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23rd August 2019

Sustainable Wedding Ideas for a Planet-Friendly Big Day

Reducing plastic use, minimising our carbon footprint – we’re all aware of our alarming impact on the planet and how to reduce it. But weddings can be a minefield of plastic wrappings, unwanted favours and food waste, making your big day a not-so green wedding.

Aiming towards environmentally friendly nuptials isn’t just better for the planet – it can help you save money and stress by simplifying wedding plans and reducing unnecessary spending on defunct items.

If you’re serious about making your wedding sustainable, there’s lots of steps you can take to make it a plant-friendly day. You don’t have to go mad – but even taking a few steps to reduce your impact will guarantee a special occasion to be proud of as you help the planet alongside celebrating your marriage.

And the best part? You don’t have to compromise on style for sustainability. Thanks to this year’s trend for botanical-themed weddings, green is now a timeless touch for any nuptials.

Go local

 

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Air miles and traffic fumes are some of the worst polluters in the world, so cutting down on travel for your wedding gives big green brownie points towards sustainability.

And it’s not just about hosting your wedding in the local area – using local companies and sourcing flowers and food from your region will cut down on carbon production.

Get serious about sustainability by making a promise to use local brands where possible during your big day preparations.

Think carefully about the location of your venue

 

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When it comes to eco-friendly venue choices, inevitably it’s better to choose permanent wedding spaces rather than renting marquees, as hired tents must be transported to the location.

Even better – pick a venue that’s close to public transport hubs. At Signature Living Weddings, all our venues are just moments away from the city’s Lime Street Station. From the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street, sitting elegantly on the waterfront, to the sumptuous Shankly Hotel Garden of Eden rooftop space, your guests can travel to the big day without hassle and reducing their carbon footprint.

 

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For a green wedding with a unique twist, why not take a look at our new Rainhill Hall venue? With a stunning open air, woodland ceremony space and gorgeous tree house suites tucked into the trees and lakeside luxury cabins, all available soon, you can bring the outdoors straight into your big day.

Hosting your ceremony and reception in one space also helps cut down on guests travelling. At Signature Living Weddings, we’re happy to accommodate every aspect of your big day from start to finish – making your planning easier, and helping the planet.

Choose favours that benefit the Earth

Inevitably, wedding favours often seem to come wrapped in cellophane or tucked into plastic bags. And sadly, they’re often left behind, thrown away, or unused despite the effort put into sourcing them.

 

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But favours are also one of the easiest ways to make your wedding more planet-friendly. For a more sustainable choice, think about using edible favours (everyone will want to eat a personalised biscuit) or consider offering small, potted plants which guests can take home.

A quirky option that’s increasingly popular for couples-to-be is offering packets of wild flower seeds, which can be personalised and double-up as place names, allowing guests to give back to the environment when they go home.

For a zero-waste option at your green wedding, why not chose to give charity donations in lieu of a material gift? Ask guests to pick from a list of charitable donations, or chose just one close to your heart and give the money you would have spent on favours helping ecological causes.

The dress

Your wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the day if you’re a bride. But sadly, it’s also often the least environmentally friendly aspect of the occasion.

Vintage dresses are an increasingly popular route to sustainability, as are ethical designers produce custom-made garments. But sometimes that won’t work out – and we don’t want to suggest you give up on your dream dress because you feel guilty about its eco-impact.

 

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Instead, focus on the second life of the garment to reduce environmental harm. Too many wedding dresses end up in landfill, so focus on what happens to the dress after your wedding to make a change. Think about hiring your dress, so that you can be certain it gets a second life, or keep it for relatives to also use. Or, think of ways to reuse the materials. Why not craft a cushion or sew parts of it into a quilt? There’s companies all over the UK who specialise in re-purposing wedding dresses into beautiful keepsakes so that you’re once-in-a-lifetime garment can be used again and again.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

 

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Try to cut down on paper-use by minimising the amount of stationary you send to guests. Rather than sending save the date cards, why not use an online e-card service?

And for invitations themselves, source recycled and recyclable paper that won’t be cutting down any more trees for its creation. Some printers even offer vegetable-based inks rather than traditional ones that contribute to chemical pollution.

For an extra green wedding touch, why not use seed paper? Available at a number of online retailers, seed paper lets your guests ‘plant’ the invitations after use, which then sprout wild flowers thanks to seeds embedded in the biodegradable paper!

Look local for food

Catering for large parties is difficult – and food waste is one of the worst offenders when aiming for sustainability at weddings.

 

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At Signature Living, all our restaurants offer regionally-produced and locally sourced food, meaning your can be sure your wedding day menu doesn’t carry unnecessary air miles. Whether you opt for an elegant sit-down meal or a laid back buffet style, we’ll strive to create a menu that uses the best local, fresh and tasty produce for your wedding.

And to cut down on food waste, make sure you designate someone to pack up any leftover food for that post-wedding night snack. You could even try to arrange for any leftovers to be delivered to a homeless shelter, like the Cotton Street Project, although bar in mind that once left at room temperature, the perishable food will have a short life span.

Avoid plastics when decorating the venue

 

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If you’re looking to be as sustainable as possible on your wedding day, decorating the venue can be a minefield. From flowers to balloons, you’d be surprised how much single-use plastics and carbon footprints creep into the least expected areas of wedding planning.

As a rule for green weddings, always look to hire rather than buy to reduce waste. Luckily, according to Signature Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin, borrowing decorations is a great way to keep costs down on your big day. At Signature, our couples-to-be love the centrepiece blossom trees we offer for your reception tables.

 

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Other easy ways to reduce waste include hiring lanterns rather than balloons, using beautiful liquor bottles to hold flowers (all those gin bottles you stored could come in handy) and finding household products that can be re-utilised on the table. Why not keep it homely with tealight lanterns made from jam jars or add a touch of Bohemia by arranging your flowers into jazzy old food tins? A trip to your local vintage store will spark your imagination.

Forego your gift register

 

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Do you really need that ice-cream maker, or will it just end up in landfill a few years down the line? Ask for sustainable and ethical gifts from your guests to ensure you’re not throwing things away a few months after you’ve received them.

Why not ask for monetary donations to help with your dream honeymoon, or request that guests donate to a charity working towards minimizing the effects of climate change?

Pick your confetti with care

The confetti toss as you leave your wedding venue can produce some of the most beautiful photos of the day. But throwing rice or paper around outside isn’t particularly environmentally conscious.

As an alternative, look towards biodegradable and water soluble substitutes or revert to nature with plant-based confetti made from lavender, rose petals, fresh herbs and micro flowers.

Pick seasonal flowers for your green wedding

Flowers won’t last forever – but they might have a lasting impact on the environment. Many cut flowers are flown in from far-away countries like Kenya and have been treated with damaging pesticides that decimate local bio-climates.

To keep your green wedding on track, go seasonal and local and ask your florist to source your blooms from known sustainable producers. You’ll benefit from the freshest, brightest blooms and the planet will benefit from a reduced carbon impact.

For a Spring wedding, consider bulb plants like daffodils, hyacinths and muscari, as well as ranunculus, lilacs and viburnum. In Summer, look towards hydrangea, peonies, the sunshine blooms of sunflowers and larkspur. As you head into the colder months, pick wax flower, stephanotis and dahlia.

 

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Make sure to ask your florist to avoid using floral foam (commonly known as oasis) – this traditional material that is used to hold blooms in place is an open-cell plastic and pretty nasty, causing skin irritation and breathing issues. It’s also not great for the environment.

Or, if you’re keen to make your wedding totally sustainable, opt for potted plants rather than cut blooms. Make like Kate Middleton and hire small saplings to fill an airy venue or buy your own plants which can be planted afterwards for a lasting memory of your special day.

For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch and start planning your perfect green wedding, contact us today on 0151 305 3753 or email weddings@signatureliving.co.uk 

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6th August 2019

23 Wedding Table Centrepiece Ideas for Every Brides Budget

As your dream day gets closer and closer, the finer details of your wedding are sharply coming into focus. It’s time to start choosing favours or picking one of the millions of wedding table centrepiece ideas you’ve saved to your wedding Pinterest boards.

But how do you narrow your choices down?

We’ve got a long list of wedding table centrepiece ideas for every bride’s budget, ready for those who want to save and others who have cash to burn.

The Rustic Look

Perfect for those who love the outdoors, the rustic wedding theme is a popular one, allowing the beauty of nature to set the tone of your wedding day.

1) Log Slices

Take a slice of a fallen log and give it a makeover by piling it high with tea lights, pine leaves or small glass jars filled with the sweetest smelling meadow fauna.

 

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Log slices can be stacked on top of each other at juxtaposing angles, with trinkets balanced on each tier.

An intricate golden photo frame next to a fallen pine cone or a naked pillar candle with a twine collar are just a few of the wedding table centrepiece ideas you can create from a slice of a fallen tree log.

2) Potted Plants

In keeping with the rustic and humble theme, the plant pot is something we see every day, in gardens and homes all over the world.

Use their simplicity as inspiration for some of the most beautifully rustic wedding table centrepiece ideas perfect for your most special day.

 

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Fill one large pot up with a variety of bright flowering plants or choose a different type of flower per table.

You could even gather a selection of different sized pots together and arrange them in irregular groups, filling them with succulents, sweet smelling herbs or the blossom of the season.

Bring a touch of English garden style to your wedding day celebrations, using the humble terracotta potted plant.

3) Foraged

Some of the most stunning things in life can be found in nature, so why not use them to make imaginative wedding table centrepieces and let your special day stand apart from the rest.

Go on the hunt in the woods nearest your home and pick up bits of fallen evergreen, pine cones, weathered branches and moss to form the most impressive wedding table centrepieces.

 

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Or perhaps forage on a nearby beach collecting driftwood, shells, sea glass and wave-worn pebbles to create a stunning seaside centrepiece.

Stand out among the crowds and give your special day that rustic touch, showing off your creativity and love for the natural world.

4) Teapots and China

Thanks to oodles of charity shops and ways to buy online second hand there are some fantastic examples of China-esque tea sets available to buy for buttons.

 

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For an elegant wedding table centrepiece, why not get your hands on a few sets, one for each table, and fill them up with your choice of flowering foliage.

British flowers look the best with sprigs of lavender, roses in full bloom, daisies, forget-me-nots, baby’s breath and fern leaves all reaching out from delicate cups and pots.

Fabulous Florals

It may seem fairly obvious but, thanks to the pioneering work of botanical artists, florals can be so much more than bouquets these days.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the best ways to put your favourite florals together to form some of the most fabulous wedding table centrepiece ideas.

All of which would look simply stunning in our Garden of Eden Rooftop Wedding venue.

5) Bouquets

Choose between spherical arrangements that sit perched upon stemmed vases and larger bouquets that flow out over the tops of elegant crystal chalices.

 

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Alternatively, give your bouquet a modern twist by adding elements such as baubles, jewels, brooches and buttons lending tidbits of your personality to your choice of floral décor.

6) Garlands

For long seating arrangements, make it seem as though your flowers are growing from the table itself by creating a meandering chain of blooms and greenery that snakes along the entire length of the table.

 

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Alternatively, for round place settings, gather a mass of your favourite blooms and arrange them in a mound to form the central focus of each guests table.

Both these wedding table centrepiece ideas give you the freedom to place your arrangements in a more natural manner, doing away with the difficult choice of what to use as a flower holder.

7) Birdcages

Pick up some decorative birdcages, get rid of the birds, and fill them with all sorts of flowering arrangements, decorated with strings of pearls, ribbons or fairy lights.

 

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Whether you wind your flowers, vine-like around the intricate bars or stuff them in until they push through the gaps, the delicate birdcage is an interesting way to display your choice of floral centrepiece and are so easy to embellish.

8) Afternoon Tea Tiers

A charming wedding table centrepiece idea, and one that is so simple to achieve, the afternoon tea tier filled with flowers and trinkets.

Simply place piles of pretty flowers on each tier balanced next to delicately painted china cups, pastel coloured macarons and specially decorated cupcakes.

This will serve as an attractive wedding table centrepiece and something for your guests to nibble at after dinner.

DIY & Handmade

Sometimes, when you want something doing right you have to do it yourself, and no matter how many times you’ve scoured the internet for the perfect centrepiece, you know it’d just be better if you made it yourself.

Use all the wonderful wedding centrepiece ideas you’ve gathered since the day you got engaged and get to work creating your own self-made centrepiece.

9) Succulents

Easy, pretty and so good for the budget, the succulent is the perfect wedding table centrepiece to add an evergreen chic to any reception.

Simply select a few succulents and arrange them in an elegant fashion then top with a gleaming glass cloche. Or set your succulents off with a collection of smooth grey pebbles and gleaming white candles.

The rich green of succulent plants provides an endless list of exciting wedding table centrepiece ideas, easily adapted to any and every wedding day theme.

10) Old Books

Turn those old, long forgotten hardback novels into the perfect wedding table centrepiece by piling them high and topping with flowers, lanterns and candles or wrapping them in vintage laces and elaborate ribbons.

Better still try your hand at book sculpting, transforming the pages of an old book into a literary masterpiece by folding down pages to create dates, words and images.

11) Recycled Bottles, Jars and Tins

Giving the Eco-friendly bride a chance to save the planet, save a jar from the recycling bin and give it a new lease of life as a wedding table centrepiece by filling it with flowers, fairy lights, glass beads or decorative branches.

 

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Or take an empty wine or liquor bottle, clean off the labels and use for tapered candle holders or fill with long stem flowers and such as lilies and roses. The humble tin can also serve a purpose as they make the most charming flower holders. Simply scrape off the labels and add a lace or ribbon embellishment then stuff with flowers to make a pretty and inexpensive wedding table centrepiece.

12) Lanterns

From intricate and vintage to up-cycled or wooden, lanterns prove to be a popular choice for wedding table centrepieces.

 

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Fill them with flowers that delicately spill out onto the table or flickering candles, alone or in groups.

You can choose to make your lantern the star of the show or pay more attention to what’s inside. Either way, your rustic wedding theme will be perfectly complemented by a well-placed lantern centrepiece.

13) Umbrellas and Parasols

Got an old brolly lying around? Fab!

Simply remove the fabrics and paint the frame in your theme colours then go to town, decorating it with dangling ornaments of every variety. Paper birds and butterflies, twinkling fairy lights, beads or jewels, all will look fabulous for your big day.

You could even get yourself a few ornate parasols with intricate lace frills or embellished paper ones with stylish artwork painted on.

There’s so much you can do with an old brolly, but this wedding table centrepiece idea is strictly not for the superstitious bride.

Extra & Extravagant

It’s your special day, the most important of your life so far, so it’s your chance to be as extra and extrovert as you care to be.

Here are a few wedding table centrepiece ideas that really do push the boat out and will certainly impress all your wedding guests on your big day.

14) Ice Sculptures

The glistening quality of ice lends itself well as a decorative material. Tricky to work with but, in the right environment, there are plenty of wedding table centrepiece ideas involving ice.

From huge blocks containing one frozen flower to carved champagne buckets and frosted artwork fantasies. Real ice is an impressive and elegant addition to any wedding table.

Tip: If your guests wouldn’t enjoy sitting in a freezer for your reception, consider using ice-like crystals to give the same frosty effects.

15) Opulent Candelabras

A more traditional choice for wedding table centrepieces, the candelabra is easily adapted to any theme of any wedding.

 

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The stems can be as simple or opulent as you like and the material can be glistening gold, sleek in silver or beautifully black.

Add candles to the tops and leave the base bare or choose to embellish your candelabras with crystals, pearls, ivy vines or beautiful bouquets of flowers.

16) Hanging Ornaments

One way to make an impression upon your guests is to arrange hanging centrepieces above their tables. If you have the option, clear up some space and fix a flowered hoop to swing above your guests.

Other options include rope swing seats, strewn with candles, larger than life glass bubbles with industrial style lamps and strings of crystals or mini chandeliers.

Give your guests more table space and your wedding the wow factor by using these unique wedding table centrepiece ideas.

17) Decorative Trees

The delicacy of a blossom tree adds a gentle beauty to any wedding reception.

 

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Imagine them sprouting up from the centre of your wedding reception table, dotted with cherry blossoms, dripping with crystals or draped in baubles and hanging candles.

Better still, this is one of our wedding table centrepiece ideas that can be as big as you’d like as guests will be able to chat around the trunk and beneath the decorative branches.

Personal Touches

When brides and grooms add their own personal style and flair to their wedding day, you instantly know they’re going to cherish the day’s memories for a lifetime.

These are some unique and unforgettable wedding table centrepiece ideas that really say something about the happy couple.

18) Vinyl LP’s

“If music be the food of love, play on”

Shakespeare

Couples who adore music will certainly share a favourite track or two, a special song that reminds them of a moment in their relationship.

 

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What better way to share their love of music, and each other, with their wedding guests than by using vinyls of their favourite tracks or songs from your wedding day to make the most memorable wedding centrepieces?

Each record or its sleeve would sit proudly among smaller flower arrangements, or cluster of candles, the record itself having a special memory or meaning associated with it, privy to the bride and groom alone.

19) Photos of the Bride/Groom

Some guests may have known the bride and groom for years, since birth in some cases, but others might only know them as a couple.

Placing pictures of their younger selves on guest tables allows everyone in attendance to see the journey the couple have been on, before making it to this, the most special day of their lives.

A great way to add something unique to any wedding day and a real conversation starter among guests.

20) Book and Movie Memorabilia

For some, it’s music for others its movies, and at any film fanatics wedding expect to see table centrepieces based on some of their all-time favourite movie moments.

 

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Whether it’s Disney quotes or Spielberg’s biggest blockbusters, every movie can be an inspiration for some of the most brilliant wedding table centrepiece ideas.

Quirky Table Decor

There’s something bold about doing things differently, standing out from the crowd and making a statement about who you are as people, and as a couple.

These are the sort of weddings where you wonder how the couple came up with such remarkable wedding table centrepiece ideas.

21) Hats

Not just for the head, in this case, the most decorative hat can also double up as a whimsical wedding table centrepiece, if you really put your mind to it. Use elaborate top hats with flowers and feathers stuck in the brim or straw hats decorated like bonnets filled with meadow fauna.

 

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Cowboy hats are great for western themed weddings and eccentric feather headdresses can adorn a Gatsby themed wedding reception. The possibilities are endless when using hats to inspire your wedding table centrepiece ideas, hats off to those bold enough to use them.

22) Skulls

A tad macabre for some perhaps, but for others, the skull can represent something extremely beautiful. Take the decorative day of the dead ornaments used in Mexico or the glittering or artist Damien Hirst’s stunning diamond-studded skulls, both frighteningly fabulous and beautiful in their own way.

Alma de Cuba would be the perfect Liverpool wedding venue and setting to host a marvellous mysterious wedding day, the perfect backdrop for quirky skull centrepieces to shine.

Used as candle holders, decorated with diamonds or stuffed with flowers, human or animal skulls are a popular choice for the quirkier wedding table centrepieces.

23) Balloons

Whimsical and nostalgic, balloons remind us of childish simplicity, giving us a feeling we could be carried away above the clouds on a string.

Add this sense of whimsy and wonder to your wedding day with bunches of brightly coloured balloons, or transparent spheres filled with glitter.

 

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Chose balloons that spell out words of love to float above your guests’ tables or add baskets of flowers and string nets to create hot air balloons.

The most magical and inventive wedding table centrepiece ideas come from the heart and, after all, who doesn’t love a big bouncing balloon.

No matter what you budget our guide to the best wedding table centrepiece ideas should get those cogs turning and inspire you to bring something truly special to the table on your wedding day.

Read on to find out what kind of bride you are, see what you can do to make your wedding day planet-friendly or bring the outside inside for a botanical wedding as we help you to plan your entire day at Signature Living Weddings.

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31st July 2019

Wedding Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

From the moment you get engaged (or before, if you’re keen!) you will be thinking of all the potential themes, locations and intricacies of your wedding. Sometimes, though, all of the endless options can get a little overwhelming, you have a creative block and you just want a little guidance. That’s were these amazing wedding Instagram accounts come in.

That’s where we think Instagram comes in. Following some great wedding inspiration accounts can help populate your feed with beautiful wedding ideas, helping you to come closer to a decision on what you want for that big day.

We’ve picked the best of the best when it comes to wedding Instagram accounts, so read on and feel the inspiration come flooding in.

You & Your Wedding – @youyourwedding

Led by UK magazine You & Your Wedding, this account is filled to the brim with great wedding inspo from around the globe – making it one of the best wedding Instagram accounts to follow.

 

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Paper Grace – @papergraceuk

The award-winning stationery company’s Instagram is full of beautifully minimal ideas. Great for when you want wedding stationery that is slick, stylish and straight to the point!

 

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Cotton and Crumbs – @cottonandcrumbs

This UK-based wedding cake designer makes some truly stunning traditional cakes with a twist. Good for those who want to keep things classic, with a touch of modern.

 

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Rainhill Hall – @rainhillhall

For fairytale wedding and enchanting escape inspiration, follow Rainhill Hall. Their majestic woodland venue is nestled amongst lush greenery in a Grade II listed house. How idyllic!

 

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Putnam & Putnam – @putnamflowers

These two guys really know their way around a bunch of flowers or two! They state their approach to floristry is “inspired by romance” – and we agree. See for yourself.

 

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Once Wed – @oncewed

This account is gorgeous, featuring inspiration for those who want their wedding to be a little more pared back and organic. Expect minimal wedding dresses, creative photography and simplistic floral arrangements.

 

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Stephanie Fishwick – @stephaniefishwick

Stephanie’s colourful and unique creations make great inspiration for wedding stationery with a difference. Intricate illustrations, collage and calligraphy make up the majority of her amazing work. Perfect material for a botanical Spring wedding.

 

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Signature Salon – @signaturesalonliverpool

Get your glam wedding hair and makeup inspiration from Signature Salon. Their feed is full of beautiful looks! Give them a follow for chic, stylish beauty ideas.

 

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Riley and Grey – @rileyandgrey

Described as “non-wedding-y wedding inspiration & gorgeous wedding websites and invites for discerning couples.” They post some really lovely ideas that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

 

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Jasmine Rae Cakes – @jasmineraecakes

We’ve honestly never seen cakes like it! Jasmine’s creations are out of this world. From marbleised geode cookies to ornate roses made out of sugar – her talents know no bounds.

 

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Love My Dress – @lovemydress

This fantastic wedding blog posts inspiring, varied and beautiful wedding inspiration. Definitely give them a follow if you’re wanting to build that mood board out!

 

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Bride and Tonic – @brideandtonic

This account is run by London-based wedding bloggers who believe in simplicity and sustainability. All the wedding inspo that they post caters to those who want a smaller, more intimate day with lots of little personal touches.

 

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30 James Street – @30jamesst

One of the most beautiful wedding venues in Liverpool, 30 James Street is a great account to follow for wedding inspiration. They offer some brilliant wedding packages, all in the buzzing heart of Liverpool.

 

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The Bijou Bride – @thebijoubride

This account is run by wedding designers and planners based in London. They work with “stylish, fun-loving couples from around the globe.” They seem to be the experts in effortless yet sensational celebrations!

 

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Way Out Wedding – @wayoutwedding

Consider yourself an alternative bride? Well, this Instagram account is good for those who are looking for a bit of “modern romance.” Their unconventional feed of wedding inspo is full of unique ideas.

 

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Signature Living Weddings – @sig_weddings

We may be a little bias, but we think our Instagram is fab for that all-important wedding inspiration. We post general bridal inspo as well as gorgeous pictures from weddings we’ve helped bring to life. Go on, give us a follow, it’s one of the best wedding Instagram accounts around.

 

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22nd July 2019

How to Plan a Wedding with a Fairy Tale Theme

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

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

A Fairy Tale Theme

Find the perfect venue

fairy tale theme - wedding at Rainhill Hall

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

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

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

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

Charming invitations

 

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

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

Enchanting flowers

 

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

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

A themed cake

 

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

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

A pumpkin carriage

 

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

Plan some fireworks

 

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

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

Table settings as old as time

 

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

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

Snow White and her flower girls

 

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

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

Accessories fit for a princess

 

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

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

A legendary menu

 

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

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

The glass slippers

 

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

A beautiful gown

 

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

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

Fairy lights everywhere!

 

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

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

Rapunzel hair

 

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

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

The special touches

 

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

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

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

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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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17th June 2019

Check Out Our Pick of the Best Bridal Shops in Liverpool

We know, when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, brides will travel to the ends of the earth and back if needs be. But, thanks to the internet, we might be able to save you the leg work by handpicking the very best bridal shops in Liverpool, and nearby.

Showcasing the style and vibes from each of our choices, we’ll hopefully help you whittle down the list of bridal boutique visits you need to make, to just a precious few.

So, sit back and scroll your way through our favourite bridal shops in Liverpool whilst enjoying a glass of fizzy, or a nice warm cup of tea.

Copplestones Bridal

Location22, Sir Thomas St, Liverpool L1 6BB

Offering a personal and tailored experience to happy brides-to-be in Liverpool, Copplestones Bridal have scores of fabulous designer dresses on their rails and will help you find the perfect one for your special day.

They are happy to tailor and alter to their bride’s tastes and are conveniently located in the heart of the Liverpool city centre.

Come and say yes to the dress in Copplestone Bridal Boutique in Liverpool.

White Closet

LocationCranbrook House, 39 Rodney St, Liverpool L1 9EN

Perfect for every bride out there looking for the perfect wedding day chic, White Closet have made it their mission to banish the basic ballgowns and princess dresses for their rails. Opting instead for the most freeing and fashion-forward designs on the market.

 

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White Closet takes into consideration that today’s bride can be anything they want on their special day, they are a bridal shop in Liverpool ready to outfit the bride, who wants to stay true to herself on her wedding day.

Cherry Blossoms Boutique

Location36, Waterworth Dr, Liverpool L7 1RH

If you are searching for a one of a kind gown, then Cherry Blossoms Bridal boutique in Liverpool is the place to be.

They have some of the most stunning designs to choose from, which will be created using the most exquisite fabrics and detailing available, especially for you.

Cherry Blossoms Bridal boutique in Liverpool will work to make every brides wedding dress as special and one of a kind as the bride herself.

WED2B

Location: Port of Liverpool Building, Brunswick St, Liverpool L3 1BY

If there’s one thing every bridal boutique should do, it’s cater to every bride.

We weren’t all born to be supermodels, but that’s how WED2B aims to make every bride feel.

What’s more, at WED2B, you can discover your ideal wedding dress straight off the peg, with hundreds to choose from simply lying in wait at entirely affordable prices.

Natalie Ann Brides

Location17 Childwall Ln, Pilch Ln, Liverpool L14 6TT

Calling all brides in the market for the latest hot-of-the-runway wedding dresses!

Natalie Ann Brides is one of the best bridal shops in Liverpool that makes a wide selection of exclusive designer pieces available to the public.

 

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Better still Natalie Ann Brides store has plenty of space for your entourage to wait whilst you try on as many stunning designer wedding gowns as possible.

Bridal Reloved

Location341, Aigburth Rd, Liverpool L17 0BL

Helping the brides who like to help the planet, Bridal Reloved is a bridal shop in Liverpool that supports the ideals of sustainable fashion.

Their entire stock is made of pre-loved wedding dresses, ex-samples and discontinued designer lines none of which are more than 5 years old, damaged or dirty.

 

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This is one of the bridal shops in Liverpool that will help you find your perfect wedding dress for less, freeing up more cash to spend your special day.

Jessica Bennet Bespoke

Location: Top Floor Studio, 116 Duke Street, Liverpool L1 5JW

Perfect for brides who want to stand out and make an impact on their wedding day and who already do so with their everyday wardrobes.

Jessica Bennet Bespoke provides fashion-forward risk takers with the chance to express themselves and custom create their perfect wedding dress.

Any bride can come to Jessica Bennet and combine all their favourite pieces of wedding dress inspiration, into one breathtaking bridal gown.

Romancia Bridal Boutique

When you find a bridal boutique near Liverpool that’s as passionate about finding you the perfect wedding dress as you are, you know you are onto a winner.

Tina Corteen at Romancia Bridal Boutique will deliver your wishes and exceed your expectations from your first consultation, to the day you walk down the aisle.

Brides can enjoy choosing their look from a rail of exceptional bridalwear designers, in an inviting environment, whilst receiving some sage advice from their personal consultant at Romancia Bridal.

Boutique Brides of Crosby

Giving brides access to the most highly coveted bridal looks of today is what Boutique Brides of Crosby is all about.

They stock all the top designers hailing from wedding dress capital of the world Barcelona, as well as couture options from Milan.

If you are looking for only the best bridal fashion of today, Boutique Brides of Crosby has it all under one roof.

The Wedding House

Not so much a bridal boutique in Liverpool, as a non-stop wedding showcase that runs 7 days a week, The Wedding House has it all.

Cloud 9 Bridal is responsible for stocking the most elegant selection of quality wedding gowns and will help complete your look, in house from head to toe.


Helping brides to select their ideal gown based on their years of experience and styling savvy, Cloud 9 are one of the most aptly named bridal shops in Liverpool, delivering a heavenly service to happy brides to be.

Emma Bridal Wear

They say quality over quantity but, when you are searching for that dream wedding dress, three floors overflowing with gowns can’t be a bad thing.

Stocking only the very best wedding dress designers from across the globe, you’ll struggle to walk away empty-handed from Emma Bridal wear

 

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Finding the wedding dress isn’t a task to be taken lightly but, using our guide to the best bridal shops in Liverpool, should narrow down where you plan to search for that perfect wedding day look.

Book Your Dream Wedding Day in Liverpool

From the perfect dresses to the most amazing wedding venues, Signature Living Weddings have a wide selection of fabulously flexible venues, designed to cater to all types of bride.

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Alma de Cuba

Everything from the outdoor fairy-tale grounds of Rainhill Hall to the utterly exotic setting of an Alma de Cuba wedding, Signature Living recognises that no two brides are the same, and we reflect this in our venues and our bespoke services.

Call our dedicated team of coordinators today on 0151 305 3753 to discuss booking a consultation. Book your appointment to begin planning your dream day from dress to venue with Signature Living Weddings.

 

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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.

Welsh Love Spoon 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.

Venezuela wedding tradition

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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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22nd May 2019

41 Wedding Hairstyles to Try Before You Say ‘I do’

If you’re looking for beautiful wedding hairstyles for your big day, our guide to 41 wedding hair ideas is sure to provide some inspiration.

Whether you’re stuck between classic curls, wedding updos or the perfect accessory, we’ve found something for everyone.

The Best Wedding Hairstyles

So, take a browse of our guide to the best wedding hairstyles…

1) Wedding Hairstyles – Clipped & Waved

Sometimes less is more, and that’s definitely the case with this simple yet effective bridal hairstyle. The combination of loose waves and sleek clips achieves one of the most effortless wedding hairstyles we’ve seen.

 

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2) Wedding Hairstyles – Old Hollywood

For a touch of vintage glamour, this Old Hollywood look could be just the bridal hairstyle for you. This elegant hairstyle can be achieved using a barrel tong and gently brushing out the curls for volume…or it can be done the classic way with pin curls!

 

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3) Wedding Hairstyles – Complete with a Crown

For an updo with a unique twist, why not add an elegant crown to your wedding hairstyle? This is one of our favourite looks for brides opting for a fairy tale wedding theme or venue.

 

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4) Wedding Hairstyles – Twinkling Accessories

Celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess is the queen of effortless waves, and we’re obsessed with this beachy bridal hairstyle, complete with twinkly hair accessories. If you can’t sparkle on your wedding day, when can you?

 

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5) Wedding Hairstyles – The Perfect Updo

This classic look is one of our favourite wedding updos, and perfect for brides wanting to keep things sweet and simple with a pretty twist. We love how this bridal hairstyle is finished with some delicate white cut flowers.

 

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6) Bridal Hairstyle – A Voluminous Ponytail

If you don’t want to worry about your hair all day, then a voluminous ponytail is a fabulous bridal hairstyle for your special day. This glamorous look strikes just the right balance between boho and glam.

 

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7) Wedding Hairstyles – Tied with a Bow

This is one of the easy-to-achieve wedding hairstyles for brides with shorter hair. The hair is simply tied back and held in place with a sophisticated bow, the colour of which could be matched to your make-up look or dress.

 

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8) Bridal Hairstyle – Perfectly Slicked Back

If you’re looking for unique wedding hairstyles, this sleek and slick bridal hairstyle is perfect for brides who are looking for an understated style that won’t overshadow their make-up look.

 

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9) Bridal Hairstyle – A Curly Ponytail

This glamorous style is one of our favourite wedding hairstyles for curly hair. The voluminous ponytail embraces beautiful curls but holds the look neatly with a classic ribbon. We love this look with a red lip.

 

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10) Wedding Hairstyles – Glamorous Loose Curls

Brides who want to opt for beautiful loose curls can get inspired by this classic bridal hairstyle. This model’s bouncy waves were achieved using 32mm curling tongs. We love this look wedding hairstyle for long hair.

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11) Wedding Updos with a Bow

Wedding updos don’t have to be the same old styles you’ve seen time and time again. Why not make yours stand out by completing your look with a chic black bow? We love the choice of velvet for a touch of elegance.

 

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12) Bridal Hairstyle – Plaited Hairband Style

One of the most timeless wedding hairstyles is this pretty plaited hairband look. Whether you opt to have the rest of your hair down or styled in an updo, this versatile look can be tailored to you.

 

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13) Wedding Hairstyles – Elegant High Updo

Many wedding updos are clipped at the bottom of the head. But this look modeled by Elsa Hosk is a glamorous alternative. We’re loving this high wedding updo with sleek, vintage waves framing the face.

 

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14) Bridal Hairstyles – A Chic & Classic Bob

Jessica Chastain’s chic bob is one of the best wedding hairstyles for brides with short hair. Ladies wanting to keep things simple will be in their element with this sophisticated style and sleek side-parting.

 

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15) Wedding Hairstyles – Beachy ‘Lob’

A fab alternative to the classic bob is a slightly longer ‘lob’ hairstyle. Margot Robbie’s beachy take on the lob provides some gorgeous bridal hairstyle inspiration for brides going for an effortless bohohemian look.

 

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16) Bridal Hairstyles – Half Ponytail

Sleek bridal hair doesn’t have to be boring. Why not give your bridal hairstyle a literal twist with this chic half ponytail look? Amanda Seyfied’s twisted half ponytail is one of our fave wedding hairstyles.

 

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17) The Perfect Curly Updo

Another of the most beautiful wedding updos for curly hair is this gorgeous look with loose, flowing curls framing the face. We think this would be a breathtaking bridal hairstyle for a summer wedding theme.

 

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18) Boho Milkmaid Braids

This milkmaid braid is one of our favourite wedding updos. Perfect for brides going for a bohemian fairy princess theme or wedding venue, this is fantastically versatile, as you can keep your plait as loose or neat as you like!

 

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19) A Fishtail Braid Updo

Fashtail plaits are a fantastic way of mixing up your bridal hairstyle. And this fishtail updo is a fabulous beachy look for brides with longer hair. Why not take inspiration from this style by adding some pearl hair clips?

 

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20) The ‘Messy’ Braid

This beautiful braid reminds us of Elsa from Frozen, so what better bridal hairstyle for brides going for a Disney princess look? This is a great way to keep long hair styled but out the way during the celebrations!

 

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21) Wedding Hairstyles – Half Up

Keep things classic with your wedding hairstyle by simply pulling the top of your hair back and tying it with a chic long ribbon. This is one of the best wedding hairstyles for brides going for a vintage make-up look.

 

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22) Fairy tale Princess

Need we say more? One of our favourite looks from this year’s Met Gala, Emma Roberts’ fairy tale hairstyle could easily be adapted into the ultimate bridal look. We love these delicate floral accessories.

 

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23) Bridal Hairstyles – Ultimate 60s Bangs

Brides embracing 60s beauty will fall head over heels for this striking hairstyle on Alyssa Miller. The wispy bangs and signature beehive perfectly complement a stunning 60s make up look.

 

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24) Voluminous and Down

Another voluminous look for wedding hair ideas, this beautiful bridal hairstyle is perfect for brides wanting to keep their hair down but give it a little more oomph!

 

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25) The Sleek Low Pony

One of the most understated wedding hairstyles, this stylish look is ideal for brides going for a chic look that doesn’t require too much styling!

 

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26)  Loose Curly Updo

This breathtaking updo is perfect for a whimsical fairy tale wedding! Complete the look with a delicate headband accessory.

 

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27) Wedding Hairstyles – Side Swept Updo

Sometimes classic wedding hairstyles are the perfect way to complement your dress or theme. We love this high voluminous updo with a soft side swept front. Beautiful!

 

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28) Bridal Hairstyles – Classic Updo

Keeping things classy, simple and secure while you enjoy the celebrations, this pretty updo is perfect for any bride.

 

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29)  Chic Vintage Updo

Give your wedding hairstyle a vintage twist with this beautifully chic updo.

 

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30) Wedding Hairstyles – Braided Flower Crown

Without a doubt one of the most pretty wedding hairstyles, add a touch of floral romance to your look with this plaited flower crown.

 

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31) Bridal Hairstyle – Side Clips Updo

Keep things in place with a chic set of clips and beautifully swept parting. Pair with the perfect soft eyeshadow and flushed cheeks for an effortless bridal hairstyle.

 

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32) Beautiful Floral Braid

If you can’t go all out on your wedding day, when can you?! This beautiful floral braid embraces a Disney princess look and is one of the most impressive wedding hairstyles we’ve seen!

 

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33) Stylish 70s Volume

Channel 70s chic with this stylish wedding hairstyle that will never go out of fashion. We love this amazing bridal hairstyle on Margot Robbie.

 

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34) Slicked High Plait

Gigi Hadid’s slicked back plait is the perfect bridal hairstyle for brides in search of something a little different. We love the way this neat hairstyle is paired with big and bold accessories and make-up.

 

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35) Beachy Bangs

If you’re having a beachy boho wedding, look no further for the perfect wedding hairstyle. Relaxed waves and flicked parted bangs will go perfectly with your bohemian wedding dress or theme.

 

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36)  Waves Tied with a Bow

One of the most timeless wedding hairstyles, we love these soft waves brushed out and tied with a ribbon.

 

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37) Wedding Hairstyles – Sleek Updo

The perfect way to accessorize your wedding hairstyle, why not finish your updo with an elegant headband?

 

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38) Effortless Beachy Updo

If you’re opting for a classy updo but want to keep things looking effortless, this look is perfect for you.

 

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39) A Choppy Blunt Cut

Sometimes all you need is a good haircut. Why not go for a choppy blunt cut prior to your wedding day? This simple wedding hairstyle is ideal if you’re going bold and extravagant with your choice of wedding dress or jewellery.

 

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40) Pride and Prejudice Glamour

Why not embrace the romantic Georgian era with this glamorous hairstyle inspired by Pride and Prejudice? Perfect for fans of classic literature and the opulence of period dramas.

 

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41) Bridal Hairstyle – Long Waves and Braids

Last but not least is one of our favourite wedding hairstyles. We love this flowing waves paired with intricate floral accessories and braiding.

 

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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!

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2nd October 2018

Halloween Wedding Ideas for a Wickedly Wonderful Wedding Day

Just for those of us who love the idea of a Halloween Wedding we’ve put together a handy guide to throwing the perfect Halloween themed day of your dreams.

Everything from ghoulishly gorgeous dresses to frighteningly fabulous flowers alongside all the bizarre and brilliant ways you can make your Halloween wedding everything you ever wished for.

Creepy Cake Ideas

Your guests will remember a lot from your Halloween wedding day, mainly your dress but in close second comes the cake. This is a chance to play with your creativity, and your chosen cake designers skills too.

Ask them to help make your spooky day of dreams come true by fashioning a deliciously devilish Halloween themed wedding cake that looks both tempting and terrifying at the same time.

 

Channel your favourite Halloween movie like The Nightmare Before Christmas or go all out hellish with skulls, red roses, stained glass and black icing.

You could even go for a natural approach taking all the golden rusted colours of autumn and using them to decorate and adorn your haunting Halloween wedding cake.

As the centrepiece of your special day, Halloween wedding your cake is a chance to impress your guests with your bold choice and creative wedding day choices.

Heavenly Halloween Wedding Dresses

A Halloween wedding really gives you the opportunity to step outside the conventional wedding dress box and chose from an array of stylish alternatives.

For floor sweeping glamour choose endless black and grey tulle, long lace sleeves and intricate black beading.

Or instead, invoke your favourite gothic glamour icon and chose a Morticia style fishtail or the rich royal hues worn in medieval times.

You needn’t choose all black either. Alternatively, you can accent an off-white gown with black detailing and give an otherwise conventional wedding dress the Halloween edge.

The elaborate styling of traditional Spanish attire lends itself well to a Halloween wedding, with black lace veils, square-necked gowns and button up gloves.

There’s a haunting beauty in the darker details of a Halloween wedding and your dress will speak volumes about the mood you want to set.

Devilish Décor Ideas

Just because you’ve picked Halloween as your wedding theme, the wedding venue needn’t be decked out like a kids Halloween party. Opt instead to go for dark and decadent glamour with black elaborate candelabras, hanging lanterns, autumn coloured fabrics and delicate tree branches wrapped in chiffon.

Set the mood with plenty of natural candlelight and dress your tables with playful carved pumpkin or skull place settings.

Bring the outside in and turn your wedding venue into an enchanted forest complete with blackbirds in hanging faux tree branches, evergreen centrepieces and leaf-strewn floors.

Your Halloween wedding needn’t be all about black, red-purple, orange, gold and greens work just as well to set the mysterious mood.

Bewitch your guests with an enchanting Halloween wedding day decor on this the most important day of your lives.

Mysterious Masquerade Reception

Keeping your guests from attending your Halloween wedding in fancy dress is simple if your reception theme is an elegant masquerade ball.

Encourage your guests to stick to your colour scheme and theme by asking them to come to a ball dressed in black tie, channelling masquerade balls of the 19th century.

Your buffet could include a selection of trick or treat style sweets and cocktails could be white and black Russians, Zombies and Champagne cocktails with red and black liquors.

Book your entertainment to be more classical than a DJ or find a band who will perform all your favourite rock and roll classics.

Frighteningly Fabulous Flowers

Celebrate nature in the floral arrangements for the perfect Halloween wedding and choose evergreens, pale succulents and feathers for bouquets and pin holes.

Thistles, ferns and lavenders will give a pop of colour whilst keeping things natural and dark.

And of course, a large bouquet of red roses wrapped in fake ivy will always look elegantly enchanting.

Tie everything up with rich ribbons, dark lace or rustic parcel string and add gleaming red jewels or strings of shining pearls for some extra bling.

The Perfect Halloween Wedding Venue in Liverpool

Find the perfect Halloween wedding venue in Liverpool at Signature Living Weddings where we make all your wedding day wishes come true.

Alma de Cuba is the perfect place to host a Halloween wedding in Liverpool. Once a Catholic Church, Alma de Cuba has since been converted into Liverpool top nightlife and dining destination.

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With a mysterious Southern Latin theme, the stage at Alma de Cuba is already set and all you and your intended need do is add your own personal touches to create the perfect Halloween wedding in Liverpool.

Alma de Cuba has everything from ornate stained-glass windows to exposed original roof beams and an intimate reception space for you and your guests to enjoy. The venues original altar is still standing and the exposed brick décor is just waiting to be the backdrop to the perfect Halloween wedding.

Another wedding venue in Liverpool that would be a stunning setting for a Halloween wedding in Liverpool is the White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street. The Grade II* listed building has features that echo an opulent past when shipping success bestowed the city of Liverpool with riches and wealth.

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The White Star Grand Hall retains stunning period features such as the 15-foot Georgian windows that can be decorated with swathes of dark chiffon and a lofty vaulted ceiling that was uncovered during the extensive renovation of the heritage building.

Hosting your Halloween wedding with Signature Living Weddings will guarantee all your deepest wedding day wishes are made into a reality. Call our wedding co-ordinators for more information on 0151 305 3753 or browse our site for further wedding day inspiration.

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