Sunday, 27 March 2011

Will You Marry Me?

Will You Marry Me Trio Box Set

The MOST romantic way to propose, ever! Ladies, look away...nnnnnow!

If you want to make a lasting impression when proposing marriage, and also have a special keepsake, then this is the appropriate gift to give...

The wooden heart shaped box set, with hinged lids, fits snugly one inside the other, with each one having an engraved message on the outside of the wooden box. A perfect marriage proposal gift.

The first box is engraved with the words "Will You" the second box "Marry" and the third box "Me".

Inside the third wooden heart box, is a velvet love heart shaped ring box, placed in freeze dried rose petals for you to add the engagement ring.

If you want to make this gift extra special by personalising further, you can add your loved one's name on the first box, "Roslynn... Will You" second box, "Marry" third box, "Me". (max 12 letters for name).

To personalise by adding name there is an additional charge.

This is a very romantic and special gift for a a romantic proposal which will be remembered in the years to follow...

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A Right Royal Promotion of Romance in Chester

A Complimentary Honeymoon up for Grabs for Three Lucky Couples!

To honour Kate and Will's Royal nuptials in April, the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester is offering complimentary romantic honeymoons to a select group of couples who celebrate their commitment of love at the upscale hotel next month.

The first three couples to book and confirm a wedding package at the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester (subject to minimum numbers & availability, terms and conditions apply) during the month of April will be eligible for this exclusive promotion. The complimentary honeymoons will include airfare for two plus six nights/seven days of hotel accommodations at an U.S. or European DoubleTree by Hilton hotel or resort of the couple's choice.

DoubleTree by Hilton has a fine collection of more than 240 hotels and resorts worldwide with honeymoon destinations fit for any prince and his princess. Lucky newlyweds could find themselves jetting off to destinations from Milan to Miami and Greece to California.

General Manager Tony Wright says: "Royal weddings don't come along very often, so we really wanted to do something different to celebrate this romantic occasion. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels are renowned throughout the world for fantastic destinations that are ideal for couples celebrating romance - whether it be with family and friends on their special wedding day, the dream honeymoon getaway or the anniversaries that last a lifetime."

Set on the outskirts of historic Chester and surrounded by 12 acres of landscaped gardens, the elegant Doubletree by Hilton Chester hotel provides luxurious accommodation only a few minutes from the city centre. This carefully restored 18th century manor house beautifully combines the past and the present, offering modern comforts and conveniences with traditional styling and decor.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Chester presents outstanding wedding facilities for both modest and grand celebrations including a Grade II English Heritage listed conservatory, a grand ballroom and several smaller event rooms, an outdoor wedding pavilion and a full-service luxury spa. Well connected to the city, the hotel is only a 40-minute drive from both Manchester and Liverpool airports, which is very convenient for out-of-town guests.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Chester is operated by Sanguine Hospitality Ltd and is located on Warrington Road, Chester CH2 3PD, seconds away from junction 12 of the M53.
For further information and availability of this promotion, please phone the catering and events team at +44 (0)1244 408 800. To place a reservation or to find out more information on the DoubleTree by Hilton Chester, please visit or contact your local travel professional.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Ruffles and Truffles!

Ruffles.  Call me biased, but this hot new wedding dress trend has to be one of my absolute faves.  I'm talking crisp, passionate, flamenco-style ruffles that scream bride and fashionista.  Ruffles that scrunch to the touch, are pleasing to the eye, and taste um,well, that leads me nicely onto another wedding favour(ite) of mine.... 

Truffles Champagne, Chocolate, Gourmet...Love 'em all.  Is Lent over yet?

Feast your eyes on these stylish babies and bring out the senorita in you....O'lay!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Lizzie’s Larder Spring Sweetness

It’s great that the cycle of life has seasons and there is always some event or occasion coming up in the calendar that means we have something to share or celebrate; be it a wedding, birthday, Christening, anniversary, or just a gathering of friends and family. What is common to all these events is that people like nothing better than celebrating with cake! That’s where Lizzie's Larder steps in and brings something memorable to the table.

Lizzie has been baking occasion cakes for over seven years now and has been trained at one of the North West’s top patissier, Slattery in Bury. Her credentials are strong having supplied cakes to many restaurants and café’s across Liverpool, including the Quarter, Neighbourhood Café and Delifonseca as well as delivering cakes to museum openings, charity functions and weddings. It is her passion for making occasion cakes that makes Lizzie stand out.

As she explains, “I absolutely love working with people to design and make their perfect cake. I know myself that when I was getting married I wanted my cake to be unique, made only for my day and that’s what most of us want on the special days in our life, so when I make a cake for someone I find out exactly what they want and make it to their specifications. I’ve made a lot of friends in the process because it becomes such a personal thing.”

It’s this dedication to the detail that makes Lizzie unique, creating each individual cake for the client, rather than the client having to choose from a set brochure. This has made for an interesting portfolio of cakes with everything from a Mini Cooper to a lady bursting out of a champagne glass! And what is surprising is that this high quality, personal service does not break your event budget.

“I work from home and have very few overheads, which means I don’t have hidden costs to pass onto the client, they just pay for the cake and the time it takes for me to make it. Plus because I work from home I will always offer to deliver the finished cake to where the client wants, which often helps when they have so many other things to think about.”

To demonstrate Lizzie’s diversity we asked her to suggest cakes to fit occasions in this year’s calendar:

Colin Firth, winning the Oscar for The King’s Speech
A large rich chocolate cake topped with a chocolate Oscar statue.

Comic Relief
Cupcakes with one of Vivienne Westwood’s limited edition designs on top.

The wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William
A spectacular 4-tier ivory and pearl cake.

London Fashion Week
The ultimate Jimmy Choo chocolate shoe.

The birth of Baby Beckham Number Four
Tower of pretty cupcakes covered in small roses in the hope that Victoria finally gets the daughter she wants!

If you have a special occasion coming up and would like to make it that much sweeter, contact Lizzie at or on 07971 830725

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Head Over Heels with Milliner Rosie Olivia

A few weekends ago at the launch of exclusive South Liverpool hair salon Matt Coxyoung business lady and milliner Rosie Olivia  was described in conversation as ‘Liverpool’s best kept secret’. Now, as a wedding blogger, I only love secrets if I’m in on them, so I contacted Rosie, who in turn, kindly invited me to view her collection at her home-based studio and showroom. I, of course accepted, at the drop of a hat!

Rosie graduated last summer at Nottingham Trent University with a First Class (BA) Hons degree in decorative arts. Having completed internships with milliners Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy, and a millinery course at London based Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Rosie realised her dream career was to work in the millinery industry.

So last weekend I met Rosie and was truly fascinated by her enthusiasm and raw talent. Her showroom was adorned with beautiful, bespoke creations; hand-made designs with Rosie’s unique stamp on. “All hats are hand-made, designed and created by myself. They are really different and unique due to the fabrics and trimmings that I use. If you’re looking for something different, stylish but out-of-the-ordinary, you know where to come!” And stylish they certainly are. Forget the dated fascinators favoured by the likes of Kate Middleton et al, Rosie’s are on trend, en vogue, and perfect for any fashion conscious bride, wedding guest, or racegoer!  Perfect for any occasion.

“I offer a bespoke service which starts at £120 depending on what it is that the client would like. I work closely with the customer to make sure it is exactly the right colour, size and style that they are after.”

Rosie launched Rosie Olivia online at Christmas. “It has been the most exciting and hectic couple of months! I am naturally really creative and am so happy to be pursuing a career in what I love doing best. The business side of things is all new which is a challenge but I find it so satisfying when I make a hat for a client and it’s exactly what they want. Best feeling!”

Prices range from £80 - £380

For a sneak preview of Rosie’s collection, and a chance to win one of her designs, Rosie is attending Radio City’s Cash for Kids Pre Aintree Ladies Day Lunch on Thursday 24th March 2011 at uber stylish Palm Sugar Tickets are £25 and include a cocktail on arrival, a fabulous buffet provided by Chaophraya  and a glass of wine. 12pm – 4pm.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

2011 Wedding Package at the Racquet Club Hotel

‘What it lacks in size it makes up for in style with each room individually designed in a fusion of country house meets city chic’
Louise Earl, The Daily Express

The Racquet Club Hotel and Ziba Restaurant is a small family run hotel and restaurant situated in the busy heart of Liverpool. Once a private gentleman’s club, this historic building is now the home to the Racquet Club Hotel & Ziba Restaurant – open to all.

“We are here to make your dream wedding day come true. Here at the Racquet Club Hotel we will do everything in our power to make your wedding day a truly special one. Whether you would like a small intimate wedding day or a huge party we are the perfect city centre setting. We take an individual approach to your requirements helping you through every detail of organising your big day. Take advantage of our teams' expertise and committed approach to making your day truly memorable. We can also accommodate civil ceremonies at our hotel.
We are renowned for delivering excellent quality events and award-winning cuisine. You can expect every fine detail to be taken care of from the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, which just leaves you to just enjoy your special day”


2011 Wedding Package

The package caters for 70 guests

On arrival, our dedicated team will greet you and your guests with a sparkling reception drink

You will then be spoilt with a luxurious 3 course Wedding Breakfast followed by coffee for your guests

We pride ourselves on our quality food using locally sources produce & meat from the family farm

This special package also includes 2 glasses of wine served during the Wedding Meal followed by a toast drink during the speeches

As the evening winds down included in this offer is overnight accommodation in our 8 en-suite double bedrooms, where the lucky couple will be greeted with a complimentary bottle of Fizz in their chosen room

All for £4,500.00



Telephone: 0151 236 6676
Hargreaves Buildings, 5 Chapel Street, Liverpool L3 9AG

Monday, 7 March 2011

Spotlight Tonight An Interview With Steve Charles

It gives me immense pleasure to introduce tonight's Specialist Spotlight,  the Über TALENTED musician and vocalist, Steve Charles.  A firm favourite on the wedding circuit, no, make that KING of the wedding circuit, Steve's dulcet tones, seamless sets and perfect persona wil guarantee to bring your wedding house down.  FACT. 
Steve sung at our own beloved wedding and the atmosphere was electric, with each and every guest up dancing during the main course!  We loved him so much that Mr Dreams and I spent our first wedding anniversary reliving our happiest moments, watching Steve live at Zeligs.  Steve was booked through Riverside Entertainments Agency on our Wedding Day.

Ladies and Gentleman, please puts your hands together for Mr. Steve Charles!  Whoop Whoop!

How did you get into the music business?
I should have realised early on that music was going to play a major roll in my life as when I was in school I was the one they always picked on to start the singing during morning assembly.  Although my Mum and Dad were both in show business so this may have had some influence.

Who or what inspires or influences your style of music?
Nothing specific , but I do love Seventies music and Motown.

Do you have a favourite segment of the wedding day you prefer to perform at?  
Not really…I love performing during all parts of a wedding day or night.  I feel so lucky doing what I do and to play a major part on such a special occasion is amazing.  To be asked to sing the first dance is always an honour.

Do you have a favourite venue?
I must admit I do have a couple of five’s but to single any one out would be unfair.

What are the most requested first dance songs?
It has to be Al Green's Let's Stay Together.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the interaction with people and watching them relax and unwind in front of me.  I like to get stuck in so always try my best to encourage guests to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. After all, isn't that what life is all about! 

And the most challenging...
Introducing a new song into my show.  I do my best by trying to select songs carefully then I have to structure my choice according to my audience. Always a challenge!

What's the most extravagant wedding you've performed at?
I have performed at many celebrity / footballer's weddings but one celebrity wedding was held at the Dorchester in London and that was WOW!!!

Any Bridezilla moments?
I have been lucky so far but there was one occasion when the bride insisted on singing a well known Shania Twain song to her new husband…ANY EAR PLUGS IN THE HOUSE ANYONE!

Do you have any top tips or words of wisdom for our B2B's?
I always say it is as important to choose the right entertainment for your wedding as it is to choose your flowers.  You can have a magical day spoilt by cutting corners with your entertainment so please Ladies choose wisely and don't be afraid to pay that little bit more for quality.  It's simple… YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

Did you sing at your own wedding?
No, thank goodness that’s one day I did have off!  We are very lucky to have great entertainer friends who helped us out and did us proud on our lovely wedding day.

Who would be your dream top table wedding guests be to perform to?
The cast of Brothers & Sisters as they all seem so nice!

Do you ever get star-struck meeting celebrity clients?
I've had my moments but celebrities are only like you and me at the end of the day.

Have you ever been tempted to go down the reality TV route? What do you think of shows like The X Factor?
Yes.. I’ve thought about it but then I enjoy singing at weddings too much to give it all  up...I suppose its harmless fun for the general population but then again some people are brain dead when it comes down to actual talent spotting. So glad I work on a Saturday night.
What's the biggest crowd of people you've performed for?
6000 people at an open air concert in Leeds…Scary !
What else have you got coming up this year?Apart from my current wedding bookings and a couple of lovely cruise ship contracts I have in my diary, I must say that without a doubt my most exciting event for 2011 has to be the birth of our little baby girl who is due to arrive at the end of March.. " Fingers crossed "

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Charles for their imminent beautiful pink arrival!
Much love, Mr and Mrs B xxx