Wedding planning in Liverpool is always an exciting time for any engaged couple, but sometimes it can become stressful and overwhelming. After photographing weddings all over the U.K. and abroad we feel like we have a lot of experience! We shoot a lot more often as Liverpool Wedding Photographers and so we’ve decided to share with you all the benefits and our problem solving tips to have a wedding in this unique city. First off you need a wedding venue.
The venue is one of those big decisions that dictate all other aspects of your wedding day, so it’s important to try and get this decision done early. Most couples will secure their venue, with their preferred date (if available) and use this booking to secure other parts of the day like photographer, videographer, celebrant etc. With Liverpool being a big and busy city this can become a problem if you want to separate the day into multiple locations. For example, if you want to say your vows in Liverpool’s St Georges Hall but then host the wedding breakfast at 30 James Street. You need to consider parking and transport for your guests or find venues that are located closer together.
One good thing about having multiple locations is the opportunity to have a variety of different backdrops for your coupe’s portraits. Unless you want to force a large taxi fare on your guests and limit portrait time that is also going to eat into your day. For example going from tying the knot at Liverpool Town Hall to wedding party time at Sefton Park Palm House. You could possibly lose a good half an hour in travelling alone!
In this case having the day all in one venue could be the most beneficial and least stressful. Which brings us onto venues with accommodation. A massive benefit for yourselves plus your guests and suppliers is the whole wedding in one location. Great venues like The Titanic Hotel offer overnight accommodation for multiple guests. Apart from keeping it simple on your wedding invitations, this also benefits the wedding guests and wedding suppliers. Once someone arrives they won’t be confronted with the problems between locations like stuck in traffic, cars broken down and “I have no idea where I’m supposed to go“. Once you’re there, you’re there till the end. Oh and also transport takes up valuable drinking time, just saying :)
Then there’s the new, modern and quirky side to Liverpool. First off, head down to the Baltic Triangle for that oozes colour and creativity. Along Jamaica Street you have the amazing artwork including those famous ‘wings’ by Paul Curtis that everybody is urged to get a photo against. There’s also the little skate park which is full of graffiti which we have took our married couples to more than once and can’t wait to go back again. We have even had the chance to go into Ghetto Golf for some crazy portraits. This was when Amy & Mark spent their afternoon here after their St George’s Hall wedding. On the way, we also got some shots in Forbidden Planet, an amazing and very cool comic book & collectibles store.
For other wedding venues outside of The Baltic Triangle that you can really personalise theres always Warren Farm in Formby. This venue is one of those amazing finds that can really be converted into something special. You have farm vibes with an industrial feel, out in the countryside! We photographed Gill & Rob’s wedding here and we were in awe of the whole place.
Having shot weddings for 6 years now we are able to spot the best places for photos in and around most Liverpool venues and anywhere else we go! We always do a little recce before we start our day shooting. The streets of Liverpool have some amazing photo opportunities with it’s historical buildings that have been greatly maintained like the Liver Building, St Georges Hall, The Cunard Building, Liverpool Town Hall, 16 Cook Street, The Albert Dock and The Merseyside Maritime Museum. And some really modern and interesting structures like The Museum of Liverpool. These buildings look great in wedding photos and are easily recognisable.
With wedding planning in Liverpool, one idea that is always a big decision to planning a wedding is whether to DIY. Firstly, it’s how much should I do myself? Many things about the wedding can be self made like table decorations, invitations, flowers and even the transport but are they worth it in the long run. Will it add additional stress to the planning process or is it worth it for that extra personal touch. It could be a great idea to sort out transport, if a relative or close friend has a really fancy car and they are willing to let you use it (or even drive it for you!) Making your own bouquets could save money in the long run but having an expert create beautiful structures for you could ease your pre-wedding stresses . Becky & Rob had the opportunity to use a relative’s gorgeous vintage car and it worked out fantastic. It was something free and it had a lot more meaning than picking out one that just looks nice. Wedding decorations are always something that can be personalised at least. Laura & Steven had the great idea of using their guests facebook profiles photos on polaroids instead of place settings. Then there’s Amber & Dean who made a whopping 1500 paper cranes to decorate their barn wedding, and to top it all off these cranes were made from pages from the Harry Potter books. Absolute goals!
After working the wedding scene around Liverpool we’ve come to see and meet a number of wedding friends are amazing at what they do
Wedding Photographers – The Struths ;)
Wedding Stationary – Hawthorne & Ivory Wedding Stationary
Wedding Cakes – Laura’s Cakery
Wedding Planner – Charlotte Elise Wedding Planning
Wedding Pianist – Jay Bradbury
Bridal Boutique – Boutique Brides Of Crosby
Wedding Band – The Dawn
Wedding Hairdresser – Emmas Wedding Hair
We hope you got some great wedding ideas and inspiration from our Wedding Planning In Liverpool guide. Hopefully we can see you soon and capture your wedding day and all your amazing wedding stuff!