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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these days, no matter who’s getting married, many of the services are still considered to be rather stereotypical and outdated.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.

Rainhill Hall - dreamy gay wedding venue

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.

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30th April 2019

5 Things on Every Groom’s Checklist

Accustomed as you are to planning and preparing, chances are that you?ve overlooked something when organising your wedding.

Today?s grooms are becoming more involved in planning their own weddings ? from choosing the wedding cake to selecting a best man. Nevertheless, there is always something to do as the big day approaches.

So, whether you?re a hands-on type of guy or just looking to stay out of the way, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you draw up your groom?s checklist.

Dress to Impress


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For men, dressing for a wedding has never been so important. Thanks to the copious amounts of Royal weddings and celeb nuptials recently, men now have a duty to stand out and look their best.

Once your soon-to-be bride has picked out the colour scheme, you should go and choose what you?re wearing. Whether it?s a regal morning suit or an elegant tuxedo, it?s important for you and your groomsmen to look sharp and sophisticated.

So, save the novelty bow tie for your bachelor party and ask your mates to do the same, pick out something smart and relax safe in the knowledge that you?ve crossed another thing off your groom?s checklist.

The Importance of Grooming


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Grooming, be it the fragrance you choose or the haircut you sport, is important ? fact. There?s no point in wearing a perfectly tailored tux for you to then look rough.

Of the pre-wedding appointments that you should make, a manicure is one of the most important because your hands are going to be photographed over and over again – and, it goes without saying that you should shave and get a haircut.

Also, this is no day to raise a stink so, post-deodorant, spray on something extra ? something that complements what you?re wearing.

An immaculately groomed groom is what you should aim to be.



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If you want a lesson in elegant wedding cars, Prince Harry?s recent nuptials provided just that. Leaving for his intimate wedding reception in a vintage Jaguar E-Type, Prince Harry showed every groom how it?s done.

The lesson learned? When it comes to your wedding day, you want to arrive and leave in style.

So, if you?re looking to escape the pre-wedding madness for a few hours, add the word ?transport? to your groom?s checklist and go classic car shopping.

Pick your Best Man


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For those of you standing at the end of the aisle, choosing who to stand next to you can be extremely problematic ? particularly if you have more than one very close friend.

Not only is the best man?s job to make an hilarious speech at your reception, but it?s also his job to make sure you?re punctual, prepared, dressed and relaxed ? so maybe choose someone you can trust.

What we?re trying to say is, pick someone who?s responsible enough to keep your rings safe and get you to the venue because, lets be honest, nobody wants to see another Hangover movie.

You also want someone who knows you inside and out so, whether that be your brother, mate, two mates or your female friend, do what works for you.

Your Groom?s Speech


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Nerves, alcohol and new in-laws can make your speech seem daunting ? that?s why it should take priority on your groom?s checklist.

Maybe practice your speech a couple of times in front of your friends ? and try and make them shed a tear or two.

At the end of the day, you?re standing up and speaking to simply thank your groomsmen, encourage the guests to enjoy themselves and, most importantly, compliment your other half who, we imagine, looks stunning.

Signature Living Weddings

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We hope you?ve enjoyed our guide on how to make a groom?s checklist. These thoughtful and helpful pointers are sure to help you when planning your wedding.

At Signature Living Weddings, we?re known for creating bespoke weddings designed with you in mind. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique venues make us stand out from the crowd.

From the spectacular Rainhill Hall to the historic 30 James Street, each of our venues are simply extraordinary. We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you make the most of your special day.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 or fill out our enquiry form here – and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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