Mar 26th 2018

Cairo Event Planning with Liz Taylor

Cairo Event Planning with Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor prides herself on developing strong working relationships with first class venues and suppliers across the world. Cairo event planning takes a unique approach though, and Liz has two forthcoming events to organise in this vibrant, exciting destination.  An incentive trip for a leading law firm and a birthday party to remember for a millionaire businessman.

Cairo Event Planning

Having been in the events business for over 30 years, the Taylor Lynn Corporation’s (www.tlc-ltd.co.uk), Liz Taylor has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the very best venues available to her wealth of business and private clients.

Liz and her close-knit team of hand-picked event professionals operate out of the company’s headquarters in Manchester and work on events throughout the UK and further afield. Despite her hectic schedule, Liz still prefers to visit any potential new venue in person, trusting her professional instinct which has seen her develop a thriving business with a reputation that is second to none. Hence a Cairo event planning trip was in order. With two clients (a local wealthy businessman looking to celebrate a landmark birthday in style and a leading UK law firm planning an incentive trip) both keen to hold events in Egypt early next year, Liz heads to Cairo then on to Sharm El Sheikh for a busy few days of site visits and supplier meetings.

Arriving

After a busy day in the office I set off on the short drive to Manchester Airport to board the mid-afternoon BA flight to Heathrow for my three days of Cairo event planning. With a couple of hours to kill before the connecting flight to Cairo, I “work” the business lounge and use the time to talk to my team in Manchester who are putting the finishing touches to a big wedding we are organising this weekend. I also talk to as many fellow “loungers” as I can. I am constantly networking and love it! The bride to be has rung the office with a last-minute request for a firework display as she and her new husband leave their wedding venue for the honeymoon hotel. Such requests are nothing new.  I put in a quick call to a long-standing supplier who I know will be able to ensure the happy couple’s big day ends brilliantly. I just have time to ring the client and share the good news before boarding my 6.15pm flight to Cairo.

The flight arrives in Cairo around midnight but, thank, goodness it’s only a five-minute drive to the lovely Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel in Cairo where I get a good night’s sleep.

Day 1

Up early. I manage to fit in a quick work out in the hotel’s gym before enjoying a quick breakfast of coffee, local pastries and fresh fruit. I leave the hotel at 9am for a full day of Cairo event planning ahead, having arranged for a driver to take me to Egypt’s famous pyramids. With local traffic conditions unpredictable and often heavy, I know from previous visits that this journey can take anything up to two hours, so we set off in plenty of time. As always, I use the car journey to catch up on emails and phone calls.

My client has asked me to help plan his forthcoming 60th birthday celebrations.  Already a big fan of Egypt, he has decided that what he would really like to do is treat family and close friends to an amazing celebration dinner at the pyramids.

The dining tables are set against the backdrop of the Pyramids, brought to life with a spectacular fire and light show which can be exclusively booked for a private dining experience. The recommended caterers are experts in their field and can create a magnificent buffet of Middle Eastern Cuisine. Taking pride in their heritage bespoke entertainment packages are easily accessible to wow the guests.

I arrive back at the Fairmont mid-afternoon in preparation for a planned 4pm conference call with the team in Manchester. We need to confirm all last-minute details for this weekend’s wedding – after all – everything is in the detail.

The evening…

At 6pm I meet up in the hotel’s bar with the first of two local suppliers I am looking to work with. As well as a spectacular birthday dinner, my client is keen to treat his guests to the best that Egypt has to offer during their brief visit and has asked me to organise a desert safari. It is going to be one amazing celebration with a poolside breakfast at the hotel followed by the safari then a luxurious lunch, either on board a privately chartered boat on the Nile or in one of Cairo’s most highly regarded restaurants. After some time to relax, guests will then head off to the pyramids to toast their host at the amazing birthday dinner. The company I am meeting with comes highly recommended and I am impressed as they show me footage and talk me through a choice of desert quad bike or jeep safari tours.

I always try to pack as much into my business schedule as possible when travelling. However, this evening I am enjoying a rare luxury – dinner in the hotel’s restaurant with an old friend who is currently working in Cairo. I truly believe that to be successful in the events business you simply have to love what you do. It’s more of a lifestyle than a job for me. I just love being busy and travelling and seeing new places and meeting new people. But I also think it is really important to snatch some time just for me, when the rare chance arises!

My friend and I enjoy a fun and relaxing dinner, catching up on gossip and family and business news. Naturally I pick her brains to try and garner more local knowledge about potential venues or attractions which might appeal to my clients! As nice as it would be to stay up late and talk into the night, I have a breakfast meeting scheduled with another supplier so say goodnight around 11pm and I head back to my hotel.

Day 2

I’m up at 7am for a quick swim before preparing myself for my day ahead which starts with an 8am breakfast meeting in the hotel with another local adventure company. In addition to quad bike and jeep safaris, this previously unknown company also offers the option of a desert camel trek followed by tea or dinner in a Bedouin tent. Definitely one to suggest to my client! They also create bespoke tours.  After finding out I have a free evening planned at the hotel, they immediately invite me to join them that evening for a night time quad bike safari followed by dinner in a Bedouin tent. How can I resist? It’s a great chance to get a real feel for how this business works.  In addition to my private client, I also think this could be a great option for other business clients considering Cairo as an event destination in future. It is also a chance to get inspiration for future events back in the UK.

Having confirmed that a driver will collect me at 7pm that evening, I hop into a taxi to take me to join a two-hour morning cruise on the River Nile. The boat can be privately chartered for lunch or dinner excursions and I have arranged an onboard meeting with the operator to discuss menus, expectations and standards and to get an overall feel for the experience. Cairo event planning is full of unique experiences.

After a pleasant and productive morning on board, I head off to a favourite Cairo restaurant, Seqoia, which my private client is also considering as a lunch option. This stunning, tented restaurant is well known for its amazing food, service, location and ambience. I meet with the restaurant’s manager at 1pm for a private lunchtime menu tasting.

After a delicious lunch and a very positive meeting I am joined at 3pm by a local design company and production crew who I have previously worked with. I brief them fully on the forthcoming birthday event and schedule a further visit the following month to confirm final details.

The evening….

I’d had a quiet evening with a room service dinner planned but am now unexpectedly heading out into the desert, so I a quick taxi back to my hotel to sign off on some urgent brochure proofs and catch up on any other “can’t-wait emails” before being picked up for my evening of adventure.

Riding a quad bike through the desert by night is not something I have ever done before – nor thought I’d ever try – but I love my Porsche and I love driving so, after lots of sitting in the back of cars checking up on emails, how can I resist this thrill?! It’s a truly exhilarating experience but I do decline the chance to hop on the back of a camel later on. Dinner in the Bedouin tent is relaxed and out of the ordinary and I am thoroughly impressed with the operator’s attention to detail, especially when my fellow diners and I are invited to sit back, relax, sip delicious mint tea and enjoy a wonderful half an hour of guided star gazing while our food goes down.

It’s a late evening and I get back to the hotel after midnight, so I quickly prepare myself for another early start as I am leaving straight after breakfast for a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Sharm El Sheikh. There I will spend the day with my law firm client who checked in earlier today.

Day 3

Day 3 of my Cairo event planning trip. I eat a quick breakfast in my room before leaving at 8am for the drive to Sharm El Sheikh. Again, I use the journey time to catch up on emails and calls, wondering how I ever managed to do this job before the smart phone was invented!

My client and I enjoy a briefing over coffee in the resort’s stunning Four Seasons Hotel which she is keen to use for the planned incentive trip. We then meet with the hotel’s management and event team.  We determine which of the different event rooms is the best option for the firm’s incentive dinner. Lunch is a menu tasting of the hotel’s banquet menus. It is followed by a tour of the private beach area and a further meeting to discuss the option of a beach party after the dinner.

In a perfect world I would be flying home tonight, but instead I have a 7.50am flight booked to Heathrow the following morning. I spend the evening in my room, managing only a very light room service supper while writing up my notes from the last two days. I also liaise with my Operations Director back in the UK to ensure that no last-minute challenges have cropped up for Saturday’s big wedding.

Homeward bound….

With an early start, I have my breakfast on board the flight to Heathrow which lands just before midday. Knowing I would have time to spare I have scheduled a meeting with the food and beverage director of a top London hotel which I will be using for an event in 2019. I grab a cab and we have a short but productive meeting over a sandwich lunch in the hotel’s bar.

It’s another cab ride back to Heathrow for the 4.30pm return flight to Manchester. I head straight back home. Cairo event planning done – tick! As much as I love travelling, there really is no place like home and I think it is essential to find time to unwind. Besides, I am back up at 6am tomorrow morning as I have a fabulous wedding to attend to!

 

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 Mar 26th 2018

Day in the Life of a Party Planner

Day in the Life of a Party Planner

Ever wondered what it would be like to step in the shoes of founder and owner of The Taylor Lynn Corporation, Liz Taylor? High profile clients, business events, charity galas, celebrity weddings…she curates every event with meticulous detail and careful planning. Here, she talks us through her typical day at work – if there is ever a typical day in the life of a party planner!!:

Day in the Life of a Party Planner

6am:

You might think a party planner would definitely be a night owl, but I’ve always been an early bird. I’ve come to appreciate early morning as a time just for me. It gives me space, before the phones start ringing, to gather my thoughts about what’s coming up without any interruptions. A day in the life of a party planner is never the same twice, but once up I like to get moving and I generally start the day with a workout in my home gym. The exercise energises me for the day ahead and I find if there are days when I can’t work out I really miss it.

8am:

My first meeting of the day is usually about 8am. After my workout I’m ravenous and I find my clients are more open to meeting early if we do it over breakfast. It also creates a more relaxed atmosphere for talking about an event than sitting in an office. Many of my corporate clients also appreciate being able to meet early and get head-start on the day ahead.

10am:

By this time I am usually either at a venue for a meeting about an event, or I’m on my way there. I work internationally so in that sense, there are no two days exactly the same. Manchester is a fantastic base for transport links by road, rail and air. Today, I’m on the 9.35am train to London. It is a fast train, which takes about two hours to get into the centre of the city. Travelling by train gives me time to catch up with emails and other administrative work that can be done quickly and isn’t confidential. It also gives me an opportunity to call the office and check-in with my staff to find out how the plans are going for events coming up later in the week.

12pm:

I arrive at a London hotel I’ve been thinking about as a potential party venue for a client. I’ve booked a table for an early lunch with a celebrity friend. It’s lovely to catch-up and also lets me view the service from a customer’s viewpoint. I work with a lot of celebrity clients so it is essential for me to know that the venues I choose are high-end and discreet. The person I’m meeting is a good friend and I value her opinion on work as well as her conversation and company. Happy with our lunch, I book a tour of the hotel as a possible venue for a retail business event taking place later in the year.

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2pm:

I arrive at one of the Royal Palaces for a meeting about an upcoming event. For high profile clients, and especially royalty, confidentiality is essential. There is always an element of excitement because there are so many opportunities both for this event and what might grow from it because referrals from these types of events can change everything for a professional event planner. For example, after I organised the royal charity Winter Whites Gala, official photographs of the event, with Prince William joining Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift on stage singing ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’ went global.

4pm:

Travelling on the train home I check in with the office as we have a large charity dinner taking place tomorrow night and I want to know that everything is in place. I speak to my PR agent who has arranged an interview for me tomorrow and we confirm details. I also call my grandchildren. They are a real light in my life and although I don’t always get to see them every day, I can’t go a day without speaking to them. Everything about my grandchildren amazes me. Their view of the world helps me keep life in perspective and see everything around me with fresh eyes.

6pm:

By 6pm I am back in the office to catch up with the team before they leave for the day. I run through checklists for the week’s events with TLC operations director, Ellie Barnes, to ensure she has everything that she needs, and that arrangements are all in place. The Swan Band have flown in from Paris today and call into the office to see me. They are performing at our client’s charity gala tomorrow and whilst they are in the area, I want to talk to them about more dates that we’ve got lined-up for them in the coming months. Just before I leave, I take a SKYPE call from New York to speak to a DJ that a client has asked to play at his son’s 21st birthday party in Cheshire.

8pm:

Dinner is low-key and with a friend at Victor’s in Hale. It’s local to my home and consistently good.

10pm:

By this time in the evening, a day in the life of a party planner is rarely over. If I’m organising an event, it’s usually well under-way by now, and I can hopefully stand back, relax and let the guests enjoy the night. After travelling today, I light a Jo Malone scented-candle and lie back to soak in a warm bubble bath. Then I do once last check of my emails and catch-up on the news before heading to bed, ready to hit the treadmill again at 6am!!

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 Mar 19th 2018

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

As the annual North West PA of the Year Awards opens for entries this month, Manchester-based event management company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), is announced as a key sponsor for the event taking place on October 25, 2018 at Manchester Cathedral.

North West PA of the Year Awards

The awards, held by Robert Walters in partnership with KPMG, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Pitman Training, are entering their 5th year and for the first time, have welcomed TLC as an event partner. Shortlisted nominees and finalists will be celebrated at an exclusive red-carpet gala, which the event management company is organising, and in addition, TLC is sponsoring the ‘PA Team of the Year’ award.

Liz Taylor, managing director of the Taylor Lynn Corporation added: “I have worked extensively with PAs across the north-west for over 30 years, and so recognise the considerable contribution that they make to their businesses. It’s our goal to make the North West PA Awards THE occasion that celebrates this contribution, with an incredible evening of recognition, entertainment and fun lined-up!”

Lucy Bisset, director at Robert Walters, comments: “Since launching the Support Professional of the Year Awards in 2014, we have seen the programme go from strength to strength as we expanded into the Manchester PA of the Year Awards from 2015 to 2017, with the most recent years seeing over 500 professionals come together to celebrate the region’s support talent. We look forward to repeating this success in 2018.”

North West PA of the Year Awards

“We are delighted to welcome Liz Taylor and her team at TLC as sponsors of the awards. Liz has an enviable track-record of creating the highest calibre and most creative events, and we are delighted to have secured her involvement. She has invested both her time and creative energies into helping us make this 5th year the very best yet.”

The 2018 Awards have expanded the list of categories to twelve. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the executive partners as well as industry guest judges. The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the end of the summer. The full list of categories includes:

• Board Level PA of the Year
• Rising Star Award
• PA Team of the Year
• Virtual Assistant of the Year
• Manager of the Year
• Legal PA of the Year
• Financial Services PA of the Year
• Media PA of the Year
• Manufacturing & Engineering PA of the Year
• Technology & Digital PA of the Year
• Not-for-Profit PA of the Year
• Private PA of the Year

Applicants can submit their entries at www.robertwalters.co.uk/northwestPAawards . For further information about the awards, please contact Alan O’Doherty on alan.odoherty@robertwalters.com or 020 7509 8839

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For further details about TLC and the North West PA of the Year Awards, contact:

Sarah Lewis – M: 0781 792 8132, E: slewiscomms@msn.com

or visit: https://www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/press-room/

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‘Taylor Lynn Corporation Announces Involvement in NW PA of the Year Awards’

-The Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC) has its UK headquarters in Manchester and organises corporate and private events right across Europe. From blue chip businesses to sports personalities and television celebrities, TLC is the first choice for high profile parties, celebrations, conferences and corporate occasions.
-Find us on social media: Twitter @taylorlynncorp, Facebook @taylorlynncorporation or Instagram @taylorlynncorp
–Biography & images of Liz Taylor available at – www.tlc-ltd.co.uk/tlc_ltd_press_room
Hi Res event images and more information is available at www.tlc-ltd.co.uk

North West PA of the Year Awards:

Robert Walters is one of the world’s leading specialist professional recruitment consultancies and focuses on placing high calibre professionals into permanent, contract and temporary positions at all levels of seniority. The UK business recruits across the accountancy and finance, banking, HR, legal, IT, risk, compliance, tax, treasury, procurement and supply chain and support fields. Established in 1985, the Group has built a global presence spanning 28 countries.

The North West PA of the Year Awards is organised by Robert Walters in partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, KPMG, Pitman Training and Taylor Lynn Corporation.

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 Mar 19th 2018

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

5th Annual North West PA of the Year Awards Boosted with TLC

As the annual North West PA of the Year Awards opens for entries this month, Manchester-based event management company, the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), is announced as a key sponsor for the event taking place on October 25, 2018 at Manchester Cathedral.

The awards, held by Robert Walters in partnership with KPMG, the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Pitman Training, are entering their 5th year and for the first time, have welcomed TLC as an event partner. Shortlisted nominees and finalists will be celebrated at an exclusive red-carpet gala, which the event management company is organising, and in addition, TLC is sponsoring the ‘PA Team of the Year’ award.

Liz Taylor, managing director of the Taylor Lynn Corporation added: “I have worked extensively with PAs across the north-west for over 30 years, and so recognise the considerable contribution that they make to their businesses. It’s our goal to make the North West PA Awards THE occasion that celebrates this contribution, with an incredible evening of recognition, entertainment and fun lined-up!”
Lucy Bisset, director at Robert Walters, comments: “Since launching the Support Professional of the Year Awards in 2014, we have seen the programme go from strength to strength as we expanded into the Manchester PA of the Year Awards from 2015 to 2017, with the most recent years seeing over 500 professionals come together to celebrate the region’s support talent. We look forward to repeating this success in 2018.”

North West PA of the Year Awards
“We are delighted to welcome Liz Taylor and her team at TLC as sponsors of the awards. Liz has an enviable track-record of creating the highest calibre and most creative events, and we are delighted to have secured her involvement. She has invested both her time and creative energies into helping us make this 5th year the very best yet.”
The 2018 Awards have expanded the list of categories to twelve. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the executive partners as well as industry guest judges. The shortlist of finalists will be announced at the end of the summer. The full list of categories includes:

Board Level PA of the Year
Rising Star Award
PA Team of the Year
Virtual Assistant of the Year
Manager of the Year
Legal PA of the Year
Financial Services PA of the Year
Media PA of the Year
Manufacturing & Engineering PA of the Year
Technology & Digital PA of the Year
Not-for-Profit PA of the Year
Private PA of the Year

Applicants can submit their entries at www.robertwalters.co.uk/northwestPAawards. For further information about the awards, please contact Alan O’Doherty on alan.odoherty@robertwalters.com or 020 7509 8839

Full article at: https://huddled.co.uk/2018/03/5th-annual-north-west-pa-awards-boosted-tlc/

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 Mar 14th 2018

Gary Barlow is heading to Manchester for an exclusive performance

Pop superstar Gary Barlow is heading to Manchester to perform at a charity concert.

The Take That singer-songwriter will give an exclusive performance at an event to raise money for Child Bereavement UK and The Red Sea Pedestrians in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

The black tie evening held at Victoria Warehouse in Stretford will be hosted by Manchester United football legend Gary Neville.
As well as a live performance from Rule The World hitmaker Gary organisers are flying in the Swan Band from France to perform throughout the event on Thursday September 27.

Gary Barlow Charity Performance

Event planner Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation, said: “I wanted to create a truly unique night and this is it.
“Gary and I have both supported Child Bereavement UK for many years now. He was also made an ambassador for the charity in 2016, so when I asked him to help with this event, there was an instant yes.

“We both appreciate the incredible role of the charity in supporting young people and their families in times of loss and bereavement. Their work in the north west, and across the country, has touched many lives, but they need valuable funds to continue this incredible work.”

On the night there will be a fund-raising auction by Selfridges including a Bentley Continental car donated by Bentley Manchester.
There will be a champagne reception followed by three-course dinner and entertainment.

Gary Barlow Charity Performance

Liz Taylor added: “For the last 18 months Emma Neville has played an active role in supporting Child Bereavement UK, and as a result Gary Neville has agreed to host the night.”

Tables for 10 people cost £5,000 and VIP tables for 10 people cost £10,000.
Anyone wishing to book should email taylor.lynn@tlc-ltd.co.uk

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 Mar 14th 2018

Gary Barlow Will Headline a Charity Event in Manchester this Autumn

Gary Barlow Will Headline a Charity Event in Manchester this Autumn

Gary Barlow at a tlc ltd event in the Autumn
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One of the region’s leading event planners, Liz Taylor of the Taylor Lynn Corporation (TLC), is spearheading a charity event this autumn that brings Gary Barlow back to Manchester to give an exclusive performance. This spectacular evening will raise money for Child Bereavement UK and The Red Sea Pedestrians (in support of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity).  Gary Barlow will headline a charity event, being held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, and it will be hosted by football legend, Gary Neville.

The black-tie evening is packed with entertainment including the live performance from Gary, plus, organisers have flown the internationally acclaimed Swan Band from France to perform throughout the event. A central attraction on the night will also be the incredible fund-raising auction of ‘money can’t buy prizes’ organised by Selfridges, which will also include lots such as a Bentley Continental, donated by Bentley Manchester.

Liz Taylor, managing director of the Taylor Lynn Corporation commented: “I wanted to create a truly unique night…and this is it. Gary [Barlow] and I have both supported Child Bereavement UK for many years now. He was also made an Patron for the charity in 2016, so when I asked him to help with this event, there was an instant yes!

“We both appreciate the incredible role of the charity in supporting young people and their families in times of loss and bereavement. Their work in the north west, and across the country, has touched many lives, but they need valuable funds to continue this incredible work.”

Liz Taylor added: “We have bold ambitions of what we can raise in one night, but I know Manchester is a bold and ambitious city! For the last 18 months Emma Neville has played an active role in supporting Child Bereavement UK, and as a result Gary Neville has agreed to host the night. Bentley offered an incredible car to auction. Selfridges have provided us with ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction prizes and gift bags. Ann Crossland and family have sponsored our band for the night. Victoria Warehouse donated their venue. The response has been immediate and exceptional. I think with this level of support from the north west business community, the quality of the evening and the generosity of our guests on the night, we can achieve anything!”

The dinner will offer a champagne reception followed by a three-course dinner, entertainment, party and goody bags courtesy of Selfridges. A limited number of VIP tables of 10 people cost £10 000, and additional tables of 10 people cost £5 000. Anyone interested should email: taylor.lynn@tlc-ltd.co.uk

We are proud to share profits from the event between Child Bereavement UK (registered charity number 1040419) https://childbereavementuk.org/ and the Red Sea Pedestrians (registered charity number 1158475), who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. The Red Sea Pedestrians have, over the last 10 years, contributed to ground-breaking life-saving equipment for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity http://www.redseapedestrians.org/.

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 Mar 5th 2018

Top five historic Manchester wedding venues

Top five historic Manchester wedding venues

Looking for that special ‘something old’ for your big day – what could be better than a venue steeped in history and love?  Here are our top five historic Manchester wedding venues:

Midland Hotel

The impressive red-brick of the Midland Hotel has been a centre-piece of Manchester’s architectural heritage and cultural life for more than a century. Built in 1903, this Edwardian Baroque-style, Grade II listed building has seen the start of many enduring partnerships. Without it we may not have the magnificent wedding cars from Rolls Royce.  Or in more recent times the celebrity phenomenon that is Posh and Becks.

It is a fitting place for any couple to start their married life together. Here, every guest gets the VIP treatment.  For weddings a red carpet is laid out at the front of the hotel for arrival.

All four suites at The Midland are licensed to offer Civil Ceremonies, and the hotel has a dance floor, bar license and music license until 1.00am. Bespoke services are available as well as packages including tailored features for Jewish and Asian weddings.

Top five historic Manchester wedding venuesTop five historic Manchester wedding venues

Chethams

Stepping back into the city’s history even further, a taste of medieval Manchester awaits in Chetham’s Library. Dating back to 1421, Chetham’s is bursting with authentic character, to add gravitas to any ceremony. Take your vows under the timber roof of the majestic Baronial Hall. Walk hand-in-hand down the ancient stone cloisters. Capture your memories with photographs by the inglenook fire places and oak-panelled rooms.

As well as the building’s beauty it also holds an intriguing history. It is the place where Marx and Engels studied together in the city. For those wanting to soak up the atmosphere of the library setting, you can opt to sign the marriage register or have the ceremony itself in the seventeenth-century interior of Chetham’s Library.

Hotel Gotham

Designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1928, this art deco style listed building at the top of King Street still oozes all the glamour of the Roaring Twenties. There is a nod to its former life as a bank, with thick, polished wooden counters; money-bag laundry sacks and upside-down brief-cases as light fittings in the bar.

The history of the venue provides plenty of opportunities for stylist photos reminiscent of a golden age when fashion and travel were freed from the wartime restrictions. Staff look dapper. They wear chalk-striped, flannel suits with pink braces and arm bands, designed in New York. While vintage suitcases and hat boxes add a true period feel.

The hotel offers a bespoke wedding service that can cater for celebrations from small private events to the exclusive use of the hotel and its 60 bedrooms. And, although it doesn’t have a wedding license, it’s only a stone’s throw away from Manchester’s Registry office.

Top five historic Manchester wedding venues

Halle St Peter

Once home to the cotton factories of the Industrial Revolution, Ancoats, in the north of the city, has undergone major regeneration in recent years. Standing at its centre since 1858 is the iconic semi-circular apse of St Peter’s Church. A parish church for more than 100 years. The church closed in 1960 as the result of a dwindling population in the area. After sitting empty for decades, the building was purchased by the Hallé. With the help of various heritage funding, it has been restored it to its former glory.

Now used for concerts and theatre shows.  It was the site of Manchester International Festival’s award-winning production of Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh . However, you can also use the venue for weddings. This deconsecrated church has been transformed into an elegant venue. It maintains its high ceilings and many unique original features. Accommodating parties of between 50 and 250 guests, it is a beautiful and versatile setting which captures the city’s industrial heart and heritage.

Great John Street

Last, but not least, on our list of top five historic Manchester wedding venues is Great John Street. For childhood sweethearts and young at heart alike, you can’t beat this old Victorian school house for sweeping you off your feet in an adolescent swirl. Right in the heart of the city, this impressive red-brick building has been lovingly transformed into a luxury townhouse hotel. From the moment you step through the entrance, under a showpiece chandelier towards its opulent pewter bar, you’re in a charming world. It has been uniquely designed to capture the fun elements of its heritage.

The once rooftop playground, keeps its same name, now an outdoor terrace for private hire. You can host wedding receptions for up to 120 guests. Most rooms, including the old Headmaster’s office, are licensed for civil ceremonies. And just like the old school, the playground is open in all seasons, for an outdoor wedding BBQ or hog roast.

Top five historic Manchester wedding venues

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