Amir Khan's £11.5m luxury venue finally hosts its first marriage: ... trends now

Amir Khan's £11.5m luxury wedding venue finally hosts its first marriage: ... trends now

Amir Khan's £11.5million luxury wedding venue has finally hosted its first marriage after a series of hitches.

The lavish 'Dubai-style' tower in Bolton opened on Saturday with a bang as the venue's first-ever bride and groom celebrated their big day in style.

Videos showed guests being serenaded by violins in front of palm trees and eating fruit canapés served by staff in bow ties, as they watched the bride arrive on a horse-drawn carriage and the groom in a Rolls Royce.

Khan's venue - named 'The Balmayna' - sits opposite a car wash and fly-tipping spot and has previously been criticised as 'looking like an office building' and 'tacky'.

Broken fridges, settees and dirty mattresses were seen dumped by fly-tippers around the venue in January this year. 

Two months later, pictures showed the venue's grand chandelier hanging from a corrugated metal roof near a smoke alarm and cables.

But images from Saturday's event showed how staff had quickly managed to fix these issues, as the building's lavish marble floors and chandeliers were on display for all guests to see.

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The first couple to be married at Amir Khan's £11.5million wedding venue arrived via a horse-drawn carriage and Rolls Royce

The first couple to be married at Amir Khan's £11.5million wedding venue arrived via a horse-drawn carriage and Rolls Royce 

Guests at the lavish Dubai-style tower in Bolton were serenaded by violins in front of palm trees

Guests at the lavish Dubai-style tower in Bolton were serenaded by violins in front of palm trees

Water features and palm tress are visible inside and outside the building located on Washington Street

Water features and palm tress are visible inside and outside the building located on Washington Street

Piles of rubbish can be seen piled up just outside the new luxury venue in Bolton

Piles of rubbish can be seen piled up just outside the new luxury venue in Bolton 

A Balmayna spokesperson said: 'The first love story at the Balmayna. So elegant, so magical, simply a dream. We wish our bride and groom the most happiest of blessings. Such a stunning backdrop for your memories.'

Work on the Washington Street site has taken far longer than expected, with Khan pouring in an eye-watering £5million of his own money since work began more than a decade ago.

The former light-welterweight world champion blamed the delays on 'unprofessional management'.

But now the venue is open for couples wanting to tie the knot and it promises on its website a 'royalty experience' and 'a touch of magnificence and excellence in every celebration'. There is a waterfall and palm trees inside - along with greenery and a floral design.

In another posh room with red velvet sofas and an armchair, books about designers Chanel and Louis Vuitton plus butterflies in a domed display case can be seen.

There are also candles and pamphlets about The Balmayna - which translates as Enamelled from Arabic.

A group of musicians welcomed guests and the happy couple during the Balmayna's first wedding on Saturday, May 18

A group of musicians welcomed guests and the happy couple during the Balmayna's first wedding on Saturday, May 18 

Images from Saturday's event showed the building's lavish marble floors and chandeliers

Images from Saturday's event showed the building's lavish marble floors and chandeliers

The venue promises on its website a 'royalty experience' and 'a touch of magnificence and excellence in every celebration

The venue promises on its website a 'royalty experience' and 'a touch of magnificence and excellence in every celebration

Guests were served fruit canapés as they arrived at the venue

Guests were served fruit canapés as they arrived at the venue 

Formally dressed staff in bow ties were seen for the opening event

Formally dressed staff in bow ties were seen for the opening event 

One room has been unveiled, with sofas and an armchair around a posh table

One room has been unveiled, with sofas and an armchair around a posh table

On top of it are books about designers Chanel and Louis Vuitton, plus butterflies in a domed display case

On top of it are books about designers Chanel and Louis Vuitton, plus butterflies in a domed display case

The building's design has divided opinions with one fan likening it to one in Dubai, where Khan partly resides, and others comparing it to looking like the Premier League trophy

The building's design has divided opinions with one fan likening it to one in Dubai, where Khan partly resides, and others comparing it to looking like the Premier League trophy

Former boxer Khan, 37, wasn't at his venue for the grand opening, as he was in Saudi Arabia for the Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk fight. 

But he said: 'The Balmayna's doors have finally opened.'

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