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The perfect place for the perfect day


Originally an 18th century Country Manor House, Briars Hall is situated in the historic village of Lathom and has been lovingly restored and converted into a first-class country hotel. Briars Hall has an excellent reputation for attentive and friendly staff making it the perfect venue for that extra special occasion.

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

History of Briars Hall Hotel Briars Hall was built in 1745 by the Ashton family and their name remains inscribed on the front of the building to this very day. It is said that the name Briars comes from the Briars family who lived on the land in the mid 1600’s - at the time of the Civil War and the famous siege of Lathom House. Mr J Ainscough of H&R Ainscough Limited, acquired the Hall in 1902 and, under his direction, modifications and additions were made. By that time, Briars Hall included Briars Mill, situated on the Ellerbrook, about a mile away. This mill was water-powered and was used primarily for processing corn. In 1910, the Hall was one of the first dwellings in the area to receive electricity and it was supplied by Briars Mill, which had begun generating electricity in 1885. In fact, Burscough and Lathom did not have electricity until 1932. Clearly interested in new inventions, the Ainscoughs were one of the first families in the area to have a telephone installed and their number was 1 Burscough. While the Ainscoughs lived there, Briars Hall became a highly-successful stud farm for Shire Horses and won many accolades. In more recent times, Ginger McCain has grazed some of his finest horses in the grounds... and the legend of Red Rum lives on! After conversion work had been completed, on 12th February 1970 Briars Hall opened the doors to guests and became Briars Hall Hotel... justifiably proud of its history and links with the past.

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

A Perfect Venue Briars Hall is a perfect venue for your wedding. Its stunning location in beautiful grounds makes it an ideal setting for all your wedding photographs. Our experienced wedding co-ordinator and team understand the importance of your wedding day and will ensure that, right from the initial planning stages to the very day itself, your memories of Briars Hall will long be cherished by you and your guests.

Thank you for considering Briars Hall for your wedding celebrations You can choose to have both ceremony and the reception at Briars Hall or just come along to us for the reception. Either way, we will be happy to discuss your specific requirements and ideas and offer our own knowledge and expertise so that, together, we can achieve the wedding day of your dreams.

Be it large or small, formal or informal, we will make sure your special day is one to celebrate... ...and celebrate you will!

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Undivided attention Being swept up in the excitement of getting married is special. We can help to make sure your special day runs in that special way. The Hotel has gained a tremendous reputation for providing bespoke wedding celebrations varying between personal tastes and styles. Event Management Should you be considering holding a wedding or any other event at the hotel, we have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator and three banqueting managers with over 20 years experience at Briars Hall between them. They are on hand to help and advise on all aspects of your event and will make sure every detail is just as you requested. Beautifully located in over 5 acres of mature gardens and woodland the Hotel offers three banqueting suites which suit events both large and small. The Ellerbrook Suite Beautifully presented in traditional country house style with oak panelled walls. This is the largest suite the hotel has to offer and overlooks the orchard lawn at the rear of the hotel. This room holds between 65 and 170 for banqueting and up to 200 buffet style.

The Stones Restaurant This is situated in the old building and was originally the dining room when the house was privately owned. This room looks onto the waterfall pond and adjacent parkland and is ideal for between 40 and 100 for banqueting and up to 140 for buffet style events. The Orangery Next to Ainscough’s Bar & Bistro this is the smaller of the three Banqueting rooms and has a more modern feel with a lot of natural light. This room is ideal for between 20 and 60 for both banqueting and buffet style events. It is also very popular for civil ceremonies and is licensed for up to 100 people.

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

A Civil Wedding Briars Hall was granted a civil Wedding Licence in October 2004. If you decide to hold your wedding ceremony on our approved premises, you will need to agree the date and time with the Hotel Manager and the Superintendent Registrar of the district in which Briars Hall is located. For more information, you can contact the Registry office at Preston on 0845 0530021.

You can book a wedding with the Registrar up to 12 months in advance. Once a definite date and time have been agreed, you will then have to visit the Registration Office for the district in which you live to give notice. The fees for registration officers to attend marriages are in addition to any fees charged by Briars Hall. Local authorities set their fee to cover costs involved and the Superintendent Registrar for the district where the wedding will take place will advise you about these.

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Information at a Glance Throughout the build-up to your wedding, it is important that you try to maintain contact with the people whose services you are going to use. If you choose any of the businesses within these pages of this publication, the people concerned will be delighted to offer you all the help and advice you need. They are professional in all that they do and they will help make your day one to remember. Telephone No.



Vicar/Registrar Reception Hotel Photographer Videographer Florist Balloon Decoration Marquee Hire Caterer Hairdresser Beauty Salon Car Hire/Horse & Carriage Menswear Printer/Stationery Cake Decorator Entertainment DJ Jeweller Travel Agent Ladies Fashion Shoes & Accessories Lingerie Gift Registry Favours/ Chocolates Financial Adviser Toastmaster Cosmetic Dentist Tanning Salon Wedding Co-ordinator Dry Cleaner

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Planning your special day From your engagement to the big day itself, careful planning and scheduling will enable you to truly enjoy every moment of your wedding. Begin by following this guide and set deadlines for yourselves, checking off each task as you complete it. Planning within these time frames will secure your first choice in everything - from your dress to the honeymoon - and enable your suppliers to provide the best quality and service possible. If you have less than six months to plan your wedding, don’t panic - just get started as soon as possible and, remember, never allow the details to overshadow the joy of your special day.

...from 24 months


When a woman accepts a proposal, her next thought is usually the dress... so start looking early for your perfect style, taking into account the time of year and whether your wedding is traditional or informal

Decide on the date and venue for the wedding Consult both sets of parents and draw up your guest list Book your photographer, discuss whether you want black and white or colour photography and if you prefer posed or candid shots Book your videographer, remember to give an outline of the day, including timing and any special moments you particularly wish to be captured, and also check with the minister if filming of the ceremony is permitted

...from 12 months Select your chief bridesmaid, best man, witnesses and other attendants Organise wedding insurance before you pay any deposits Apply for a marriage licence with local Registrar if planning a civil ceremony

Best Man

Order the wedding cake and favors, consider serving the cake as dessert Book florist and choose arrangements for bouquets, church and reception venue Book a toastmaster, if required Book your honeymoon and apply for passports, if necessary Reserve marquees and rental equipment, if necessary

...from 6-9 months Select a stationery company for invitations, orders of service, menus, table plan, place cards, thank you notes, photo albums and memorabilia boxes


ites Select and book musicians, DJ and entertainment, make sure you have seen your chosen musicians perform - preferably ‘live’ but, if not, on video tape, start thinking about pieces of music for your ceremony, first dance etc Arrange hire suits for groom, best man, fathers and ushers Choose and book a selection of decorations (for example, balloons, fabric, garlands, flowers and plants) for the reception room

Decide on the colour scheme of your wedding

Book a firework company, if required, for a spectacular ending to the day but check regulations at venue first

Order your dress, attendant’s outfits and accessories

Order your wedding rings, allowing time for customising designs and inscriptions

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

...from 4 months

Present list

Compile wedding present list and register with a store of your choice, if you already have a home together, consider registering with a travel agent for gift vouchers to use for your honeymoon or future dream holiday

Send out invitations and keep track of RSVP’s, gifts and thank-you notes, don’t forget directions map and local accommodation list for out-of-town guests Book your first night accommodation

lists for bridesmaid, best man and ushers since there are several ways your attendants can help you with both the planning and the smooth running of the day! Prepare seating plan

...from 2 weeks Send out thank-you notes as gifts are received


Start course of tanning sessions or book self-tan appointment at beauty salon

Confirm final arrangements in detail with all services

Discuss details of menu with venue or caterer Book organist, choir & bells with church, discuss service with officiant and choose hymns If you are writing your own vows, do so now, this is a lovely way to personalise your ceremony - you don’t have to be a poet and there are a few books to offer guidance but the best way is just to say what is in your heart

Pick up wedding rings Confirm time rehearsal with wedding party Ask best man to take charge of returning the groom’s and ushers’ clothing, if hired

...from 1 week Pick up your wedding gown

Schedule rehearsal time and dinner Buy gifts for bridal party and each other

Notify venue/caterer of final guest count

Buy any special lingerie your dress requires and take to your next fitting

Have facial and other beauty treatments

Buy shoes and start breaking them in around the house, cover them with a shoe bag to protect them Go shopping for mums’ outfits, your going-away outfit and honeymoon clothes Make appointment with hair and beauty salons Apply for post-dated name change on passport, if applicable Select dry cleaning and gown and bouquet preservation companies and arrange for appropriate person to organise this after the wedding

Give best man envelopes for paying any remaining fee and tipping on the day Start gathering wedding ensemble and packing for honeymoon Make a detailed list of everything to be collected or delivered in the next few days and delegate as much as possible Plan some quality time with your family or friends so you can share some special moments before starting this new chapter in your life

...1 day before

Start writing your speeches, consider having professional speeches written for you - this need not be expensive and after all, everything else is provided by professionals, so why not your speeches, too?

First of all, take everything in your stride and enjoy the run-up to your wonderful wedding day

...from 4 weeks

Make sure wedding ensemble is complete and pack overnight bag

Have a trial run with make-up and hair, using any head wear Have final fitting for yourself and your attendants hold hen/stag night

Final Fitting

Finalise details for the wedding and prepare check

Pick up Dress


Have your manicure and pedicure today - to prevent smudging, tomorrow

...on the day Relax, enjoy and remember!

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Since 1986 In Focus Imaging has provided an outstanding and truly personal service to all of our clients. We cover many areas of photography and travel extensively both within the UK and overseas. However, as specialists in wedding photography our mission is to deliver a wedding photography service second to none. With this in mind our wedding photography mirrors the dreams and aspirations of today’s Bride and Groom. It is a combination of contemporary and traditional styles merged to produce a vibrant and unique set of images which are captured in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. To us there is no such thing as “just another wedding”. Each wedding is as individual to us as it is to you. We combine all of these elements using our experience, flair and your ideas to produce a truly stunning and original set of images. Company details. In Focus Imaging 22 Church Road Skelmersdale WN8 8RR Tel: 01695 732769 Email: Website:

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Annie B’s For beautiful wedding flowers, individually designed to your requirements, to make your special day truly memorable. Preserved in Paint Unique new service - keep your bouquet forever as an original watercolour painting, by local artist Di Pearson. Free consultations, by appointment Situated just 5 minutes drive from Briars Hall, on main A59 Liverpool - Preston Road, at its junction with Mill Lane. Unit 3, Palais Buildings, Liverpool Road North, Burscough, Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 5TN and also now at The Owd Barn, Rufford Road, Bispham, Nr. Mawdesley, Lancashire L40 3SA Local, national and international deliveries Telephone orders welcome Friendly, personal service Tel/Fax:

01704 897875

email: Proprietor: Carol Dickson

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Brides Room of Birkdale Celebrating over 10 years of Excellence

Two floors of fabulous gowns from leading Designers, styles and prices to suit every taste and budget. Prices from £400 to £4,000. Extensive range of Bridesmaid dresses and accessories. You can be assured of expert advice from our vastly experienced sales consultants in a friendly and pressure free environment.

10% DISCOUNT Off your Bridal Gown – on production of this advert. Must be produced at time of purchase, certain exclusions apply, ask in store for details

15 Liverpool Road, Birkdale PR8 4AR

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Tel:01704 550991

WEDDING SUIT HIRE Southport’s ONLY Suit Hire Specialist.


Open Late Night Thursdays Until 8pm Tie Making Service. Nationwide Measuring Service Dinner Suit & Kilt Hire. Suits For Weddings Abroad.

The Grooms Room THE NEW LIGHTWEIGHT GREY NOW IN STOCK Dinner Suit Hire Only £35.00

The Mews, 15a Off Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, Southport PR8 4AS Tel: 01704 553951

CLASSiC WeDDing CARS Tel: 01772 816407 Mob: 07803 601877 Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank - All cars can be viewed on our website

1964 Rolls Royce Cloud 3

1933 Rolls Royce

1955 Bentley

Daimler 7 Seater

Daimler Laudaulette

Daimler 7 Seater

Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day

Cake Creations by Ruth Davies

National cake decorator of the year 1997

Beautiful and Immaculately Presented

Beautiful and Immaculately Presented 1930’s Style Beauford & Royale œV6W\OH%HDXIRUG 5R\DOH Open Top Convertibles in Silver/Grey Open Top Convertibles in Silver/Grey Also Dorchester 7 Seater Limousine Also Dorchester 7 Seater Limousine && Mercedes Mercedes In In Matching Matching Silver

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4b Bold Street, Southport PR9 0DD Tel: 01704 541137

A film of your Wedding preserved on DVD probably represents the best value for money you will spend on the day. Certainly all you will have after your Big Day will be your partner, your ring, your photographs, your dress and your memories. Which of them will conjure up the movement and music, the laughter, the dancing and the words of the Service in full including the Vows ?

Birkdale - Lathom The Beauty Barn is situated within the idyllic setting within the grounds of Briars Hall hotel in Lathom. We offer a friendly personal touch with our highly qualified beauty therapists.

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ELEGANT WEDDINGS Elegant Chair Cover Hire for Weddings, Civil Ceremonies, Christenings, Balls and Corporate Events. Chair Covers, Helium Balloons, Table Confetti, Guest Books & Table Plans

The Beauty Barn/The Beauty Barn Birkdale Briars Hall Hotel Briars Lane, Lathom L40 5TH For appointments please call: 01704 891293 or 07565 996 401 E :

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The Chocolate Fountain A unique Stylish Concept now available in association with

Eating Inn

If you want to make your celebration that extra bit special and really get your guests talking, why not hire Eating Inn’s elegant, cascading chocolate fountain. This deliciously indulgent centrepiece will add a magical touch to any social occasion

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Briars Hall - The perfect place for the perfect day


How to find us...


We are situated in historic Lathom located in the beautiful West Lancashire countryside on the A5209, just off the A59 Ormskirk to Preston road.

M6 A59


Jct 27


Approximately 4 miles from Ormskirk and 2 miles from Skelmersdale, we are convenient for the M6, M58 or M57 motorways.


A570 A59 B5240 Ormskirk A557


Rail links are available via Burscough, Ormskirk, Preston and Liverpool. Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon airports are just a 30-minute drive away

M6 A557 Skemerdale

Orrell A557

M58 M58 Maghull

Briars Lane, Lathom, Nr Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 5TH Tel: 01704 892368 Fax: 01704 892772 Email:


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