Now, I know what you’re thinking; as an honorary Manc it is considered sacrilege to even think about hosting the ‘biggest day of our lives’ in a place held as arch rival to my adopted hometown.
To that, I would say, blame Manchester City Council. Who are currently ripping up my beloved Mancunia, seemingly all at once, to install some sort of tram labyrinth. EVERYWHERE. Making any sort of picturesque City Centre nuptial impossible.
Liverpool holds such a special place in our hearts, the boy grew up there and LOOK HOW PRETTY IT IS.
So if you are considering getting married in Merseyside, here is a run down of the top City Centre venues you might want to take a look at.
- 30 James St Hotel
Nicknamed ‘The Home of the Titanic’ and situated on the Dock Road, 30 James Street is opulence with a capital ‘O’.
Most bedrooms have more than one double bed, making it a perfect place for guests to stay.
The room itself is absolutely stunning, if a glam bash is your glass of champagne, then 30 James St is for you. Wedding packages start at £54.90 per head for food and drink which isn’t cheap, but it was the only venue we saw that reduced room hire rates for off-season (Sept-March) making it a lot more affordable.
Couples can also enjoy use of the spa facilities for us to 6 weeks before the big day, so you will both be refreshed and replenished by the time it rolls around.
Perfect for: A Glam Bride looking for a WAG wedding of her dreams
Budget: £20,000 plus
2. Sefton Park Palm House
We attended a family wedding here last year and the stunning Palm House, set in the middle of the beautiful Sefton Park is guaranteed to take your guests breath away.
The light inside the venue means rain or shine, you are guaranteed a gorgeous day.
The good news is the exotic plants mean that your flower budget would be minimal, which is handy if you want to save some dosh to spend elsewhere.
Rental of the Palm House is around £4200 and doesn’t include food or drink, which can be hired in from one of their preferred caterers. The Palm House itself is open to the public during the day so this is the venue for you if you are looking at an evening wedding. You can get married from 3pm on a Friday and from 4pm on a weekend until Midnight (although venue hire can be extended for an additional cost).
Perfect for: A unique wedding guaranteed to impress
Wedding Fayre 17th Jan 12pm-4pm
3. St Georges Hall
If you want to feel like royalty on your Wedding day, look no further than St Georges Hall.
The venue has two main spaces; for a smaller wedding there is the exquisite Concert Hall, home to the Royal Philharmonic when they are in town.
For the plus-sized wedding, you can get married in the Great Hall (how Harry Potter is that?!) but a word to the wise; only consider this if you are looking at numbers of 250 people plus, otherwise your party will feel lost in the ginormous space.
Perfect For: Asian Brides looking for a large beautiful space or Princess Kate wannabes.
Budget: £20k- £30k
4. The Royal Liver Building
You can’t get more Liverpudlian than the Royal Liver Building, and the venue offers an paralleled view of the River Mersey. Licensed to hold both marriages and civil ceremonies for up to 200 guests, the Liver building was the most adaptable and customisable space we found, with plain white features lending perfectly to any brides vision of her day.
Menus start from £35 per head and the space could fit both a smaller or larger event lasting all day. Room hire is £1000, so would be ideal for a bride on a smaller budget.
Perfect for: A couple who want to design their own space
5. The Hard Days Night Hotel
Are you a fan of the Fab Four?
Well look no further than the Hard Days Night Hotel who will hold your hand all the way through planning your wedding in true Beatles style.
Surrounded by photos of Paul, John, George and Ringo you could say I do in this beautiful boutique hotel, in the heart of the City Centre.
Perfect For: A music loving couple looking for a quirky alternative to a traditional day
Budget: £15k-£25 depending on guest numbers
I’ve been a bit naughty an haven’t included the venues we have chosen on the list, but i promise once everything is confirmed i’ll let you in on the secret!