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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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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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24th July 2019

7 Unique Wedding Themes to Inspire Your Special Day

If you’re stuck for wedding theme ideas, look no further! Enjoy our guide to 7 wedding themes to inspire your special day.

We’ve found something perfect for everyone, so it’s time to start planning the day you’ll treasure forever…

Unique Wedding Themes

1) Great Gatsby 1920s Weddings

Recreate the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s with a dazzling Gatsby wedding. Bring this spectacular era to life with an opulent black, white and gold motif complemented by feathers, tassels and sparkling details.

 

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Why not reveal your glamorous theme to guests with themed wedding invitations? This is the perfect way to give guests a head-start for planning their outfit and 20s accessories.

 

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Your choice of venue and decorations should recreate 20s extravagance in style. As F.Scott Fitzgerald put it, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

The Exchange Hotel is the perfect location for a lavish 1920s themed wedding. Take a browse at the stunning Grade II* listed venue here.

 

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Add bold feather table centrepieces to your wedding decorations to make your theme really stand out! We love the use of elegant candelabras as seen above above to hold the feathers in place.

2) Beatles Themed Weddings

All You Need is Love and a little inspiration for a wonderful Beatles themed wedding. So, we’ve gathered some amazing ideas for your special occasion.

 

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You could incorporate references to the Fab Four around your wedding venue in a variety of ways, whether it’s beautiful bunting or themed table accessories.

 

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Liverpool is the ultimate wedding destination for Beatles fans. And when it comes to securing the perfect venue, 30 James Street Hotel is only moments from the city’s famous waterfront and Beatles statues.

 

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For the ultimate Beatles wedding, why not have a themed wedding cake? This could feature the Fab Four themselves or simply be iced with romantic Beatles lyrics.

3) Carnival Themed Weddings

Ever thought of having a carnival themed wedding? If you haven’t already, we’re sure you will now! Alma de Cuba is renowned for playing host to weddings with a unique carnival twist.

Showcasing Brazil’s colourful carnival culture, Alma’s samba ladies will have guests on the dance floor in no time. Carnival-style weddings can be as daring as you like, and Alma is a fantastically flexible venue that can be tailored to you.

Creating the perfect party atmosphere with a sprinkle of romance, carnival weddings wouldn’t be complete without Alma’s famous petal shower!

4) Nautical Themed Weddings

Create waves of seaside charm with a stylish nautical theme, one of the very best wedding motifs. Why not opt for a seaside wedding or choose a venue with historic maritime connections?

 

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This charming theme leaves plenty of room for creativity. Nautical wedding decorations could feature everything from ropes and seashells to anchors and stripes, transporting your guests out to sea in style!

 

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Without a doubt one of the best maritime wedding venues, Grade II* listed 30 James Street Hotel is just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

 

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Once home to the White Star Line, 30 James Street is rich in maritime history, recreating the elegant era of RMS Titanic around its unique wedding venue and luxury rooms.

5) Christmas Themed Weddings

If you’ll be saying ‘I do’ during the festive season, an enchanting Christmas themed wedding could be the perfect choice for your big day. From mistletoe and wine, to the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to yuletide touches.

 

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Festive wedding cakes are often adorned by adorable robins, winter branches, glistening stars and delicate snowflakes. Not forgetting, guests could look forward to indulging in an array of winter treats, from mulled wine to festive cocktails.

 

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Your wedding venue could also be tailored to your merry theme. Rainhill Hall is a magical venue for your occasion, and its enchanting grounds can be given a special festive twist with deep reds and winter greenery woven around its grounds.

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6) Football Themed Wedding

If you and your other half are dedicated fans of the Beautiful Game, why not give your wedding day a fun football twist?

 

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The theme could be as big and bold or sophisticated and subtle as you like! This amazing wedding cake has all the trimmings of a classic wedding cake but has been personalized for a football wedding.

 

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There’s nowhere better to host a Liverpool Football Club themed wedding than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. The famous hotel celebrates the life of Bill Shankly with exclusive memorabilia, and is also home to The Garden of Eden, an exquisite rooftop wedding venue.

7) Fairy Tale Themed Weddings

If you can’t feel like a fairy tale princess or handsome prince at your wedding, when can you? This is your chance to have a day filled with flowers, sparkles, sequins and all things magical.

 

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One of our favourite wedding themes, take a first look at our plans for Rainhill Hall wedding venue, set to be the go-to fairy tale venue in the UK.

 

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Why not embrace this wonderful wedding theme with a bridal hairstyle fit for a Disney princess? We love this effortless look, completed with beautiful loose curls held in place by a delicate crown.

 

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You could also add some magic to your venue with fairy lights hanging from every angle. This simple touch will add a sprinkle of magic to your special day.

 

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Rainhill Hall’s unique treetop suite is the perfect spot for newlyweds to stay in between the celebrations. We’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for this wonderfully romantic venue.

Signature Living Weddings

We specialise in crafting bespoke weddings that stand out from the crowd. At Signature Living Weddings, our dedicated team of coordinators like to say that when it comes to planning, they never say no!

Whichever wedding themes you have in mind for your special day, our team will work their magic to bring them to life. Whether it’s dazzling decor or amazing entertainment, we can make it happen.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today with wedding venue enquiries or more information regarding our wedding packages and coordinators. 

You can reach our helpful wedding team by phone on 0151 305 3753.

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22nd July 2019

How to Plan a Wedding with a Fairy Tale Theme

Planning a wedding with a fairy tale theme doesn’t need to be complicated. From horse-drawn carriages, to enchanting woodland wedding venues and glass slippers fit for a princess, there are so many ways to make your wedding fairy tale themed.

Whether you dream of recreating scenes from Cinderella, or wish you could walk down the aisle with Rapunzel-style hair, check out these ideas and start planning a wedding straight from the story books.

A Fairy Tale Theme

Find the perfect venue

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The first thing to think about when planning a wedding with a fairy tale theme is the venue. And what better place to say ‘I do’ than in a stunning enchanting woodland setting?

Be transported into your favourite fairy tale at Rainhill Hall near Liverpool. Set with a Grade II listed country house with magical woodland grounds and beautiful bridal log cabins, this venue is the perfect place to enjoy a fairy tale wedding.

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The grand house dates all the way back to 1824 and was built by Bartholomew Bretherton. Nestled within scenic grounds and majestic greenery, this versatile space is set to play host to indoor and outdoor celebrations, straight out of a fairy tale.

Start the next chapter of your love story with a wedding at Rainhill Hall. With the venue opening very soon, be one of the first to get married at this gorgeous new venue in Merseyside. Complete our online enquiry form for more information!

Charming invitations

 

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Be our guest! The best way to establish your fairy tale theme is with some creative wedding invitations. The perfect way to set the tone whilst getting your guests excited for your big day, try and use regal language and gold detailing to really get across your fairy tale theme.

You could even add a personal touch and hand-make them yourself!

Enchanting flowers

 

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A wedding with a fairy tale theme would not be complete without an array of beautiful blossoms and bouquets. Opt for a colourful, whimsical colour scheme and keep your bouquets neat and perfectly arranged. We love using some pastel shaded ribbons to hold a wedding bouquet together, it adds a stylish accent and compliments the theme.

Every couple have their favourite type of flower, but if you want to stay with the fairy tale theme, some pastel roses are a must.

A themed cake

 

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Your wedding cake is the perfect opportunity to get really creative with your fairy tale theme. Gather inspiration from your favourite mythical stories, find the perfect cake maker and work together on the cake of your dreams.

Think enchanted castles made of icing, or a classic cake with subtle themed detailing, the choice is yours!

A pumpkin carriage

 

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Forget vintage cars, imagine arriving to your fairy tale themed wedding in a Cinderella-style, horse-drawn carriage! This is the ultimate transportation for a couple who love old fashioned romance. Just make sure you return the carriage before midnight!

Plan some fireworks

 

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We all know how the fairy tales end, with love and fireworks! So, what better way to end your celebrations than with a breathtaking display of fireworks?

Take a romantic moment with your partner as you watch the show and celebrate your happily ever after.

Table settings as old as time

 

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If you dream of a wedding with a fairy tale theme, the table settings should definitely reflect that. Whether you want to keep the enchanted woodland theme going, or opt for more of a magical castle setting, think classical and delicate for your wedding table decor.

Keep it simple and choose your feature pieces carefully, from candelabras, to branches decked with fairy lights and a stylish pink and white palette, this theme always looks elegant. Hold your breath for any musical numbers from the cutlery!

Snow White and her flower girls

 

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There is no better way to feel like a princess than by being surrounded by beautiful little flower girls. Take inspiration from Snow White and go for emerald green velvet, miniature baskets filled with pastel petals, satin shoes and pretty botanical head bands.

Flower girls are a must for any fairy tale wedding after all!

Accessories fit for a princess

 

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A fairy tale princess wouldn’t be complete without her crown and a handsome prince would look out of place without a traditional suit.

Really embrace your fairy tale theme and wear an elegant tiara with your veil. Think traditional pearls and diamonds with sleek hair and subtle makeup, it’s the perfect look for your dream day.

A legendary menu

 

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One upon a time…  two people said ‘I do’, but first lets talk about their amazing wedding menu! We know that the food you serve at your wedding can be a tricky decision, but most wedding coordinators will be on hand to talk you through the options.

The style of the menu, however, can be completely designed by you! Why not keep your fairy tale going with a poem or rhyme to start off your meal?

The glass slippers

 

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If you love the story of Cinderella as much as we do, why not live the fairy tale theme and wear your very own pair of glass slippers. From silver sparkly heels, to fashionable clear stilettos, there are so many choices when it comes to choosing footwear that is fit for a princess.

A beautiful gown

 

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Whether you’re looking to keep it traditional with a beautiful white ball gown, or take inspiration from famous fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel and Sleeping Beauty and opt for a colourful princess gown, you’re sure to take your guests’ breath away. Try to step out of your comfort zone with your gown and wear something that really makes you feel your best.

Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the hardest tasks, but if you know your theme, then the choice becomes much easier.

Fairy lights everywhere!

 

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Everyone knows that fairy lights instantly make any venue look completely magical. Whether you drape them from the ceiling like icicles, or twirl them around the branches of trees, these twinkling lights are sure to transform your wedding venue.

Fairy lights also create a gorgeous backdrop for all of your evening wedding photographs.

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Channel Elsa from Frozen and Repunzel with a ‘messy braid’. This is a great way to keep long hair styled but out of the way during the celebrations.

You could even accessorise with a pretty twist. We love how this bridal hairstyle is finished with some delicate white cut flowers, perfect for a Disney princess on their wedding day.

The special touches

 

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Take inspiration from your favourite stories and decorate your chosen venue with pretty candles, winding ivy and floral features. The choices are endless when it comes to the interior decor you go for, but those little special details are the things you’ll notice even more on your big day.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to plan the perfect wedding with a fairy tale theme. At Signature Living Wedding, we specialise in designing weddings with a difference. With a number of breathtaking venues across the UK and a talented team of wedding coordinators, look no further when planning your dream day. 

Start the next chapter of your love story by getting in touch with our weddings team today! Find more wedding inspiration over at our Instagram page @sig_weddings.

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25th June 2019

The Most Fabulous Footballers’ Weddings this Season

When you think of the beautiful game, the last thing you think of is a beautiful wedding. In fact, you’d be right in thinking about awful dresses, even worse decorations and Ashley Cole – unfortunately. In this day and age, however, footballers’ weddings are much classier.

Today’s footballers’ weddings are much more sophisticated, intimate and upmarket. From opulent venues to immaculately dressed guests, take a look at these absolutely stunning footballers’ weddings.

Sergio Ramos & Pilar Rubio

 

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The Real Madrid captain and television presenter, Pilar Rubio, spared no expense as they tied the knot in Ramos’ hometown this month. Andalusia was brought to a complete standstill as hundreds of people lined the streets, desperate to steal a glimpse of the famous couple.

The guest list included notable names such as David and Victoria Beckham – whose wedding back in 1999 inspired an entire generation – Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, respectively.

Ramos wore an immaculate summer suit, ideal for the Andalusian temperatures, while his bride wore a beautiful diamond embellished veil. Described as the ‘wedding of the year’ in Spain, this footballers’ wedding was simply spellbinding.

Mesut Ozil & Amine Gulse

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A wedding fit for a president. That’s right, Mesut Ozil was married in Istanbul earlier this month with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his best man.

As the president watched on in sheer wonderment, the Arsenal star married model, actress and former Miss Turkey, Amine Gulse on the banks of the Bospherous. Hundreds of white lilies dangled gorgeously above the couple’s heads as they delivered their vows to the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.

Despite causing a furore, this footballers’ wedding was quaint and wholesome.

Gylfi Sigurdsson & Alexandra Ivarsdottir

 

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Would it even be a footballers’ wedding without a private jet? Everton and Iceland midfielder, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Ex-Miss World contestant, Alexandra Ivarsdottir, spared no expense as they married on Lake Como this June. Along with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the couple tied the knot at Balbiano, which is described as one of the most important historical properties on the shores of the Lake.

Choosing an ivory theme, white roses were a focal feature of the ceremony as guests were given matching fans to keep themselves cool in the Mediterranean sun.

 

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Alexandra looked stunning in an ivory lace dress complete with a long train, while Sigurdsson looked equally as smart. And not forgetting the couple’s dog, Koby, who we’re sure looked as dapper as his dad.

Daley Blind & Candy-Rae Fleur

 

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Posting on social media, the former Manchester United defender wrote: “Finally I can say that you are mine! Look at her; my beautiful wife, Mrs. Blind.” The Ajax star also went onto reveal that he was going to become a father; now how’s that for stealing your bride’s limelight.

This footballers’ wedding looked absolutely stunning – as did Candy Rae-Fleur who wore an exquisite lace dress and matching vail. Not to disappoint, her new husband wore a fetching black waistcoat, which complemented his perfectly tailored grey suit.

This footballers’ wedding was so romantic that it apparently brought Daley to tears – and looking at his beautiful wife and hearing his amazing news, we don’t blame him.

Harry Kane & Katie Goodland

 

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“I Finally got to marry my best friend,” wrote Harry Kane as he married his childhood sweetheart, Katie Goodland.

The England captain, who has known Goodland since childhood, married his beloved fiancée in an exotic, albeit unknown, destination. This is one celebrity marriage that will almost certainly stand the test of time.

A real life fairy-tale, this footballers’ wedding was one to remember.

Signature Living Weddings


We hope you’ve enjoyed our pick of the five most fabulous footballers’ weddings.

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

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

So, why not get in touch today 0151 305 3743 or complete our enquiry form here – and start the next chapter of your love story with us.

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10th May 2019

Fabulous Wedding Food Ideas for Your Special Day

If you’re in search of wedding food ideas and inspiration, take a browse of what we offer at Signature Living Weddings.

Alongside planning wedding readings and your wedding cake, your wedding food menu can be one of the trickiest decisions.

But worry not, that’s where we come in to take the stress away!

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If you’re stuck for wedding dinner ideas, our dedicated coordinators will be happy to help with planning every little detail.

We specialise in crafting your special day from a blank canvas, so we can tailor a bespoke menu exclusively to you.

We understand that guests may have a range of dietary requirements, and we can offer a wonderful selection of options with something for everyone.

We have a range of wedding food and drink packages available to cater to your plans for the day. To enquire about our packages or ask any questions you may have, please complete our online contact form here.

Our wedding dishes can be made seasonally or created to complement the theme of your wedding. You may also wish for your wedding food to match your reception’s table decorations.

Our talented team of chefs can also create beautifully presented desserts, perfect for those with a sweet tooth! One of our most popular wedding desserts is our Crème brûlée with macerated berries and shortbread.

Dessert menus also feature indulgent chocolate brownies and sticky toffee puddings. Plus, our glazed lemon tart served with clotted cream, blood orange and meringues.

Wedding catering by Signature Living is sure to impress your guests from start to finish! To get in touch with our friendly team by phone, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

Breathtaking Wedding Venues

Our wedding food ideas can also coordinate with your wedding venue. Take a browse of our beautiful range of wedding venues here.

Alma de Cuba is one of our venues that follows a particular theme. Once St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, this historic listed building now houses one of Liverpool’s top bars and restaurants and events venues.

The Latin American theme of Alma de Cuba can be incorporated into your wedding day whichever way you choose. Whether you’d like to add a Latin twist to your wedding cuisine or have our famous samba dancers take to the stage, the choice is yours.

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Those planning a wedding with a fairy tale twist will fall head over heels for Rainhill Hall. Our historic country house is an exquisite location for bringing your wedding food ideas to life with enchanting table decorations and special details.

Signature Living Weddings

Signature Living design weddings with a difference. From your choice of venue to the special touches, we tailor your day to you. When it comes to the wow factor, you can count on us to create moments that you and your guests will treasure forever.

We like to say that we never say no…whether you’re envisioning aerial dancers, ballerinas, a live band or even fireworks, our coordinators will make your dreams come true.

Start the next chapter of your love story by getting in touch with our weddings team today! Find more wedding inspiration over at our Instagram page @sig_weddings.

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20th February 2019

7 Beautiful and Unique Celebrity Engagement Rings

Celebrity engagement rings aren’t known for being understated. When it comes to wedding jewelry, Hollywood’s biggest stars like to go big!

From Katy Perry’s flower-shaped ring, to Lea Michele’s 4-carat showstopper, we’ve selected a few of our favourites and delved into the finer details.

So, take a browse of some of the most glamorous, bedazzling and unique celebrity engagement rings of recent years…

Katy Perry’s engagement ring

Katy Perry’s engagement to Orlando Bloom is one of the most recent celebrity engagements to make headlines. Bloom proposed on Valentine’s Day, and the award-winning singer took to her Instagram page to share the news.

 

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Opting for a unique flower-shaped engagement ring, Perry captioned the photo with the words ‘full bloom’, a fitting reference to her husband’s last name.

Experts have estimated a range of possible values for the ring, dependent on its beautiful pink centre stone. So far, estimates have ranged from $25,000 to $5 million!

Emily Ratajowski’s engagement ring

Without a doubt one of the most impressive celebrity engagement rings, Sebastian Bear McClard proposed to model and actress Emily Rataowski with a sparkling two-stone ring.

 

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Emily’s ring is a bespoke Alison Lon design, uniquely pairing a princess and pear-cut diamond side by side. Speaking exclusively to Vogue, Emily shared:

‘We liked the idea of two stones instead of one and spent a long time looking at rings with multiple stones for inspiration. At one point it included a ruby as the second stone, but ultimately we loved the idea of the femininity of the pear contrasted with the architecture of the princess.’

Hailey Bieber’s engagement ring

Justin Bieber is of course, one of the richest stars in the world. So, it’s no surprise that when it came to choosing an engagement ring, Bieber went above and beyond. Following a whirlwind romance, the pop star proposed to model and long-term friend, Hailey Bieber with an impressive engagement ring, said to be between 6 and 10 carets.

 

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Hailey’s breathtaking ring was picked out from Solow  & Co and is estimated to be have been purchased for upwards of $500,000. A renowned private jeweler, Solow spoke to People magazine about the thoughtfully chosen ring:

‘Justin wanted something that would gracefully accentuate Hailey’s beautifully shaped hands. We settled on an oval stone that was just exceptional in its length and grace.’

Miranda Kerr’s engagement ring

Following the news of Katy Perry’s engagement, fans were quick to compare Perry’s ring to the ring Miranda Kerr received from ex-husband Orlando Bloom. And though there may be a resemblance, it’s safe to say that the Australian model has officially moved on from the The Lord of the Rings actor.

 

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Kerr confirmed the news of her engagement to CEO of Snapchat Evan Spiegel in 2016, posting a stunning black and white photograph of her diamond ring. One of the most traditional celebrity engagement rings, Kerr’s ring features a round-cut solitaire and classic tapered baguettes. Of course, Miranda gave the photograph a personalised touch by adding a custom Snapchat cartoon to mark the occasion!

Lea Michele’s engagement ring

Lea Michele is another star to send Instagram into overdrive with news of her engagement. Zandy Reich proposed to Michele in 2018, and it’s safe to say fans were dazzled by her 4-carat diamond.

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Jeweler Greg Kwiat spoke to The Knot to offer his expertise:

‘Michele’s stone weighs in at four carats, and is classified as a rectangular radiant cut. The piece itself includes a diamond halo and is set on a single, pave diamond band. A ring [of this caliber] would likely have a value in the range of $100,000 to $150,000. While it has its roots in antique and vintage jewelry designs, it continues to have a timeless allure.’

Margot Robbie’s engagement ring

Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie marked her engagement by sharing a fun photograph with fans. And though the first image released to the public was a little blurry, experts have since had a chance to weigh in on the finer details of the stunning ring.

 

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One of our favourite celebrity engagement rings, Margot’s ring is an elegant solitaire pear cut, complemented by a yellow gold pavé band. The shimmering piece is a unique choice, making it a fantastic option for those in search of something a little different. The total cost of the ring has been debated by experts, but is likely to fall between $11,900 and $18,500.

Lauren Conrad’s engagement ring

After turbulent years of dating on The Hills, the original queen of reality TV found happiness with law student and musician William Tell, following a blind date arranged by friends. To the delight of fans, Tell proposed in 2013 and Conrad shared her timeless, elegant ring on social media.

 

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One of the most classic celebrity engagement rings that we’ve seen, Conrad’s 2-carat diamond is a round cut design by Sydney Evan. Experts have suggested the ring is worth as much as $40,000. But since her engagement, the TV star turned designer released her own line of affordable engagement rings at Kohl’s.

If you’re planning a proposal, make sure you don’t miss our guide to the best places to propose in Liverpool! We hope our selection of beautiful and unique celebrity engagement rings has offered plenty of inspiration.

To contact Signature Living weddings or download our brochures, head over to our contact page.

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7th January 2019

Finding the Perfect Dress: Top Tips from Bridal Expert Tina Corteen

A wedding with Signature is always unforgettable and unique. The care, attention and love put into organising your big day by our incredible wedding team ensures that everything, from the breathtaking venues, to the beautifully arranged flowers, is all you’ve ever dreamed of. At Signature Living Weddings, we love to provide you with all the tools you need to craft the most idyllic day. That’s why we offer our brides a preferred suppliers list, hand-chosen by us. One of our most popular is Tina Corteen, our star bridal expert and owner of Romancia Bridal Boutique.

Tina Corteen has been involved in the wedding world for over 18 years now and runs her business with incredible passion that makes it the unrivalled and unique bridal experience it is today. We sat down with her to get some top tips on choosing a dream wedding dress and how to ensure your wedding day is an occasion you’ll treasure forever.

Let’s get things started with a bit about you! How did you get into your line of work?

“Ever since I can remember I’ve had a real passion for weddings. But it wasn’t until I was planning my own wedding that I made the decision to follow my dream of becoming a bridal expert. I experienced, first hand, the real lack of choice, advice and ‘wow’ services available for brides-to-be.  I struggled to find a bridal expert with passion and experience, which was really frustrating!”

“So, once I was married, I became absolutely obsessed with weddings. I decided to start on an insane journey to open my very own wedding boutique.”

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Tina with models at a wedding show catwalk in St Helens

How long have you been a bridal expert?

“I’ve been involved in the wedding world for over 18 years now and have developed a real appreciation for the fast-paced wedding industry. Over time, I have learnt from brides, their families and friends, that the search for a real bridal expert is almost like looking for the perfect life partner. From designer influences, to personality, shapes, styles, fabric and much more, there’s so much that brides and experts need to agree on.”

“I have worked extremely hard on this over the years and feel I have finally cracked it in my shop, Romancia Bridal.”

It all sounds amazing! But, what’s the best thing about your job?

“Oh, that is a tough one.”

“I consider myself very lucky because I enjoy every aspect of my job. From handpicking my gowns during international buying trips, to preparing the brides’ gown for collection, it’s all so rewarding! But, if I had to choose one, it would be receiving photos and thank you messages from brides. Knowing that they had a perfect day and felt amazing in their dress is something that really motivates and inspires me.”

“Another thing that always amazes me is when we get customers from all over the world travelling to our shop. We have either been recommended to them, or a family member has visited before. When a bride and her tribe tell me how much they have enjoyed their appointment, that’s something that is always very special.”

“We currently have a bride who lives in Houston Texas, her dress is mega! Her wedding is booked for the New Year and we can’t wait to see how magical it will be!”

What makes you different from the rest/ why should brides go to you for advice?

“This is such an important question! At Romancia Bridal, we have created our own magical place to provide a high professional and personal service, in an opulent environment that instantly invites you to relax and enjoy the experience.  We genuinely care about our brides’ journey, our moto is ‘create a feeling of memory to last a lifetime’. Whether or not our bride finds her dream dress, our job is to make every bride feel accomplished and amazing after her appointment. 99% of our brides come to us via recommendation and have done so for many years. This is something we are extremely proud of.”

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Tina and Elica at Moda buying event

“Our main goal is to help the bride explore which shapes, styles and fabric compliment her shape, skin tone, hair colour and personality. We always have a good giggle and make sure the experience is one she will talk about for years to come. It’s these things that really make us different from any other bridal expert.”

“We strive to provide an exceptional service with a diverse choice of gowns that I personally handpick and continuously update. Whilst also offering a range of accessories, inhouse alterations by our experienced seamstress, complimentary gown pressing, storage and packing service for overseas weddings. We eat, sleep and breathe weddings!”

“Our team also know the importance of keeping up to date with the latest trends, news and events, plus staying ahead of the industry with regular training courses and research. Whether it’s celebrity news, bride forums, social media comments or ‘advice guides’, we consume ourselves to ensure that we see what our brides see.”

“I think what really makes me different is my goal. I always make sure our bride-to-be is confident and excited to wear her dress every single time she puts it on, from her inspection, to fittings and of course, her big day!”

What can brides expect when they visit you for advice – talk us through the process.

“When brides book an appointment with us, they get the royal treatment! We offer exclusive use of the boutique, we never have more than one bride trying on gowns at any one time. Our shop is very warm and relaxed with luxury comfy seating, an ambient atmosphere, great music, refreshments and a very friendly welcome. I have a dislike for boutiques that make their staff wait by the door for people to come in. Brides are usually nervous, so walking in and everyone looking at you can be intimidating and uncomfortable for customers! We make sure brides are relaxed and confident in our shop.”

“When a bride comes in for an appointment, we will usually have a quick, informal chat and a bit of a giggle! She can show us any ideas and inspiration for the dress, then talk us through her shopping journey so far. We always like to hear about choices of venue and the stories behind it. Colour schemes, flowers and anything else that is important. We will then give the bride a short introduction to the shop and show her some of our collections.”

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Romancia Bridal Boutique

“After that we leave her to choose some initial gowns. We encourage our brides to choose various necklines, shapes, styles and materials.  Then it’s time to try on! We will arrange the initial gowns into an order that will help us determine her likes and dislikes. In the shop, we have a luxury carpet catwalk with large, ornate mirrors, so the bride can see herself and her friends and family. We admire each dress, listening to feedback, asking questions, offering customisation options if applicable and bringing new dresses that follow the style.”

“Throughout the appointment, information is always given about dresses such as colour options and alterations. We also allow brides to take photos of themselves in the wedding gowns, and of course advise them on the prices of the gowns they like. It’s such a huge decision, so we always encourage any bride to go away and think about it.”

Are there any particular items brides should bring to a bridal appointment?

“It’s important to wear appropriate underwear because during fittings you will be helped in and out of dresses. This is usually a good quality strapless bra and nude pants.”

“We also ask brides to wear little, or no makeup. This gives them the chance to see which shades are more flattering to their skin tone.”

“And always bring along any items that you have already decided to wear, such as a veil or piece of jewellery, to make sure it matches with the dress.”

How long before the wedding do brides tend to start thinking about the dress?

“Brides come to us at all different times before their wedding. We see last minute brides with only a few months until their big day, right up to brides shopping 3 years in advance. It all depends on the person.”

“However, usually brides will come to the boutique between 12 and 18 months prior to their wedding.”

Who are your favourite dress designers and why?

“It’s so hard to choose just one! There are so many international and independent brands out there that are so awesome.  In our shop, we have a few designers that I think really stand out from the crowd though.”

“The first is Ian Stuart. His gowns are completely unique, theatrical, dramatic and always have the wow factor. His designs are brave and bold. I really think he has redefined bridal wear for those who really want to stand out.”

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Tina with dress designer Ronald Joyce and Romancia colleague Lesley Howard

“Next is Enzoani. They create young, fresh and cutting-edge designs that are always of an exceptional quality and fit. Their use of luxurious fabrics, exquisite beadwork and unrivalled construction techniques is always outstanding.”

“Lastly, I absolutely love Ronald Joyce. They’ve been around for 70 years and are one of the most respected names in the bridal industry. The gowns they create are always very glam and made using modern materials. Offering a wide selection of styles, from classic shapes, dramatic detail, structured tailors and everything in between, brides will feel incredible no matter what their size.”

Have you got any top tips for choosing the perfect dress?

“The most important thing to do before choosing your perfect dress is to try on a range of different styles and don’t buy your dress online! You may fall in love with the first gown you try, but always try a couple more on, just in case.”

“It’s also really important to never sacrifice your personal style, if you are quirky, embrace it! Remember to sit down in your dress, think about venue practicalities, always check your dress is authentic and if you’re getting married abroad, make sure you choose a gown that is suitable and can be easily packed.”

“Ignore the label size, wedding dress designers have different sizing methods. And lastly, think about the logistics for fittings and collection of your gown. Does the boutique offer an in-house alteration service? Does the boutique have easy access and parking? Will they store your gown until you’re ready to collection it? These are all important factors to consider before making your purchase.”

Favourite celebrity wedding dress or wedding of all time?

“I really can’t ever choose just one favourite wedding dress, so I’ll have to list a few of my favourites.”

“Firstly, I loved Kate Middleton’s lace Alexander McQueen gown. It has become iconic and given a whole new definition to the notion of a traditional princess dress.”

“Next has got to be Kim Kardashian’s Givenchy couture wedding dress, it really flattered those signature killer curves!”

 

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“I couldn’t not mention Kate Moss’ fabulous 1920s Gatsby inspired Galliano gown, it will go down in history as one of the most stunning dresses. I also loved Coleen Rooney’s demure Marchesa dress, Abbey Clancy’s Giles Deacon gown and Kelly Clarkson’s lace Temperley creation.”

What’s your favourite current wedding theme or trend?

“At the moment I love a statement back on a gown. From daringly low dips, to sophisticated scoops, glitzy detailing, long lace trains and a never-ending variation of buttons and materials, I just love how imaginative you can be with this style.”

“This beautiful trend has also sparked some real competition between designers, they all want to create the signature statement back, which is just brilliant!”

Why do you think you work well with the Signature brand?

“I think we have common goals and a lot of passion for the industry we’re in. Just like Signature, I saw a gap in the market for my business as a bridal expert. I started my bridal shop from nothing and successfully built it up over the years through a lot of hard work and belief.”

“I saw that the bridal industry was confusing, with staff often becoming more wrapped up in the sale than the experience, I believed I could offer brides value, choice, uniqueness, exceptional products, service and unrivalled advice. This is something I think I have achieved!”

“My shop is also only 20 minutes away from Liverpool, so, many of brides choose Signature Living’s venues for their wedding. I also really enjoy working with the team at Signature, they have the same ethics and passion for customer delivery as my team.”

Have you got a favourite Signature Wedding venue?

“Wow, that is so hard to answer! I love all of them for different reasons. I think because I know different brides have different dreams, so they all have completely different venues to match that dream. Signature offers so much choice, which is great!”

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The White Star Grand Hall – 30 James Street

“If I really had to choose, I’d say my personal favourite, from an aesthetic point of view, would be between 30 James Street and The Shankly. Both venues are magical, can be personalised and are very opulent.”

What inspires you?

“Overall, I’d have to say relationships. People and their relationships are extremely important to me and inspire me to really excel in my job. Having come from a working-class background, I have been through a spectrum of experiences to get where I am today. This has taught me that what is really important to me is making people feel happy!”

“I have learnt that no one cares what class or environment you’ve come from, it’s how you show up and how you treat people that counts. And that is something that really inspires me every day.”

Lastly, tell us a fun fact about you!

“Maybe a bit of an odd one but, I have an abnormally sensitive nose. The smallest whiff of something can hit me like a bus!”

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Romanica Bridal stall at the last Signature Living Wedding Fayre

If you’re looking for your dream wedding dress, get in touch with bridal expert Tina Corteen by following Romancia Bridal on Facebook and Instagram. You can also email her at info@romancia.co.uk or call 01744 894443.

For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch with one of our wedding coordinators and start planning your perfect day, call us today on 0151 305 3753.

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24th December 2018

Come Along to Signature Living’s Wedding Fayre Liverpool | Sunday 6th January

Join us at the beautiful Shankly Hotel on Sunday 6th January for the most wonderful wedding fayre Liverpool has ever seen.

Perfect for couples looking to kick start their wedding plans, this free event will be jam packed full of spectacular suppliers, live entertainment, wedding experts and much more!

From the perfect dresses, to the most delicious cakes, talented photographers and spectacular florists, you’re sure to find everything you need to plan your magical day.

Wedding Fayre Liverpool

When: Sunday 6th January

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

Hosted at the luxurious Shankly Hotel in the heart of Liverpool, this magical event will give couples the chance to start their journey to the perfect wedding day. During the event, you will have the chance to meet some of the UK’s leading suppliers, enjoy dazzling live entertainment and watch a stunning designer catwalk featuring some of the hottest new styles.

The wedding fayre will also allow couples to take a look at our amazing Signature Living Wedding venues up close. The Shankly Hotel alone is home to both The Garden of Eden and Baby Eden, some of the most luxurious wedding venues in Liverpool.  We also offer the White Star Grand Hall, set within stunning 30 James Street, the former Catholic church now Latin American inspired bar and restaurant Alma de Cuba, The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and loads more.

What to Expect

Each enchanting moment of our wedding fayre has been meticulously planned to help you make the most of every second.

  • A tasty glass of fizz on arrival
  • Access to a range of suppliers from the North West
  • Live entertainment
  • A designer catwalk show
  • Goodie bags
  • VIP lounge

If you’d like to come along to the most spectacular wedding fayre Liverpool has seen, register for tickets by filling out our registration form.

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Who Will Be There?

At Signature Living Weddings, we have forged some really great relationships with some of the very best wedding suppliers in the UK. And of course, we’ve invited them all to our wedding fayre, so you’ll get to meet each and every one of them! You will have the chance to meet:

  • Photographers and videographers
  • Wedding car suppliers
  • Jewellers
  • Florists
  • Celebrants
  • Dress and suiting
  • Wedding bakers
  • Wedding stationery
  • Live entertainers
  • Signature Fit Club
  • Hen and stag party planners

We can’t wait to welcome all of these amazing suppliers to our fabulous wedding fayre. In the run up to the event, we will be announcing the names of the brands, experts and professionals that will be joining us during the day.

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The already announced include, Heather Elizabeth Photography, The Big Event Group, Matthew Rycraft Photography, Jeanette Flynn, Jonny Ross Music, Love and Carriage Wedding Cars, Dream Escapes, Pretty Your Party, Thornton Events and many more!

With loads more suppliers to be announced before the big day, we can’t wait to see everyone at this fabulous wedding fayre.

To keep up to date with news about the event and be the first to find out which suppliers will be joining us, follow our Facebook page.

If you’d like to join us at the best Wedding Fayre Liverpool has ever seen, register for tickets by filling out our registration form.

We’ll meet you at the altar!

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17th December 2018

An Experienced Wedding Celebrant Shares All You Need to Know

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for designing weddings with a difference. From our unique wedding venues and extravagant packages, to our talented team of bold and brilliant coordinators, a Signature wedding is always one of a kind.

But your wedding ceremony simply wouldn’t be complete without the person who ties it all together. A Wedding Celebrant or Minster plays an integral role in your special day, ensuring every moment is right for you. From song choices to words, every moment matters.

That’s where the fantastic Reverend Phil Parkinson comes in, an Interfaith Minister who likes to think outside the box. Phil has a wealth of experience in leading beautiful ceremonies and interfaith weddings with a personal touch.

Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister – Phil Parkinson

As a gay minster, Phil is also an expert when it comes to same-sex weddings. This is something that closely intertwines with Signature Living; we’re home to some of the most popular same-sex wedding venues in Liverpool, and our coordinators have helped to plan some truly spectacular occasions.

So, for those in search of the perfect celebrant, we sat down with Phil Parkinson. This in-depth interview covers all you need to know before your big day! We wanted to shed some light on his experience and why you should choose him for the most memorable day of your life…

So Phil, what does it mean to be a Marriage Celebrant?

I am a Reverend, so I am a Reverend and a Wedding Celebrant. I’m actually an Interfaith Minister, there are about 800 of us in the UK, all very different from your normal Christian vicar, with no churches, no bibles, and no bishops, nothing to convert anyone to, and all ministering to those of you who don’t usually go to church. I’m one of the very few ministers who is legally able to marry same-sex couples (in one particular building), but as a Wedding Celebrant I can do weddings anywhere.

Every ceremony I do is bespoke. Having met with the couple, I compose my text using what they tell me about themselves and the words of the songs, readings and poems they chose. If elements from any faith traditions are wanted, I’m delighted to include them. If two different cultures are coming together, I can make sense of that. If a couple want to write their own vows, these can be given a central place, as can any national traditional customs, such as the English and Irish hand-fasting, the Scottish Quaich Love Cups, the Welsh myrtle, etc.

As yet, I haven’t come across a couple who’ve refused the traditional vows. But let’s face it, you can’t beat them, because, when “For richer and poorer, In sickness and in health”, is spoken by two people to each other from a place of profound love, everybody cries. Often these words are pronounced in the name of “The Supreme Spirit of Love”, sometimes adding “And My Family and Friends, and All That Is Good On This Earth”, or, if the couple chose, in the name of the God Of Their Understanding.

How/why did you decide to become a Wedding Celebrant?

When I was a child, I was refused the Roman Catholic priest training because I was a slow developer. In 2011, I happened to come across an old friend who mentioned another mutual friend who was an Interfaith Minister in Sheffield. I immediately knew I wanted do what she was doing! And I now realize, that all the things I’ve done in my life, and this is my fifth career, have led up to being an Interfaith Minister. It brings together everything that I believe in, and everything I do.

What I find is that a lot of younger couples who haven’t had a religious upbringing, though they wouldn’t know how to put it into words, have a great hunger for something you might call sacred or spiritual, something that is above what normal life is usually like, the ‘something’ that the church has always represented.

So what I bring to a wedding is the sense of something intangible, something profound, even sacred, even numinous. A wedding is the most important public rite of passage we make as adults. Only giving birth equals it. You will never feel the same again. And I absolutely love being with the couple throughout the whole journey, from the initial setting up meeting, maybe on Skype, though better in person, then the detailed meeting about a month beforehand, then the rehearsal, and finally, the big day itself.

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What is the legal position?

What you have to get your head around is that your marriage is about your money – who legally owns what – and that your wedding is about publicly showing your love for each other to the world. Parliament has begun the process of updating our antiquated marriage laws of 1836, but Brexit has delayed any recent progress. The laws will change, but not quite yet.

So the simplest way to get married is not to use me at all, but have the registrars come to your chosen hotel and do the whole ceremony. You are not allowed certain words or music, and you can’t use the traditional vows. Depending on the day of the week, it can be relatively expensive.

If money is no object and you want everything under one roof, have the registrars marry you in the hotel, and then, after they are gone, have myself do your much more elaborate ceremony.

The other, cheaper, way, is to do the legal bit separately at your local registry office (Mon -Thurs mornings are cheapest, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, is a mere £50). You only need yourselves and two witnesses present, yourselves to answer “I do” to the several questions, and all four of you to sign the register. That’s really is it. You can be out in less than ten minutes. Then have your proper ceremony with myself, around fifty minutes works well, with whatever music, words, customs, and unique little or big touches you want, on the day you want, at the time you want, at the signature hotel you want.

Did you have to do any training?

I completed a two year in-depth training, with 16 weekends and a lot of written work and placements. The training was in London, but there were enough of us to form a North West group which met once a month as well. One way and another it was a very consuming commitment.

What is the best thing about being a Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister?

Being with people at the most important moments of their lives. Because people are really real then, and it’s people’s hearts I’m dealing with. Being with people’s hearts is the best bit.

Is there a particular wedding that is memorable to you?

Several I think! There was one going along fairly normally, when I began to quote the words of a song the couple had chosen, and then I said in a surprised loud voice, “Oh, it looks like we’ve got some visitors!” and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with trumpets and trombones crashed in, dancing round the church. Nobody knew except the couple. I got them up in the pulpit, it was completely hysterical.

Then there was one for a couple of gay women who had lived in 6 different countries. I researched a wedding blessing from each of those countries, one of which was a 2000 year old Mayan blessing, and built their ceremony around these, with a live musical blessing from a friend of theirs and my usual sung ending blessing. It was just lovely to make the whole of their life story together into their own ceremony.

Then there was a secular Jewish one complete with canopy and shawls, and the one based around the bride’s favourite Shakespeare play which I conducted on the actual day of Shakespeare’s anniversary, as well as the one half in French, and another half in Danish! And, close to my heart, the one by the River Esk, at my favourite place in the Lake District.

Whose ceremony would you most like to conduct from the past?

I would have loved to have been Prince Charles’ Minister, but with Camilla!

What’s the process of couples getting in touch with you?

Usually word-of-mouth, Google, and referrals through organisations I belong to, like Signature.  Then it’s www.revphilparkinson.co.uk, or, best of all, 07730 337 300 –  nothing like a personal chat – and philinterfaith@gmail.com

Why do you think you work well with the Signature brand?

Thinking outside the box. Signature has all the infrastructure for weddings, usual and unusual. I took just one look at the Garden of Eden and thought this is it, they have got it all, I don’t have to think of anything, I can just be with the couple. And as an architecture-mad person, I applaud Signature’s mission in restoring old buildings and giving them a new direction, a new lease of life. That’s just fabulous, couldn’t be better.

Do you have a favourite Signature Wedding venue?

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Rainhill Hall

They all look superb. The Garden of Eden is amazing, think rooftop view without parallel. James Street is so wonderfully grand, yet with gritty cast-iron pillars. Rainhill Hall is just beautiful, it’s Grade II listed, and when outdoor weddings get going there in the garden it’s going to be just magical. Plans for the Old Post Office in Preston look exciting, I’m waiting to see the brand new interior unfold itself. And these are the Up North hotels, there’s Cardiff and Belfast as well.

What inspires you?

I suppose what really turns me on is seeing beauty, often in the most unexpected places and the most unexpected of people.

Lastly, could you share a fun fact about you!

Previously, I worked in schools as a music teacher, and then privately and in the NHS as a psychotherapist. And what I really like is Earl Grey tea at 4:30pm, but it’s got to be in a teapot, with proper tea leaves, and served in a real cup and saucer.

To enquire about booking your wedding at a Signature venue with Reverend Phil Parkinson, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753. You can contact Phil directly on 07730337300 or at philinterfaith@gmail.com.

For more information about our venues, services and suppliers, please come along to our next Liverpool wedding fayre on Sunday 6th January 2019 at The Shankly Hotel.

 

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