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11th February 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.wedding table centrepiece ideas

But how do you narrow your choices down?

Will your budget stretch to having life-size swan ice sculptures on every table, or would you prefer to whip out the crafting kit and start recycling used mason jars and empty wine bottles?

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.

Here are some ways you can transform even the simplest, everyday items into stunning and creative wedding table centrepieces.

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.

Log Wedding table centrepiece ideas

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.

Terracotta Potted Plants

In keeping with the rustic and humble theme, the terracotta 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.

Teracotta Pot Wedding table Centrepeices

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tea set wedding table centrepiece ideas

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.

Bouquets

Okay, so we said there was more to florals than bouquets, but you can still utilise the idea of a bouquet and really make it your own.

Flower bouquet wedding table centrepiece ideas

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Wedding table centrepiece idedas cages

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.

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.

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.

Succulents wedding table centrepieces

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.

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.

Recycled Bottles, Jars and Tins

Giving the Eco-friendly bride a chance to save the planet, and decorate her wedding table at the same time, these wedding table centrepiece ideas are budget-friendly and beautiful to look at.

Save any old 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, coloured glass beads or decorative branches.

Jar tin and bottle wedding table centrepiece ideas

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, can and will still serve a purpose once the baked beans are cooked and eaten, 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.

Lanterns

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

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.

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.

Umbrella themed wedding table centrepiece ideas

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.

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.

Ice wedding table centrepieces

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.

Opulent Candelabras

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

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.

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.

Hanging wedding table centrepieces

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.

Decorative Trees

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

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.

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.

Vinyl wedding table centrepieces

What better way to share their love of music, and each other, with their wedding guests than by using LP’s of their favourite tracks 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.

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.

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.

Movie themed wedding table centrepiece ideas

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

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.

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.

Hat themed wedding table centrepiece ideas

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.

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.

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.

Balloon themed wedding table centrepiece ideas

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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1st November 2018

Sustainable Wedding Ideas for a Planet-Friendly Big Day

Reducing plastic use, minimizing 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 all the way – but even taking a few steps to reduce your impact will make 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

Air miles and traffic fumes are some of the worst polluters in our 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

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 Liverpool 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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Rainhill Hall cabin visualisations

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 treehouse suites tucked into the trees and lakeside luxury cabins, all available from March 2019, you can bring the outdoors straight into your big day.

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A visualisation of what a Wedding in the Woods at Rainhill Hall will look like

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.

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 personalized 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 personalized and double-up as place names, allowing guests to give back to the environment when they go home.

green wedding

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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.

green weddings

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 specialize 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

Try to cut down on paper-use by minimizing 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 grow 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.

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 laidback 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 the fridge after your wedding night. You could even try to arrange for any leftovers to be delivered to a homeless shelter, 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

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 centerpiece blossom trees we offer for your reception tables.

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

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.

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Hydrangeas make the perfect Summer wedding bouquet. Credit: Pinterest | Wedding Chicks

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.

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.

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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.

Halloween wedding cake ideas

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.
Halloween wedding dress ideas

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.

Halloween wedding dress

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.

Halloween wedding Decor

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.

Halloween wedding decor ideas

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.

Masquerade Halloween wedding ideas

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.

Halloween wedding bouquet ideas

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.

Halloween wedding at Alma

Alma de Cuba first dance

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.

White Star Grand Hall in Liverpool - Halloween wedding venue

White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street

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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20th September 2018

15 Autumn Wedding Ideas for Your Special Day

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

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

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

1. Consider rich, regal colours for your bouquet

autumn wedding ideas

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

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

2. Take your menu seasonal

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

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

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

3. Warm up cold hands with unusual drinks

autumnal wedding ideas

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

4. Be practical with what you wear

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

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

5. Dress the cake in the colours of autumn

autumn wedding ideas

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

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

6. Keep guests happy with seasonal treats

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

7. Match your flower arrangements to the natural world

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

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

8. Plan for all eventualities

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

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

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

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

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A stunning photo taken on the Eden rooftop

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

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

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

10. Keep your guests going throughout the evening

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

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

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The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff

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

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

12.Bring the outside in for your wedding reception décor

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

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

13. Keep guests entertained with seasonal entertainment

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

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

14. Spend your wedding night in a cosy location

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The Presidential Suite at 30 James Street

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

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

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

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The Exchange Hotel Cardiff – a beautiful autumn wedding venue

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

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

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

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

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

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26th July 2018

The Meaning Behind Your Chosen Wedding Flowers

A perfect way to personalise your wedding is to choose flowers for your bouquet and floral arrangements that hold specific meanings in the language of flowers.

When your guests step into a venue for the first time, the sight and scent of beautiful blooms are one of the first things they notice.

And while the colour and shape of your chosen flora is important, a magical touch for your big day is to choose flowers that have specific historical associations, providing an added layer of meaningfulness to your wedding celebrations.

By using the language of flowers, you can communicate emotions and feelings of love on your special day.

What is the Language of Flowers?

Although finding symbolism in nature has been a part of human culture for centuries, it was the Victorians who first began crafting an emotive language out of flowers, expressing the feelings through bouquet gifting when words and gestures failed.

The popularity of floriography, or the language of flowers, in the late 1800s saw the publication of flower dictionaries and a trend in sending secretive messages to lovers through floral gifts.

Today, the London Flower School suggests that a floral arrangement can convey “themes and motifs”, as well as “emotional content and a range of meanings” from its composition.

We’ve researched a selection of the most popular wedding flowers and their meaning to find out which blooms will add a magical message to your big day…

Roses

The classic wedding flower of the rose has different meanings when used in an arrangement, depending on the colour you pick. White roses, a popular bouquet choice, stand for purity, innocence and youthfulness, while red roses represent love, passion and beauty. Light or dusty pink petals are said to mean admiration, gentleness and grace and peach-coloured blooms suggest sincerity and gratitude.

Roses also have a complex symbolism dependent upon how they are represented. The gift of a singular red rose on a wedding day is, according to Victorian tradition, a depiction of utmost devotion, while two roses entwined together can be interpreted as a floral illustration of marriage. Watch out if you’re future partner comes home clutching thirteen roses in a bouquet, however – it’s said to be the gift of a secret admirer!

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus)

The homely sweet pea, with its rich fragrance and array of tones to suite any wedding colour scheme, is a firm bouquet favorite, inspiring thoughts of country weddings and delicate girliness. According to George Rouledge & Sons’ 1888 dictionary The Artistic Language of Flowers, this two-petalled flower symbolizes the initial enjoyment of delicate pleasures, fitting for a bride’s bouquet.

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)

According to The Artistic Language of Flowers, Lily of the Valley symbolizes the return of happiness. This beautiful little plant was chosen by Kate Middleton for her wedding day bouquet because of its secondary meaning as well – trustworthiness.

Freesia

Named by botanist Christian P. Ecklon after his friend Friedrich Freese, these sweetly scented blooms represent friendship, trust and honesty. They’re a beautiful addition to any wedding arrangements, representing the intimate trust a couple places in each other on their special occasion and the importance of friendship within a marriage.

Peony

Peonies can have different meanings, depending on their colour, and both meanings stem from ancient Greek mythology…

In the first, legend has it that Paeon, the Greek physician of the Gods, was a student of the god of medicine Aesculapius. When Paeon successfully used a peony root to heal Pluto, Aesculapius became jealous of his apprentice’s talents and tried to kill him. To save the doctor, Pluto transformed Paeon into a peony, cementing one meaning of the beautiful bloom – compassion.

However, in a darker myth, the peony is linked to a nymph called Paeonia. The beautiful and attractive creature attracted the attention of Apollo. When Paeonia realized that the Greek god Aphrodite was watching them, she became bashful and blushed red. In anger and jealousy, Aphrodite transformed the nymph into a red peony. Today, a red peony symbolizes bashfulness and timidity.

Ranunculus

The Artistic Language of Flowers suggests that ranunculus symbolizes the receiver being “radiant with charms” and “rich in attractions”. These ruffled, bold blooms come in a variety of colours from elegant whites and pinks to fiery reds and golds.

The etymological meaning of the various blooms that come under the name ‘ranunculus’ is thought to be a combination of two Latin words: rana meaning frog and unculus meaning little. The story goes that the flower earned its name when it grew plentifully along streams during the summer months.

Stephanotis

The delicate white flowers of Stephanotis can look strikingly stunning in a simple bouquet. The elegant trumpet flowers of this Madagascan plant are said to symbolize marital happiness, making them a perfect addition to any floral arrangement on your special day.

Gardenia

Gardenias might have been used in days gone by to as fabric dye, food dye and medicine, but today its heady fragrance and bright, voluptuous blooms have made it a popular choice for table arrangements at weddings.

The intoxicating perfume of this velvety soft flower can sometimes be overpowering, so if you’re featuring them in your wedding day, it’s an idea to only include a couple per arrangement.

Originating from Asia, in Japanese and Chinese cultures, these flowers symbolize peace and calmness.

Hydrangea

The trusty Hydrangea fell out of favour as a wedding flower for a long time, but as with all fashions, its bulbous sprays of tightly-packed blooms are starting to see a renaissance amongst wedding florists.

Although the robust flowers of this plant were negatively viewed by Victorians, who associated them with frigidity and boasting, in their native Japan, they represent gratitude. Legend has it that an emperor supposedly gave hydrangeas to a woman he loved as an apology for neglecting her when his duties as a ruler took up his attention.

Baby’s Breath (Gysophila)

Delicate sprigs of Baby’s Breath add a touch of romance to any bouquet, headdress or arrangement they are tucked into. This elegant flower is most commonly seen in white, but you can also find pink and pale yellow varieties.

Gysophila has two meanings in the language of flowers. Firstly, as with many wedding blooms, it symbolises innocence. But it also represents fertility and is frequently given within a bouquet at the birth of a child.

And the Flowers You Might Want to Avoid

Some flowers have negatives associations, so you might want to stay clear of them on your big day to avoid tempting fate.

The delicate blooms of Begonia have a decidedly darker meaning than you might think: they are said to symbolize a warning to be cautious. And be careful who you give them to! The Victorians often gifted begonias to symbolize dark, fanciful thoughts about the receiver.

Hyacinths might be beautiful, but you’re more likely to see them at a funeral than a wedding. These statuesque blooms have been linked to the tragic myth of Hyacinthus in Greek mythology. According to legend, Hyacinthus was a lover of the god Apollo but was also admired by Zephyrus, the god of Wind. The friendship between Apollo and Hyacinthus enraged Zephyrus, who used the wind to throw a discus Hyacinthus was playing with off course, hitting the mortal and killing him. From the spilled blood, sprang a hyacinth bloom. The plant now symbolizes sincerity (on Hycinthus’ behalf), but also jealously and rashness.

At Signature Living Weddings, our capable wedding coordinators will be on hand throughout your wedding journey to ensure your special day is a magical experience. From picking the perfect flowers, to ensuring each guest has a wonderful time, we always go the extra mile to make sure you have your dream wedding in a beautiful venue.

Our hand-selected venues make the perfect, romantic backdrop to your wedding – why not explore the historic Exchange Hotel in Cardiff or start planning your big day at the iconic Cunard House on Liverpool’s Waterfront?

To find out more about our stunning venues, get in touch with our team on 0151 236 0166 and take your first steps towards an unforgettable day.

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22nd June 2018

The Best Wedding Movies of All Time

A wedding, of course, is one of the most memorable and meaningful days of a person’s life, filled with happiness and joy! So, if you’re planning your dream day and you need a little inspiration, check out these amazing wedding movies and delve into the dramatic world of marriage on the big screen.

Expect elation, laughter, tears, flirting, embarrassing speeches and wince-inducing dancing from these classic wedding movies. You probably won’t want the lows to feature at your special occasion, but there are definitely loads of great moments that are sure to get you excited for your own magical day.

The Wedding Crashers

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The Wedding Crashers is one of the all-time classic wedding movies. Featuring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, the duo spend the film crashing other people’s weddings during the height of the season, but surprisingly both find the women of their dreams whilst doing so.

A fantastically ridiculous ‘00s comedy, this is the perfect feel good film featuring more weddings than you can shake your bouquet at.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

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Next up is one of our favourite wedding movies, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. When a Greek bride falls in love with a non-Greek groom, their respective families try their best to accept the differences.

This hilarious and heart-warming film depicts a clash of cultures, with the perfect balance of comedic and romantic moments.

Bridesmaids

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Considered to be one of the best R-rated comedies in the last decade, this female-driven laugh-fest stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey as the best, or worst, bridal party.

With plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and brilliant depictions of what best friends are for, this wedding movie even earned itself two Oscar nominations!

Muriel’s Wedding

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This ‘90s throwback wedding movie stars Toni Colette in her break-out role as Muriel, a socially awkward small town girl who steals her dad’s cash to seek out the wedding of her dreams.

She moves to Sydney, comes out of her shy shell and finally walks down the aisle feeling fabulous. A quintessentially Aussie comedy, this film has become a surprise cult hit that still delights viewers over twenty years on.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

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My Best Friend’s Wedding stars Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts, who plays a struggling woman who has fallen for her best friend. The film sees her deal with him getting engaged to another woman and realising she’s completely missed her chance with the love of her life.

Her mission to become the object of his affections in the lead up to his wedding doesn’t quite according to plan!

The Wedding Planner

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Starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey in his golden rom-com years, before the prestigious Oscar wins, this iconic movie tells the story of a wedding planner who lands the biggest job of her career, only to fall for the groom.

One of the most romantic wedding movies going, this is the perfect film to watch in the run up to your own special day.

Bride Wars

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This hilarious films follows two best friends, played by Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson who are both planning to get married.  However, they quickly become  enemies when they realise their respective weddings are scheduled on the same day at their dream venue!

We see the two brides release their inner demons, with their lifelong friendship as a possible casualty. 

Four Weddings and a Funeral

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No wedding movie list would be complete without the definitive British romantic-comedy, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Starring the British heartthrob Hugh Grant, this romantic flick sees Grant politely stuttering his way through life.

During the film, he finds himself stuck in a room with newlyweds consummating their marriage, placed on a table with all his exes. We see him falling for a near-unattainable American and play his part in the singular most iconic kissing in the rain scene ever recorded on film.

The Wedding Singer

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Next up is a feel-good comedy classic, The Wedding Singer.

Set in 1985, Adam Sandler plays a nice guy with a broken heart who’s stuck in one of the most romantic jobs in the world, a wedding singer. He loses all hope when he is abandoned at the altar by his fiancé.

But, he soon meets a young woman named Julia, played by Drew Barrymore, who enlists his help to plan her wedding. He falls in love with her and must win her heart before she gets married.

The Princess Diaries 2

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Princess Mia is back for this second instalment of the Princess Diaries. Still coming to terms with life as a princess, she returns to Genovia after graduating with her best friend Lilly.

When they arrive, Mia’s grandmother (Julie Andrews) informs her that she cannot become queen unless she is married within 30 days. Nicholas Devereaux, played by the very handsome Chris Pine, is one of her top suitors, though he seems to be more interested in the crown than Mia. 

It’s one of the best feel-good wedding movies on the list.

27 Dresses

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Perennial bridesmaid Jane, played by Katherine Heigl, always puts the needs of others before her own, making her the go-to gal whenever someone needs help with wedding plans.

So when Jane’s younger sister Tess snags the man Jane secretly loves, she finds herself questioning her role as a wedding-oholic for the first time in her life. 

Sex and the City

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Last but certainly not least in the list of our favourite wedding movies is Sex and the City. Following on from the hugely popular TV series, this film sees the fab four a couple of years later.

Carrie Bradshaw finally gets the commitment she has dreamed of from the non-committal Mr Big, they are getting married! Having been married before, he would prefer a small affair. But, Carrie soon gets carried away with dreams of a fashionista’s perfect wedding. When Mr Big deserts Carrie at the alter, the girls take off on what-would-have-been her honeymoon and have an amazing time together, just like old times.

On Valentine’s day, Miranda confesses to Carrie that it was her fault that Mr Big got cold feet. Consequently, Carrie and Mr Big reconcile and have a small, romantic wedding at a registry office.

Have a Wedding to Rival the Movies

Whether you dream of a wedding to rival the Hollywood films, or a small and more intimate occasion, at Signature Living Weddings we offer some of the very best venues in the UK that are suited to all tastes.

From the unique rooftop terrace of The Garden of Eden, to the opulent White Star Grand Hall in the famous 30 James Street Hotel, our venues offer brides and grooms something truly special.

Our dedicated wedding coordinators have a wealth of experience to share, easing your worries while you enjoy every moment. From the finer details to the big decisions, you can count on our team to be on hand and sprinkle their magic.

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Our luxury venues range from grand heritage buildings to contemporary, stylish spaces with plenty of atmosphere.

If you’re searching for a dream wedding venue in the centre of Liverpool, you can choose from The White Star Grand Hall which formerly served as a first-class lounge for the White Star Line shipping company. And today, the spectacular space continues to showcase its ornate ceilings and intricate period features.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, why not enjoy a hidden gem in the heart of the city, The Garden of Eden within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel. This ethereal rooftop space will sweep you off your feet with its breathtaking skyline views.

Better still, if you’re looking for a venue with a quirky twist, Signature Living Weddings also offer Alma de Cuba. Formerly St Peter’s Catholic Church this breathtaking bar and restaurant has returned to its roots as a striking wedding venue, offering the chance to celebrate beneath the original altar and glistening stained glass windows.

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Not forgetting, you could discover the opulence of The Exchange Grand Hall within Cardiff’s luxury Exchange Hotel. Formerly the Welsh capital’s iconic Coal Exchange, the Grade II* listed building is truly one of a kind.

With so much choice of venue, there really is no other option than Signature Living Weddings. If you’d like more information, or would like to chat with one of our dedicated wedding coordinators, give us a call today on 0151 305 3753 or email us using the form below.

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