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22nd July 2019

Modern Wedding Cakes for the Bride Who Likes to Stand Out

Gone are the days of the traditional white wedding; couples all over the world are now opting for fresher, modern and unconventional ideas when it comes to their special day. If you’re looking for an alternative wedding with a difference, then don’t just stop at the décor and location.

The smaller details will really be the things that pop, so why not go for one of these stunningly eccentric wedding cakes?

Bright & Botanical

Breathe life into your wedding with touches of botanical beauty, bright colours and ornate detailing. This style is perfect for when you want your wedding to have a sense of fun and romance. Symbolise the birth of a new chapter with this lovely design that takes it right back to nature.

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Art Deco Chic

Add a touch of 1920s class to your big day with an Art Deco-inspired cake. Don’t just stop there, though – add glints of gold and structured geometrical themes into your decor and accessories to create a look that your guests will remember forever.

 

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Go Naked

Take it back to basics with this naked wedding cake idea. Stripping a traditional theme back really puts focus on the two of you and also puts a fresher, more contemporary spin on the big day.

 

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Who Needs a Cake?

Make it easier for everyone to get involved with a huge tiered macaroon stand. Not only is it super pretty and fun, but guests will be pleased to see that you’ve done something a bit different.

 

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Amazingly Abstract

If you’re someone that likes to go against the grain, opt for an uber abstract, totally out there wedding cake. Splashes of colour and interesting shapes will not only be wedding insta-worthy, but will show off your fun side as a couple.

 

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Dark & Mysterious

Not everything wedding-related has to be white! Opt for dark blues and moody hues to offset more traditional expectations. Adding hints of silver and twinkly accessories can set a romantic scene, almost as if you were to marry underneath the stars.

 

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Elegance, Updated

Put an elegant, elevated twist on the traditional wedding cake by choosing dusty duck-egg blue hues, delicate sugar petals and ornate buttercream details.

 

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Again…Who Needs Cake?!

Need we say any more?!

 

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Winter Rustica

If you’re getting wed in the colder months, add some wintry charm to your modern wedding cake by adding subtle touches like eucalyptus, birch and winter roses. Only having a minimal amount of buttercream added to the outside of each tier creates a woody effect and sets the scene for the perfect winter wedding.

 

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…and Last but not Least

If you don’t have a sweet tooth, fear not. Turns out, you can get a PORK PIE wedding cake!

 

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Make your wedding a day to remember with an alternative, modern wedding cake and a special venue to match. To find out more about Signature venues, our packages or to download our brochures, head over to our contact page. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

Not sure what type of bride you’ll be but adamant you won’t end up being a Bridezilla? Take a look at our roundup of the different types of bride – and then think again!

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11th June 2019

Our Favourite Weird & Wonderful World Wedding Traditions

When it comes to wedding traditions, we Brits still honour some of the oldest.

Grooms can’t see brides before the wedding because tradition says he might have the chance to change his mind. We throw rice or confetti at the end of the ceremony, to encourage fertility and then there’s the obligatory lift over the threshold, which protected the bride from demons lurking in the marital home.

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The list is endless and dated, but these are the time honoured wedding traditions most adhere to, for fear of jinxing their marriage before it’s even begun.

After contemplating the reasons behind our own country’s customs, we ventured out across the globe in search of some equally strange, yet time honoured, wedding traditions from other countries and cultures.

What we found will shock and amaze as some of these are wonderful wedding traditions we’d happily adopt, others are a bit too weird, even for us.

Bride Squad Goals: China

An interesting and fun wedding tradition from China, and one of our favourites; the hazing of the groom.

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Bridesmaids in China are said to set a series of challenges for the groom and his groomsmen to overcome before he is deemed worthy for the bride.

If the groom and his men are unsuccessful, the maids might be bought off with ransom money.

Kerching!

Kiss the Couple: Sweden

At a Swedish wedding reception, a wonderful wedding tradition involves wedding guests sneaking a kiss with the bride or groom whenever the other leaves the room.

This tradition was once reserved for just the groom, but in today’s society, the bride is also free to peck when her new hubby isn’t around.

Ready, Aim, Fire: China

Chinese grooms from the Yugar culture become Cupid on the day of their wedding, shooting the bride with three headless arrows before breaking them in two.

The breaking of the arrows is a symbol, showing their marital love will last forever.

Our Kind of Wedding Tradition: Mauritania

Instead of dieting to fit into their wedding dresses, brides from certain cultures in Mauritania would be sent to fat camps.

The idea is that the plumper the bride was, the wealthier the husband would seem.

Shoe Theft: India

Bridesmaids at it again, raising money for their bride-to-be, an Indian wedding tradition involves the girls pilfering the groom’s elaborate shoes.

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They then hold the footwear to ransom until the groom pays up.

Blackening the Bride: Scotland

It’s well known that Scottish ladies are tough, it’s in their DNA. But, to be sure they can take whatever their new marriage might throw at them, friends and family put them through their paces.

The bride-to-be would first be pelted with rubbish, rotten fruit and veg, spoiled milk and fish then tarred and feathered.

After being tied to a tree her “friends” would then take her out for a night on the town.

No Getting Cold Feet: Korea

Grooms in Korea don’t worry about getting cold feet, instead, their feet are whipped with rope or dead fish.

This is done for an entire hour, to test the strength and willingness of the groom-to-be.

Let the Tree Take the Fall: India

According to wedding traditions in India, brides born as Manglik’s must first get married to a tree.

It is custom to believe that these women are cursed from birth and, without this weird tree marrying wedding tradition, an early death would befall their first husband.

The tree basically takes the fall of the curse, instead of the first husband.

Biggest Mouth Wears the Pants: Russia

It’s all up for grabs in the Russian household as, wedding traditions dictate, whoever takes the biggest bite out of the wedding sweetbread “Karavay” will wear the trousers in the relationship.

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The trick is you can’t use your hands.

Marriage Going Down the Toilet: France

Past French wedding traditions involved the leftovers from a wedding feast being eaten out of a toilet. This was to give the couple fuel for the wedding night ahead.

These days the custom has given a been given a chic makeover, with Champagne and chocolates now being served . . . still from a toilet bowl mind.

Chicken Liver Lovers: Mongolia

Before Mongolian brides and grooms can officially tie the knot, they must first butcher a few chickens.

Only when they find a healthy liver can they proceed to set a date. Macabre we know but this is the tradition.

Lasso for Life: Mexico

At the altar of a Mexican wedding, the person performing the ceremony passes a lasso made of flowers in a figure of eight over the happy couple’s shoulders.

This is meant to signify an everlasting marriage and a love that will last for all eternity.

Bride Napping: Romania

Bringing a new meaning to the phrase “Runaway Bride”, wedding guests at a Romanian wedding will kidnap the bride and stash her in a secret location. They then demand a ransom from the groom for her return.

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If he can’t pay with cash, or booze, as this strange wedding tradition demands, he must sing a sappy love song in front of the entire wedding party to get her back.

Brides in Drag: Sparta

Ancient Spartan wedding culture would see the brides shave their heads and dress up as men.

They would then be left alone in a darkened room and ritually captured by their husbands to be.

This is Sparta.

Testing Teamwork: Germany

After becoming husband and wife, happy couples in Germany are presented with a large log and dual-ended saw.

They are challenged to saw the log in half, proving their strength and resilience as a couple.

Staying Grounded: Ireland

Ever a fanciful folk, Irish wedding tradition keeps the bride grounded throughout her wedding day. The rule even extends to her having both feet on the floor throughout the first dance.

Should either of her feet lift from the floor, fairies are said to swoop in and steal her away.

A Smashing Way to Celebrate: Germany

Back in Germany now, and these guys really want to make sure the bride and groom work hard on their wedding day.

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Not only will they be sawing large logs in half, but their entire wedding party will smash plates, pots and cups after the couple say ‘I do’, which the bride and groom must then clean up!

Lock, Stock, Tie and Garter: Spain

After weddings in Spain, groomsmen and bridesmaids will steal the groom’s tie and brides garter, chop them up and send them out to wedding guests.

A souvenir from the day to keep as long as the marriage lasts.

All the Single Ladies: Peru

This interesting wedding tradition involves baking ribbons into the first layer of a wedding cake, one of which will have a ring attached.

All the single ladies at the wedding each grab a ribbon, and whichever gets the one with the ring will be the next to be married.

A Whale of a Tale: Fiji

Going to new depths to impress the potential father in law, men in Fiji must swim into the ocean in search of a whale tooth to present for their loved one’s hand in marriage.

Now that’s dedication if you ask us.

Getting Through the Groom Gates: Thailand

A beautiful wedding tradition in Thailand asks that the groom passes through several gates on his way into the wedding ceremony.

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These can be anything as simple as breaking a chain of jasmine flowers, or belts made of gold, to performing embarrassing tricks, or singing songs.

Take a Walk Down the Human Aisle: French Polynesia

Forget wedding gifts and or donations to honeymoons, this weird and wonderful wedding tradition dictates all guests lie face down, side-by-side for the bride and groom walk along out of the ceremony.

The gesture is meant to show your support of the new marriage.

Here Comes the Bride: Jamaica

Instead of oohing and aahing at the beautiful bride in her wedding day ensemble, Jamaican locals will instead come out to critique her look.

The bride will parade down her local high street, with passers-by shouting out their thoughts on how she could have improved her bridal attire.

Dances for Money: Cuba

Men who wish to dance with a newly wedded Cuban bride on her wedding day must pay for the privilege by pinning cash to her dress.

The money raised is to go towards the happy couple’s future home.

Love Spoons, Not Diamonds: Wales

Handcrafted goods go further than diamonds with this Welsh wedding tradition.

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Grooms have been known to hand carve Love Spoons to win the hearts of their loved ones, adding keys to unlock each other’s love and beads as a symbol of how many children they’ll have.

Saliva for Success: Massai Kenya

The father of the bride has more responsibility in Kenya than simply paying for the wedding. Instead, it is his job to spit all over his daughter, immediately after the ceremony.

This is apparently custom so as not to jinx the new marriage by tempting fate and being overly happy for the newlyweds.

Putting the Baby to Bed: Czech Republic

Something that will no doubt be part of the new couple’s life in the future, putting the baby to bed in the Czech Republic is a wedding tradition that encourages fertility.

The bridal party basically find an infant at the wedding and place it in the matrimonial bed, blessing the marriage with children in the future.

Sock It too Them: Canada

Older, unmarried siblings of brides and grooms in Canada, carry out a traditional sock dance where they don crazy, unmatched socks and perform silly dances.

The wedding party then throw cash at them which is collected and given to the newly married couple for their future.

Disappearing Bride Groom: Venezuela

Sometimes weddings can be so exhausting for the bride and groom and all they want to do is run away from it altogether.

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And in Venezuela, that’s exactly what they do. In fact, it’s a challenge for the bride and groom to escape their own wedding party unnoticed and its seen as good luck if they succeed.

The Price You Pay: Russia

To wed any Russian bride, its custom for the groom-to-be to pay up, literally, on the day of the wedding.

He must either come to the bride’s parents house armed with cash or gifts and if he has neither, must be prepared to be humiliated.

The bride’s parents will request that the groom sings and dances until they are satisfied he’s paid his dues.

La Serenata: Italy

This is without a doubt the most romantic on our list of weird and wonderful wedding traditions, and who’s surprised it’s from Italy.

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On the eve of the wedding, Italian grooms will appear outside their bride’s windows to serenade them, complete with backing singers, after which a full-blown street party takes place with all the family and plenty of food.

That’s how to sweep a girl off her feet, with music, pasta and pizza.

Don’t Smile for the Camera: Congo

Congolese wedding ceremonies are no laughing matter. In fact, it’s a customary wedding tradition that both bride and groom must remain stony-faced throughout their entire wedding day.

Should they crack a smile at any point, it is seen as a warning that they aren’t serious about their marriage?

Make Your Own Traditions

When looking forward to planning your own wedding day, why not incorporate any of these weird and wonderful wedding traditions from around the world or, better still create some of your own.

Our blog archive has some great ideas on how to host the most magnificent wedding ceremonies and receptions, from sensational seasonal styling, theme inspiration and how to guides.

Check out some of the stunning historic wedding venues in Liverpool available at Signature Living Weddings, each one a unique and breathtaking backdrop that is perfect for hosting your special day.

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Go outdoors at Rainhill Hall or opt for elegance in The White Star Grand Hall, bring the heat at Alma de Cuba or visit paradise in The Garden of Eden. whatever your tastes, Signature Living Weddings have a venue and wedding package to suit.

Call 0151 305 3753 to speak with our team or email weddings@signatureliving.co.uk, to start planning your special day with Signature Living Weddings.

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3rd April 2019

Be Inspired by These Fun and Unique Confetti Ideas

Confetti is the Italian word for sweets. It also is used to describe the pretend plaster sweets that were thrown in Italy during festivals, parties or carnivals. At weddings, they were thrown with flowers as the bride left the church. The tradition ended up spreading far and wide across Europe until the plaster confetti had been banned in France in the 1890s. Colourful paper discs replaced the plaster imitations, and thus the confetti custom as we know it today was born.

In England, the traditional item to throw as the bride left the church as a married woman was in fact rice! It was considered a symbol of fertility – however, did pose a slight health and safety risk when being thrown into the air. Gradually, the paper confetti replaced rice – with the added appeal that it was French and très chic!

Get Creative with Confetti

Now, a lot of time has passed since then and it seems that more and more brides are getting creative when it comes to their confetti ideas for the send-off. Let’s look at some fun and unique confetti ideas that you can incorporate into your dream day.

Flower Petals

 

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If you can, sourcing fresh flower petals is a gorgeous alternative to the average paper variety. Go for one particular type – like rose petals – for a more uniform look in photographs or mix it up with a cocktail of colourful natural confetti.

Ribbons

 

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If you’re working to more of a budget, then paper or ribbons can be a fantastic option when you want that big pop of colour as you exit the building. We recommend picking for a biodegradable confetti paper type that dissolves when it rains, as this makes it a lot easier for venue staff to clear up – and it’s better for the environment!

Leaves or Dried Flowers

 

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Speaking of the environment, dried leaves can be an excellent choice for an autumn wedding. Dried flowers will provide a soft, beautiful and almost vintage feel to your confetti. Lavender is also an option when looking for something more natural, plus it smells fantastic!

Bubbles

 

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Why not have your guests blow bubbles as you walk down a corridor of your nearest and dearest? It’s a really fun way to get everyone involved, and kids will love it too. Just imagine how magical it will be with dreamy bubbles floating above your heads!

Sparklers

 

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If you’re having a winter wedding and know the end of the day will be darker, sparklers are a fabulous option. They create such a beautiful effect for your wedding photographs and provide a truly memorable experience for guests as they send you off into the world of marriage.

Rice or Birdseed

 

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If you want to take it back to tradition, then why not opt for the original confetti – rice? Although, it has been found that this can be harmful to birds to eat, so we suggest replacing with birdseed. It’ll be an eco-friendly option – and the birds will thank you!

Paper Planes

 

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Go for something truly unique and interactive by having your guests throw paper planes into the air instead of confetti. They could even write their well wishes for the happy couple onto them before they’re folded! Just make sure you’ve got the groomsmen and bridesmaids ready to clear up at the end – if you have a fair number of guests this may be a pain for venue staff to clear up. If you’re mindful and organised, a paper plane send-off could be one of the highlights of your day!

Make your wedding a day you will treasure forever with a spectacular venue to match your special send-off. To find out more about Signature venues, our packages or to download our brochures, head over to our contact page. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

Consider yourself a bit of an alternative bride? Check out these quirky wedding cake ideas!

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28th March 2019

Great Ideas for a Perfect Spring Wedding

If you’ve chosen to get married in Spring, then congratulations! There’s so much inspiration to glean from this wonderful season; it is the time for new beginnings, rebirth and rejuvenation.

Embrace the vibrancy and vitality that Spring brings by incorporating ideas like these into your big day.

Bring the Outside in

Unpredictable weather at this time of year means that an outdoor wedding is risky. There’s no need to give up on the idea, however, as you can bring the outside in with clever use of foliage, flowers and woodland elements.

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A Fresh Twist on Foliage

Flowers shouldn’t just be reserved for the bouquets – think chandeliers made of lush greenery and roses, wall hangings filled with seasonal blooms and even pressed flower personalised favours.

Think tulips, hyacinth, peonies & freesias combined with woody accents and bright, colourful textures.

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Break Tradition

It’s the beginning of a new season, and with this particular season comes life, vivacity and new beginnings. Why not opt for a less traditional dress that accentuates the rest of your Spring theme? Floral accessories and embroidered applique detailing can create a lovely soft change from plain, white gowns that we are used to. If you’re feeling brave, play around with colour, too.

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A bright and striking dress that pops with colour can make for some really memorable wedding photographs.

Embrace the Season

Fruits like strawberries, apples and fresh apricots are all in season around this time of year. Incorporate these along with edible flowers into a range of themed spring cocktails instead of bubbly at the wedding reception.

Great Ideas for the Perfect Spring Wedding

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Seasonal fare can also be the focus of your wedding breakfast in Liverpool. Most tasty fruits and vegetables are in season around springtime, but the stars of the show are usually asparagus, carrots & greens. A fresh take on a traditional wedding meal will perk guests up and prep them for the night ahead.

A Spring Inspired Statement

When it comes to the cake, this is where your Spring theme can really shine. Utilise the berries that are in season around this time of year and go for a ‘naked’ cake full of fresh cream and zesty lemon.

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Or, if you want something a bit livelier, have your cake-maker adorn your wedding cake with cheerful, dynamic colours that really channel the essence of Springtime. Painted sugar petals and realistic iced ‘succulent’ cupcakes will really bring your wedding cake to life!

Earthy Accents

To contrast against the bold colours that encapsulate your Spring wedding theme, bring earthier, more mellow niceties into the day that will help balance everything out. Wicker baskets are a great item to use, especially for flower girls and to hold floral centrepieces in.

Great Ideas for the Perfect Spring Wedding

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Magnolias have beautiful branches that can be incorporated into your décor, alongside flowering cherry tree branches and blossoms. There are plenty of great places out there that make some incredibly convincing artificial flowers, trees and other foliage that can stand in for when you can’t source the real thing.

A Dream Spring Wedding with Signature

Once known as Loyola Hall, Rainhill Hall is a perfect setting for a Spring wedding. It’s only a short distance away from the centre of Liverpool, however, feels more like an ethereal woodland oasis once you set foot into the grounds!

Great Ideas for the Perfect Spring Wedding

They even have woodland cabins in which to house your guests and an incredible treetop Bridal Suite for the happy couple!

Start planning your perfect Spring wedding with Signature Living Weddings. Our dedicated wedding coordinators will be on hand every step of the way to ensure that your big day is the happiest it could possibly be. Give our lovely team a call on 0151 305 3757. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

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