There’s never been so many beautiful places to say ‘I do’

Perfect day - your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, so make sure you do your homework and find the venue that's right
Steven Hesketh is the Managing Director of The Know Collection, which owns and manages several hospitality businesses in Liverpool including The Richmond Apart-Hotel, Nourish – Female Only Boutique Spa and Ameriesko Cafe Bar all on Hatton Garden and the new Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street. He is Treasurer of the Liverpool Hoteliers Association, and on the committee of many boards, including The Liverpool Visitor Economy Network, Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Members Council, The Northern Chapter of the Institute of Hospitality and chair of the Downtown Hospitality Power Panels and Founder of the Know Hospitality Academy.

WITH summertime comes wedding fever.

It always brings such a wonderful atmosphere and we are so proud to be a part of the start of such a wonderful journey for so many.

Even though in recent years the trend of getting married abroad has risen, there are still a lot of people who opt to stay home, saving on budget and putting less pressure on guests to travel a long way.

In hospitality, weddings are big business, in fact in the UK alone they are worth £10 billion, so as professionals, we have to get it right.

We actually booked our first wedding in at Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street recently. I am delighted to be able to offer smaller venues as well as large ones. Many couples don’t care for a large audience and prefer to celebrate with just close family and friends.

Luckily, in Liverpool, there are plenty of fantastic venues.

Of course, I think The Richmond Hotel is a perfect choice. Our specialist team work tirelessly to ensure the perfect day is given to the couple and their guests to make it a truly unforgettable, wonderful experience.

We have open days planned on June 29, July 14, July 27 as well as some in August, so visit our website and take a look; www.richmondliverpool.com

You won’t be surprised to learn that I have a few other personal favourite venues in the city too, all offering their own unique experience;

The Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Fancy getting married thespian style? You can exchange vows on the iconic stage on Hope Street.

The Venue at the Liverpool Liver Building
A lovely idea to spend your special day in one of the city’s most iconic buildings – and what a backdrop.

Victoria Gallery & Museum
This venue in Ashton Street is full of history, and would make a lovely venue for a memorable day.

Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral
This venue gives the opportunity to have an outdoors wedding in gorgeous surroundings.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my top tips for you when looking for a perfect wedding venue;

Consider your numbers
It’s never too early to start looking at venues once you’re engaged – it should be something you enjoy and don’t rush or feel pressured to do.

Estimate how many people you expect to invite, both to the ceremony and reception. This will help you when it comes to budgeting, and will save any unexpected surprises!

Think about the big picture
Not only do you want the prefect venue, you also need to consider how it will look in photographs.

At The Richmond in Hatton Garden, we are lucky to have beautiful architecture and fantastic room dressers. It makes a huge difference to your memories.

Make a date
Don’t be scared to ask venues to provisionally book in dates. If someone else enquires about that date, a good wedding co-ordinator will ensure you are notified so you can look at options.

If you are looking at less than 12 months down the line, many venues will be quite full, so be prepared to be flexible if need be.

Always ask!
No matter what your ideas for your wedding day are, always ask. The venue you choose and the staff there play a huge part in shaping your day, so it’s important that from the outset, we understand your vision.

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Our new neighbour

Steven Burgess

I AM delighted that Steven Burgess, founder of Northern Fields and former food & beverage director at Camp & Furnace is joining the team at Love Thy Neighbour as a consultant on our menus.

Steven is an extraordinary talent with great vision. Northern Fields is a food & beverage business encompassing corporate and private events, bars, consultancy and more and with a strong team – they really can help deliver a difference to any concept or event.

Steven says: “We are really looking forward to working alongside the Love Thy Neighbour team as they are a progressive and characteristic group who have customer’s best interests at heart.

“We love the modern, casual and health conscious approach the venue offers and are planning to bring a new edge to the already strong food concept to help the venue stay at the forefront of wholesome dining.”

I can’t wait to see what Steven and his team come up with.

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THE Richmond Hotel has become the first in Liverpool to offer a GP service to guests and staff.

Working with The GP Service, we can now offer immediate appointments with a GP. This is very good for guests at the hotel if they are feeling unwell, and we are adding it to our list of benefits to staff in our venues, so they can see a doctor quickly if required.

The technology works through an iPad, which is in a private space. There is also equipment available for checking blood pressure and other things guests may need.