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19th September 2019

Carnival Style Wedding Packages at Alma de Cuba

We’ve created a selection of the best wedding packages Liverpool has to offer in our stunning city-centre wedding venue, Alma de Cuba. Each one taking inspiration from the exotic elegance and vibrant colours of Latin American culture, providing your wedding day with the style of celebration befitting the most extravagant Cuban Carnivals.

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Take a look at how wonderful we can make your wedding day at Alma de Cuba, by choosing one of the three most exciting wedding packages Liverpool has for 2020.

Within the ancient walls of Alma de Cuba, there lies a plethora of original evangelical features, retained from the buildings time as a church.

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Lofty vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, glittering stained glass windows and an impressive marble altar with flanking columns make Alma de Cuba a stunning city-centre venue to host a dream Liverpool wedding.

Choose any of the packages detailed below to ensure both you and your guests enjoy an unforgettable wedding day experience from start to finish.

The Alma Wedding Package

When you book the perfect wedding venue in Liverpool, everything else usually just falls into place, especially when that particular venue comes with its very own bespoke wedding package.

Our Alma de Cuba Wedding Package provides everything a happy couple could need on their special day, including creative cocktails served to your guests on arrival, delicious catering and the most glamourous wedding venue in Liverpool from which to enjoy your wedding.

Starting at just £5,500, this amazing Liverpool wedding package caters to 50 daytime guests and 80 evening guests. Every happy couple has the option to book the entire venue for a civil ceremony* where they’ll be wed in front of the stunning Alma de Cuba altar.

After a spectacular service, let the celebrations can continue in our private events venue, The Vestry, where your party can enjoy a private bar, an evening buffet and a wedding reception that will be remembered for a lifetime.

The Rio Wedding Package

Don’t take your wedding to Rio, let us bring Rio to you with our sensational new wedding package at Alma de Cuba.

Garnering inspiration from the party capital of the world, we’ve taken all the charisma and charm of the city’s biggest celebrations and tailored them to suit the most amazing wedding day imaginable.

Think party, party, party as we’re going big with this one including samba dancers, confetti cannons, coloured sparklers and smoke cannons, as well as all the finer details included in all our Alma de Cuba Wedding package.

With prices starting at just £7,500, our Rio Wedding Package will make your special day an unforgettable affair, inspired by the street parties of a city where the celebration never stops.

The Carnival Wedding Package

If like us, you just love a carnival, we’ve got the perfect wedding package for you at Alma de Cuba.

By booking The Carnival Wedding package you’re guaranteeing a wedding day that will go down in the history books.

An occasion that will be marked by plenty of fabulous party-themed favours, this wonderful wedding package includes our very own samba dancers, an amazing evening buffet and drinks on arrival, we’ll be sure to help you make your wedding the stunning celebration you always dreamed of.

We’ll take care of all the finer details so you and your intended can get on with the most important part of your day, celebrating and announcing your love for one another.

The Carnival Wedding Package starts at just £6,500 for 50 day guests and 80 evening guests.

We can help create all the excitement of a carnival celebration on your wedding day with Signature Living Weddings.

Booking the Best Liverpool Wedding Packages

All our Alma de Cuba wedding packages can accommodate extra guests both day and night, we can add or change aspects of our packages that don’t suit your particular plans, whatever you think will make your wedding day memorable, our wedding coordinators are happy to arrange.

At Signature Living Weddings, we pride ourselves on getting to know our couples well so we can best advise on how to make the most of their special day. At the end of this year and into 2020, we’ll be hosting a series of free-to-attend wedding showcases at both The Shankly Hotel and 30 James Street.

Why not book to attend and come see what we do at Signature Living Weddings that makes us stand out from the norm.

Each of our unique and bespoke wedding packages can be tailored to suit your own personal preferences, and we’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch.

Start planning a colourful, carnival-style wedding day with Signature Living Weddings by booking any of the most exotic and exciting wedding packages Liverpool has to offer at Alma de Cuba.

To start planning your wedding or to discuss our packages and venues please email weddings@signatureliving.co.uk or call  0151 305 37 53 and speak to our team today.

*Monday – Thursday only.

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20th August 2019

A Maid of Honour Cheat Sheet to Planning the Perfect Wedding

Okay, so we know you won’t actually be planning the entire perfect wedding yourself but once you accepted the job for the Maid of Honour you became an integral piece of the big day.

The question is, are you ready for it?

Maid of Honour checklist for the perfect wedding

To help you help your bride when it comes to planning the perfect wedding we’ve drawn up a cheat sheet to make sure you are the best Maid of Honour you can possibly be.

What Exactly is the Perfect Wedding?

You may have your ideas of what your own perfect wedding day would be but what about your Bride to be?

It’s important to know exactly how she wants her day to go unless of course, you are already well versed in every detail. Discover her dream wedding venue, the dream dress and do everything you can to help her make those dreams a reality.

Assert Your Authority

When it comes to bridesmaids, we all know they can get a little rebellious at times so it’s your job to herd them like a professional cattle wrangler. You are leader of the bridesmaids for the foreseeable future so let them know who’s boss, like Beyonce.

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If one doesn’t like the dress or the other doesn’t like the fancy dress theme for the hen party, tough!

It’s up to you to keep the peace and get them to the dress fittings, hair and make-up tests, bridal shower and then hen party in an orderly fashion and with a smile.

Plan The Perfect Hen Party

Start your hen party plans by listening to your Bride-to-be’s wishes and then completely ignore most of what she has to say.

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Every Bride-to-be may say she wants a classy, ladylike hen party but deep down you know she’s lying. Pull out all the hen party clichés and make sure the Bride-to-be is the centre of attention on the night and you’re golden.

Signature Living Hotel has the ideal group accommodation for hen parties and, when it comes to planning the perfect hen party in Liverpool, they are number one on every list. With everything from epic pool parties to Million Dollar Men nights and even adult-themed afternoon teas, a Signature Living hen party is always unforgettable.

Our helpful reservations team at Signature Living will help you plan every aspect of the most epic hen party ever, so all you need to do is pretend you are listening to your bride-to-be and let us do all the dirty work.

Plan An Even Better Bridal Shower

This is your chance to give the Bride the classy pre-wedding event she says she wants. Inviting all the right people and picking the perfect wedding shower venue is key.

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Whether it’s an at-home garden party or a private soiree in an exquisite city centre events venue you are the hostess with the mostess and there’s no room for failure.

Learn How to Be a Human Shield

One of your most important jobs is to shield the Bride from any possible and unnecessary drama or stress.

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So get out your Wonder Woman Bracelets of Submission and block all that negativity so your Bride will have the perfect wedding day of her dreams, without any of the bother or hassle.

Study That Guestlist

Time to climb the family trees of the Bride and Groom because you may think you already know everybody but you are wrong.

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Your Bride to be will have aunties and uncles you’ve never met and distant cousins you’ve never heard of and don’t even start on the Groom’s side.

You will be the main contact for all these guests on or before the big day so, to save your Bride having to answer everyone’s urgent questions, you need to know names.

Get Involved in Planning

If you know the ins and outs of the big day then you are instantly more helpful when the Bride forgets something or the Groom shows up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Find out the when, where, how and who as fast as you can, and help your Bride enjoy the perfect wedding day she’s always wanted.

The Big Day Checklist

Just in case you get overwhelmed yourself it might help to have a small checklist to hand just for your peace of mind;

  • Don’t forget the veil
  • Have a safe place for the wedding band
  • Know the wedding planners number
  • And the Best Man’s (he could become your best friend on the day)
  • Don’t drink too much pre-wedding champagne

Keep it together missy.

Maid of Honour Emergency Kit

To make sure you are ready to meet the needs of your Bride pack our Mary Poppins-style emergency kit with everything you could possibly need on the Big Day;

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  • Sewing Kit – for rips and tears
  • Nail and eyelash glue – in case either should falter throughout the day
  • Make-up touch up kit – because
  • Hairspray and hairpins – for any hair-related mishaps
  • Tissues – for happiness tears
  • Stain removal wipes – for spills and smudges
  • Paracetamol – for your own headache
  • A hip flask – for pre-ceremony butterflies
  • The Brides favourite sweets or chocolates – for low blood sugars and nibbles
  • Flats – because your Brides shoes are fab but very high
  • Phone charger – you are the emergency contact and need to capture candid camera moments

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.

After all, this is said and done you will have helped your Bride plan the perfect wedding and given her the support she needed throughout the perfect wedding day. And don’t worry, you can always pay her back by asking her to be your Maid of Honour when it’s your turn to walk down the aisle.

Signature Living Weddings

We are every maid of honours best friend at Signature Living Weddings because we have all the tools to make sure your Bride’s perfect wedding day is delivered.

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Our exquisite Liverpool wedding venues each have a unique character and charm that can be tailored to be everyone’s perfect wedding.

From the elegant and intimate to the grand and remarkable, each Signature Living wedding venue delivers exactly what any and every Bride could dream of for their perfect wedding day.

Call 0151 305 3753 or have a browse around our amazing wedding packages to see the different ways Signature Living can make all your wedding day dreams come true. We have put together the perfect packages that cover everything you could think of and more for hosting a dream wedding day with Signature Living Weddings.

Like our latest venue at Rainhill Hall where you can book;

  • Prosecco and canapés (2 per person) on arrival
  • Three-course wedding breakfast
  • Half bottle of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
  • Prosecco for the wedding toast
  • Mini Evening buffet
  • ‘Love’ letters
  • Fully stocked candy cart
  • A cake stand, cake knife and wedding post box
  • Table name/number stands and easel for your table plan
  • Bridal Suite the night of your wedding (subject to availability)
  • Civil Ceremony in The Chapel (optional)
  • A designated wedding coordinator and events manager

This will cater to up to 50 daytime guests and 80 evening guests all in Liverpool’s newest and dreamiest wedding venue. Prices start at just £8,500 (varying depending on dates) and can be booked as of now with our talented team of wedding coordinators.

Keep up to date with news from our wonderful wedding open days and browse our blog archives for more ideas and inspiration.

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2nd August 2019

The 11 Most Romantic Places to Propose in Liverpool

The dramatic skyline, spectacular sunsets and dreamy waterfront of Liverpool make it an idyllic city in which to pop the big question. Here at Signature Living Weddings, we know your engagement is the first step on the path to a magical wedding, so we think you should consider these places to propose in Liverpool and make the proposal as romantic as the special occasion itself.

The city is full of stunning viewpoints, adorable hideaways and incredible experiences that can help make your proposal a magical moment. In no particular order, we’ve pulled together our favourite places to propose in Liverpool.

On the Waterfront

 

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Liverpool’s iconic waterfront is undeniably one of the most romantic spots in the North West. From its palatial architecture to its stunning views across the Mersey – a proposal at the Pier Head on a warm summer’s evening could be a truly unforgettable experience – making it one of the most gorgeous places to propose in Liverpool.

The Cunard Building, one of the city’s Three Graces is situated right on the waterfront. A perfect spot to pop the question and get some snaps to mark the occasion!

Atop Liverpool’s Best Rooftop Bar

 

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Located at the top of 30 James Street, this incredible rooftop spot is part of the amazing Carpathia Restaurant and Champagne Bar. After an exquisite fine dining experience, why not take your spouse-to-be onto the rooftop and propose as the sun sets? Carpathia will be sure to have some bubbly on hand to celebrate afterwards.

It doesn’t have to end there, though. Book yourselves into a luxury room in the hotel here and see where the night takes you.

Climb the Anglican Cathedral

 

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For breathtaking views and spectacular sunsets, there is no better place in the city than the top of the Anglican Cathedral. Sitting 500ft above sea level and with 360˚ rooftop views of Liverpool and beyond, the incredible Vestey tower has been the site of many Liverpool proposals.

For only a few pounds, you can ascend the 108 stairs and enjoy stunning, uninterrupted views of the city, providing an unforgettable spot to begin your engagement.

One of the most awe-inspiring places to propose in Liverpool, the Anglican Cathedral is an amazing place to pop the question.

Under the Petal Shower

 

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If you’ve ever experienced an Alma de Cuba petal shower, you’ll know it’s a moment like no other. So why not surprise your other half with the big question just as the flowers begin to fall? For those not in the know, the petal shower at Alma De Cuba happens every Friday and Saturday at 11pm in Liverpool’s most famous Latin American inspired bar and restaurant. On the hour, a gorgeous petal display rains down on revellers in the spectacular venue, as our samba dancers take to the stage for a vibrant, fun-filled performance.

Plus, the formerly Grade II listed St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and its new Vestry floor is available for weddings, so you can complete your wedding journey in the place it all began. Retaining many of its original features including the altar and magnificent ornate glass windows, this spectacular venue offers a romantic venue in the heart of Liverpool for your special day.

On the Liverpool Wheel

 

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With the wheel being known as more of a tourist destination, this may be a less obvious choice. But when you think about it, you’ve got a great set up and everything you need for a proposal all in one! You’ll have privacy, amazing views and enough time to build up the courage to ask the vital question as the wheel turns.

The big wheel may not be one of the most obvious places to propose in Liverpool, but it’s certainly one of the most dramatic.

Walking Down Crosby Beach

 

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For a more relaxed proposal that takes you back to nature, a romantic stroll along Crosby beach on a Sunday morning is the perfect time to pop the question for low-key couples. You’re sure to find a moment of intimacy on the dramatic stretch of coastline that has views out to the Wirral and North Wales.

Outside (or Inside!) Sefton Park Palm House

 

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The Victorian architecture of Sefton Park Palm House evokes the dreamy days of times gone by when courting couples would take walks in the park with their betrothed.

Reignite the romance of the past with a proposal amongst the arching glass windows and beautiful flora that fills this spectacular glass house.

By the Love Locks at Albert Dock

 

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Propose right by the water and secure your own unbreakable bond with your very own love lock! Make it even more special by inscribing your own message onto the lock and leaving it as a symbol of your everlasting love.

Evoking images of The Pont des Arts bridge on the River Seine in Paris, the love locks bridge at the Albert Dock is one of the most romantic places to propose in Liverpool.

Within the Intimacy of a Private Suite

 

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For a seductive proposal, why not book the intimately private Signature Living Lust suite and sweep your future spouse off their feet?

The Lust Suite is the perfect place for a cosy, private proposal between you and your partner. Located within The Shankly Hotel, this beautiful pale-pink suite features Signature padding and sensual velvet furnishings. Complete with an indulgent double bed, and a beautiful mirrored ceiling feature, the suite is completed by a luxurious ensuite with whirlpool bath and waterfall shower.

Only a stone’s throw away from some of Liverpool’s most romantic restaurants, The Shankly also boasts a spectacular rooftop bar overlooking the city skyline

Book a room in The Shankly Hotel here – pick out a ring and build up the courage to ask that all important question.

Mathew Street

 

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Forgo the typical proposal spots in Liverpool and instead head to Mathew Street. Pop the question whilst being serenaded by The Beatles’ greatest hits.

Or why don’t you get down on one knee beneath the famous Cavern Quarter sign that greets tourists as they walk down Europe’s most famous street.

Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than popping the question with Cilla Black and John Lennon watching on.

St Georges Plateau

 

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Escape the crowds and head to St George’s Plateau, pick a spot and pop the question. The architecture and décor is as elegant as it is romantic – making it the ideal place to not only propose in Liverpool, but to have a wedding too.

Take your pick from a host of amazing rooms and outside settings and propose in style this summer.

Your Future Awaits

Already engaged? Congrats! The proposal is only the first step on your wedding journey. Get some inspiration for your big day over on our blog!

To start planning your dream day at one of our spectacular venues, contact our friendly team on 0151 236 0166. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

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26th June 2019

25 Wedding Readings to Make Guests Laugh & Cry

Whether you and your partner like to do things a little differently or want to add an element of personality to an otherwise traditional day, wedding readings can be the perfect recipe for romance on your special day.

Not only a wonderful way to celebrate your love with friends and family, choosing wedding vows that stray from what’s expected can also show your other half just how much you really care.

So, whether you opt for a romantic extract from classic literature, one of the best wedding readings from films, or draw inspiration from marriage poems, we’ve found something for everyone.

How many readings should you have at a wedding?

When it comes to your big day, there’s little that you can’t tweak to fit with what you and your partner want, and this extends to wedding readings! Although you are required to have at least one Bible reading for a Church of England wedding, a civil ceremony legally requires no readings at all – so if a wedding reading isn’t something you’d considered before, you may be surprised to find you don’t even need one.

It’s true that most bride and grooms-to-be do opt to have some kind of wedding reading, so how many is the right amount? The answer really depends on your personal preferences as really you could have as many, or as few, as you’d like. Most couples opt for somewhere between 1 and 3 wedding readings, and these can be shared between the happy couple, family members and special guests, so there is a lot of flexibility with this.

What is a good reading for a wedding?

There really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to picking the perfect reading to compliment your day. More often than not, couples will opt for a reading that accurately reflects their relationship, and so this can be taken from all kinds of sources – or can even be written by yourselves!

If you’re looking for the perfect words to fit the theme of your wedding venue, you might opt for a poetic piece that accurately describes the romantic atmosphere you’ve worked so hard to create. Alternatively, you and your partner may opt for a more contemporary wedding reading from your favourite song or film. The possibilities truly are endless.

The most important thing when picking the best wedding reading for your special day is that you discuss it with your other half, and find something you both feel works for you.

Unique Wedding Readings

Some brides have been dreaming of their special day since they were little girls, and if that sounds like you then the chances are you already know exactly what you want to say to your significant other when you tie the knot. For others though, picking a wedding reading can be an overwhelming task, particularly if you’re unsure where best to look.

You may want to choose a wedding reading that complements the theme of your wedding venue, one that describes your type of love perfectly, or something that says all the words you want to say in a way that you never could. Whatever you’re looking for – our comprehensive selection of the best wedding readings has been collated to compliment every type of couple, whatever the venue may be.

Read on to feel inspired!

1) Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo

If modern wedding readings aren’t really your thing, this breathtaking extract from Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables may be the perfect romantic wedding reading for you!

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

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

 

2) The Notebook

 by Nicholas Sparks

Alternatively, why not go for a modern wedding reading from a rom com or book? The Notebook was originally a Nicholas Sparks novel. And his beautiful words are a strong choice for romantic wedding readings.

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

 

3) Everything I Know About Love

by Dolly Alderton

Next, this is one of our favourite modern wedding readings, from Dolly Alderton’s Everything I Know About Love. 

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

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

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

 

4) Up

Some of the best wedding readings are simply short and sweet! And that’s certainly the case when it comes to this adorable line from Pixar’s Up.

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

 

5) Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

Without a doubt one of the most romantic wedding ceremony weddings is taken from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. This stunning extract captures classic literature at its finest, so those with a love for the written word are bound to love this romantic wedding reading.

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

 

6) When Harry Met Sally

by Nora Ephron

 Classic rom-com When Harry Met Sally is perfect material for romantic wedding readings.

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

 

7) The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

“When Winter comes, and singing ends, when darkness falls at last; When broken is the barren bough, and light and labour past;

I’ll look for thee, and wait for thee, until we meet again; Together we will take the road beneath the bitter rain.

Together we will take the road that leads into the West; And far away will find a land where both our hearts may rest.”

 

8) Harry Potter Wedding Reading

by J.K. Rowling

If the happy couple are Harry Potter fans, why not choose one of the best wedding readings from the wizarding world? This is one of our favourite unique wedding readings for adding a short and sweet touch to your speech.

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

 

9) Sleepless in Seattle

by Nora Ephron

“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together … and I knew it.

I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home … only to no home I’d ever known …

I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like … magic.”

 

10) Joanne Woodward

Hollywood couples come and go…but Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman’s marriage really stood the test of time. Once Hollywood’s golden couple, the glamorous duo were married for over fifty years. And we love this quote from Woodward about their timeless romance…

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“Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to have a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that is a real treat.”

 

11) Fleabag Wedding Speech

by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

“Love is awful. It’s awful. It’s painful. It’s frightening. It makes you doubt yourself, judge yourself, distance yourself from the other people in your life. It makes you selfish. It makes you creepy, makes you obsessed with your hair, makes you cruel, makes you say and do things you never thought you would do.

It’s all any of us want, and it’s hell when we get there. So no wonder it’s something we don’t want to do on our own. I was taught if we’re born with love then life is about choosing the right place to put it. People talk about that a lot, feeling right, when it feels right it’s easy. But I’m not sure that’s true. It takes strength to know what’s right. And love isn’t something that weak people do. Being a romantic takes a hell of a lot of hope. I think what they mean is, when you find somebody that you love, it feels like hope.”

 

12) Winnie the Pooh Wedding Reading

by A.A Milne

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

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

Browse our guide to romantic wedding songs for your first dance or ceremony.

 

13) The Wedding Singer

 by Tim Herlihy

“I want to make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I want to do is grow old with you
I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh it could be so nice, growing old with you

I’ll miss you, Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you, Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control
So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed if you’ve had too much to drink
I could be the man who grows old with you
I want to grow old with you.”

 

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14) Juno

by Diablo Cody

Unusual wedding readings are sometimes the best wedding readings! And one of our favourites is this heartwarming line from Juno.

“The best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are.

Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass.

That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

 

15) Breakfast at Tiffany’s Wedding Reading

screenplay by George Axelrod

“People do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”

 

16) Be My Wife

by David Bowie

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

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

 

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17) Meet Joe Black

by Bo Goldman, Kevin Wade, Ron Osborn and Jeff Reno

“Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head, and you listen to your heart…Cause the truth is, honey, there’s no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all. But you have to try, cause if you haven’t tried, you haven’t lived.”

 

18) Before Sunrise

by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

If you’re looking for unusual wedding readings, why not draw some inspiration from the movies?

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“It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream and you’re in mine or something.”

 

19) Shakespeare in Love

by Tom Stoppard & Marc Norman

“I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No… not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that…overthrows life. Unbiddable, ungovernable, like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture.”

 

20) Sex and the City

Created by Darren Star 

His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was their first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was as simple as her smile

He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was ‘I do’.

 

21) The One

by Rupi Kaur

When it comes to the best wedding readings, sometimes short and sweet is all you need!

“they should feel like home
a place that grounds your life
where you go to take the day off.”

 

Need inspiration for your wedding gift bags? Our guide is full of fabulous ideas.

 

22) Johnny Cash’s Letter

A letter to June Carter

“We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others’ minds. We know what the other wants without asking.

Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.”

 

23) Time In a Bottle

by Jim Croce

Jim Croce’s beautiful song lyrics are also perfect for crafting one of the most romantic wedding readings guests have ever heard…

If I could save time in a bottle,
the first thing that I’d like to do,
is to save every day ‘till eternity passes away,
just to spend them with you.

If I could make days last forever;
if words could make wishes come true;
I’d save every day like a treasure and then, again,
I would spend them with you.

 

24) Friends (Monica to Chandler)

“I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life.

And now here we are with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend.”

 

25) Yes I’ll Marry You

by Pam Ayres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That sexy little dinner, Which you served by candlelight,

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

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

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

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

And so before you see the light,

I do, I do, I do!.”

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

Signature Living Weddings

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

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

So, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today by completing our enquiry form here or you can reach us on 0151 305 3753 to start the next chapter of your love story!

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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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Get inspired by our guide to wedding readings that will make you laugh and cry! From classic books to romantic movies.

 

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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While you’re here, why not take a read of our guide to hen party games everyone will love. Find the full article here!

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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Signature Living Weddings

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for crafting bespoke weddings designed with a difference. Our experienced wedding coordinators and unique wedding venues across the UK can be tailored exclusively to you. 

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We have our own Signature Salon based in the heart of Liverpool, perfect for achieving your favourite wedding hairstyles. To find out more, check out our Facebook page here.

We also offer a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you can make the most of what we offer. Get in touch today by completing our enquiry form here or call us on 0151 305 3753 to start the next chapter of your love story…

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15th February 2019

6 Beautiful & Historic Places to Get Married in the UK

Searching for the best places to get married can be a little overwhelming, but worry not. At Signature Living Weddings, we’ve rounded up some of the very best wedding venues to say ‘I do’.

Our spectacular places to get married offer something special for everyone. Whether you’re dreaming of an outdoor venue with a fairy tale twist, hidden rooftop location or historic grand hall, we’ve got you covered.

The Best Places to Get Married

So, take a browse of our recommendations for the places to get married…

30 James Street Hotel (Liverpool)

Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool waterfront, 30 James Street is the perfect setting for hosting the wedding of your dreams. Built in the late 1800s, the Grade II* listed venue was once home to the White Star Line Shipping Company.

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Home to rich maritime history, this opulent building was formerly the port of registry for ocean liners including RMS Titanic. Today, 30 James Street stands as a hotel and spa, wedding and events venue and is also home to Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant.

One of Liverpool’s most pretty places to get married, The White Star Grand Hall is sure to sweep you off your feet. Our striking Grand Hall was once the first-class lounge and ticketing office for the White Star Line, and the grandeur of the hall has been carefully preserved. Today, guests are offered the chance to soak up the hall’s unrivalled character and charm.

The Exchange Hotel (Cardiff)

This architectural gem is one of the best places to get married. Located in the heart of Cardiff Bay, The Exchange Hotel is one of the UK’s most historic wedding venues. Formerly known as Cardiff’s Coal Exchange, this iconic building was once home to the world’s thriving coal trade and is a special landmark of Welsh history. The ideal setting for an enchanting wedding, this Grade II* listed venue has been carefully restored following years of dereliction.

The Exchange Grand Hall features many of its most exquisite original fixtures, from the Corinthian columns and the infamous ceiling, to the original clock that adorned the hall in its heyday. Radiating a character, charm and history that simply can’t be found elsewhere, The Exchange Hotel is the most magical setting to get married.

Rainhill Hall (Merseyside)

Rainhill’s Grade II listed Loyola Hall is set to be transformed into a fairy tale wedding venue. Treasured by local people, this luxury setting is being taken back to its roots, embracing its original title, Rainhill Hall.

The grand country house dates 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.

Featuring a treetop Bridal Suite and woodland cabins, this unique wedding retreat is already booking up and proving to be one of the most popular places to gar married.

So, why not be one of the first to get married at this exciting new wedding venue? Complete our online enquiry form here for more information!

The Shankly Hotel (Preston)

Once Preston’s famous Old Post Office, The Shankly Preston is a historic Grade II listed building. An iconic landmark of the city, this spectacular wedding venue will proudly open its doors once again later in the year.

The Shankly Preston’s spacious wedding venue will encompass striking period details, ethereal decorations and fantastic views across the Flag Market. What better venue to host an occasion to remember?

Alma de Cuba (Liverpool)

Alma de Cuba is without a doubt one of the most unique places to get married. Formerly St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, this outstanding Grade II listed building was converted into a Cuban-themed bar and restaurant in 2005.

Retaining many of its original features, guests can enjoy the grand altar, ornate glass windows and pew style booths. Enjoy either the upper and mezzanine levels or take over the entire former church for an occasion you’ll never forget.

Showcasing fabulous views across the venue, The Vestry can be tailored exclusively to your wedding celebrations. Alma’s new events space is the perfect spot to host your private event while incorporating live entertainment.

Garden of Eden (Liverpool)

A breathtaking space for the wedding of your dreams, the Garden of Eden is a hidden gem of The Shankly Hotel. This versatile wedding venue is one of the best places to get married if you’re in search of a rooftop wedding venue.

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The Garden of Eden can be tailored exclusively to you. From the centrepieces of your choice to all the finer details, look no further for the perfect wedding venue.

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Our stunning outdoor terrace can also be incorporated into your celebrations. Fantastically spacious, this scenic space is the perfect backdrop to your wedding photographs. We can also craft a fantastic party atmosphere upon the terrace with our bar, seating areas and entertainment packages.

Adding the Wow Factor

At Signature Living Weddings, we love to add a sprinkle of the wow factor to our unique venues. Our wedding coordinators are the experts when it comes to designing the wedding of your dreams.

Whether you want to add a touch of nostalgia with a vintage photobooth or capture every angle by drone videography, we can make it happen!

Not forgetting, our venues can be given a sprinkle of magic with avant-garde entertainment. From aerial performers, fire breathers and samba dancers, to jazz musicians, harpists and fireworks, you can go as big and bold as you like.

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Our team can build a bespoke wedding package exclusively for you, to ensure everything you’re dreaming of is incorporated. So, once you’ve set your heart on one of the best places to get married, we can add the extras!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the very best places to get married. If you’re thinking of planning your dream wedding at one of these beautiful buildings, get in touch with our friendly team today and take the first steps to your perfect day.

You can reach us on 0151 305 3753 or complete our online enquiry form here.

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11th January 2019

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

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

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

How Did Miley and Liam Meet?

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

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

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

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

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

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

An Intimate Ceremony to Say ‘I Do’

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

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

 

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

 

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

Signature Living Weddings

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

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Rainhill Hall wedding venue

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

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

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

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20th December 2018

Nick and Priyanka | Highlights from Their Spectacular Wedding Week

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

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

Nick and Priyanka – Wedding Highlights

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Signature Living Wedding Venues

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

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Rainhill Hall

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

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

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17th December 2018

An Experienced Wedding Celebrant Shares All You Need to Know

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re known for designing weddings with a difference. From our unique wedding venues and extravagant packages, to our talented team of bold and brilliant coordinators, a Signature wedding is always one of a kind.

But your wedding ceremony simply wouldn’t be complete without the person who ties it all together. A Wedding Celebrant or Minster plays an integral role in your special day, ensuring every moment is right for you. From song choices to words, every moment matters.

That’s where the fantastic Reverend Phil Parkinson comes in, an Interfaith Minister who likes to think outside the box. Phil has a wealth of experience in leading beautiful ceremonies and interfaith weddings with a personal touch.

Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister – Phil Parkinson

As a gay minster, Phil is also an expert when it comes to same-sex weddings. This is something that closely intertwines with Signature Living; we’re home to some of the most popular same-sex wedding venues in Liverpool, and our coordinators have helped to plan some truly spectacular occasions.

So, for those in search of the perfect celebrant, we sat down with Phil Parkinson. This in-depth interview covers all you need to know before your big day! We wanted to shed some light on his experience and why you should choose him for the most memorable day of your life…

So Phil, what does it mean to be a Marriage Celebrant?

I am a Reverend, so I am a Reverend and a Wedding Celebrant. I’m actually an Interfaith Minister, there are about 800 of us in the UK, all very different from your normal Christian vicar, with no churches, no bibles, and no bishops, nothing to convert anyone to, and all ministering to those of you who don’t usually go to church. I’m one of the very few ministers who is legally able to marry same-sex couples (in one particular building), but as a Wedding Celebrant I can do weddings anywhere.

Every ceremony I do is bespoke. Having met with the couple, I compose my text using what they tell me about themselves and the words of the songs, readings and poems they chose. If elements from any faith traditions are wanted, I’m delighted to include them. If two different cultures are coming together, I can make sense of that. If a couple want to write their own vows, these can be given a central place, as can any national traditional customs, such as the English and Irish hand-fasting, the Scottish Quaich Love Cups, the Welsh myrtle, etc.

As yet, I haven’t come across a couple who’ve refused the traditional vows. But let’s face it, you can’t beat them, because, when “For richer and poorer, In sickness and in health”, is spoken by two people to each other from a place of profound love, everybody cries. Often these words are pronounced in the name of “The Supreme Spirit of Love”, sometimes adding “And My Family and Friends, and All That Is Good On This Earth”, or, if the couple chose, in the name of the God Of Their Understanding.

How/why did you decide to become a Wedding Celebrant?

When I was a child, I was refused the Roman Catholic priest training because I was a slow developer. In 2011, I happened to come across an old friend who mentioned another mutual friend who was an Interfaith Minister in Sheffield. I immediately knew I wanted do what she was doing! And I now realize, that all the things I’ve done in my life, and this is my fifth career, have led up to being an Interfaith Minister. It brings together everything that I believe in, and everything I do.

What I find is that a lot of younger couples who haven’t had a religious upbringing, though they wouldn’t know how to put it into words, have a great hunger for something you might call sacred or spiritual, something that is above what normal life is usually like, the ‘something’ that the church has always represented.

So what I bring to a wedding is the sense of something intangible, something profound, even sacred, even numinous. A wedding is the most important public rite of passage we make as adults. Only giving birth equals it. You will never feel the same again. And I absolutely love being with the couple throughout the whole journey, from the initial setting up meeting, maybe on Skype, though better in person, then the detailed meeting about a month beforehand, then the rehearsal, and finally, the big day itself.

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What is the legal position?

What you have to get your head around is that your marriage is about your money – who legally owns what – and that your wedding is about publicly showing your love for each other to the world. Parliament has begun the process of updating our antiquated marriage laws of 1836, but Brexit has delayed any recent progress. The laws will change, but not quite yet.

So the simplest way to get married is not to use me at all, but have the registrars come to your chosen hotel and do the whole ceremony. You are not allowed certain words or music, and you can’t use the traditional vows. Depending on the day of the week, it can be relatively expensive.

If money is no object and you want everything under one roof, have the registrars marry you in the hotel, and then, after they are gone, have myself do your much more elaborate ceremony.

The other, cheaper, way, is to do the legal bit separately at your local registry office (Mon -Thurs mornings are cheapest, St George’s Hall, Liverpool, is a mere £50). You only need yourselves and two witnesses present, yourselves to answer “I do” to the several questions, and all four of you to sign the register. That’s really is it. You can be out in less than ten minutes. Then have your proper ceremony with myself, around fifty minutes works well, with whatever music, words, customs, and unique little or big touches you want, on the day you want, at the time you want, at the signature hotel you want.

Did you have to do any training?

I completed a two year in-depth training, with 16 weekends and a lot of written work and placements. The training was in London, but there were enough of us to form a North West group which met once a month as well. One way and another it was a very consuming commitment.

What is the best thing about being a Marriage Celebrant and Interfaith Minister?

Being with people at the most important moments of their lives. Because people are really real then, and it’s people’s hearts I’m dealing with. Being with people’s hearts is the best bit.

Is there a particular wedding that is memorable to you?

Several I think! There was one going along fairly normally, when I began to quote the words of a song the couple had chosen, and then I said in a surprised loud voice, “Oh, it looks like we’ve got some visitors!” and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, complete with trumpets and trombones crashed in, dancing round the church. Nobody knew except the couple. I got them up in the pulpit, it was completely hysterical.

Then there was one for a couple of gay women who had lived in 6 different countries. I researched a wedding blessing from each of those countries, one of which was a 2000 year old Mayan blessing, and built their ceremony around these, with a live musical blessing from a friend of theirs and my usual sung ending blessing. It was just lovely to make the whole of their life story together into their own ceremony.

Then there was a secular Jewish one complete with canopy and shawls, and the one based around the bride’s favourite Shakespeare play which I conducted on the actual day of Shakespeare’s anniversary, as well as the one half in French, and another half in Danish! And, close to my heart, the one by the River Esk, at my favourite place in the Lake District.

Whose ceremony would you most like to conduct from the past?

I would have loved to have been Prince Charles’ Minister, but with Camilla!

What’s the process of couples getting in touch with you?

Usually word-of-mouth, Google, and referrals through organisations I belong to, like Signature.  Then it’s www.revphilparkinson.co.uk, or, best of all, 07730 337 300 –  nothing like a personal chat – and philinterfaith@gmail.com

Why do you think you work well with the Signature brand?

Thinking outside the box. Signature has all the infrastructure for weddings, usual and unusual. I took just one look at the Garden of Eden and thought this is it, they have got it all, I don’t have to think of anything, I can just be with the couple. And as an architecture-mad person, I applaud Signature’s mission in restoring old buildings and giving them a new direction, a new lease of life. That’s just fabulous, couldn’t be better.

Do you have a favourite Signature Wedding venue?

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Rainhill Hall

They all look superb. The Garden of Eden is amazing, think rooftop view without parallel. James Street is so wonderfully grand, yet with gritty cast-iron pillars. Rainhill Hall is just beautiful, it’s Grade II listed, and when outdoor weddings get going there in the garden it’s going to be just magical. Plans for the Old Post Office in Preston look exciting, I’m waiting to see the brand new interior unfold itself. And these are the Up North hotels, there’s Cardiff and Belfast as well.

What inspires you?

I suppose what really turns me on is seeing beauty, often in the most unexpected places and the most unexpected of people.

Lastly, could you share a fun fact about you!

Previously, I worked in schools as a music teacher, and then privately and in the NHS as a psychotherapist. And what I really like is Earl Grey tea at 4:30pm, but it’s got to be in a teapot, with proper tea leaves, and served in a real cup and saucer.

To enquire about booking your wedding at a Signature venue with Reverend Phil Parkinson, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753. You can contact Phil directly on 07730337300 or at philinterfaith@gmail.com.

For more information about our venues, services and suppliers, please come along to our next Liverpool wedding fayre on Sunday 6th January 2019 at The Shankly Hotel.

 

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11th December 2018

How to Nail the Coolest Winter Wedding Looks for 2019

So, you’ve chosen a winter wedding date, opting for frosty hues of silver and blue and the crispy whiteness only the freshest winter snow can bring.

But what to wear?

Of course, you want to look your best on the most special day of your life but, let’s face it, winter in Britain can get quite glacial. So how to look good and keep warm at the same time?

Here’s our guide to putting together the coolest looks for the most wonderful winter wedding day.

Top Winter Wedding Dress Trends

Straight from the bridal catwalks of 2019, we’re seeing some of the most stunning winter weddings dresses with designers wrapping brides in layers of lace, flurries of feathers and elegantly elongated sleeves.

There’s a style to suit everyone, whilst also keeping every bride’s body shielded from the chilly winter elements.

Choose minimalist detailing and impeccable tailoring for a look that screams Snow Queen chic and embodies the purity of freshly fallen untouched snow.

Achieve this impeccable style by channelling looks seen from Susan Neville’s 2019 collection or the Savin, Volume III Emerald Collection.

Or why not flutter in a flurry of white downy feathers, bringing a touch of old Hollywood red carpet glamour down the aisle of your winter wedding.

Add feathers to trim a daring cold shoulder neckline as seen in the Halfpenny London lookbook or tuck yourself into a hooded feather cape like the one worn on the Pronovais catwalks.

Bring a touch of Bohemian beauty to your winter wedding wardrobe with whimsical gowns inspired by nature.

Tiered lace gowns that wrap brides in top to toe layers of luxurious lace were seen at Katya Katya’s 2019 show whilst at Leanne Marshal’s, lighter than air floating sleeves, simple bodices and swishing skirts stole the show.

It was back through the fashion pages of time for some designers with many channelling the sophisticated style of the 20s.

Eliza Jane Howell’s intricately beaded sheath dresses, marabou feather capelets and jewel-encrusted pearl headbands harken back to an age where glamour and opulence were all the rage.

Overall the message of the moment was to cover up and show off at the same time.

The peak of a shoulder, a whispering of sheer panelling, daring necklines each element allowing the bride to show off her style yet keep warm during her winter wedding day of dreams.

Winter Wedding Accessories and Makeup

Tis’ the season to sparkle and what better way to do so on your winter wedding day than with diamonds and crystals of all shapes and sizes.

Embellish your veil with a frost like trim using thousands of delicate Swarovski crystals, or go big and bold with shimmering snowflakes captured mid-fall in translucent tulle.

Statement earrings are a must at a winter wedding and this year they sparkle with the richest blue, green or dazzling white jewels.

Using the whiteness of winter as your inspiration why not stud your ears, fingers and neckline with classic strings of gossamer pearls.

There’s no need to go all Ice Queen for your makeup, it’s not a fancy dress party, after all. For your make-up keep things cool or heat things up is all up to you.

Warmer winter makeup includes berry shades and natural hues. Go for a daring claret lip and simple delicate smokey eyes, channelling the alluring beauty of Disney Princess Snow White.

Or turn things fairytale frosty with a dusting of silvery blue across the eyes, a dewy natural blush and barely-there lips.

You’ll be the bell of your own winter wedding day ball shining out among the rest.

Where to Book Your Wonderful Winter Wedding

At Signature Living Weddings our selection of venues can cater to your winter wedding of dreams with ease.

Match the theme of your special day with the elegance of the White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street where a gleaming heritage décor provides an exquisite backdrop to host your special day.

Winter wedding venue White Star Grand Hall

30 James Street – Home of the Titanic White Star Grand Hall

Or invoke the heat and passion of Cuba to warm up your winter wedding in Alma de Cuba’s Vestry. The flexible new events venues gives guests the chance to enjoy a vibrant carnival atmosphere from the privacy of an exclusive upper-level space.

Winter wedding venue Vestry

Alma de Cuba – Vestry

These wonderful wedding venues are available to host the magical winter wedding you’ve always dreamed of as well as others to be found all over the UK that are still yet to come.

Call 0151 305 3753 or get in touch using our enquiry form to start planning the winter wedding of your dreams with Signature Living Weddings.

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