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.
From a country house with a fairy tale twist, to heritage gems with a fascinating past, we’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for these spectacular wedding venues.
So, take a browse of our recommendations for the places to get married…
Just a stone’s throw from Liverpool waterfront, 30 James Street is the perfect setting for 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.
Filled with rich maritime history, this opulent building was the port of registry for 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 the best places to get married, The White Star Grand Hall is sure to sweep you off your feet. Formerly the first-class lounge and ticketing office for the White Star Line, the grandeur of the hall has been carefully preserved, offering guests the chance to soak up unrivalled character and charm.
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’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?
Best-loved as the 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wedding readings are a wonderful way to celebrate with friends and family. Whether you opt for a romantic extract from classic literature, one of the best wedding readings from films, or draw inspiration from a witty poem, we’ve found something special for everyone.
You may want to choose a wedding reading that complements the theme of your wedding or your venue. So, take a read of our selection of the best wedding readings and start planning for a day that guests will remember…
“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.”
A famous tearjerker, The Notebook was originally a Nicholas Sparks novel. And it’s safe to say his beautiful words are still a strong choice for wedding readings.
“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.”
“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.”
“You and me… we’re in a club now. And you will always be my greatest adventure.”
“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.”
This classic rom-com is known for some fantastically witty and romantic words, perfect for crafting wedding readings that you’ll never forget.
“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.”
‘I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.’
“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.”
“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”
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.
“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.”
“They should feel like home
a place that grounds your life
where you go to take the day off”
“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!.”
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.
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, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 and start the next chapter of your love story?
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, we know your engagement is the first step on the path to a magical wedding, so we think you should 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.
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 Pier Head on a warm summer’s evening could be a truly unforgettable experience.
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!
Located at the top of 30 James Street Hotel, 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 and see where the night takes you.
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.
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 it’s 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.
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.
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.
Why not book you and your partner a romantic spa break before you surprise them with the big question? Morgan’s Spa at 30 James Street is an opulent hideaway in the centre of Liverpool that’s sure to make your partner feel preened and pampered – and more inclined to say yes!
Featuring a 40sq ft hydrotherapy pool, private treatment rooms, sauna and spa-side bar, the indulgent retreat is the perfect spot to spoil your other half either before – or after – an engagement. Why not request a couples massage?
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.
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.
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
With all this on offer for your big proposal, we reckon that Liverpool is one of the most romantic cities in the UK!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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THE MEHNDI. The job of us bridesmaids was to make sure the bride was happy and comfortable at all times. But we didn’t have to worry about it – coz Nick promised to do it all his life. Welcome to the family Nick jiju!! Im so so happy that the Jonas and Chopra family are now united!!! 💛
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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. An important part for the girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would have loved to have been Prince Charles’ Minister, but with Camilla!
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 email@example.com
Thinking outside the box. Signature has all the infrastructure for weddings, usual and unusual. I took just one look at 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.
They all look superb. 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.
I suppose what really turns me on is seeing beauty, often in the most unexpected places and the most unexpected of people.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Traditions are what makes a wedding special and unique to the happy couple and at Signature Living, whatever your faith or religion, we’re able to accommodate your preferences to make sure your day is a completely personalised celebration.
A popular choice for Asian weddings in Liverpool, all our venues boast flexible and versatile facilities to match your dream big day. Whether you’re looking for a colourful, energetic occasion or sleek, low-key nuptials, our stunning locations all have something unique to offer you.
From specialist catering, to making sure all those little necessary extras are sorted, our wedding coordinators are well versed in ensure your wedding is the most wonderful day it can be.
Whether you’re inviting 30 guests or 300, Signature Living’s flexible venues can accommodate any size of party. We understand the importance of accommodating a large wedding party while still ensuring you have a beautiful and luxurious setting for your big day. From the intimate and charming Baby Eden in the centre of Liverpool, to the expansive soon-to-be open woodland wonderland at Rainhill Hall, we’ve got a range of spaces to suit your needs that don’t compromise on size over quality.
The showstopping Garden of Eden suite is a popular choice for couples planning a Liverpool Asian Wedding, with its stunning panoramic views over the city skyline, a gorgeous outdoor terrace area and a light and airy indoor venue space. Neutrally decorated, so that your colour scheme can shine through, we’re happy to help plan your furnishing choices for the special day.
Organising your wedding can be complex, but the Signature Living Wedding Coordinators are on hand to help make your special occasion run smoothly.
All our coordinators have ample knowledge of cultural elements and religious requirements you might want to include in your wedding and always strive to provide whatever the happy couple require for the perfect occasion.
“We welcome everyone to host their special day at Signature Living,” says coordinator Ciara Martin. “And Asian weddings are some of my favourite to help organise. They’re always incredibly glamorous and beautifully extravagant. Each wedding we host is bigger and better than the ones before. They’re a joy to help plan. Even if you want a more subdued event, we’re able to offer you that dream wedding whatever the scale of your ambitions.”
At all our venues, you and your guests can enjoy luxury accommodation moments from the wedding location. Our stylish hotel suites are ideal for both you as newlyweds and your party guests.
Offering a range of fantastic amenities, guests can enjoy everything from waterfall showers to whirlpool baths. Plus, you can get ready at our ornate dressing tables and relax at the end of all the celebrations in deluxe beds, perfect for a blissful overnight stay.
Whether you’ve chosen the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street as your venue (perfect for an elegant and timeless nuptials), the glamour of the rooftop Garden of Eden suite at The Shankly Hotel, or the dramatic interiors of Alma de Cuba in the centre of town, we can provide nearby (and luxurious) accommodation for everyone,
When you book a Signature Wedding, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with our catering team and discuss a specific and bespoke menu for your big day. Our chefs love sitting down with the family to offer a personalised service. Whether you’d like the more standardised three course meal or would rather look at buffet catering, our team can match the food to your exacting preferences.
We can’t wait to begin planning your wedding with you. Call our team today on 0151 305 3753 or fill in the contact room below to start your journey.
Once known as Loyola Hall, Rainhill Hall wedding venue is certain to sweep you off your feet. Signature Living are set to restore the Grade II listed country house into one of the best woodland wedding locations.
Only a short distance from Liverpool city centre, Rainhill Hall sits in a quaint but easily accessible location. The breathtaking venue dates back to 1824 and is the perfect setting for bringing the wedding you’ve been dreaming of to life.
So, discover the magic of Rainhill Hall…
Rainhill Hall itself sits within majestic woodland and lush greenery. We will be able to craft the most romantic backdrop for your special day, as showcased on our CGI visuals…
Signature Living Weddings are always designed with a difference. So, whether you opt for traditional charm or a touch of extravagance, we can make it happen!
The woodland setting is idyllic for bringing your loved ones together in the great outdoors. What better spot to say ‘I do’?
We can tailor the space exclusively to you and your vision for the day. From colours and themes to special touches, your wedding will be entirely your own.
When it comes to accommodation, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice! Rainhill Hall itself will offer the chance to stay within the historic country house and soak up the heritage of the building.
Meanwhile, we’ll be making the most of our vast outdoor space by building unique woodland cabins. Each luxury cabin will feature its very own hot tub, perfect for keeping cosy and enjoying the celebrations with a glass of fizz.
Of course, we wanted to create something extra special for the Bride and Groom! Our treetop Bridal Suite is a breathtaking space to stay in for your wedding night accommodation.
The Bridal Suite will be designed with style, comfort and luxury in mind to ensure your stay is truly unforgettable. From the stand alone bath and personal hot tub to outdoor lounge area, this peaceful location is a wonderful spot to relax and unwind.
Rainhill Hall will also offer an array of spa facilities to ensure you look and feel your very best. Our facilities are also ideal for spending time with your bridesmaids or groomsmen leading up to the big day.
At Signature Living Weddings, we never say no! Our talented wedding coordinators are there to listen, advise and make the wedding of your dreams reality. We start with a blank canvas to ensure your wedding is personalised to you.
From fairy lights to fireworks and jazz bands to fire breathers, our versatile wedding packages offer something for everyone. So whether your wedding day will be a small, intimate affair or an extravagant occasion, our dedicated coordinators will take care of every detail.
Start the next chapter of your love story by getting in touch with us today. Our friendly team at Signature Living would love to hear from you. You can reach us on 0151 305 3753.
If like so many brides of today, you have opted for a dream destination wedding overseas then you’ll be looking forward to spending your special day with all those closest to you, as well as a great holiday.
But what to do about all those family and friends who you left behind in Blighty?
Fear not because at Signature Living Weddings, we have a long list of stunning wedding venues that were designed to host exquisite wedding receptions, regardless of where you hosted your special day.
All our amazing wedding venues have something unique to bring to your reception, perfect for making it up to all those people who were left behind on your big day.
After sunning yourself in whatever climate you chose for your dream destination wedding you can continue the magical experience upon the only rooftop wedding venue in Liverpool; The Garden of Eden.
Bring your guests to paradise high above the bustling streets of the city where you can enjoy the flexibility of both the exquisite indoor venue and spacious outdoor roof terrace.
In the Garden of Eden, all your wedding reception dreams can come true as our talented wedding coordinators cater to your every whim.
The exclusive space on top of The Shankly Hotel gives you and your guests total privacy to celebrate your marriage, with plenty of space for dancing, a large well-stocked bar and flexible seating arrangements.
The Garden of Eden allows you to treat your guests and yourselves to a wonderful wedding reception experience in the centre of Liverpool.
Everyone who has ever dreamed of the perfect wedding venue in Liverpool will find exactly what they are looking for at Rainhill Hall. The latest and most exciting venture of Signature Living, Rainhill Hall is an enchanting fairy-tale space on the outskirts of the city.
Give your guests the chance to share your wedding celebrations in a stunning stylish venue. Inside and out this remarkable space will provide flexibility to host your wedding reception anyway you wish.
Indoors, the gleaming white hall has period features including arched ceilings complemented by viewing alcoves and kaleidoscopic stained-glass windows letting rainbows of natural light.
Outside an enchanting woodland can be transformed to accommodate your wedding reception, complete with carpets of natural foliage, and curtains of twinkling fairy lights.
Come rain or shine Rainhill Hall has everything the perfect wedding reception requires, simply let your imagination run loose and create your vision with our wedding team.
For those of you who chose a destination wedding, we have the ideal venue to carry on an exotic Latin theme at Alma de Cuba. This stunning space is steeped in Liverpool’s history and has long been the home of the city’s Cuban carnival spirit.
Inside you’ll discover plenty of original features, retained from its time as a Catholic church. These include a magnificent marble altar, striking exposed roof beams and intricate stained-glass windows.
Today, Alma de Cuba is adding another level to the already flexible space, creating a lofty private space in the eaves of the old church.
Your wedding reception can be hosted within any of the private spaces or the entire venue can be yours to fill with all those guests who hadn’t attended your special day abroad.
You can’t take everyone away with you for your destination wedding, but that doesn’t mean you cant include them in the celebration of your marriage.
There are plenty of friends and family who might not have been at your ceremony, but you can still share the special occasion with them in any of these fabulous Liverpool wedding venues.
Your wedding reception can be anything you imagine when booking with Signature Living Weddings. Our gifted wedding team are ready and waiting to help you make your dreams a reality, using years of experience and wedding know how.
Call today on 0151 3053753 or sign up with Signature Living Weddings to receive news and discuss planning your destination wedding reception in Liverpool.
There’s nothing more magical than a fairy-tale royal wedding and Princess Eugenie’s nuptials to Jack Brooksbank last Friday ticked all the boxes. Two awe-inspiring dresses, a historic venue, stunning floral arrangements – it was the perfect occasion to pick up royal wedding ideas for your special day.
Unlike the more formal affairs of Prince William and his brother, the younger Princess was willing to break tradition and pick something a little bit different for her special day. From laid-back catering options to a right royal knees up for all the guests over the weekend, this was a relaxed royal wedding that’s easy to draw inspiration from.
We took a look at the key trends to surface from this autumnal wedding and how you can incorporate a bit of royal magic into your big day…
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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank have shown that summer weddings are no longer the customary expectation of big days. Autumn nuptials are now preferred over summer weddings.
With stunning colour scheme options, cosy receptions ideas and the bonus of stunning natural light in the later months of the year, more and more couples are choosing an autumn wedding. This royal bash confirms that it’s the season of choice for 2019.
One of the easiest ways to reflect a little seasonal beauty in your wedding day is to match your floral arrangements to what’s outside the window and Princess Eugenie was reportedly keen to take the inspiration from nature for her big day.
Sourcing local foliage and flowering branches from Windsor Great Park, the stunning flowers for the big day reflected the rich seasonal tones on fall trees, autumn’s jewel colours and the warming undertones of woodland walks.
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Foliage is having a moment in weddings, and the newly-weds definitely picked up on this trend.
Turning away from the Spring-like, and more formal, arrangements used outside St George’s for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, Eugenie and Jack opted for rustic, reddish tones with ornamental Liquid Amber Trees offering an unstructured and natural look to the floral decorations.
If you’re looking to mimic the carefree look, pick rich jewel tones of purple and red and contrast them with brighter touches of vibrant pinks, with the occasional yellow or orange. Opt for darker foliage in deep green and purple tones. Blooms including roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and plenty of glittering, juicy berries were used to create a bountiful, harvest look.
Elsewhere more vibrant floral arrangements were spotted, with bright yellows, reds, pinks and oranges creating a warm, pop of colour on the autumnal day in the marquee.
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Unusually, Princess Eugenie’s bouquet didn’t match the floral arrangements outside of the church – instead she opted for a lighter, brighter display which looked as though it had been inspired by more wintry tones and textures.
Featuring Lily of the Valley, white spray roses and trailing ivy the bouquet symbolized purity, happiness, humility and eternal love.
The autumnal inspiration was taken further at the Royal Wedding in the happy couple’s choice of cake decoration. And it’s clear that the move towards natural, botanical styles has been cemented by their beautiful Sophie Cabot design.
The cake was decorated with burnished orange leaves, English ivy and touches of white flowers, while delicate sugar blackberries nestled amongst the leaves. Buckingham Palace said it was inspired by the “rich colours of autumn”.
The cake emphasized another clear wedding trend to look out for this year: a steer towards timeless, classic styles with a modern update. In fact, the cake was described as traditional with a “modern feel” by the Buckingham Palace Press Office.
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The most anticipated reveal of the big day on Friday was what Princess Eugenie would be wearing to walk up the aisle. And we weren’t disappointed.
The stunning Peter Pilotto design was elegant and timeless, with a portrait neckline, that folded around her shoulders and dipped gracefully at the back. In another touch to modernity, the Princess decided against a veil, opting instead for just a tiara formerly owned by her great-grandmother.
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A second wedding dress is now a hallmark of modern weddings. From the Duchess of Cornwall to Kim Kardashian, the evening outfit on your big day is almost as important as what you wear down the aisle.
With receptions becoming the main event for big days up and down the country, it makes sense to dress for your party in something new! And we loved Princess Eugenie’s choice. Picking a Zac Posen gown in the blush colour of an English Rose, she looked radiant on the arm of her new husband.
And the newest Botanical theme for weddings even crept into the second dress: designer Posen stated that he’d drawn inspiration from the natural world around Windsor and the surrounding countryside during creation.
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In another break from tradition, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank chose to hold two receptions this weekend for friends and family. After a toasting reception held by The Queen at Windsor Castle, guests enjoyed a boozy night under the stars when they entered a marquee in the park grounds. Lasting late into Friday night, they were then offered a second chance to celebrate with a festival-themed day-time event on the Saturday.
Moving away from more formal wedding breakfasts and sit-down, multi-course meals, the couple chose finger food as the sustenance of choice for their wedding weekend. From delicate pastries at the toasting reception to gourmet pizza served direct from a van on the Friday night, fast and fuss-free was on the cards.
At Signature Living, we love mixing it up and will help you make your wedding feast exactly how you want it. Whether you’d love a traditional sit-down meal, a delectable buffet of gastro-delights or plates piled high with personalized offerings that reflect you as a couple, we’re happy to help out.
You heard it here first: 2019’s top wedding trend is definitely going to be festival inspiration. Breaking away from the stuffy formality weddings are so often associated with, it’s time to get mess at your reception!
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank nailed this trend with their second wedding reception on Saturday, which offered guests a festival experience in the grounds of Windsor. With funfair rides, inflatable slides, coconut shies and even dodgems, guests got busy having fun while sipping on custom-made cocktails and enjoying street-food.
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Relaxed, informal and fun, it made the wedding as exciting for guests as for the happy couple – especially as fancy dress was encouraged. At Signature Living Weddings, we love it when our soon-to-be-wed couples ask for something a little different on their wedding day, because we make a promise to never say no!
From fire-breathers and stilt-walkers to cakes hanging from the ceiling, we won’t raise an eyebrow at weird and wacky suggestions to make your wedding day the special occasion it should be. And our newest venue is the ultimate backdrop for a festival-inspired big day. Nestled in the suburbs of Merseyside, Rainhill Hall offers a picturesque woodland setting for the biggest day of your life.
Whether you’re looking for a ethereal woodland wedding or a fairy-light reception, the rustic lakeside cabins and treehouse retreats in the grounds of a beautiful country house are the perfect location for a festival fiesta.
With the oceans swimming in plastic and all of us looking for more sustainable ways to live our lives, it’s no surprise that the royal newly-weds were keen to do their part and host a once in a lifetime occasion without damaging the planet.
In an interview with British Vogue in August, Eugenie stated that she was aiming for her big day to be “plastic-free” so that the impending nuptials would reflect her views on sustainability.
And with wedding suppliers increasingly seeing eco-friendly as a new trend that isn’t going anyway, you can also help save the planet without compromising on a spectacular big day.
One easy way to help the planet is ditching cellophane-wrapped wedding favours. Why not double-up on place cards and get hand-iced biscuits with guests names on for the table? Or give something back and offer guests packets of wildflower seeds so you can be sure the environment gains something from your big day.
There’s nothing more special at a wedding than personalisation – it makes the special day unique to you and your partner and instantly memorable to everyone involved.
It’s not surprising then, that we saw plenty of personal touches across Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s big day, making what was a very public affair more intimate for the newly weds.
Their initial-iced cake might have kept long-held Royal traditions alive, but its inside delicacy was based upon a deeply personal choice by the two newly-weds. Moving away from the customary fruit cake, the stunning five-tier centerpiece was made from three layers of Red Velvet and two layers of chocolate cake, with baker Sophie Cabot stating that the two were “very excited” about having red velvet.
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The historic backdrop to Princess Eugenie’s wedding day gave the occasion a timeless and classic atmosphere. There’s nothing more emotional than exchanging vows in a venue filled with charm, heritage and tradition.
And while the stunning St George’s Chapel at Windsor might not be available for every soon-to-be-wed partnership, Signature Living’s wedding venues will ensure your big day has a romantic and elegant backdrop to rival any royal wedding.
The beautiful interiors of 30 James Street’s White Star Grand Hall in Liverpool and The Exchange’s Grand Hall in Cardiff are steeped in elegance, charm and history, offering a regal setting for your wedding day.
Or, if you’re more concerned with beautiful vistas, our Garden of Eden rooftop venue is the perfect place to host a festival-inspired big day. Offering stunning, panoramic views across Liverpool’s skyline, full use of one of the UK’s largest outdoor roof terraces and even access to our incredible tepees, it’s a sunshine-filled venue that will make your special day an unforgettable experience.
For more information on all our wedding venues, and to start your journey towards your big day, call our team today on 0151 305 3753.