Celebrity engagement rings aren’t known for being understated. When it comes to wedding jewelry, Hollywood’s biggest stars like to go big!
From Katy Perry’s flower-shaped ring, to Lea Michele’s 4-carat showstopper, we’ve selected a few of our favourites and delved into the finer details.
So, take a browse of some of the most glamorous, bedazzling and unique celebrity engagement rings of recent years…
Katy Perry’s engagement to Orlando Bloom is one of the most recent celebrity engagements to make headlines. Bloom proposed on Valentine’s Day, and the award-winning singer took to her Instagram page to share the news.
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Opting for a unique flower-shaped engagement ring, Perry captioned the photo with the words ‘full bloom’, a fitting reference to her husband’s last name.
Experts have estimated a range of possible values for the ring, dependent on its beautiful pink centre stone. So far, estimates have ranged from $25,000 to $5 million!
Without a doubt one of the most impressive celebrity engagement rings, Sebastian Bear McClard proposed to model and actress Emily Rataowski with a sparkling two-stone ring.
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Emily’s ring is a bespoke Alison Lon design, uniquely pairing a princess and pear-cut diamond side by side. Speaking exclusively to Vogue, Emily shared:
‘We liked the idea of two stones instead of one and spent a long time looking at rings with multiple stones for inspiration. At one point it included a ruby as the second stone, but ultimately we loved the idea of the femininity of the pear contrasted with the architecture of the princess.’
Justin Bieber is of course, one of the richest stars in the world. So, it’s no surprise that when it came to choosing an engagement ring, Bieber went above and beyond. Following a whirlwind romance, the pop star proposed to model and long-term friend, Hailey Bieber with an impressive engagement ring, said to be between 6 and 10 carets.
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Hailey’s breathtaking ring was picked out from Solow & Co and is estimated to be have been purchased for upwards of $500,000. A renowned private jeweler, Solow spoke to People magazine about the thoughtfully chosen ring:
‘Justin wanted something that would gracefully accentuate Hailey’s beautifully shaped hands. We settled on an oval stone that was just exceptional in its length and grace.’
Following the news of Katy Perry’s engagement, fans were quick to compare Perry’s ring to the ring Miranda Kerr received from ex-husband Orlando Bloom. And though there may be a resemblance, it’s safe to say that the Australian model has officially moved on from the The Lord of the Rings actor.
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Kerr confirmed the news of her engagement to CEO of Snapchat Evan Spiegel in 2016, posting a stunning black and white photograph of her diamond ring. One of the most traditional celebrity engagement rings, Kerr’s ring features a round-cut solitaire and classic tapered baguettes. Of course, Miranda gave the photograph a personalised touch by adding a custom Snapchat cartoon to mark the occasion!
Lea Michele is another star to send Instagram into overdrive with news of her engagement. Zandy Reich proposed to Michele in 2018, and it’s safe to say fans were dazzled by her 4-carat diamond.
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Jeweler Greg Kwiat spoke to The Knot to offer his expertise:
‘Michele’s stone weighs in at four carats, and is classified as a rectangular radiant cut. The piece itself includes a diamond halo and is set on a single, pave diamond band. A ring [of this caliber] would likely have a value in the range of $100,000 to $150,000. While it has its roots in antique and vintage jewelry designs, it continues to have a timeless allure.’
Oscar-nominated actress Margot Robbie marked her engagement by sharing a fun photograph with fans. And though the first image released to the public was a little blurry, experts have since had a chance to weigh in on the finer details of the stunning ring.
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One of our favourite celebrity engagement rings, Margot’s ring is an elegant solitaire pear cut, complemented by a yellow gold pavé band. The shimmering piece is a unique choice, making it a fantastic option for those in search of something a little different. The total cost of the ring has been debated by experts, but is likely to fall between $11,900 and $18,500.
After turbulent years of dating on The Hills, the original queen of reality TV found happiness with law student and musician William Tell, following a blind date arranged by friends. To the delight of fans, Tell proposed in 2013 and Conrad shared her timeless, elegant ring on social media.
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One of the most classic celebrity engagement rings that we’ve seen, Conrad’s 2-carat diamond is a round cut design by Sydney Evan. Experts have suggested the ring is worth as much as $40,000. But since her engagement, the TV star turned designer released her own line of affordable engagement rings at Kohl’s.
If you’re planning a proposal, make sure you don’t miss our guide to the best places to propose in Liverpool! We hope our selection of beautiful and unique celebrity engagement rings has offered plenty of inspiration.
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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?
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.
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.
A Christmas wedding is slightly less conventional but perfectly festive and fun! In fact, it has the potential to be one of the most special days of your life. From beautiful wintry décor to festive floral bouquets, there are so many elements of a winter wedding to embrace.
To help you craft the most magical Christmas wedding possible, we at Signature Living Weddings have rounded up the best tips and tricks to ensure that your winter nuptials are remembered as the most wonderful time of the year.
There’s something truly charming about soft candle light, twinkly lights and icy-cool décor. Synonymous with togetherness and joy, the decorations that come hand in hand with Christmas time are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Weave a sense of Christmas cheer into your special day by incorporating luxurious colour schemes, plenty of candlelight and fun little touches like snowflakes – anything that will bring that all important feeling of enchantment and wonder.
Plenty of light sources will also come into their own in a practical sense when it comes to getting the photos just right, as this will remove the need for too much flash photography.Originally a church, Alma de Cuba is a perfect venue for a seasonal theme. Awe inspiring architecture and rich heritage mean that Alma is ideal for a Christmas wedding full of wonder and intrigue.
Think outside the box when bringing outdoor elements into your wedding venue. Incorporating seasonal greenery and foliage into various parts of your wedding is a sure-fire way of creating picture perfect Christmas nuptials; think birch, thistles, branches, mistletoe, roses and anemones.
For example, why not have a row of trees lining the aisle, with the branches and twigs glittering with ‘snow’? Looking to nature like this will create a cosy, rustic feel to your day as well as creating unique photo opportunities! Don’t forget to apply the same thinking to the bouquet. A festive arrangement full of wintry berries, leaves and texture will complete the theme perfectly.
Having a wedding at this time of year does have its challenges. One of the most important things to bear in mind is the weather – especially if you will be moving from one venue to another in between the ceremony and wedding breakfast. Don’t worry though, just a little bit of creative thinking and you’ll have yourself covered if it gets too chilly. A long-sleeved dress is a usual go-to for a winter wedding, as is making sure your bridesmaids are equipped with a shawl, stole or something to that effect to protect them from the elements.
Sometimes, in addition to the dress, a coordinating jacket or coat can be added to add utility but without compromising on style. The groom and his groomsmen also have the option to get creative – with velvet suit jackets hitting the mark when it comes to being on trend as well as adding that little bit of extra warmth.
If you don’t want to go all out with the Christmas theme but still want an atmosphere full of festive cheer, adding small nuances into your special day will help to create a wedding that is both memorable and unique. Singing carols at appropriate times during the service can be a great way of tying the time of year in with the celebrations. Instead of standard bubbly, break the mould and serve mulled wine and cider to warm your guests up ready for the wedding breakfast. Instead of confetti, why not have your guests light sparklers or candles as you exit as a newly married couple?
A great solution to some of the main problems you may face when planning a Christmas wedding is keeping the entire day contained in one venue. Instead of traipsing through the cold to another site, why not find somewhere with plenty of flexibility so you can have your wedding, meal, party and guest accommodation all under one roof? Venues like 30 James Street, The Shankly Hotel and Exchange Hotel are great options for those who want to keep their day seamless, luxurious and stress free.
Feeling inspired? Want some more information? Give our team a call on 0151 305 3753 and we will help you begin to plan your very own winter wedding
Reducing plastic use, minimizing our carbon footprint – we’re all aware of our alarming impact on the planet and how to reduce it. But weddings can be a minefield of plastic wrappings, unwanted favours and food waste, making your big day a not-so green wedding.
Aiming towards environmentally friendly nuptials isn’t just better for the planet – it can help you save money and stress by simplifying wedding plans and reducing unnecessary spending on defunct items.
If you’re serious about making your wedding sustainable, there’s lots of steps you can take to make it a plant-friendly day. You don’t have to go all the way – but even taking a few steps to reduce your impact will make a special occasion to be proud of as you help the planet alongside celebrating your marriage.
And the best part? You don’t have to compromise on style for sustainability. Thanks to this year’s trend for botanical-themed weddings, green is now a timeless touch for any nuptials.
Air miles and traffic fumes are some of the worst polluters in our world, so cutting down on travel for your wedding gives big green brownie points towards sustainability.
And it’s not just about hosting your wedding in the local area – using local companies and sourcing flowers and food from your region will cut down on carbon production.
Get serious about sustainability by making a promise to use local brands where possible during your big day preparations.
When it comes to eco-friendly venue choices, inevitably it’s better to choose permanent wedding spaces rather than renting marquees, as hired tents must be transported to the location.
Even better – pick a venue that’s close to public transport hubs. At Signature Living Weddings, all our Liverpool venues are just moments away from the city’s Lime Street Station. From the historic White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street, sitting elegantly on the waterfront, to the sumptuous Shankly Hotel Garden of Eden rooftop space, your guests can travel to the big day without hassle and reducing their carbon footprint.
For a green wedding with a unique twist, why not take a look at our new Rainhill Hall venue? With a stunning open air, woodland ceremony space and gorgeous treehouse suites tucked into the trees and lakeside luxury cabins, all available from March 2019, you can bring the outdoors straight into your big day.
Hosting your ceremony and reception in one space also helps cut down on guests travelling. At Signature Living Weddings, we’re happy to accommodate every aspect of your big day from start to finish – making your planning easier, and helping the planet.
Inevitably, wedding favours often seem to come wrapped in cellophane or tucked into plastic bags. And sadly, they’re often left behind, thrown away, or unused despite the effort put into sourcing them.
But favours are also one of the easiest ways to make your wedding more planet-friendly. For a more sustainable choice think about using edible favours (everyone will want to eat a personalized biscuit) or consider offering small, potted plants which guests can take home.
A quirky option that’s increasingly popular for couples-to-be is offering packets of wild flower seeds, which can be personalized and double-up as place names, allowing guests to give back to the environment when they go home.
For a zero-waste option at your green wedding, why not chose to give charity donations in lieu of a material gift? Ask guests to pick from a list of charitable donations, or chose just one close to your heart and give the money you would have spent on favours helping ecological causes.
Your wedding dress is arguably the most important part of the day if you’re a bride. But sadly, it’s also often the least environmentally friendly aspect of the occasion.
Vintage dresses are an increasingly popular route to sustainability, as are ethical designers produce custom-made garments. But sometimes that won’t work out – and we don’t want to suggest you give up on your dream dress because you feel guilty about its eco-impact.
Instead, focus on the second life of the garment to reduce environmental harm. Too many wedding dresses end up in landfill, so focus on what happens to the dress after your wedding to make a change. Think about hiring your dress, so that you can be certain it gets a second life, or keep it for relatives to also use. Or, think of ways to reuse the materials. Why not craft a cushion or sew parts of it into a quilt? There’s companies all over the UK who specialize in re-purposing wedding dresses into beautiful keepsakes so that you’re once-in-a-lifetime garment can be used again and again.
Try to cut down on paper-use by minimizing the amount of stationary you send to guests. Rather than sending save the date cards, why not use an online e-card service?
And for invitations themselves, source recycled and recyclable paper that won’t be cutting down any more trees for its creation. Some printers even offer vegetable-based inks rather than traditional ones that contribute to chemical pollution.
For an extra green wedding touch, why not use seed paper? Available at a number of online retailers, seed paper lets your guests ‘plant’ the invitations after use, which then grow wild flowers thanks to seeds embedded in the biodegradable paper!
Catering for large parties is difficult – and food waste is one of the worst offenders when aiming for sustainability at weddings.
At Signature Living, all our restaurants offer regionally-produced and locally sourced food, meaning your can be sure your wedding day menu doesn’t carry unnecessary air miles. Whether you opt for an elegant sit-down meal or a laidback buffet style, we’ll strive to create a menu that uses the best local, fresh and tasty produce for your wedding.
And to cut down on food waste, make sure you designate someone to pack up any leftover food for the fridge after your wedding night. You could even try to arrange for any leftovers to be delivered to a homeless shelter, although bar in mind that once left at room temperature, the perishable food will have a short life span.
If you’re looking to be as sustainable as possible on your wedding day, decorating the venue can be a minefield. From flowers to balloons, you’d be surprised how much single-use plastics and carbon footprints creep into the least expected areas of wedding planning.
As a rule for green weddings, always look to hire rather than buy to reduce waste. Luckily, according to Signature Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin, borrowing decorations is a great way to keep costs down on your big day. At Signature, our couples-to-be love the centerpiece blossom trees we offer for your reception tables.
Other easy ways to reduce waste include hiring lanterns rather than balloons, using beautiful liquor bottles to hold flowers (all those gin bottles you stored could come in handy) and finding household products that can be re-utilised on the table. Why not keep it homely with tealight lanterns made from jam jars or add a touch of Bohemia by arranging your flowers into jazzy old food tins? A trip to your local vintage store will spark your imagination.
Do you really need that ice-cream maker, or will it just end up in landfill a few years down the line? Ask for sustainable and ethical gifts from your guests to ensure you’re not throwing things away a few months after you’ve received them.
Why not ask for monetary donations to help with your dream honeymoon, or request that guests donate to a charity working towards minimizing the effects of climate change?
The confetti toss as you leave your wedding venue can produce some of the most beautiful photos of the day. But throwing rice or paper around outside isn’t particularly environmentally conscious.
As an alternative, look towards biodegradable and water soluble substitutes or revert to nature with plant-based confetti made from lavender, rose petals, fresh herbs and micro flowers.
Flowers won’t last forever – but they might have a lasting impact on the environment. Many cut flowers are flown in from far-away countries like Kenya and have been treated with damaging pesticides that decimate local bio-climates.
To keep your green wedding on track, go seasonal and local and ask your florist to source your blooms from known sustainable producers. You’ll benefit from the freshest, brightest blooms and the planet will benefit from a reduced carbon impact.
For a Spring wedding, consider bulb plants like daffodils, hyacinths and muscari, as well as ranunculus, lilacs and viburnum. In Summer, look towards hydrangea, peonies, the sunshine blooms of sunflowers and larkspur. As you head into the colder months, pick wax flower, stephanotis and dahlia.
Make sure to ask your florist to avoid using floral foam (commonly known as oasis) – this traditional material that is used to hold blooms in place is an open-cell plastic and pretty nasty, causing skin irritation and breathing issues. It’s also not great for the environment.
Or, if you’re keen to make your wedding totally sustainable, opt for potted plants rather than cut blooms. Make like Kate Middleton and hire small saplings to fill an airy venue or buy your own plants which can be planted afterwards for a lasting memory of your special day.
For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch and start planning your perfect green wedding, contact us today on 0151 305 3753.
Everyone knows one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding is the honeymoon. It’s a much-needed respite after months of organising, preparation and designing. But for many couples, it’s also the trip of a lifetime!
However, while the actual honeymoon is heavenly, planning it and deciding where to go can get stressful. That’s why at Signature Living Weddings, we have an in-house Travel Expert who can give you the insider knowledge on how to plan your dream honeymoon.
We sat down with our Travel Expert, Christopher Kelly, to learn more about his job, why couples should choose to consult an expert like himself and reveal a few of his all-time favourite destinations!
Hi Christopher, to get things started I think we should start with a bit about you! How long have you been a Travel Expert and what made you want to become one?
Hi guys, okay great! Well I’m Christopher and I began my own travel expert company in the first quarter of 2018. I had always had a huge passion for travel and amazing experiences, I spent most of my spare time travelling the world and searching for unforgettable destinations. Using Dubai as my headquarters for 8 years, I embarked on ten long haul adventures every year!
I decided that I should put this unique knowledge into practice and help others achieve the incredible experiences I had been lucky enough to be a part of around the world. I obtained the relevant licences and financial protection and now I can offer my customers spectacular holidays at industry rates, so it is both affordable and excellent value for everybody.
Wow, that’s amazing! What would you say is the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is definitely the feedback from clients when they return from their trip. I actually get excited when presenting customers with holiday offers, as if it was me going myself! Being a travel consultant means I bring joy to people’s lives, I like to think I give them something positive and exciting to look forward to, when maybe they are experiencing a stressful day. Certainly, when I talk to couples who are planning their honeymoon, it’s nice to put them at ease so all they have to worry about is their wedding and what to pack!
Why should people use a Travel Expert?
There are many reasons why Travel Experts are important. Firstly, our flights are ATOL protected, this means that should an airline not provide the service they promised, your finances are protected. For example, when Monarch went bankrupt overnight, those that booked independently lost their money. Secondly, the holiday itself is ABTA protected, so you won’t need to worry about losing money that way.
A Travel Expert also saves the customer endless hours searching for their perfect holiday. Just a few hours looking, twice a week, can add up to over 24 hours at the end of the month. It’s stressful and often confusing, whether you know what you’re looking for or not.
We have the expert knowledge on hotels, flight paths, airlines, locations, time of year, transfers and especially, offers. A normal travel company can only provide you with what they have been given to sell, an independent agent can personally tailor a package or an offer just for you.
However, I believe the most important thing is the point of contact. If you book with a large holiday supplier, it is incredibly difficult to contact them about queries you may have. A Travel Expert like myself is always on hand to help with any questions you may have, extras you’d like to add to the holiday or just simply chat about what you might expect from your trip.
What do you think makes you different from other Travel Experts?
I am completely independent, so I am never under any pressure to provide you with offers from particular holiday consolidators. I also have over 200 suppliers that are contracted to me, so the choices are just about endless!
I am extremely passionate about travelling, I see every new client and their holiday as a project. So, whereas a travel agent will usually allocate around 30 minutes to finding a deal for you, I will happily dedicate a number of days to filter through every supplier and guarantee you have a fantastic offer presented to you.
Due to my extensive knowledge, it is very likely that I will have visited either the country or definitely the region you want to visit. This means I’ll be able to give you some great first-hand help and advice!
Why do you think Signature compliments you as a travel expert so well?
I think, as a brand, Signature Living Weddings share a similar ideology. You are unique and offer personalised luxury at affordable prices. Like myself, Signature is all about creating unforgettable memories by being innovative and taking the lead within the industry. Our clients both look for a high standard of customer service and seek a personalised bespoke experience, together we do that very well!
Perhaps a difficult one, but what is your favourite holiday destination?
That is very difficult as you will often hear me say how much I love ‘this destination and that destination’. But if I had to choose, personally, I’d say Cape Town or the Maldives. Both are extremely beautiful and unique.
Of course, you deal with a lot of our couples that are planning honeymoons. What would you say are three essentials for the perfect honeymoon?
The specifics will, of course, differ from individual to individual. However, I’d say whether you’re booking a serene beach honeymoon or a vibrant city honeymoon, making it stress free is the number one priority.
Number two I would say the accommodation has got to be truly excellent. A honeymoon isn’t just any holiday, it’s your first trip abroad as a married couple, so it’s got to be spectacular!
Lastly, I think an essential for the perfect honeymoon is to create everlasting memories. You want to be telling people in twenty year’s time just how incredible it was and revisiting those magical memories regularly.
What are the most popular destinations for honeymoons at the moment?
The Indian Ocean is the most popular destination by far for honeymoons. More specifically, the Maldives is currently top of the list for a lot of couples I book with.
We’ve talked a lot about honeymoons, but there’s something new called a mini-moon which has taken off lately. What is a minimoon and why do you think they have become so popular?
A mini-moon is a short break or short holiday that usually lasts around 3-7 days, straight after the wedding party. Used instead of, or just before the honeymoon, many couples book a mini-moon to take a break after the wedding planning and have a little time to themselves.
Lots of couples don’t plan to go away for their honeymoon a month or so after the wedding has taken place, so getting away for a short time before that can be perfect. It is a chance for the bride and groom to instantly enjoy each other’s company and reflect on the amazing wedding. These short trips are often just a quick plane journey away, so you don’t have to worry about extended travelling. Many people even choose to enjoy a couple of days in a hotel a short flight away, before embarking on the journey to their final honeymoon destination.
Thanks so much for talking to us, to round things off can you tell us a fun fact about you?
Of course, okay. I once went to an evening social event in Dubai and 24 hours later found myself, unintentionally, sat on a beach in the Maldives eating an Alfredo pasta and feeling confused as how it all transpired!
Planning a honeymoon when you have a Travel Expert like Christopher couldn’t be easier! With his wealth of knowledge and passion for travel, he’s sure to plan and book a trip you and your partner have always been dreaming of. If you’d like to get in touch with Christopher, he’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! You can call him on 07885670143 or email email@example.com.
At Signature Living Weddings, making your wildest dreams come true is what we specialise in. We have a plethora of exquisite wedding venues, dotted all over the UK. From historic spaces, to magical woodland areas and venues with real character and charm, a wedding with Signature is always unique and unforgettable.
To begin the first steps to your perfect wedding, get in touch with us today by calling 0151 305 3753.
If you’re stuck for wedding theme ideas, look no further! Enjoy our guide to 5 wedding themes to inspire your special day.
So, it’s time to get planning an unforgettable occasion…
Recreate the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s with a dazzling Gatsby wedding. Gatsby themed weddings often follow an opulent gold motif. This can be enhanced by feathers, tassels and sparkle!
Liverpool’s Cunard House is an exquisite location for hosting the 20s wedding you’ve been dreaming of. The historic venue is vastly spacious, with flexibility ensuring your every wish comes true.
The grand venue can be decorated from head to toe in lavish decorations. The building can also play host to 1920s entertainment creating the perfect atmosphere. What better way to celebrate your special day, Old Sport? As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”
Liverpool is the ultimate wedding location for Beatles fans. And when it comes to securing the perfect venue, Cunard House and 30 James Street Hotel are only moments from the city’s famous Fab Four statues. Surrounded by the exquisite Three Graces opposite the breathtaking waterfront, the Pier Head is a wonderful wedding backdrop.
So, if you’re preparing to embark on the beautifully long and winding road of marriage, Liverpool could be just the place to exchange your vows with friends and family.
For the ultimate Beatles wedding, why not illuminate the venue with neon lyrics from your favourite hits? For memorable table decorations, quirky Beatles ornaments or photographs may come in hand. And when it comes to musical entertainment, we all know how smoothly that Love Actually scene went down! A talented band of musicians could be the perfect finish for incorporating the Fab Four.
Ever thought of having a carnival themed wedding? If you haven’t already, we’re sure you will now! Alma de Cuba is renowned for playing host to weddings with a unique carnival twist.
Showcasing Brazil’s colourful carnival culture, Alma’s samba ladies will have guests on the dance floor in no time. Carnival-style weddings can be as daring as you like, and Alma is a fantastically flexible venue that can be tailored to you.
Creating the perfect party atmosphere with a sprinkle of romance, carnival weddings wouldn’t be complete without a mesmerising petal shower!
Create waves of seaside charm with a stylish nautical theme, perfect for your special day. A nautical theme may be chosen for a wide variety of reasons. Couples may opt for a scenic seaside wedding or choose a venue with maritime history.
Alternatively, the bride or groom may have personal ties to the Navy that they wish to celebrate on their special day. This charming theme leaves plenty of room for creativity. Nautical wedding decorations may feature everything from ropes and seashells to anchors and stripes, transporting your guests out to sea in style.
Without a doubt one of the best maritime wedding venues, Cunard House sits along Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. A spectacular Grade II* listed building, the grand venue is rich in maritime heritage.
If you’ll be saying ‘I do’ during the festive season, an enchanting Christmas themed wedding in Liverpool could be the perfect theme for your big day. From mistletoe and wine to the twinkling lights of a magical Christmas tree, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to yuletide touches.
Festive wedding cakes are often adorned by adorable robins, winter branches, glistening stars or delicate snowflakes. Not forgetting, guests could look forward to indulging in an array of winter treats, from mulled wine to festive cocktails.
And when it comes to the most wonderful time of the year, is there any better season for craft making? Wreaths, candle holders and winter flower arrangements are sure to impress your guests!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to wedding themes! To enquire about our wedding venues, you can reach our helpful wedding team on 0151 305 3753.
A Signature Wedding is one of a kind. The care and attention put into organising your big day by our incredible wedding team ensures that everything, from the stunning bridal decorations to your first steps on a beautiful dance floor, are remembered and cherished forever.
For every wedding we host, our Wedding Specialist Ciara Martin supports soon-to-be wed couples through their magical journey. With her Signature smile and never-say-no attitude, she’ll be your best friend throughout the build-up to your wedding, on the big day, and beyond.
Ciara has worked at Signature for over two and a half years, making sure every wedding is an unforgettable day for the couple and their guests.
We sat down with her to get some top tips on planning your dream day and find out why you should start your Signature journey with her today…
“The one thing we always have to remind people about is actually legally booking your wedding! That normally takes place in St George’s Hall in town. That’s the one thing I can’t do for you and people always forget that.”
“I think they also tend to forget planning the evening of the wedding: what they want, if they want a DJ, what dance floor to have and all those extra bits and pieces. Couples try and do the most sensible things first, like booking a photographer, finding the perfect dress, sourcing suits, so then all the fun bits get a bit lost. You should be asking yourself ‘do we want a selfie mirror!’.”
“I always recommend that they make a list of ‘necessities’ and ‘desirables’. And under ‘necessities’, you would be writing things like registrar, your license, your dress – all the things that you definitely need for the wedding to go ahead.”
“Then, under desirables are the things that you really want, but aren’t necessary. Like a huge, light-up ‘love’ sign at your reception.”
“Once you’ve done that, you can work out what fits into your budget and make sure you’ve sorted all the necessities first.”
“Firstly, organisation! Write those lists. Be organised.”
“A great thing to do is work out as a couple what you do not want at your wedding. Ask yourself what you would not like your wedding to be, because it’s so much easier to answer that. Make a big list of things you definitely don’t want and from there, you can work out what you want on the day.”
“Thirdly, pick your Maid of Honour well. Make sure she’s organised and you trust her to sort your hen-do. She needs to be able to take the stress off. Pick well.”
“Fourth: research. You should be shopping round for the best prices on everything. Look around to see what you can get for less. You don’t want to be spending an arm and a leg on everything.”
“And finally, get Pinterest! Look for ideas on it, for designs you like and how you might be able to do some things yourself. It’s always more affordable to do that.”
“We don’t ever say no! We’ve hung cakes from the ceiling, we’ve had stilt-walkers, we’ve had fire-breathers. We can do barbecues or hog roasts. I’ve even put ponies up on the beautiful roof terrace at The Shankly. We’ve had all sorts.”
“And because we never, ever say no, each Signature wedding is completely unique. No wedding is ever the same. And they’re never mundane and boring. I’ve had six weddings in one week before and they’ve all been completely different. And they’re always fun.”
“I shouldn’t answer this so quickly, but it’s Eden at The Shankly Hotel. That’s my baby. I think that venue just allows you to be so different. It’s traditional, but its also got a modern twist. I know I’m a bit mental and I would want a mental wedding. Eden weddings are always just so fun.”
“30 James Street is stunning, it’s absolutely beautiful and it’s very traditional. I love all the venues and depending on what you are looking for from your wedding, Signature will have something that suits you.”
“It was probably also one of the most stressful to organise, but it has to be the wedding of our very own Katie Kenwright’s brother which was completely amazing. It was the biggest one we’d ever done. It had so much happening, it was like two weddings in one but it was the most enjoyable to see on the day.”
“But for every wedding, it’s such a special moment for me. I make a lot of connections with the couples I work with. I’ve ended up spending a long time with them during the planning process and I get an emotional connection with them. When they go down the aisle, it feels like my friends are getting married.”
“I have a couple who got married two years ago and they just had a baby, so they brought it in for me to say hello and we’ve kept in touch.”
“For me, planning a couple’s weddings is about forming a personal connection.”
“Signature Living, of course!”
“In terms of where to stay, it’s too hard to chose between them all. But I definitely recommend staying in a venue that’s not where your wedding will be held. If you’re going to have the big day at The Shankly, don’t stay there for your hen-do.”
“Keep your wedding venue special. Stay at 30 James Street or Arthouse. Actually, the Arthouse Hotel is great for a hen-do.”
“And the one thing I would recommend is to go and have afternoon tea at Alma de Cuba on your hen-do. I absolutely love that samba afternoon tea.”
“If you’re involving older relatives, treat yourself to some spa-time at Morgan’s Spa in 30 James Street. It’s OK to combine activities and have two different types of hen-dos put together. But I would always recommend that you have a party.”
“We always ask the Maid of Honour to get in touch with us. And when she does, we’ll pass her over to our party specialists in the reservations team, because they can advise her of all the best packages and most exciting suites.”
“Probably the evening. The day-part of the wedding is often quite structured. But it’s the evening when you see the couple’s personality come through and their ideas come alive.”
“Planning the evening is always fun because you get to know the couple and get to find out what will truly suit them.”
“I’ve got a couple getting married in New York soon, but they’re having their evening with us when they fly back. There’s a special reason why they’re getting married there so we’ve customised everything.”
“Their food is going to be New York-themed, with hot-dogs, nachos, tacos, things like that. And they’re going to have a balloon wall of the American flag. Everything can be personalised for you at Signature.”
“Yes! Because we have the best venues in the city and we never say no to anything. We always deliver and our weddings are always out of this world.”
“The idea of a Signature wedding is that everyone enjoys it – even the staff have a brilliant night!”
To see some of her favourite Signature Weddings, follow Ciara on Instagram @signature_ciara.
For more information on our stunning venues, or to get in touch with Ciara and start planning your perfect day, contact us today on 0151 305 3753.
A Signature Living Wedding is like no other. Stunning, exquisite, radiant, magical – they’re just some of the words used to describe a special day in one of our venues. And we’re so excited to give you a sneak peek at what our next beautiful, new events spaces are set to look like.
Form the iconic Cunard House in Liverpool, to the elegance of The Exchange Grand Hall in Cardiff, our current venues are located within some of the most historic buildings in the UK. We’ve got experience in helping couples have a perfect, romantic day with a backdrop to match.
And now, we want to give you an exclusive look at our newest venues, so you can feel inspired to start planning your dream day with Signature Living Weddings.
Take a look at some of our magical new wedding venues and get in touch with our dedicated wedding coordinators today. You could be one the first couples to exchange rings in these stunning locations…
Our first hotel in the historic city of Preston, this unique wedding venue is located at the heart of the city. Inside, The Shankly Preston will be a breathtaking venue in which to exchange your vows – the perfect place to make lasting memories.
We’re so excited to reveal this intimate wedding venue, seating up to 320 people, which includes self-contained banqueting and kitchens ready to serve all your guests without a fuss.
The stylish bar area inside The Shankly Preston is sure to keep drinks flowing throughout your big day and the roof-top terrace will be the perfect place to take some stunning wedding photos, with fantastic views across the Market Square and beyond.
Why not contact us today, and we can start discussing your dream wedding in this luxurious hotel?
Prepare to be awe-struck by the breathtaking wedding venue at our George Best Hotel in Belfast.
The delicate pale pink interiors and stunning floral display will ensure that the George Best Hotel is a must-book venue in the city. This intimate, elegant space is the perfect romantic backdrop for your special day.
Your wedding will be an unforgettable occasion in this beautiful room, with its magnificent chandeliers, dramatic decor and opulent golden furnishings.
If you haven’t already, make sure you have a look at the first glimpse inside this iconic new hotel, which is set to celebrate the legacy of one of Belfast’s most famous sporting stars.
For a truly special wedding day, there will be nowhere more magical to exchange vows than at Loyola Hall in St Helens.
Previously a spiritual retreat for the Society of Jesus, this beautiful wedding venue and luxury hotel will have a unique events space within the old chapel of the historic property.
The ornate, stain-glass windows and dramatic high ceilings add a touch of tradition to this airy, elegant space, while the stunning floral displays and opulent chandeliers will ensure your wedding is a heavenly affair.