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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 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. 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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29th November 2018

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

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.

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.

Wedding breakfast at Alma De Cuba

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.

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.

Winter wedding bouquet

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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.

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.

Bride and Groom wrapped up for winter

It’s the Little Things

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?

Winter wedding table setting

Keep It Simple

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.

Christmas wedding at 30 James Street

Start Your Christmas Wedding Journey Today

Feeling inspired? Want some more information? Give our team a call on 0151 305 3753 and we will help you begin to plan your very own winter wedding

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20th September 2018

15 Autumn Wedding Ideas for Your Special Day

Weddings are no longer solely summer affairs: this year the number one wedding date in the US was 7th October, followed by four other autumn dates throughout September to November. End of year nuptial celebrations are in and there’s plenty of autumn wedding ideas to help shape your big day.

There’s something about the idea of beautiful burnished leaves, cosy receptions and the stunning natural light of the later months that are drawing more and more couples towards hosting an autumn wedding.

But with temperamental weather, fading daylight and the potential for cold snaps, planning is key for a big day after summer. From perfecting autumnal colour schemes, to ensuring your venue won’t turn into a mud bath, here are 15 autumn wedding ideas to ensure your special day is a beautiful and unforgettable occasion.

1. Consider rich, regal colours for your bouquet

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Autumn is the season of rich tones, from burnt oranges to rustic reds and the most magical autumn weddings reflect the natural colour scheme. Consider deep greens, rich reds and golden tones for bridesmaid’s dresses, décor schemes and over-arching schemes.

For flowers, rich jewel tones are beautifully set off in the warming autumnal light. Consider colours you might not initially be drawn to such as pops of bright yellow, and the royal tones of a vibrant purple.

2. Take your menu seasonal

Autumn weddings allow you to be adventurous with your food options! Let your menu be inspired by the seasons with warm, comforting dishes.

Apples, blackberries and pumpkins are all in season during the UK autumn – can you imagine tucking into a steaming crumble for a wedding dinner pudding?

Form porkpies and wood-fired pizzas to pumpkin pies and sausage and mash, the autumn wedding ideas for disrupting wedding clichés is endless when you’re hosting your day later in the year! Home comforts will go down a treat and help keep the cold at bay.

3. Warm up cold hands with unusual drinks

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Keep guests warm with a glass of mulled wine when they arrive or invest time in concocting some personalized cocktails to bring a special something to your wedding bar. Add cinnamon, blackberries and sloe gin for warming touches to a delectable drink inspired by the autumnal outdoors.

4. Be practical with what you wear

You might love chiffon, but is it going to keep you warm when it starts getting chilly in the evening? Autumnal days have changing temperatures so you should be more mindful of how practical your dress is.

Opt for three-quarter length sleeves, or a shrug for the later hours to stop the cold ruining your magical day and ensure, if you’re having an outside reception, that you’ve got the necessary Bride’s wellies available to keep your feet dry!

5. Dress the cake in the colours of autumn

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Opt against a traditional white wedding cake and look towards the more rustic colours of caramel, golden and brown to complete your autumnal theme.

Cakes dressed with the bounty of an autumn harvest, with berries, figs, grapes and wintry fruits will reflect jewel tones of floral bouquets, while adding touches of burnt orange with sugar flowers, glossy nuts and using partially frosted edges will echo the woodland beauty of autumn.

6. Keep guests happy with seasonal treats

The colder temperatures also invite you to create some delectable autumnal treats to keep guests happy. If you’re heading outside at any point, why not offer creamy hot chocolates to keep hands warm, or include some toffee apples on a treats table for hungry little mouths?

7. Match your flower arrangements to the natural world

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Look to roses, chrysanthemums, tulips and carnations to bring some warmth and structure to your wedding boutique at an autumn wedding. Chose reds, yellows and oranges with deep green foliage for a focal point to your special day.

For a perfectly matched wedding theme, why not look to inspiration from woodland for floral arrangements? Add forest foraging treasures such as pinecones and conkers to centerpieces for a reflection of the natural world.

8. Plan for all eventualities

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The weather in England is always unpredictable and, unfortunately, hosting an autumn wedding likens the possibility that you might be visited by some unwanted rain clouds.

But that doesn’t have to be a worry. Adequate planning will mean that the rain is a feature of your special day, rather than a negative.

Make sure your venue has some back-up indoor spaces if the heavens truly open (and spaces that you would be happy to pick as a wedding venue). Our Garden of Eden suite, at The Shankly Hotel, has a stunning roof terrace looking out over the Liverpool skyline and plenty of indoor space with panoramic views from its beautiful windows, ensuring whatever the weather, you get the venue you wished for.

Signature Living Wedding specialist Ciara Martin thinks that the Eden suite at The Shankly is the best venue for an autumn wedding. It’s perfect for capturing dusk photos and looks stunning when the hanging woodland decorations on the ceiling are incorporated into bold autumn colour schemes.

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A stunning photo taken on the Eden rooftop

And if you’re worried about guests getting wet moving between venues, why not provide umbrellas for everyone, as well as snuggly blankets for outdoor venues that might get chilly in the evening?

9. Treat your bridesmaids to an autumnal spa session before the big day

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When the weather is a bit temperamental, keeping pre-wedding events inside prevents excess spending on activities you can’t enjoy. Treat your bridesmaids (or grooms men) to a day of pure tranquility before the excitement of your wedding with luxurious spa time away from the cold. Head down to a premium spa for a pre-wedding pamper. At 30 James Street, we offer exclusive packages to brides- and grooms-to-be, offering spa treatments, wedding breakfasts and time out to relax before the big day.

10. Keep your guests going throughout the evening

At Signature Living Weddings, we love the wild and the wacky for weddings and food is one of the best ways to express the personalities of you and your partner. Why not order some pizza in from one of Liverpool’s best pizza parlours as a late-night snack to keep your party-goers dancing?

11. Consider an indoor venue that’s as stunning as the outdoors

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The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff

Autumn might be a stunning time of year in the natural world, but with it’s windy weather, chances of rain and chilly temperatures, you risk some catastrophes by picking an outdoor venue.

Choosing an indoor venue that’s as stunning as the outdoors makes your job planning much easier. With so many magnificent, historic venues around the UK, you don’t have to compromise on the drama of your wedding backdrop just because it’s raining outdoors. The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff radiates grandeur and history, making it a breath-taking wedding venue for a special day.

12.Bring the outside in for your wedding reception décor

Autumn is beautiful for a reason – all those falling leaves are a stunning display in the natural world. And one magical autumn wedding idea is to take the outside in – why not incorporate the colours of autumn into your table decorations, with brightly coloured flowers, golden leaves and even autumnal branches as centerpieces for a rustic, woodland feel to your reception?

Trails of fairy lights across your venue, interwoven with fall foliage, can also create a stunning effect. Unlike summer weddings where pale and minimal often inspirational, avoid the colder tones in autumn to keep your reception looking warm and inviting for guests.

13. Keep guests entertained with seasonal entertainment

For autumn wedding ideas that you might not have considered yet, make sure you think about keeping guests entertained with unique fun and games that will make your day unforgettable. Autumnal games such as apple bobbing, a pumpkin shy (rather than coconut) and conker wars for the little ones will bring a touch of nostalgia with a seasonal twist.

With so much autumnal anticipation in the city of Liverpool, it’s the perfect place to host your wedding. Why not send your guests our guide to enjoying the city over the next few months so they can make the most of Liverpool in autumn during their visit?

14. Spend your wedding night in a cosy location

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The Presidential Suite at 30 James Street

One the party has ended and it’s just you and other half, the cherry on the cake for a perfect autumn wedding is a romantic night in a cosy location. From historic cottage honeymoons, to a rural yurt heated by a wood-burning stove, there are endless possibilities for where to spend your special night.

The Presidential Suite at 30 James Street in Liverpool matches decadent elegance with the warmth of tradition, making it one of the city’s most popular autumn wedding night suites. With a vast and luxurious bed, a plush champagne turret with views of Liverpool’s Three Graces and a spacious roman bath-style pool in the room, plus a twin seated steam room, this magnificent suite is perfect for helping you relax and unwind as a couple after an emotional day. Where better to enjoy the autumn evening than looking out over the waterfront with a glass of champagne in hand?

15. Pick the perfect wedding venue for a magical autumn day

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The Exchange Hotel Cardiff – a beautiful autumn wedding venue

The perfect autumn wedding venue should encompass the warmth of late summer days, but also be cosy at night as the temperatures drop.

In Liverpool, our White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street is the most magical place to host your wedding. With stunning, historic windows that flood the room with natural night, elegant heritage interiors and the opportunity to use our rooftop restaurant and bar, it brings the beauty of autumnal days indoors for a dazzling day. Plus, it’s officially the luckiest hotel to wed your other half in Liverpool, with over 97% of our beautiful couples still happily married!

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A beautiful wedding at 30 James Street. Credit: Andy Jackson Photography

At Signature Living, our wedding coordinators can help you plan the perfect autumn wedding in any one of our stunning, historic venues. Whether you’re hoping to have burnished orange trees on the rooftop of Eden, or 100 golden pumpkins at each table during your reception, we’re renowned for never saying no to your requests.

We hope you’v enjoyed reading our 15 autumn wedding ideas. To start your Signature Living Wedding Journey today, and begin planning your dream day, call us today on 0151 305 3753.

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10th September 2018

A 30 James Street Wedding is the Luckiest in Liverpool

Our talented team at 30 James Street recently carried out a fascinating study into all of the wonderful weddings we have hosted in our luxurious venue over the years. We know that a 30 James Street wedding is something many couples dream of, from the amazing views, to the historic backdrop and the opulent features.

But, what we really wanted to find out was just how lucky our beautiful venue was. So, we decided to ask all of the brides and grooms who have graced our aisle how they were getting on since their big day!

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After hearing the news from the Office of National Statistics in 2016 that revealed 101,055 opposite sex couples divorced in England and Wales, we just had to find out whether this was true for our happy couples.

To our amazement, of the 500 weddings that have taken place at our glorious venue 30 James Street, 485 of them are still going strong today! That’s a wonderful 97% of our beautiful brides and grooms that chose to tie the knot with us are still happily married.

Our amazing hotel 30 James Street first opened its doors in 2014, set within a magnificent piece of Liverpool’s historic maritime past, Albion House. Once home to the White Star Line’s headquarters, this iconic building had been left empty and had sadly fallen into disrepair.

Aspiring to breathe new life back into the beautiful building, the Signature Living Group saved and redeveloped this magical building, transforming it into the luxurious Titanic inspired hotel we see today.

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The White Star Grand Hall was the first Signature Living venue to host an amazing Liverpool wedding. Within walls that once served as a first class waiting lounge for White Star Line passengers, couples began to walk down aisles, say their vows to each other and celebrate their marriage in truly elegant surroundings.

Since the very first 30 James Street wedding, we have always made sure that our couples experience the day of their dreams, from catering to planning, decoration and thoughtful personal touches. We specialise in delivering the most enchanting wedding days.

Signature Living’s proprietor and co-founder Katie Kenwright said: “30 James Street has become synonymous with weddings since we opened the hotel over four years ago. We offer complete packages – luxury bridal suites, rooftop bar and restaurant and spa – so brides and grooms feel completely relaxed in preparation for their big day.

“We know people want to relive the moment they officially tied the knot, so on their anniversary couples can return for a complimentary stay. Perhaps this is just one of the reasons why our approach has proven to be successful, with marriages that have taken place in our venue truly standing the test of time.

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But, don’t just take our word for it, newlywed Becky who married her now-husband Charlie in June told us; “We chose 30 James Street for our special day because of its perfect location. People within the hotel go above and beyond to accommodate requests, putting you at ease on what is arguably the biggest moment of your life. Our winter wedding was perfect and we have nothing but happy memories, and other married couples appear to feel the same as we do!”

A 30 James Street wedding is the perfect venue to begin your journey to the rest of your lives together. The White Star Grand Hall is perfect for larger weddings, whereas Carpathia is perfect for smaller, more intimate receptions. With a range of seating plans to suit weddings of all sizes, we can help to personalise your big day. Our dedicated wedding coordinators are on hand to make sure every detail is meticulously taken care of, so you can enjoy every special moment.

To start planning your special day with Signature Living Weddings, email us at weddings@signatureliving.co.uk to enquire or call our team on 0151 305 3753.

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29th August 2018

8 Magical Flower Arrangement Ideas for Your Winter Wedding

Hosting your wedding during the winter can seem daunting floristry wise. Fewer flowers bloom in the colder months, meaning many popular varieties are more expensive or have reduced availability. Peonies, for example, are hard to come by.

But that doesn’t mean that your floral arrangements have to be drab. Instead, winter weddings open up a host of possibilities for creative and innovative floristry, allowing you to play with striking colours and bold arrangements, without compromising on style.

Don’t be afraid to go bold

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Rich, jewel colours work well at winter weddings – think royal purples and opulent reds. These decadent colours are best displayed in your bouquet.

Don’t be afraid to be bold – an eclectic mix of flowers in varying rich tones set against a deep green foliage will be suitably eye- catching for your big day, and bring warmth to a winter colour scheme.

You can afford to amplify your use of colour at a winter wedding – look to red anemones and yellow ranunculus for a flash of dazzling sunshine on a winter’s day.

Think about adding texture

winter wedding flowers

Added elements such as figs, grapes, hypericum and pomegranates within floral table arrangements help create depth in a display. For a warm winter colour scheme, think about matching the velvety soft reds and dusky pinks of roses with the deep jewel tones of the fruits for a dramatic touch.

Make the most of foliage

winter weddings flowers

What might seem a little dark and heavy for a summer wedding can make a winter bouquet really stand out. Foliage is less pricey than flowers and helps achieve a natural look on your wedding day.

For a soft effect, look to ferns for your bouquet base while the rounded silverly shapes of eucalyptus leaves contrast beautifully against darker greens to add depth to a bouquet.

Think about matching the deep greens of foliage to rich reds and and dark pinks in bridesmaids’ dresses.

Don’t be afraid to go festive

winter wedding flowers

There’s a reason why red berries are a popular addition to many floral arrangements around Christmas time – their vibrant reds bring a warmth to a winter display and a celebratory feel to any special day.

Try adding red berries to your table decorations for an easy focal point in any floral arrangement.

Think about what’s available

winter wedding flowers

Many flowers are available year round but for a special touch, it’s nice to think about using seasonal winter flowers. Look towards hyacinths, amaryllis, hellebores, paper whites and ranunculas for a seasonal addition to any bouquets and arrangements.

Hyacinths, in particular, can make beautiful table centerpieces – try having pure white ones on their own in a vase for a striking, simple display.

Add some magic at the table

Some beautifully table displays don’t have to use flowers at all! Why not go back to basics and consider using wintry branches covered in fairy lights or vases filled with pine cones for a rustic effect? Or return to tradition with elegant candelabras along the tables for a timeless décor scheme.

Little touches, like added flora at each table seat, can help warm the scheme up as well. On a chilly winter’s day, it’s important to keep the decorations cosy so that a room doesn’t look cold.

Cedar can make a beautiful centrepiece

winter wedding flowers

Adding ceder to your table displays will give your wedding reception a rustic feel. Try replacing your table runner with boughs of the rich, green tree for a Scandinavian touch that’s soft and whimsical. Add red roses or pine cones to create a fairytale theme.

Don’t forget the cake!

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It’s easy to forget that the cake should fit in with your wedding décor scheme as well. At a winter wedding, you can tie together your theme by matching the cake to the floral displays. Unconstrained by the inevitable pastels of summer months, why not go for a bold, brightly coloured sweet treat?

Think about decorating the cake with signature notes from the floristry – if you have bright orange ranunculus, why not include orange peel or dried slices in your cake decorations? Winter fruits, such as blackberries, can also tone well with a colour scheme that includes rich reds and deep, jewel tones.

Winter Weddings at Signature Living

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A happy couple at 30 James Street

At Signature Living Weddings, we think hosting your special day in the winter can make it even more magical. Our beautiful venues always look extra special dressed for the colder months.

The White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street in Liverpool is the perfect venue for a white winter wedding scheme, with it’s beautiful period features and gorgeous ceiling. Or, for a traditional take, why not take a look at our stunning Exchange Hotel’s Grand Hall? It’s wood panelling and grand interiors are a great backdrop to your special day.

For more information, and to start planning your magical journey today, call our incredible wedding specialists on 0151 305 3753.

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22nd August 2018

Wedding Venues In Liverpool: 10 Reasons To Choose The Garden of Eden

Choosing wedding venues in Liverpool needn’t be a struggle especially when there are so many reasons to pick The Garden of Eden as the perfect place to spend your special day.

Here are 10 reasons why The Garden of Eden stands apart from other wedding venues in Liverpool.

#1 The Flexibility

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When it comes to choosing where to spend your wedding day, The Garden of Eden is a blank canvas which can be turned into a work of wedding art.

The flexibility of the venue allows you to choose outdoor or indoor wedding ceremonies, receptions and dinners.

Indoor ceremony Garden of Eden wedding venues in Liverpool

You could have a festival themed wedding in our rooftop glamping Tipis, a pool party themed wedding using our rooftop hot tubs or an elegant and ethereal wedding taking inspiration from the Garden of Eden itself.

It’s entirely up to you to make the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

#2 The Hotel

Sitting beneath the most ravishing rooftop wedding venue in Liverpool is a selection of the city’s most luxurious hotel rooms.

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All of them designed with unique features to amaze your both your wedding guests and you newlyweds.

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From the breath-taking Bridal Suite, for the happy couple to enjoy to the gorgeous group accommodation for your guests, The Shankly Hotel has something to accommodate everyone in style.

#3 The Staff

From start to finish your wedding day will be orchestrated by a talented member of the Signature Wedding team.

Their experience and know-how will help guide you towards bringing together the most perfect day tailored to your wishes.

No task is ever too big for the Signature Wedding team and they love a challenge almost as much as they love to see the perfect personalised wedding come together.

#4 The View

Unlike other wedding venues in Liverpool, The Garden of Eden offers 360 views of the stunning city skyline with iconic Liverpool landmarks visible all the way around.

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Just imagine the photos of your most special day including the Anglican Cathedral and glimpses of the wonderful World Heritage Waterfront in the distance.

#5 The Facilities

The Garden of Eden has everything you need to make your wedding day unforgettable and accessible for both you and your guests.

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Light up LOVE signs, Flower Walls, elegant seating, floral decorations and delicate aisle lighting is on hand to help you create those amazing wedding day memories.

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For the evening, when it’s time to celebrate your new marriage, we have the perfect party accessories such as covered outdoor seatings, detachable dancefloors and a stage for bands and DJ equipment.

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What more could you need?

#6 The Location

One of the most important things when it comes to choosing wedding venues in Liverpool is the location and The Garden of Eden couldn’t be easier to get to.

Whether your guests are arriving by road, train or plane The Garden of Eden is never more than 30 minutes away.

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Liverpool Lime Street station is less than a five-minute walk away, we have our own private city centre parking underneath The Shankly Hotel and Liverpool John Lennon airport has its very own train station or is just a short 30-minute drive away.

Perfect for any relatives and friends who are travelling to be a part of your special day.

#7 The Food & Drink

At The Shankly Hotel we pride ourselves in catering to any special event, and when it comes to weddings our master craftsmen in the Bastion kitchens can provide a selection of mouth-watering menus.

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Any menu can be specially adapted to suit dietary requirements and our catering team work hard to make sure you and your guests are blown away by the food and service from both the bar and kitchen.

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From canapes and bubbly to three-course dinners, wedding cocktails and reception buffets, we can take care of it all with our range of all inclusive wedding packages.

#8 The Venue

Inside or out, The Garden of Eden is one of the most enchanting wedding venues in Liverpool.

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The interior space is filled with natural light and a heavenly décor that gives everything and everyone a wonderful wedding day glow.

There’s plenty of space to comfortably accommodate family and friends all day and night so you can celebrate your wedding day with everyone you hold dear.

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An expanse of green outdoor space, nestled in the centre of the thriving city makes The Garden of Eden feel like your own personal paradise.

An idyllic space to spend the most special day of your lives in with family and friends.

#9 The Experience

From the moment you say ‘I do’ The Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel can take care of your entire wedding experience.

Our unique hotel accommodation is ideal for hosting the perfect Hen, Stag or Sten parties where you and your loved one can enjoy nights out on the town, football-themed Shankly Tours of Anfield and Goodison, elegant afternoon teas and private parties.

The night before your wedding, you can enjoy an overnight stay with your bridal parties and groomsmen in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, or host a private party in one of the exquisite pool party hotel rooms.

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The Garden of Eden was designed for hosting spectacular celebrations and nothing could be more special to you and us than your wedding day.

#10 The Connection

Liverpool is a city that has become a home away from home for many people.

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Whether you are born and bred Liverpudlian or have simply fallen in love with the city, getting married in The Garden of Eden will give you a lasting connection to Liverpool you’ll cherish forever.

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From the interesting history to the proud present and bright future, Liverpool has an inescapable charm that will envelop you and your loved ones during a wonderful wedding day in The Garden of Eden.

Signature Living Wedding Venues

All our Signature Living wedding venues in Liverpool and the rest of the country bring something special to the table.

The Garden of Eden is just one from a selection of stunning wedding venues in Liverpool each available to host the most extraordinary wedding ceremonies and receptions in the heart of the city.

Signature Living Wedding’s also deliver perfect wedding experiences in Cardiff and will soon be making wedding dreams come true all over the UK.

The only unchanging factor between each Signature Living Wedding venue is our dedication to delivering you the most unforgettable experience. So, share your wedding day dreams with us so we can make them a reality.

Call now on 0151 305 3753 and start planning your perfect day with Signature Living Weddings. 

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15th August 2018

5 Unique Wedding Themes to Inspire Your Special Day

If you’re stuck for wedding theme ideas, look no further! Enjoy our guide to 5 wedding themes to inspire your special day.

So, it’s time to get planning an unforgettable occasion…

Great Gatsby 1920s Weddings

Recreate the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s with a dazzling Gatsby wedding. Gatsby themed weddings often follow an opulent gold motif. This can be enhanced by feathers, tassels and sparkle!

Liverpool’s Cunard House is an exquisite location for hosting the 20s wedding you’ve been dreaming of. The historic venue is vastly spacious, with flexibility ensuring your every wish comes true.

The grand venue can be decorated from head to toe in lavish decorations. The building can also play host to 1920s entertainment creating the perfect atmosphere. What better way to celebrate your special day, Old Sport? As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

Beatles Themed Weddings

Liverpool is the ultimate wedding location for Beatles fans. And when it comes to securing the perfect venue, Cunard House and 30 James Street Hotel are only moments from the city’s famous Fab Four statues. Surrounded by the exquisite Three Graces opposite the breathtaking waterfront, the Pier Head is a wonderful wedding backdrop.

So, if you’re preparing to embark on the beautifully long and winding road of marriage, Liverpool could be just the place to exchange your vows with friends and family.

For the ultimate Beatles wedding, why not illuminate the venue with neon lyrics from your favourite hits? For memorable table decorations, quirky Beatles ornaments or photographs may come in hand. And when it comes to musical entertainment, we all know how smoothly that Love Actually scene went down! A talented band of musicians could be the perfect finish for incorporating the Fab Four.

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 a mesmerising petal shower!

Nautical Themed Weddings

Create waves of seaside charm with a stylish nautical theme, perfect for your special day. A nautical theme may be chosen for a wide variety of reasons. Couples may opt for a scenic seaside wedding or choose a venue with maritime history.

Alternatively, the bride or groom may have personal ties to the Navy that they wish to celebrate on their special day. This charming theme leaves plenty of room for creativity. Nautical wedding decorations may feature everything from ropes and seashells to anchors and stripes, transporting your guests out to sea in style.

Without a doubt one of the best maritime wedding venues, Cunard House sits along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. A spectacular Grade II* listed building, the grand venue is rich in maritime heritage.

Christmas Themed Weddings

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

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

And when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year, is there any better season for craft making? Wreaths, candle holders and winter flower arrangements are sure to impress your guests!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to wedding themes! To enquire about our wedding venues, you can reach our helpful wedding team on 0151 305 3753.

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