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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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11th February 2019

15 Wedding Readings to Make Guests Laugh & Cry

Wedding readings are a wonderful way to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you opt for a romantic extract from classic literature, one of the best wedding readings from films, or draw inspiration from a witty poem, we’ve found something special for everyone.

You may want to choose a wedding reading that complements the theme of your wedding or your venue. So, take a read of our selection of the best wedding readings and start planning for a day that guests will remember…

Les Misérables

written by Victor Hugo 

“The future belongs to hearts even more than it does to minds. Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.

Love participates of the soul itself. It is of the same nature. Like it, it is the divine spark; like it, it is incorruptible, indivisible, imperishable. It is a point of fire that exists within us, which is immortal and infinite, which nothing can confine, and which nothing can extinguish. We feel it burning even to the very marrow of our bones, and we see it beaming in the very depths of heaven.”

The Notebook

written by Nicholas Sparks

A famous tearjerker, The Notebook was originally a Nicholas Sparks novel. And it’s safe to say his beautiful words are still a strong choice for wedding readings.

“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”

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Everything I Know About Love

written by Dolly Alderton

“I know that love can be loud and jubilant…I also know that love is a pretty quiet thing. It’s lying on the sofa together drinking coffee, talking about where you’re going to go that morning to drink more coffee. It’s folding down pages of books you think they’d find interesting

It’s saying ‘You’re safer here than in a car’ as they hyperventilate on an EasyJet flight to Dublin. It’s the texts: ‘Hope your day goes well’, ‘How did today go?’, ‘Thinking of you today’ and ‘Picked up loo roll’.

Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily reach forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.”

*edited extract

Up (2009)

“You and me… we’re in a club now. And you will always be my greatest adventure.”

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Jane Eyre

written by Charlotte Bronte

“I have for the first time found what I can truly love — I have found you. You are my sympathy — my better self — my good angel — I am bound to you with a strong attachment. I think you good, gifted, lovely: a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my center and spring of life, wraps my existence about you — and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one. It was because I felt and knew this, that I resolved to marry you.”

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

screenplay by Nora Ephron

This classic rom-com is known for some fantastically witty and romantic words, perfect for crafting wedding readings that you’ll never forget.

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The Lord of the Rings

written by J.R.R. Tolkien

“When Winter comes, and singing ends, when darkness falls at last; When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past; I’ll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again; Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain. Together we will take the road that leads into the West; And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.”

Letters

written by Lemony Snicket

‘I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.’

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

screenplay by Nora Ephron

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together … and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I’d ever known … I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.”

Be My Wife

by David Bowie

“Sometimes you get so lonely, Sometimes you get nowhere
I’ve lived all over the world, I’ve left every place

Please be mine, Share my life
Stay with me, Be my wife”

Winnie the Pooh

written by A.A Milne

One of the most beautiful wedding readings is taken from none other than Winnie the Pooh! This sentimental extract is sure to pull at some heartstrings.

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The Wedding Singer (1998)

screenplay by Tim Herlihy

“I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I want to do is grow old with you
I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you
I’ll miss you, Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you, Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control
So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I want to grow old with you.”

Juno (2007)

screenplay by Diablo Cody

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The One

poem by Rupi Kaur

“They should feel like home

a place that grounds your life

where you go to take the day off”

Yes I’ll Marry You

poem by Pam Ayres

“Yes, I’ll marry you, my dear, And here’s the reason why;

So I can push you out of bed, When the baby starts to cry,

And if we hear a knocking, And it’s creepy and it’s late,

I hand you the torch, you see, And you investigate.

Yes I’ll marry you, my dear, You may not apprehend it,

But when the tumble-drier goes, It’s you that has to mend it,

You have to face the neighbour, Should our labrador attack him,

And if a drunkard fondles me It’s you that has to whack him.

Yes, I’ll marry you, You’re virile and you’re lean,

My house is like a pigsty You can help to keep it clean.

That sexy little dinner, Which you served by candlelight,

As I do chipolatas, You can cook it every night!

It’s you who has to work the drill and put up curtain track,

And when I’ve got PMT it’s you who gets the flak,

I do see great advantages, But none of them for you,

And so before you see the light,

I do, I do, I do!.”

Signature Living Weddings

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the best wedding readings. Whether you’re planning words to dedicate to your other half, or you’re the Maid of Honour or Best Man, we’re sure these thoughtful words will help to shape an unforgettable day.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for crafting bespoke weddings designed with a difference. Our party accommodation rooms, experienced wedding coordinators and unique wedding venues make us stand out from the crowd.

From fairy tale venue Rainhill Hall to historic 30 James Street, each of our venues offers something extraordinary. We also offer a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you can make the most of what we offer.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 and start the next chapter of your love story?

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29th January 2019

7 World Famous Celebrities That Married a Fan

If you’ve ever dreamed of marrying your celeb crush or dating a celebrity, there may still be hope! Because some of the world’s most famous faces have fallen head over heels for none other than a fan.

Celebrities Who Married Fans

From some of Hollywood’s most prolific actors to stars of the 60s, we’ve delved into the love stories of 7 celebrities that married fans…

Justin Bieber Married Hailey Baldwin

Without a doubt one of the most famous married couples in the world, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s love story is far from ordinary! Years before her modelling career took off, Hailey was a self-confessed ‘Belieber’ and one of millions of fans hoping to catch Justin’s eye at his concerts.

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In 2009, Hailey struck lucky when she was introduced to her future husband by her father Stephen Baldwin. Behaving like any other starstruck teenager, Hailey stood awkwardly with her arms crossed as her dad took the lead and told Justin, “We’ve been enjoying your music”.

Elvis Presley Married Priscilla Beaulieu

It may come as a surprise that the King of Rock himself ended up marrying one of his fans. At 14 years old, Priscilla Beaulieu met Currie Grant, a friend of Elvis’ at the Eagles Club. Grant asked Priscilla, ‘How’d you like to meet Elvis Presley?’

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When it came to the night of meeting the rock ‘n’ roll icon, Priscilla was overcome with nerves. Elvis played songs for her, while Priscilla didn’t say much at all. After the night they met, Priscilla wondered how anyone at school would believe she’d been to the house of Elvis Presley…and the rest was history!

Reese Witherspoon Married Jim Toth

Now for a slightly different fan scenario, Hollywood superstar Reese Witherspoon fell in love with Jim Toth, who worked at a talent agency paid to promote the actress and her work.

 

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The pair are said to have crossed paths at a party, when Jim stepped in to save Reese from his drunk friend! Reese told ELLE magazine, “Jim came over and said, ‘Please excuse my friend. He’s just broken up with someone.’ She added, ““That’s just kind of who he is, a really good person.”

Ringo Starr Married Maureen Cox

The story of the next couple means rewinding back to the 1960s, the height of Beatlemania! Maureen Cox, a hairdresser at the time, was a regular at The Fab Four’s early shows.

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Living the dream of Beatles fans around the world, Cox was noticed by Ringo Starr at a show and married the drummer in 1965. Sadly, it wasn’t to be, and the pair divorced in 1975.

Tom Cruise Married Katie Holmes

They were once one of Hollywood’s most famous married couples, but did you know that Katie Holmes was fan girling over Tom Cruise before the term even existed! The Dawson’s Creek star had a crush on Cruise as a teenager and even had posters of him on her bedroom wall.

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In 2004, Holmes told Seventeen Magazine ‘I used to think I was going to marry Tom Cruise’. A year later, the famous duo were engaged. Less than ten years on, Holmes filed for divorce in 2012.

Kim Kardashian Married Kanye West

One of the most talked about celebrity weddings of all time was of course, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s! And though it may have seemed like a whirlwind romance, it took the famous rapper years to start dating the reality star.

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West is said to have fallen head over heels for Kim when he saw a photo of her with Paris Hilton in 2006, but as people say, timing is everything. Though Kim and Kanye crossed paths multiple times over the years, one or the other was involved with someone else. Kanye admitted he dreamed about being next to Kim for years, and rumour has it, he’d even go as far as drawing himself in to the Kardashian family Christmas card next to Kim!

 Posh Spice Married David Beckham

David and Victoria Beckham are one of the rare famous couples to have stood the test of time. But Posh and Becks have also made it onto the list of celebrities who married fans.

 

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Though it may seem unlikely, the story is that Beckham was a big fan of the Spice Girls back in the 90s. The football star finally got the chance to meet his future wife in 1997 after a match. After they met, David was determined to win her over, and it’s safe to say it all worked out!

Plan Your Dream Wedding

If you’re planning to say ‘I do’, look no further than Signature Living Weddings for the ultimate wedding venue. Our dedicated team of coordinators will bring the wedding of your dreams to life.

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Country venue Rainhill Hall is one of our most exciting venues to date. To enquire today about your special day, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753. 

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9th January 2019

The Best Moments from the Wedding Fayre

When future bride and grooms are looking for the perfect place to get inspired for their big day, the Signature Living Wedding Fayre is just the thing. With the chance to meet some of the UK’s leading wedding suppliers whilst enjoying live entertainment, a catwalk and even a cheeky glass of bubbly – the wedding fayre has it all.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite moments from the Signature Living Wedding Fayre 2019!

The Venue

Shankly Hotel Wedding Fayre

This year, the day was hosted at the amazing Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. Set in the heart of the city, the beautiful event gave to-be-weds the perfect opportunity to begin planning their journey towards marital bliss. It really was the perfect setting for the day, as it allowed couples to get a closer look at a real-life Signature Living wedding venue. In fact, the Shankly is also home to two of the most popular wedding venues in the Signature repertoire; The Garden of Eden and Baby Eden. Alongside the glass of fizz on arrival and live entertainment, guests were also treated to goodie bags and even a VIP lounge.

Bridal Couture

Signature Wedding Fayre Catwalk

With the beautifully lit catwalk, the scene was set perfectly for models to showcase the stunning designs from Romancia Bridal. Every crystal, pearl and intricate detail on each gown was admired by guests as the brilliant dress designers revealed amazing pieces exclusively from their unseen 2019 collection.

Pampered and Preened

Carla Lawson MUA

Brides to be were treated to demonstrations from amazing makeup artist Carla Lawson, where she answered any cosmetic-related questions. Whether it was finding the best makeup look suited for those professional photos or making sure that a bride’s natural beauty shone through, Carla was on hand to help.

The Spirit of Cuba

Alma de Cuba Dancer at Wedding Show 2019

The vibrant dancers from Alma de Cuba brought a hint of Cuban flair and style to the wedding fayre. With their bejewelled costumes bringing some showgirl chic to the day, the dancers and their fiery dance moves meant that guests were able to get a glimpse of what a wedding with a difference could look like!

Wedding Show 2019

There was a real buzz and sense of excitement surrounding the new third floor at Alma; an exclusive space in the rafters of the historic grade-II listed old church called The Vestry. With beautiful place settings that Alma de Cuba offers within their wedding package also on display, it was clear that this new space is a perfect choice for hosting a dream wedding.

Floral Fancies

Wedding Show 2019

Pretty Your Party stole the show with their amazing floral backdrops and lettering. The event décor specialists ran happy couples through their wide range of floral letters, numbers & walls – as well as their offering of sequin walls, ribbon backdrops and giant tassel balloons!

Other suppliers in attendance were Heather Elizabeth Photography, The Big Event Group, Matthew Rycraft Photography, Jeanette Flynn, Jonny Ross Music, Love and Carriage Wedding Cars, Dream Escapes, Thornton Events and many more.

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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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20th December 2018

Nick and Priyanka | Highlights from Their Spectacular Wedding Week

Dubbed by magazines as “Hollywood’s royal wedding”, Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding was a highlight of 2018. Following their engagement in late July, the week-long wedding celebrations began on Monday, November 26th in Mumbai.

From breathtaking outfits to dazzling festivities, their glamorous wedding week is still making headlines, and we loved seeing such an amalgamation of cultures and faiths as the families joined together.

Nick and Priyanka – Wedding Highlights

So if you’re planning an interfaith wedding or simply in search of some inspiration, take a browse of the highlights!

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To start the wedding celebrations, Priyanka’s mother Dr Madhu Chopra hosted a traditional puja ceremony. Both sides of the wedding party gathered together before the big day to enjoy the tradition.

 

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It all began as a fierce song & dance competition between the families but ended, as always, as a huge celebration of love.  Nick and I were looking forward to the Sangeet (musical evening), another pre wedding ritual.. and to see what each side had put together. And what a performance it was. Each family telling our stories through song and dance, filled with lots of laughter and love. We were both filled with gratitude for the effort, the love and the laughter and will carry the memories of this special evening for the rest of our lives. It is an amazing start to a lifetime of togetherness for our families and friends…#grateful @nickjonas 📹/📷: @calebjordanlee @josevilla @josephradhik

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The sangeet was held at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhavan Palace on Friday. The families enjoyed putting on competitive performances of singing and dancing. Chopra’s family opted for Bollywood-style pieces, while the Jonas family blew everyone away with lip syncing of Hindu songs!

Priyanka also showcased highlights of The Mehdi on Instagram, captioning: “One of the most special things that our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so so amazing.”

The couple were married by Jonas’ father Paul Kevin Jonas in a Christian ceremony, but also incorporated traditional Hindu festivities into the week of fun. For the Christian ceremony, Priyanka chose a beautiful custom Ralph Lauren gown. The intricate design took a staggering 1,826 hours to complete! And what a dress it was.

 

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And forever starts now… ❤️ @nickjonas

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Jonas was also dressed in custom Ralph Lauren, opting for a sophisticated double-breasted black tuxedo. The inside lapel of the suit featured personalized stitching of the words “my jaan”. This sentimental phrase translates to “my life”.

Outfits for the Hindu ceremony were especially beautiful. The bride wore a red lehenga designed by Sabyasachi Mukherji. Speaking to Hello! magazine, Priyanka shared: “I always knew I wanted a red traditional silhouette for my wedding, but Sabya brought in incredible French embroidery to the mix, and with incredible jewellery and western-inspired veil. It was just such an amalgamation of who I am!”.

 

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At Signature Living Weddings, we recently interviewed Interfaith Wedding Celebrant, Reverend Phil Parkinson, an expert when it comes to intertwining faiths and cultural traditions. Phil can be hired for Signature weddings across our versatile wedding venues. An experienced celebrant, he is delighted to assist with readings, music and rituals that truly reflect the couple. You can read the full interview here.

Priyanka told the press: “I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up. We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and we personalized them in a way that makes sense for us… It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

Signature Living Wedding Venues

From rooftop venue Garden of Eden to historic Alma de Cuba, choose from a wide range of venues with Signature Living Weddings. One of our most exciting upcoming venues is the breathtaking Rainhill Hall, a historic country house surrounded by enchanting grounds.

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Rainhill Hall

Each of our spectacular spaces can be tailored exclusively to you, whether you’re having a traditional wedding, extravagant theme, intimate occasion or Asian wedding.

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look back at this fabulous wedding! To get in touch with us about our luxury wedding venues or dedicated coordinators, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

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