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25th January 2019

The 7 Different Types of Bride

They say that planning a wedding is up there as one of the more stressful things you can choose to do. It can bring out the bridezilla in most brides-to-be, but it’s all with the best intentions. All you want is a practically picture-perfect day that everyone will enjoy, great dress, amazing venue, flowers, good weather and last but not least a wedding that feels unique to you and your beau.

It’s not too much to ask…is it?

You may be so laid back you’re horizontal or you’ve ended up swinging from the chandelier in your dream venue refusing to come down unless they fit you into their schedule. There are 7 types of bride; which one are you?

1. A Serial Spender

This is the most important day of your life and you’re prepared to give an arm and a leg to make sure it’s the dreamiest wedding your guests will have ever had the pleasure of attending. Outfit changes throughout the day have been discussed at length and you’ve been trying to get John Legend’s agent on the phone to organise the entertainment for the evening. Budget? You don’t know her.

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You’re fancy yourself as a bit of a Meghan Markle or Kate Middleton – that red carpet isn’t going to buy itself now, is it?

2. Bridezilla

Knock knock – it’s me, The Moodswing! This wedding is the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about before you go to bed. You’re willing to sell your soul for the perfect dress and are currently responsible for the local shortage of waterproof mascara. You currently love this wedding more than you love your fiancé.

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You’re Liv and Emma from Bride Wars combined into one; you’ll stop at nothing to make sure your day is absolutely-100%-without-a-doubt faultless.

3. The Budget Bride

You’re determined to cut any unnecessary costs to make sure your big day doesn’t end up quite literally breaking the bank. You’ve searched Pinterest high and low for the best DIY wedding hacks and have already started searching for the perfect second-hand gown on Etsy. Mum has agreed to tackle the cake and you’ve got all your bridesmaids on hand to help craft your own table decorations. Girl, you’ve got this!

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You’re a Phoebe from Friends getting married in the snow or a Miranda from Sex and the City tying the knot in the park in front of all her nearest and dearest.

4. A Laid Back Lady

You’ve put everyone on edge with how un-bothered you are, but you just don’t care. You know you’re going to be exchanging vows with your significant other one way or another. It’s not really an issue that you’ve left it too late to book the caterers; you’re happy to just order pizza for everyone. That’s if they turn up. You forgot to send your invites out in time, so just posted it on Facebook instead.

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You’re more of a Pam from The Office when she sneaks off with Jim to seal the deal. You’re not bothered what the celebrations are as long as everyone’s there to celebrate with you at some point.

5. The Life and Soul

Forget the ceremony, you’re here for the party! The hen ‘do was probably the highlight of this whole wedding shebang, but you can’t wait to carry on the celebrations as soon as the formalities are over. You’ve put more planning into the evening’s playlist than what flowers you carried down the aisle and your bridesmaids can’t wait to bust out the moves you’ve all been practising for weeks.

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You’re a Lillian from Bridesmaids, but only once she’s dropped the bridezilla routine and lets loose with her best mates.

6. Miss Meticulous

Clipboard? Check. Colour coded spreadsheet? Check. Walkie-talkies and headset? Check. The planning started before you were even engaged and you’ve put the Maid of Honour out of a job because you’ve already arranged your own hen party.

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You’re a Monica from Friends through and through, and the prospect of all that new wedding stationary feels much more exciting than actually getting hitched.

7. The Hopeless Romantic

Your head is in the clouds, the stars are in your eyes and birds are tweeting on your shoulder. We’ll just call you Cinderella. You’ve watched all your favourite romcoms throughout the entire process and the wedding scrapbook you made when you were 11 has been used as a very serious and detailed reference. You’re a walking, talking bridal stereotype – and you love it!

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You are most certainly a Charlotte from Sex and the City. You’ve been dreaming of this moment since you were little and no amount of stress or any obstacle can pop your lovey-dovey bubble.

No matter what type of bride you are, what really matters is that you’ll get to marry the one you love on your big day. If you’re looking for inspiration on where to tie the knot, then look no further than these five beautiful places to get married.

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11th January 2019

Looking Back at the Love Story & Wedding of Miley and Liam

It’s rare in Hollywood to find love that stands the test of time. But after a roller coaster ten years of on and off romance, things have finally fallen into place for Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.

Rumours began to circulate that the famous duo had tied the knot in late December 2018, and Miley took to Instagram later in the week to confirm the news herself. Of course, the announcement spread like wildfire!

How Did Miley and Liam Meet?

So as the couple begin the next chapter of their story, we thought we’d take a nostalgic look back at how it all began…plus, how one of the world’s most influential couples chose to say ‘I do’…

The newlyweds met all the way back in 2009 during the filming of coming-of-age rom-com The Last Song. The film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel was a surefire success, but it was the relationship between the lead actors that really kept fans hooked.

Over the years, their whirlwind romance has made headline after headline and filled the pages of magazines. In 2012, Hemsworth decided to take their romance to the next level by proposing to his former co-star.

But any plans that may have been made for a wedding were called off just a year later. The couple decided to go their separate ways, and fans were left wondering if the pair would ever reunite for a number of years.

Casting all doubts aside, Miley and Liam officially rekindled their love story in 2016. And it didn’t take long for speculation to start that an engagement was on the cards once again.

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Between them, the power couple have their fair share of fans! So, it’s no surprise that social media went into meltdown as rumours of their marriage were confirmed. But one of the most notable Tweets was one posted by The Last Song author himself, Nicholas Sparks. The romance novelist re-shared a wedding photograph posted by Cyrus, and congratulated the couple on their wedding.

An Intimate Ceremony to Say ‘I Do’

2018 was a big year for weddings, from the royal weddings to Nick and Priyanka’s week-long celebrations. But opting for a low-key, family affair, Miley and Liam were married in an intimate ceremony on December 23rd.

The special occasion took place at none other than Miley’s property in Tennessee. Noticeably informal, the wedding photographs shared to social media offered fans some personal insight into the secret celebrations.

 

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Cyrus has never been one to shy away from making a fashion statement….but when it came to her wedding day, Miley stayed way from eccentricity. Instead, she opted for an elegant off-the-shoulder gown by Vivienne Westwood. The flowing fit and trail of the dress were certainly in keeping with the ethereal decorations of their wedding backdrop.

 

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Of course, the couple’s wedding snaps included a selfie…the ultimate marking of a modern romance! But social media aside, this story really has finished with a good old-fashioned happily ever after.

Signature Living Weddings

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re home to a wide range of versatile wedding venues. So whether you’re opting for big and extravagant or planning a more intimate affair like Miley and Liam, look no further for the perfect setting for your special day.

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Rainhill Hall wedding venue

Rainhill Hall is one of our most exciting venues yet; the Grade II listed country house will be transformed into a fairytale wedding venue surrounded by enchanting grounds. So for those with a love of the great outdoors, our dedicated wedding coordinators can bring your dream wedding to life.

The luxury venue will also be home to spa facilities and woodland-style cabins, including a treetop Bridal Suite. What more could you wish for on the most memorable day of your life?

To be one of the first to get married at Rainhill Hall, get in touch today! Our helpful team will be ready to assist you every step of the way. You can reach us by completing our online contact form or on 0151 305 3753.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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8th November 2018

Woodland Wedding Locations | Introducing Rainhill Hall

Once known as Loyola Hall, Rainhill Hall wedding venue is certain to sweep you off your feet. Signature Living are set to restore the Grade II listed country house into one of the best woodland wedding locations.

Only a short distance from Liverpool city centre, Rainhill Hall sits in a quaint but easily accessible location. The breathtaking venue dates back to 1824 and is the perfect setting for bringing the wedding you’ve been dreaming of to life.

So, discover the magic of Rainhill Hall…

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A Fairytale Wedding Venue

Rainhill Hall itself sits within majestic woodland and lush greenery. We will be able to craft the most romantic backdrop for your special day, as showcased on our CGI visuals…

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Signature Living Weddings are always designed with a difference. So, whether you opt for traditional charm or a touch of extravagance, we can make it happen!

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The woodland setting is idyllic for bringing your loved ones together in the great outdoors. What better spot to say ‘I do’?

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We can tailor the space exclusively to you and your vision for the day. From colours and themes to special touches, your wedding will be entirely your own.

Woodland Cabin Accommodation

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice! Rainhill Hall itself will offer the chance to stay within the historic country house and soak up the heritage of the building.

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Meanwhile, we’ll be making the most of our vast outdoor space by building unique woodland cabins. Each luxury cabin will feature its very own hot tub, perfect for keeping cosy and enjoying the celebrations with a glass of fizz.

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Of course, we wanted to create something extra special for the Bride and Groom! Our treetop Bridal Suite is a breathtaking space to stay in for your wedding night accommodation.

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The Bridal Suite will be designed with style, comfort and luxury in mind to ensure your stay is truly unforgettable. From the stand alone bath and personal hot tub to outdoor lounge area, this peaceful location is a wonderful spot to relax and unwind.

Rainhill Hall will also offer an array of spa facilities to ensure you look and feel your very best. Our facilities are also ideal for spending time with your bridesmaids or groomsmen leading up to the big day.

Signature Living Wedding Coordinators

At Signature Living Weddings, we never say no! Our talented wedding coordinators are there to listen, advise and make the wedding of your dreams reality. We start with a blank canvas to ensure your wedding is personalised to you.

From fairy lights to fireworks and jazz bands to fire breathers, our versatile wedding packages offer something for everyone. So whether your wedding day will be a small, intimate affair or an extravagant occasion, our dedicated coordinators will take care of every detail.

Start the next chapter of your love story by getting in touch with us today. Our friendly team at Signature Living would love to hear from you. You can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

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26th October 2018

Planning Your Honeymoon: Interview with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly

Everyone knows one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is the honeymoon. It’s a much-needed respite after months of organising, preparation and designing. But for many couples, it’s also the trip of a lifetime!

However, while the actual honeymoon is heavenly, planning it and deciding where to go can get stressful. That’s why at Signature Living Weddings, we have an in-house Travel Expert who can give you the insider knowledge on how to plan your dream honeymoon.

We sat down with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly, to learn more about his job, why couples should choose to consult an expert like himself and reveal a few of his all-time favourite destinations!

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

Hi Christopher, to get things started I think we should start with a bit about you! How long have you been a Travel Expert and what made you want to become one?

Hi guys, okay great! Well I’m Christopher and I began my own travel expert company in the first quarter of 2018. I had always had a huge passion for travel and amazing experiences, I spent most of my spare time travelling the world and searching for unforgettable destinations. Using Dubai as my headquarters for 8 years, I embarked on ten long haul adventures every year!

I decided that I should put this unique knowledge into practice and help others achieve the incredible experiences I had been lucky enough to be a part of around the world. I obtained the relevant licences and financial protection and now I can offer my customers spectacular holidays at industry rates, so it is both affordable and excellent value for everybody.

Wow, that’s amazing! What would you say is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is definitely the feedback from clients when they return from their trip. I actually get excited when presenting customers with holiday offers, as if it was me going myself! Being a travel consultant means I bring joy to people’s lives, I like to think I give them something positive and exciting to look forward to, when maybe they are experiencing a stressful day. Certainly, when I talk to couples who are planning their honeymoon, it’s nice to put them at ease so all they have to worry about is their wedding and what to pack!

Why should people use a Travel Expert?

There are many reasons why Travel Experts are important. Firstly, our flights are ATOL protected, this means that should an airline not provide the service they promised, your finances are protected. For example, when Monarch went bankrupt overnight, those that booked independently lost their money. Secondly, the holiday itself is ABTA protected, so you won’t need to worry about losing money that way.

A Travel Expert also saves the customer endless hours searching for their perfect holiday. Just a few hours looking, twice a week, can add up to over 24 hours at the end of the month. It’s stressful and often confusing, whether you know what you’re looking for or not.

We have the expert knowledge on hotels, flight paths, airlines, locations, time of year, transfers and especially, offers. A normal travel company can only provide you with what they have been given to sell, an independent agent can personally tailor a package or an offer just for you.

However, I believe the most important thing is the point of contact. If you book with a large holiday supplier, it is incredibly difficult to contact them about queries you may have. A Travel Expert like myself is always on hand to help with any questions you may have, extras you’d like to add to the holiday or just simply chat about what you might expect from your trip.

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

What do you think makes you different from other Travel Experts?

I am completely independent, so I am never under any pressure to provide you with offers from particular holiday consolidators. I also have over 200 suppliers that are contracted to me, so the choices are just about endless!

I am extremely passionate about travelling, I see every new client and their holiday as a project. So, whereas a travel agent will usually allocate around 30 minutes to finding a deal for you, I will happily dedicate a number of days to filter through every supplier and guarantee you have a fantastic offer presented to you.

Due to my extensive knowledge, it is very likely that I will have visited either the country or definitely the region you want to visit. This means I’ll be able to give you some great first-hand help and advice!

Why do you think Signature compliments you as a travel expert so well?

I think, as a brand, Signature Living Weddings share a similar ideology. You are unique and offer personalised luxury at affordable prices. Like myself, Signature is all about creating unforgettable memories by being innovative and taking the lead within the industry. Our clients both look for a high standard of customer service and seek a personalised bespoke experience, together we do that very well!

Perhaps a difficult one, but what is your favourite holiday destination?

That is very difficult as you will often hear me say how much I love ‘this destination and that destination’. But if I had to choose, personally, I’d say Cape Town or the Maldives. Both are extremely beautiful and unique.

Of course, you deal with a lot of our couples that are planning honeymoons. What would you say are three essentials for the perfect honeymoon?

The specifics will, of course, differ from individual to individual. However, I’d say whether you’re booking a serene beach honeymoon or a vibrant city honeymoon, making it stress free is the number one priority.

Number two I would say the accommodation has got to be truly excellent. A honeymoon isn’t just any holiday, it’s your first trip abroad as a married couple, so it’s got to be spectacular!

Lastly, I think an essential for the perfect honeymoon is to create everlasting memories. You want to be telling people in twenty year’s time just how incredible it was and revisiting those magical memories regularly.

What are the most popular destinations for honeymoons at the moment? 

The Indian Ocean is the most popular destination by far for honeymoons. More specifically, the Maldives is currently top of the list for a lot of couples I book with.

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Travel Expert Christopher Kelly

We’ve talked a lot about honeymoons, but there’s something new called a mini-moon which has taken off lately. What is a minimoon and why do you think they have become so popular?

A mini-moon is a short break or short holiday that usually lasts around 3-7 days, straight after the wedding party. Used instead of, or just before the honeymoon, many couples book a mini-moon to take a break after the wedding planning and have a little time to themselves.

Lots of couples don’t plan to go away for their honeymoon a month or so after the wedding has taken place, so getting away for a short time before that can be perfect. It is a chance for the bride and groom to instantly enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the amazing wedding. These short trips are often just a quick plane journey away, so you don’t have to worry about extended travelling.  Many people even choose to enjoy a couple of days in a hotel a short flight away, before embarking on the journey to their final honeymoon destination.

Thanks so much for talking to us, to round things off can you tell us a fun fact about you?

Of course, okay. I once went to an evening social event in Dubai and 24 hours later found myself, unintentionally, sat on a beach in the Maldives eating an Alfredo pasta and feeling confused as how it all transpired!

Planning a honeymoon when you have a Travel Expert like Christopher couldn’t be easier! With his wealth of knowledge and passion for travel, he’s sure to plan and book a trip you and your partner have always been dreaming of. If you’d like to get in touch with Christopher, he’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! You can call him on 07885670143 or email christopher.kelly@ite.travel.

At Signature Living Weddings, making your wildest dreams come true is what we specialise in. We have a plethora of exquisite wedding venues, dotted all over the UK. From historic spaces, to magical woodland areas and venues with real character and charm, a wedding with Signature is always unique and unforgettable.

To begin the first steps to your perfect wedding, get in touch with us today by calling 0151 305 3753.

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