Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding - March/April 2022 (Issue 62)

A METEORIC RISE The start of 2022 has brought a record number of wedding requests to National Museums Liverpool (NML) as its events team prepares for its most romantic year in history! An unexpected flurry of wedding enquiries over the past six weeks has placed some of Merseyside’s arts and cultural landmarks in high demand amongst the region’s nearlyweds. In fact, January saw Hosted By National Museums Liverpool, NML’s events brand and in-house events team, responding to triple the number of wedding enquiries than the monthly requests received during the last three months of 2021. NML has seven venues, the oldest dating back to the 19th-century and includes some of the most-visited museums in England, outside of London. The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight has become the latest venue to begin hosting weddings, with its first reception held in the magnificent Beaux-Arts style building at the end of 2021. Rebecca O’Neil, events manager at Hosted By National Museums Liverpool says, “Many of our artworks and collections have their own romantic stories and we enjoying playing a part in the love stories of today too. We’re having our busiest ever period for wedding enquiries including newly-engaged couples, as well as those who’ve delayed setting a date or rescheduled their wedding. There’s growing popularity in art galleries and venues that add an element of culture or nostalgia. We’ve also recently found that more people are coming back to their roots from elsewhere to get married.” Find out more about some of NML’s venues over in this issue’s historical and local venues features, or by heading over to LOCAL CHAMPS The Wedding Industry Awards are the only regional and national accolades voted for by customers rather than a panel. They were set up to recognise excellence within our beloved industry and the hard work suppliers put into bringing their couples’ big-day visions come to life, very often going above and beyond the call of duty. There are a whole host of Cheshire-, Merseyside- and North Wales-based businesses taking home the gongs for the North West region, which makes us super-proud. Check out our roundup below and keep your eyes peeled for the national winners who’ll be announced on CATERER Wild Garlic Event Catering, DJ Groove Noise, EVENT TEAM Heaton House Farm, MAKE-UP ARTIST Glow Make Up Studio, MARQUEE PROVIDER Tipi Unique Limited, MUSICAL ACT Lee Gordon Music, PHOTOGRAPHER Andy Griffiths Photography, PLANNER Charlotte Elise Weddings and Events, SPECIAL TOUCH Glorious by Heidi, MUM’S THE WORD We know what a support mums can be when planning a wedding, so it’s time to say “thank you” and think pink this Mother’s Day. On 27th March, The Mere, Knutsford will be serving a Mother’s Day Pink Afternoon Tea with delicate finger sandwiches, freshly-baked cakes and pastries, fluffy fruit and plain scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, along with a glass of pink prosecco and tea from the Manor. Plus, there’ll be a free gift for mum! This special afternoon tea is £35 per adult and £17.50 per child. Find out more and reserve a table at 10