedding stand out from the crowd?

We answer with a useful grooms checklist of all the things you can do to make a splash on your special day.

Start with the Perfect Sten Do

Not a stag party or a hen do, a Sten Do is the two combined and a great way to celebrate upcoming same-sex nuptials.

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Throw aged single sex party blowouts out the window and get your squad together for a sensational celebration of your pending wedding.

You can book spa days, group city breaks including meals and nights out and a huge choice of fun activities to enjoy together with all your nearest and dearest.

Tailor Make Two Terrific Tuxes

Attire is important and of course, you and your man will both want to be the centre of attention. It’s therefore crucial that you both select an ensemble that will keep all eyes on both of you.

 

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Your suits don’t have to match of course, but they need to be in sync. They should show off your own personal stylistic tastes, whilst still being able to stand next to one another without clashing.

Choosing the right tailor, fabrics, accessories and floral touches will be the making or breaking of your wedding day photos so, choose carefully and creatively.

Pick the Perfect Entrance Song

Breaking away from ancient wedding traditions, at a gay wedding it can be customary for grooms to walk down the aisle together.

Choosing your entrance music, in this instance shifts from the focus being on the bride(here comes the bride) to you as a couple. Therefore, the choice of entrance song can reflect the pair of you rather than either of you individually.

You guys can take a pew and sift through all the songs that represent you as a couple, then let battle commence as you choose a tune you both love to announce your joint entrance.

Pen a Personal Service

Although religion certainly takes a back seat to plenty of modern weddings these days, no matter who’s getting married, many of the services are still considered to be rather stereotypical and outdated.

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This gives you guys the chance to flex your creative freedom by penning unique vows and a service that encompasses how your marriage will bring your lives together forever.

Pen personal promises to each other that display to your wedding guests the journey you plan to take together in married life. The choice is yours to make your wedding service what you want it to be, not what tradition dictates.

Bag the Best, Best Men or Women

Okay, we know you’ve already bagged the best man ever, that’s why you’re planning on marrying him we’re sure, but, you’ve still got the role for another best man or woman of honour to fill.

Traditions aside, your best person could be anyone from your sibling to your best mate, and if you share a best friend let them do the job for you both.

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Their roles can be anything from a Groomslady, performing as a female attendant to a groom, or Best Man or Woman, the groom’s closest friend and attendant.

This is your wedding and you can do things however you want, steal a few wedding day customs from straight couples and adapt them to suit your special day.

When it comes to choosing your squad, look for those that will help you both stay sane during any stress or chaos that inevitably ensues at weddings.

Share the Night Before the Big Day

Another custom that doesn’t usually apply to a same-sex wedding is “not seeing the bride before the big day”.

For some, an adapted version of this custom may still apply, especially when you have a fashion dedicated partner who still wants his ensemble to be a surprise.

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But for many gay couples, spending the night prior to the big day apart just isn’t necessary. These couples tend to enjoy the night together talking about their ceremony, sharing the excitement of their up and coming big day and waking up on the morning of their wedding day together, knowing that by the end of it they’ll be married.

What’s more, couples who chose to spend the night prior to their wedding together can share the fun of getting ready together. Enjoy a toast to their wedding, spending a few special moments as single men before heading off to walk down the aisle to their future ahead.

A Same-Sex Wedding in a Modern World

Since Civil partnerships and symbolic commitment ceremonies began, formal vow exchanges and public declarations weren’t required by law. This gave same-sex couples the freedom to do as they chose to honour their commitments to one and other.

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Now that gay marriage is legal in many places across the world, more and more traditional same-sex weddings are taking place. The structure of a traditional wedding can simply make the day flow easier, however, many customs simply don’t apply to a gay wedding, and others still harken back to the days when a woman was sold-off to her intended.

Standing out from the crowd, same-sex weddings and indeed any modern-day wedding has become more about celebrating a shared love for another, about committing yourself to that person, rather than simply a legal binding of two individuals.

Start your modern marriage off in style by hosting your same-sex wedding with Signature Living. Our wedding coordinators are ready and waiting to host exciting and unique ceremonies and come armed with years of experience and plenty of ideas that will make your wedding day stand apart from the crowd. 

Plus our stunning city centre Liverpool wedding venues are second to none when it comes to hosting a stylish special wedding day. Let us help you arrange everything from night today and make the most of our unique wedding venues.

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Rainhill Hall

Rainhill Hall will give you guys the chance to host an exquisite outdoor ceremony as well as reserves your guest’s dreamy lakeside accommodation, and yourselves a treetop wedding suite.

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Or Alma de Cuba can play host to a carnival-style reception and ceremony, with samba dancers, petal showers and much much more.

Call 0151 305 3753 or email one of our team at weddings@signatureliving.co.uk to enquire.

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6th August 2019

23 Wedding Table Centrepiece Ideas for Every Brides Budget

As your dream day gets closer and closer, the finer details of your wedding are sharply coming into focus. It’s time to start choosing favours or picking one of the millions of wedding table centrepiece ideas you’ve saved to your wedding Pinterest boards.

But how do you narrow your choices down?

We’ve got a long list of wedding table centrepiece ideas for every bride’s budget, ready for those who want to save and others who have cash to burn.

The Rustic Look

Perfect for those who love the outdoors, the rustic wedding theme is a popular one, allowing the beauty of nature to set the tone of your wedding day.

1) Log Slices

Take a slice of a fallen log and give it a makeover by piling it high with tea lights, pine leaves or small glass jars filled with the sweetest smelling meadow fauna.

 

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Log slices can be stacked on top of each other at juxtaposing angles, with trinkets balanced on each tier.

An intricate golden photo frame next to a fallen pine cone or a naked pillar candle with a twine collar are just a few of the wedding table centrepiece ideas you can create from a slice of a fallen tree log.

2) Potted Plants

In keeping with the rustic and humble theme, the plant pot is something we see every day, in gardens and homes all over the world.

Use their simplicity as inspiration for some of the most beautifully rustic wedding table centrepiece ideas perfect for your most special day.

 

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Fill one large pot up with a variety of bright flowering plants or choose a different type of flower per table.

You could even gather a selection of different sized pots together and arrange them in irregular groups, filling them with succulents, sweet smelling herbs or the blossom of the season.

Bring a touch of English garden style to your wedding day celebrations, using the humble terracotta potted plant.

3) Foraged

Some of the most stunning things in life can be found in nature, so why not use them to make imaginative wedding table centrepieces and let your special day stand apart from the rest.

Go on the hunt in the woods nearest your home and pick up bits of fallen evergreen, pine cones, weathered branches and moss to form the most impressive wedding table centrepieces.

 

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Or perhaps forage on a nearby beach collecting driftwood, shells, sea glass and wave-worn pebbles to create a stunning seaside centrepiece.

Stand out among the crowds and give your special day that rustic touch, showing off your creativity and love for the natural world.

4) Teapots and China

Thanks to oodles of charity shops and ways to buy online second hand there are some fantastic examples of China-esque tea sets available to buy for buttons.

 

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For an elegant wedding table centrepiece, why not get your hands on a few sets, one for each table, and fill them up with your choice of flowering foliage.

British flowers look the best with sprigs of lavender, roses in full bloom, daisies, forget-me-nots, baby’s breath and fern leaves all reaching out from delicate cups and pots.

Fabulous Florals

It may seem fairly obvious but, thanks to the pioneering work of botanical artists, florals can be so much more than bouquets these days.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best ways to put your favourite florals together to form some of the most fabulous wedding table centrepiece ideas.

All of which would look simply stunning in our Garden of Eden Rooftop Wedding venue.

5) Bouquets

Choose between spherical arrangements that sit perched upon stemmed vases and larger bouquets that flow out over the tops of elegant crystal chalices.

 

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Alternatively, give your bouquet a modern twist by adding elements such as baubles, jewels, brooches and buttons lending tidbits of your personality to your choice of floral décor.

6) Garlands

For long seating arrangements, make it seem as though your flowers are growing from the table itself by creating a meandering chain of blooms and greenery that snakes along the entire length of the table.

 

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Alternatively, for round place settings, gather a mass of your favourite blooms and arrange them in a mound to form the central focus of each guests table.

Both these wedding table centrepiece ideas give you the freedom to place your arrangements in a more natural manner, doing away with the difficult choice of what to use as a flower holder.

7) Birdcages

Pick up some decorative birdcages, get rid of the birds, and fill them with all sorts of flowering arrangements, decorated with strings of pearls, ribbons or fairy lights.

 

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Whether you wind your flowers, vine-like around the intricate bars or stuff them in until they push through the gaps, the delicate birdcage is an interesting way to display your choice of floral centrepiece and are so easy to embellish.

8) Afternoon Tea Tiers

A charming wedding table centrepiece idea, and one that is so simple to achieve, the afternoon tea tier filled with flowers and trinkets.

Simply place piles of pretty flowers on each tier balanced next to delicately painted china cups, pastel coloured macarons and specially decorated cupcakes.

This will serve as an attractive wedding table centrepiece and something for your guests to nibble at after dinner.

DIY & Handmade

Sometimes, when you want something doing right you have to do it yourself, and no matter how many times you’ve scoured the internet for the perfect centrepiece, you know it’d just be better if you made it yourself.

Use all the wonderful wedding centrepiece ideas you’ve gathered since the day you got engaged and get to work creating your own self-made centrepiece.

9) Succulents

Easy, pretty and so good for the budget, the succulent is the perfect wedding table centrepiece to add an evergreen chic to any reception.

Simply select a few succulents and arrange them in an elegant fashion then top with a gleaming glass cloche. Or set your succulents off with a collection of smooth grey pebbles and gleaming white candles.

The rich green of succulent plants provides an endless list of exciting wedding table centrepiece ideas, easily adapted to any and every wedding day theme.

10) Old Books

Turn those old, long forgotten hardback novels into the perfect wedding table centrepiece by piling them high and topping with flowers, lanterns and candles or wrapping them in vintage laces and elaborate ribbons.

Better still try your hand at book sculpting, transforming the pages of an old book into a literary masterpiece by folding down pages to create dates, words and images.

11) Recycled Bottles, Jars and Tins

Giving the Eco-friendly bride a chance to save the planet, save a jar from the recycling bin and give it a new lease of life as a wedding table centrepiece by filling it with flowers, fairy lights, glass beads or decorative branches.

 

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Or take an empty wine or liquor bottle, clean off the labels and use for tapered candle holders or fill with long stem flowers and such as lilies and roses. The humble tin can also serve a purpose as they make the most charming flower holders. Simply scrape off the labels and add a lace or ribbon embellishment then stuff with flowers to make a pretty and inexpensive wedding table centrepiece.

12) Lanterns

From intricate and vintage to up-cycled or wooden, lanterns prove to be a popular choice for wedding table centrepieces.

 

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Fill them with flowers that delicately spill out onto the table or flickering candles, alone or in groups.

You can choose to make your lantern the star of the show or pay more attention to what’s inside. Either way, your rustic wedding theme will be perfectly complemented by a well-placed lantern centrepiece.

13) Umbrellas and Parasols

Got an old brolly lying around? Fab!

Simply remove the fabrics and paint the frame in your theme colours then go to town, decorating it with dangling ornaments of every variety. Paper birds and butterflies, twinkling fairy lights, beads or jewels, all will look fabulous for your big day.

You could even get yourself a few ornate parasols with intricate lace frills or embellished paper ones with stylish artwork painted on.

There’s so much you can do with an old brolly, but this wedding table centrepiece idea is strictly not for the superstitious bride.

Extra & Extravagant

It’s your special day, the most important of your life so far, so it’s your chance to be as extra and extrovert as you care to be.

Here are a few wedding table centrepiece ideas that really do push the boat out and will certainly impress all your wedding guests on your big day.

14) Ice Sculptures

The glistening quality of ice lends itself well as a decorative material. Tricky to work with but, in the right environment, there are plenty of wedding table centrepiece ideas involving ice.

From huge blocks containing one frozen flower to carved champagne buckets and frosted artwork fantasies. Real ice is an impressive and elegant addition to any wedding table.

Tip: If your guests wouldn’t enjoy sitting in a freezer for your reception, consider using ice-like crystals to give the same frosty effects.

15) Opulent Candelabras

A more traditional choice for wedding table centrepieces, the candelabra is easily adapted to any theme of any wedding.

 

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The stems can be as simple or opulent as you like and the material can be glistening gold, sleek in silver or beautifully black.

Add candles to the tops and leave the base bare or choose to embellish your candelabras with crystals, pearls, ivy vines or beautiful bouquets of flowers.

16) Hanging Ornaments

One way to make an impression upon your guests is to arrange hanging centrepieces above their tables. If you have the option, clear up some space and fix a flowered hoop to swing above your guests.

Other options include rope swing seats, strewn with candles, larger than life glass bubbles with industrial style lamps and strings of crystals or mini chandeliers.

Give your guests more table space and your wedding the wow factor by using these unique wedding table centrepiece ideas.

17) Decorative Trees

The delicacy of a blossom tree adds a gentle beauty to any wedding reception.

 

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Imagine them sprouting up from the centre of your wedding reception table, dotted with cherry blossoms, dripping with crystals or draped in baubles and hanging candles.

Better still, this is one of our wedding table centrepiece ideas that can be as big as you’d like as guests will be able to chat around the trunk and beneath the decorative branches.

Personal Touches

When brides and grooms add their own personal style and flair to their wedding day, you instantly know they’re going to cherish the day’s memories for a lifetime.

These are some unique and unforgettable wedding table centrepiece ideas that really say something about the happy couple.

18) Vinyl LP’s

“If music be the food of love, play on”

Shakespeare

Couples who adore music will certainly share a favourite track or two, a special song that reminds them of a moment in their relationship.

 

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What better way to share their love of music, and each other, with their wedding guests than by using vinyls of their favourite tracks or songs from your wedding day to make the most memorable wedding centrepieces?

Each record or its sleeve would sit proudly among smaller flower arrangements, or cluster of candles, the record itself having a special memory or meaning associated with it, privy to the bride and groom alone.

19) Photos of the Bride/Groom

Some guests may have known the bride and groom for years, since birth in some cases, but others might only know them as a couple.

Placing pictures of their younger selves on guest tables allows everyone in attendance to see the journey the couple have been on, before making it to this, the most special day of their lives.

A great way to add something unique to any wedding day and a real conversation starter among guests.

20) Book and Movie Memorabilia

For some, it’s music for others its movies, and at any film fanatics wedding expect to see table centrepieces based on some of their all-time favourite movie moments.

 

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Whether it’s Disney quotes or Spielberg’s biggest blockbusters, every movie can be an inspiration for some of the most brilliant wedding table centrepiece ideas.

Quirky Table Decor

There’s something bold about doing things differently, standing out from the crowd and making a statement about who you are as people, and as a couple.

These are the sort of weddings where you wonder how the couple came up with such remarkable wedding table centrepiece ideas.

21) Hats

Not just for the head, in this case, the most decorative hat can also double up as a whimsical wedding table centrepiece, if you really put your mind to it. Use elaborate top hats with flowers and feathers stuck in the brim or straw hats decorated like bonnets filled with meadow fauna.

 

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Cowboy hats are great for western themed weddings and eccentric feather headdresses can adorn a Gatsby themed wedding reception. The possibilities are endless when using hats to inspire your wedding table centrepiece ideas, hats off to those bold enough to use them.

22) Skulls

A tad macabre for some perhaps, but for others, the skull can represent something extremely beautiful. Take the decorative day of the dead ornaments used in Mexico or the glittering or artist Damien Hirst’s stunning diamond-studded skulls, both frighteningly fabulous and beautiful in their own way.

Alma de Cuba would be the perfect Liverpool wedding venue and setting to host a marvellous mysterious wedding day, the perfect backdrop for quirky skull centrepieces to shine.

Used as candle holders, decorated with diamonds or stuffed with flowers, human or animal skulls are a popular choice for the quirkier wedding table centrepieces.

23) Balloons

Whimsical and nostalgic, balloons remind us of childish simplicity, giving us a feeling we could be carried away above the clouds on a string.

Add this sense of whimsy and wonder to your wedding day with bunches of brightly coloured balloons, or transparent spheres filled with glitter.

 

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Chose balloons that spell out words of love to float above your guests’ tables or add baskets of flowers and string nets to create hot air balloons.

The most magical and inventive wedding table centrepiece ideas come from the heart and, after all, who doesn’t love a big bouncing balloon.

No matter what you budget our guide to the best wedding table centrepiece ideas should get those cogs turning and inspire you to bring something truly special to the table on your wedding day.

Read on to find out what kind of bride you are, see what you can do to make your wedding day planet-friendly or bring the outside inside for a botanical wedding as we help you to plan your entire day at Signature Living Weddings.

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