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3rd December 2019

How to Craft a Magical Christmas Wedding

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.

Seasonal Decorations

 

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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.

 

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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.

Bring the Outside In

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.

 

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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.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

 

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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.

 

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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.

It’s the Little Things

 

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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?

Keep It Simple

 

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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.

Start Your Christmas Wedding Journey Today

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Feeling inspired? Want some more information? Give our team a call on 0151 236 0166 and we will help you begin to plan your very own winter wedding. Alternatively, make an enquiry online here. 

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23rd August 2019

Sustainable Wedding Ideas for a Planet-Friendly Big Day

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

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

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

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

Go local

 

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

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

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

Think carefully about the location of your venue

 

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

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

 

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

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

Choose favours that benefit the Earth

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

 

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

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

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

The dress

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

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

 

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

Recycle, recycle, recycle

 

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

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

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

Look local for food

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

 

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

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

Avoid plastics when decorating the venue

 

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

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

 

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

Forego your gift register

 

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

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

Pick your confetti with care

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

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

Pick seasonal flowers for your green wedding

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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24th July 2019

7 Unique Wedding Themes to Inspire Your Special Day

If you’re stuck for wedding theme ideas, look no further! Enjoy our guide to 7 wedding themes to inspire your special day.

We’ve found something perfect for everyone, so it’s time to start planning the day you’ll treasure forever…

Unique Wedding Themes

1) Great Gatsby 1920s Weddings

Recreate the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s with a dazzling Gatsby wedding. Bring this spectacular era to life with an opulent black, white and gold motif complemented by feathers, tassels and sparkling details.

 

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Why not reveal your glamorous theme to guests with themed wedding invitations? This is the perfect way to give guests a head-start for planning their outfit and 20s accessories.

 

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Your choice of venue and decorations should recreate 20s extravagance in style. As F.Scott Fitzgerald put it, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.”

The Exchange Hotel is the perfect location for a lavish 1920s themed wedding. Take a browse at the stunning Grade II* listed venue here.

 

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Add bold feather table centrepieces to your wedding decorations to make your theme really stand out! We love the use of elegant candelabras as seen above above to hold the feathers in place.

2) Beatles Themed Weddings

All You Need is Love and a little inspiration for a wonderful Beatles themed wedding. So, we’ve gathered some amazing ideas for your special occasion.

 

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You could incorporate references to the Fab Four around your wedding venue in a variety of ways, whether it’s beautiful bunting or themed table accessories.

 

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Liverpool is the ultimate wedding destination for Beatles fans. And when it comes to securing the perfect venue, 30 James Street Hotel is only moments from the city’s famous waterfront and Beatles statues.

 

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For the ultimate Beatles wedding, why not have a themed wedding cake? This could feature the Fab Four themselves or simply be iced with romantic Beatles lyrics.

3) Carnival Themed Weddings

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 Alma’s famous petal shower!

4) Nautical Themed Weddings

Create waves of seaside charm with a stylish nautical theme, one of the very best wedding motifs. Why not opt for a seaside wedding or choose a venue with historic maritime connections?

 

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This charming theme leaves plenty of room for creativity. Nautical wedding decorations could feature everything from ropes and seashells to anchors and stripes, transporting your guests out to sea in style!

 

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Without a doubt one of the best maritime wedding venues, Grade II* listed 30 James Street Hotel is just a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

 

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Once home to the White Star Line, 30 James Street is rich in maritime history, recreating the elegant era of RMS Titanic around its unique wedding venue and luxury rooms.

5) Christmas Themed Weddings

If you’ll be saying ‘I do’ during the festive season, an enchanting Christmas themed wedding could be the perfect choice for your big day. From mistletoe and wine, to the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to yuletide touches.

 

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Festive wedding cakes are often adorned by adorable robins, winter branches, glistening stars and delicate snowflakes. Not forgetting, guests could look forward to indulging in an array of winter treats, from mulled wine to festive cocktails.

 

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Your wedding venue could also be tailored to your merry theme. Rainhill Hall is a magical venue for your occasion, and its enchanting grounds can be given a special festive twist with deep reds and winter greenery woven around its grounds.

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6) Football Themed Wedding

If you and your other half are dedicated fans of the Beautiful Game, why not give your wedding day a fun football twist?

 

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The theme could be as big and bold or sophisticated and subtle as you like! This amazing wedding cake has all the trimmings of a classic wedding cake but has been personalized for a football wedding.

 

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There’s nowhere better to host a Liverpool Football Club themed wedding than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool. The famous hotel celebrates the life of Bill Shankly with exclusive memorabilia, and is also home to The Garden of Eden, an exquisite rooftop wedding venue.

7) Fairy Tale Themed Weddings

If you can’t feel like a fairy tale princess or handsome prince at your wedding, when can you? This is your chance to have a day filled with flowers, sparkles, sequins and all things magical.

 

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One of our favourite wedding themes, take a first look at our plans for Rainhill Hall wedding venue, set to be the go-to fairy tale venue in the UK.

 

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Why not embrace this wonderful wedding theme with a bridal hairstyle fit for a Disney princess? We love this effortless look, completed with beautiful loose curls held in place by a delicate crown.

 

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You could also add some magic to your venue with fairy lights hanging from every angle. This simple touch will add a sprinkle of magic to your special day.

 

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Rainhill Hall’s unique treetop suite is the perfect spot for newlyweds to stay in between the celebrations. We’re sure you’ll fall head over heels for this wonderfully romantic venue.

Signature Living Weddings

We specialise in crafting bespoke weddings that stand out from the crowd. At Signature Living Weddings, our dedicated team of coordinators like to say that when it comes to planning, they never say no!

Whichever wedding themes you have in mind for your special day, our team will work their magic to bring them to life. Whether it’s dazzling decor or amazing entertainment, we can make it happen.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today with wedding venue enquiries or more information regarding our wedding packages and coordinators. 

You can reach our helpful wedding team by phone on 0151 305 3753.

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9th July 2019

Hen Party Games That Everyone Will Love

The hen party is booked, the venue agreed, the drinks are chilling in the fridge, the last thing to think about is how you’re going to entertain a large group of women who’ve been promised a good time. You need some fun hen party games!

At Signature Living Weddings, we know that every bride-to-be is looking forward to an unforgettable hen do. That’s why we offer the very best hen do advice for everyone that books a wedding with us. From bingo to drinking games, memory quizzes to dares these hen party games are sure to keep everyone entertained during your hen do.

The Best Hen Party Games 

Hen party bingo

This one might take a bit of organising but it’s definitely worth it. Get your hens to write down what gifts they think the bride-to-be will receive, and as she opens them, mark off any of the presents written down. Once someone correctly guesses five in a row, they shout out Bingo! The winning prize is up to you!

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Funny story time

Before the party begins, ask all the guests to write down an embarrassing, funny or unusual experience they have had with the bride-to-be. Put them all into a bowl and have guests take it in turns to draw one and read it aloud! Everyone can then guess who wrote the story. This is one of the best hen party games and is sure to get all your guests talking and laughing.

Fill in the blanks

Another fun way to bring up old embarrassing stories of the bride. Ask the hen party crew to write down an embarrassing story about the bride-to-be, but leave some of the key words blank. For example ‘Sophie once accidentally exposed her blank at a party in high school, which earned her the nickname blank.’ Each person then has to guess the blank words, enjoy! This is one of the most popular hen party games on the list.

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Fun hen party games

Don’t say it!

Fun, easy and as naughty as you like! Simply choose a list of words that can’t be spoken throughout the night, but make sure they’re relatively hard to avoid! You and the hens can decide how severe the penalty is for breaking the rules, from doing a shot, to taking part in a dare, the choice is yours!

Prosecco pong

One of the most popular hen party games, prosecco pong is perfect for getting the real party started. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past couple of years, this game is a ‘classy’ take on beer pong. It requires your hens to be split up into two teams, with a table set up in the middle and 6 prosecco-filled glasses either end, in a triangular shape. The teams then take it in turns to throw or bounce ping pong balls into the opponents’ glasses. If they succeed, the opponent must drink the glass of fizz in one!

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Never have I ever

I think we all know the rules to this game. Basically, everyone takes turns admitting to something that they’ve never done. If anyone in the group has done it, they have to drink. This is one of the hen party games where the quiet ones will surprise you!

Balloon dares

Next up in our list of the very best hen party games is balloon based. To play, simply fill a number of balloons with funny dares and throughout the night nominate someone to pop a balloon and complete the challenge. This game also provides the perfect excuse to decorate your venue with pretty balloons!

Balloon pass

Start by splitting the hens into two teams and ask them to pass the balloon from one person to the next using their knees or noses. After a few proseccos, this game is much harder than it sounds. You could even combine the balloon dares with this game and have double the fun if someone pops one.

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The cocktail quiz

Test your guests’ knowledge of some cheeky cocktail names with this fun quiz. Write down a list of funny or suggestive cocktail names, leaving certain words blank. For example, slippery… sex on the … and many more. If you don’t know the answers the game becomes even funnier, as the cocktail names become even more hilarious.  If you’re starting your night in a bar, then order a few of each of these cocktails or ask the barman to design a special drink based off your wrong guesses.

Wedding film charades

You may not have enough time to take part in a wedding movie marathon, but you can definitely act some of them out! Re-enact everything from Bridesmaids, to Runaway Bride and see if the other team can guess the film.

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Pin the trunks on the hunk

Print a large picture of a ‘hunk’ – could be the groom, could be a celeb crush of the bride’s (we recommend Leonardo DiCaprio, but that’s just us). Much like pin the tail on the donkey, you can then take it in turns to pin some trunks on him, whilst blindfolded.

Make a man

This one calls for some creativity. Split the hens up into teams and equip them with plasticine or play-doh. Each team is then given a body part to make, but they’re not allowed to see what the other teams are doing. At the end it’s the bride’s job to put it together and make a man. It’s our favourite kind of team-work!

Hen Party Games – Wedding Celebrations With Wow Factor

At Signature Living Weddings, we are experts in creating moments of magic. From your wedding, to your reception and even your hen and stag parties, we understand that your special day is one of the most important occasions of your life.

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The beautiful Rainhill Hall

Home to a number of magnificent wedding venues, from heritage treasures, to unique rooftop spaces, each romantic setting is breathtaking. We can offer you a bespoke planning experience tailored especially for you. From the catering, to the entertainment, we’ll help you every step of the way.

Whether you’re looking for a magical outdoor wedding venue like Rainhill Hall, or a magnificent and historic landmark like The Exchange Hotel in Cardiff, Signature Wedding are the go to for truly spectacular occasions.

Perfect Accommodation to Enjoy Hen Party Games

Maybe you’d just like to plan your hen or stag party first? Our sister company, Signature Living are on hand to offer you the very best party accommodation for large groups. Our unique rooms and suites have been designed with pure luxury in mind, each decorated with stunning themes and quirky features.

We also offer a number of hen party packages that are made for big occasions and celebrations, offering only the very best rooms, dining and drinks available.

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Sound good? Talk to one of our talented advisers today and find out everything Signature Living can offer you. Book your hen or stag party today and enjoy a truly unforgettable celebration before you tie the knot. Call them on 0151 236 0166.

Whether you dream of a wedding with wow factor, or a more intimate affair. Our talented team of coordinators are always on hand to talk you through the process, every step of the way. If you’d like to enquire about weddings with us, get in touch with our friendly team today and take the next steps to your happily ever after. Fill out our enquiry form or call us on 0151 305 3753.

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5th July 2019

41 of the Most Romantic Wedding Songs of All Time

At Signature Living Weddings, we understand that every little detail of your wedding day matters.

From choosing your wedding cake and wedding reading, to the most romantic wedding songs to feature throughout the occasion.

Romantic Wedding Songs

Whether it’s wedding ceremony songs, first dance wedding songs or simply a round up of wedding music ideas to get guests up on the dance floor, we’ve put together a go-to list to help you plan the wedding of your dreams.

So, take a browse through our guide to the best wedding songs…

1) ‘Your Song’ by Elton John

 

2) ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green

 

3) ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ by Elvis Presley

 

4) ‘At Last’ by Etta James

 

5) ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys

 

6) ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton

Without a doubt one of the most romantic wedding songs of all time! And one of the most popular choices for first dance wedding songs.

 

7) ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ by Aretha Franklin

 

8) ‘This Will Be’ (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole

 

9) ‘Crazy For You’ by Madonna

 

10) ‘Always Be My Baby’ by Mariah Carey

 

11) ‘Endless Love’ by Lionel Ritchie/Diana Ross

 

12) ‘You’re Still the One’ by Shania Twain

 

13) ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ by Frank Sinatra

Some of the most romantic wedding songs are the classics. And what better voice to be the soundtrack to your wedding than Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra? The perfect choice for couples going for a vintage wedding theme.

 

14) ‘Grow Old With Me’ by Tom Odell

 

15)  ‘You and I’ by Ingrid Michaelson

 

16) ‘All About You’ by McFly

 

17) More Than Words by Extreme

 

18) ‘All You Need is Love’ by The Beatles

If you’re holding your wedding celebrations in Liverpool or you’re a big fan of the Fab Four, including this iconic Beatles number could be the perfect way to personalize your wedding ceremony. Romantic wedding songs don’t get much better than this!

 

19) ‘She’s the One’ by Robbie Williams

 

20) ‘Lucky’ by Jason Mraz

Renowned as one of the most romantic wedding songs, this feel-good duet by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat is perfect for couples who are truly best friends!

 

21) ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire

 

22) ‘Love On Top’ by Beyonce

 

23) ‘Everything’ by Michael Buble

While you’re here, why not check out our guide to the most fun and creative wedding gift bag ideas?

 

24) ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper

 

25) ‘Come Away With Me’ by Norah Jones

 

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26) ‘The Closest Thing to Crazy’ by Katie Melua

 

27) ‘Unchained Melody’ by The Righteous Brothers

 

28) ‘Kissing You’ – Des’ree

 

29) ‘We Have All the Time in the World’ – Louis Armstrong

 

30) ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ – Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons

 

31) ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ – Eva Cassidy

 

32) ‘Stand By Me’ – Ben E. King

Ben E. King’s classic Stand By Me featured in Prince Harry’s wedding to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The Royals opted for this breathtaking version by The Kingdom Choir.

 

33) ‘For Lovers’ – Wolfman ft. Pete Doherty

 

34) ‘Flying Without Wings’

It wouldn’t be a wedding without a little boyband cheese!

 

35) ‘It Had to be You’ by Harry Connick Jr.

The soundtrack to one of our favourite rom-coms of all time, When Harry Met Sally, this romantic wedding song was chosen by David and Victoria Beckham for their first dance!

 

36) The Way You look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

 

37) Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan

 

38)  ‘Easy’ by the Commodores.

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39) You’re My Best Friend by Queen

 

40) All Of Me by John Legend

 

41) Marry You by Bruno Mars

We hope our guide to the most romantic wedding songs has provided you with some inspiration for planning your wedding!

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26th June 2019

25 Wedding Readings to Make Guests Laugh & Cry

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

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

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

How many readings should you have at a wedding?

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

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

What is a good reading for a wedding?

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

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

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

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

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

Read on to feel inspired!

1) Les Misérables

by Victor Hugo

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

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

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

 

2) The Notebook

 by Nicholas Sparks

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

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

 

3) Everything I Know About Love

by Dolly Alderton

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

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

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

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

 

4) Up

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

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

 

5) Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

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

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

 

6) When Harry Met Sally

by Nora Ephron

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

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

 

7) The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

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

 

8) Harry Potter Wedding Reading

by J.K. Rowling

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

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

 

9) Sleepless in Seattle

by Nora Ephron

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

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

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

 

10) Joanne Woodward

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

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

 

11) Fleabag Wedding Speech

by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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

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

 

12) Winnie the Pooh Wedding Reading

by A.A Milne

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

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

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13) The Wedding Singer

 by Tim Herlihy

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

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

 

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14) Juno

by Diablo Cody

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

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

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

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

 

15) Breakfast at Tiffany’s Wedding Reading

screenplay by George Axelrod

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

 

16) Be My Wife

by David Bowie

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

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

 

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17) Meet Joe Black

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

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

 

18) Before Sunrise

by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan

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

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

 

19) Shakespeare in Love

by Tom Stoppard & Marc Norman

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

 

20) Sex and the City

Created by Darren Star 

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

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

 

21) The One

by Rupi Kaur

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

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

 

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22) Johnny Cash’s Letter

A letter to June Carter

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

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

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

 

23) Time In a Bottle

by Jim Croce

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

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

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

 

24) Friends (Monica to Chandler)

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

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

 

25) Yes I’ll Marry You

by Pam Ayres

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That sexy little dinner, Which you served by candlelight,

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

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

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

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

And so before you see the light,

I do, I do, I do!.”

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

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

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

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

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22nd May 2019

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

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

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

The Best Wedding Hairstyles

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

1) Wedding Hairstyles – Clipped & Waved

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

 

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2) Wedding Hairstyles – Old Hollywood

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

 

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3) Wedding Hairstyles – Complete with a Crown

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

 

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4) Wedding Hairstyles – Twinkling Accessories

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

 

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5) Wedding Hairstyles – The Perfect Updo

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

 

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6) Bridal Hairstyle – A Voluminous Ponytail

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

 

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7) Wedding Hairstyles – Tied with a Bow

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

 

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8) Bridal Hairstyle – Perfectly Slicked Back

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

 

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9) Bridal Hairstyle – A Curly Ponytail

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

 

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10) Wedding Hairstyles – Glamorous Loose Curls

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

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11) Wedding Updos with a Bow

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

 

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12) Bridal Hairstyle – Plaited Hairband Style

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

 

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13) Wedding Hairstyles – Elegant High Updo

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

 

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14) Bridal Hairstyles – A Chic & Classic Bob

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

 

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15) Wedding Hairstyles – Beachy ‘Lob’

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

 

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16) Bridal Hairstyles – Half Ponytail

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

 

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17) The Perfect Curly Updo

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

 

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18) Boho Milkmaid Braids

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

 

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19) A Fishtail Braid Updo

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

 

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20) The ‘Messy’ Braid

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

 

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21) Wedding Hairstyles – Half Up

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

 

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22) Fairy tale Princess

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

 

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23) Bridal Hairstyles – Ultimate 60s Bangs

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

 

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24) Voluminous and Down

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

 

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25) The Sleek Low Pony

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

 

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26)  Loose Curly Updo

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

 

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27) Wedding Hairstyles – Side Swept Updo

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

 

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28) Bridal Hairstyles – Classic Updo

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

 

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29)  Chic Vintage Updo

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

 

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30) Wedding Hairstyles – Braided Flower Crown

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

 

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31) Bridal Hairstyle – Side Clips Updo

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

 

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32) Beautiful Floral Braid

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

 

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33) Stylish 70s Volume

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

 

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34) Slicked High Plait

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

 

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35) Beachy Bangs

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

 

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36)  Waves Tied with a Bow

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

 

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37) Wedding Hairstyles – Sleek Updo

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

 

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38) Effortless Beachy Updo

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

 

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39) A Choppy Blunt Cut

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

 

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40) Pride and Prejudice Glamour

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

 

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41) Bridal Hairstyle – Long Waves and Braids

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

 

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

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

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

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16th May 2019

5 Celebrities that Surprised Fans on Their Wedding Day

Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable times in your life. And it certainly was for these lucky newlyweds, who were surprised by some of the biggest stars in the world!

From a heartwarming performance by Taylor Swift, to an unexpected run-in with Tom Hanks, check out these youtube wedding surprises…

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A Wedding Dance Featuring Taylor Swift

One of our favourite youtube wedding surprises is this video of Taylor Swift surprising a bride and groom for their wedding dance.

The star sang ‘Blank Space’ because the song was special to the groom (a true ‘Swiftie’), as he’d danced to it with his mother before she passed away.

This surprise dance at a wedding reception definitely left us with a smile on our faces!

Surprised by Ed Sheeran

This deserving couple were given the wedding of their dreams by KIIS 1065 and it’s safe to say it was a day guests would remember forever.

Their special wedding day even featured a surprise celebrity guest…none other than Ed Sheeran.

The star serenaded the newlyweds with ‘Thinking Out Loud’.

Serenaded by Gary Barlow

‘A Million Love Songs’ is sure to bring a tear to any guest’s eye at a wedding…and what better person to sing it than the man behind the music, Gary Barlow?

One Bride was left speechless when the Take That star arrived to serenade her with the hit love song!

Definitely one of the best youtube wedding surprises we’ve seen.

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An Run-in with Tom Hanks

A different sort of wedding surprise…but a surprise nonetheless when Tom Hanks crashed this couples’ wedding photographs!

The humble actor stopped off on his jog in Central Park to congratulate the couple and pose for some fun photos with the newlyweds.

We’re a little jealous of this one!

A Surprise from Sam Smith

Another of our favourite youtube wedding surprises is this special performance by Sam Smith. The singer made sure these lucky brides had a day to remember with a dazzling performance at a LGBT+ wedding.

At Signature Living Weddings, we’re experts when it comes to planning spectacular same-sex weddings. Our helpful team of wedding coordinators will be on hand to ensure every moment is perfect for you. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today by completing our online enquiry form here.

We hope you’ve enjoyed watching our favourite youtube wedding surprises as much as we did!

Creating Magical Moments

At Signature Living Weddings we specialise in creating magical moments for your special day. Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration personalised to you, or the most grand wedding party guests have ever seen, we’ll tailor your day exclusively to you.

You can choose from a wide range of exquisite venues and unmissable packages for the perfect day, or build your wedding from a blank canvas with the help of our coordinators.

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When it comes to wedding entertainment, we like to go above and beyond…we’re not promising Gary Barlow (never say never!)…but think fireworks, ballerinas, aerial dancers, samba performers and everything in between!

Your dream wedding starts here, so if you’re ready to start the next chapter of your love story, simply give us a call on 0151 305 3753 or contact us online with your questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

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10th May 2019

Fabulous Wedding Food Ideas for Your Special Day

If you’re in search of wedding food ideas and inspiration, take a browse of what we offer at Signature Living Weddings.

Alongside planning wedding readings and your wedding cake, your wedding food menu can be one of the trickiest decisions.

But worry not, that’s where we come in to take the stress away!

Wedding Food Ideas & Inspiration

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If you’re stuck for wedding dinner ideas, our dedicated coordinators will be happy to help with planning every little detail.

We specialise in crafting your special day from a blank canvas, so we can tailor a bespoke menu exclusively to you.

We understand that guests may have a range of dietary requirements, and we can offer a wonderful selection of options with something for everyone.

We have a range of wedding food and drink packages available to cater to your plans for the day. To enquire about our packages or ask any questions you may have, please complete our online contact form here.

Our wedding dishes can be made seasonally or created to complement the theme of your wedding. You may also wish for your wedding food to match your reception’s table decorations.

Our talented team of chefs can also create beautifully presented desserts, perfect for those with a sweet tooth! One of our most popular wedding desserts is our Crème brûlée with macerated berries and shortbread.

Dessert menus also feature indulgent chocolate brownies and sticky toffee puddings. Plus, our glazed lemon tart served with clotted cream, blood orange and meringues.

Wedding catering by Signature Living is sure to impress your guests from start to finish! To get in touch with our friendly team by phone, you can reach us on 0151 305 3753.

Breathtaking Wedding Venues

Our wedding food ideas can also coordinate with your wedding venue. Take a browse of our beautiful range of wedding venues here.

Alma de Cuba is one of our venues that follows a particular theme. Once St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, this historic listed building now houses one of Liverpool’s top bars and restaurants and events venues.

The Latin American theme of Alma de Cuba can be incorporated into your wedding day whichever way you choose. Whether you’d like to add a Latin twist to your wedding cuisine or have our famous samba dancers take to the stage, the choice is yours.

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Those planning a wedding with a fairy tale twist will fall head over heels for Rainhill Hall. Our historic country house is an exquisite location for bringing your wedding food ideas to life with enchanting table decorations and special details.

Signature Living Weddings

Signature Living design weddings with a difference. From your choice of venue to the special touches, we tailor your day to you. When it comes to the wow factor, you can count on us to create moments that you and your guests will treasure forever.

We like to say that we never say no…whether you’re envisioning aerial dancers, ballerinas, a live band or even fireworks, our coordinators will make your dreams come true.

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

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25th April 2019

How to Make the Perfect Best Man’s Speech

So, your mate has chosen you to be his best man. Accustomed as you are to planning epic parties and tearing up the dancefloor at weddings, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever given a best man’s speech.

But, you know that best man speeches can quickly descend into an awkward, drunken spectacle during which your mate has his head in his hands. So, here are a few pointers to keep in mind as you prepare to give your best man’s speech. No pressure.

Practice Makes Perfect

Don’t be that guy who, hours before the reception, is nervously scribbling down notes on the back of his hand – only for them to disappear the moment they stand up in a hot, sweaty room. Nor do you want to be that guy, namely Smithy in Gavin & Stacey, who has been banging on about how hilarious his best man’s speech is – only for it to be absolutely awful.

Maybe try your speech out a couple of times in front of the mirror – you’d be surprised how strange it may sound when read out loud.

A rehearsed best man’s speech is guaranteed to be an improvement on anything you can drunkenly scrawl on the back of a napkin ten minutes beforehand

Stay Sober-ish

Sure, you want to enjoy yourself, and yes, a few drinks may help you relax before giving a speech in front of hundreds of people – including your mates who, lets be honest, want you to make a fool of yourself.

But staggering up to make your speech, drink in hand, isn’t a good look. Veer away from the free champagne and focus on the job in hand – delivering an epic best man’s speech.

So, save the boozing for when everyone is buying you drinks to congratulate you on delivering a hilarious speech.

Don’t Mention any Exes

Whether it’s your mate’s former flame or his bride’s bygone boyfriend, don’t mention any exes ever. As far as the guests should be concerned, both bride and groom have never so much as spoken to anyone of the opposite sex.

Your mate’s new father-in-law hates him enough without you bringing up the son-in-law he wished he had.

Plus, swerve using words such as ‘psycho’ to describe the women who passed on the chance to marry your mate. It won’t impress his new bride and it certainly won’t impress the ex-lover who he’s oddly invited to his wedding – but we won’t go there.

Less Humiliation, More Embarrassment

On balance, your tone should be good-natured – you’re describing the groom, not trying to ruin his marriage before it’s even begun. Remember, it’s a wedding, not the bachelor party – so anything that happened on the stag weekend is not for here.

Also, any reminders of criminal activity are out-of-bounds unless it’s either trivial or victimless – and nobody wants to hear about any awkward fishing trips or weird holidays in Amsterdam.

What we’re trying to say is, read the room – it’s not an open-mic night in which your mate is the victim.

Wrap it Up

Ten minutes is enough, honestly. The perfect best man’s speech is a balance of jokes, the revelation of a few embarrassing stories and, a tear in the eye and a hearty handshake at the end. A poignant “I love you, man” as you pretend to hold back the tears is sure to do the trick.

What you don’t want to do is ramble – you’re only stopping people from either dancing, drinking or eating, and nobody wants that. If you’re worried that your speech is too long, skip a few embarrassing stories, raise your glass and get it over with.

And, speaking of raising your glass.

Make a Toast

When James Corden took that piece of plastic toast out of his shopping bag only for it to be met with silence, shows just how hard it is to make a good toast. So, for starters, maybe leave the props at home.

One of the most annoying parts of any wedding speech is being asked to raise your glass every couple of minutes in honour of everything from the DJ to the clergy.

So, raise your glass and ask the guests to do the same, say something cute and relax in your seat safe in the knowledge that you’ve just given an epic best man’s speech.

Signature Living Weddings

We hope you’ve enjoyed our guide on how to give the perfect best man’s speech. These thoughtful and helpful pointers are sure to help you shape an epic speech.

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

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From the spectacular Rainhill Hall to the historic 30 James Street, each of our venues are simply extraordinary. We also provide a wide range of flexible wedding packages to ensure you make the most of your special day.

So, why not get in touch today on 0151 305 3753 and start the next chapter of your love story.

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