Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Review / A year of incredible weddings / Unique Wedding Planning

2014 Review

2014 has been the most amazing year yet for Unique! 

From winning National Wedding Planner of the Year to dealing with the biggest wedding disaster turned success we've ever experienced!

We couldn't have done it without the support from some very talented suppliers and it always helps when you get to meet and work with such wonderful couples at the most stunning venues all year

Thanks for a really great year to everyone we've had the privilege of meeting


Monday, March 17, 2014

A unique thank-you / Unique Wedding Planning / The Wedding Industry Awards / Thank-you

A Unique Thank-you!

Wednesday 12th February

I was so pleased to have won the National Award for Best Independent Wedding Planner at The Wedding Industry Awards, that I wanted to say a massive thank-you to all the fabulous suppliers that support me ...On one of the most wet & windy nights of the year & in true wedding style determination, thanks to the many that turned out - I feel a bit of suppliers net-working (really partying!) is the future!

 Luckily the photos of us all don’t reflect just how bad the weather was! 

Some more stunning work from Candy! These went down a storm with everyone and tasted just as amazing as they look.

Luke Michael and his father Michael Moore performed a vocal set during the night; this got the night off to a brilliant start and built an amazing atmosphere! Everybody loved them!         

I was delighted to be joined by so many work friends.
Big shout out to all who made it.

Here goes -

A massive thanks to Leigh Mcara Photography for the images. 

We should definitely do it again soon!

Here’s to a fabulous start to 2014 at Unique Wedding Planning!

Joy x 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Wedding Planing College / Unique Wedding Planning / Whitley Hall / The Peak Edge Hotel

The Wedding Planning College
Brides Night at
Whitley Hall & The Peak Edge Hotel

Stuck for inspiration? Bored of going to wedding fayres? Unsure how to start planning your day or fancy a DIY wedding but don’t know where to begin?

Bring your mum, your bridesmaids and all your girlfriends for a fun interactive night of wedding inspiration, demonstrations, top tips, discounts and gorgeous giveaways!


Cocktails and canap├ęs followed by 2 hours of wedding tips and advice! Plus…

-          Hair and Make-up artist demonstrating how to choose the best look for your special day.

-          Floral demonstrations of this seasons trends and how to make your own centrepieces

-          Stylists guide on how to pull together your overall wedding colour & theme, including venue decorations, stationary and cost effective finishing touches.

-          Top 10 tips for a stress free day from The Wedding Planning College

-          Mix and Mingle with other brides and experts to chat about your day

-          FREE goodie bag & your chance to win one of the fabulous prizes available on the night


It’s back by popular demand! The first event will be taking place at The Peak Edge Hotel on Wednesday 19th March at 6.30pm

The second event will take place at Whitley Hall Hotel on Monday the 24th March at 6.30pm
… hurry there’s only a limited number of tickets!

The Event is hosted by myself & another award winning wedding planner – Lisa Hilliard

Hope you see you there on the night ladies!!

Joy x

Monday, January 20, 2014

Unique Wedding Planning - The Wedding Industry Awards - Best Wedding Planner (independent)

Unique Wedding Planning wins Best Independent Wedding Planner at the Wedding Industry Awards 2014 held at The Bloomsbury Ballroom - London

Unique Wedding Planning winning the Best Wedding Planner (independent) 2014 -
is the best start I've had to any New Year …. ever…. fact!  It's just such an honour & a great experience to meet the best of the best in the industry

After becoming a National Finalist in this year’s prestigious Wedding Industry Awards I couldn't wait to travel to London for the awards ceremony & famous after-show party! 

Hosted by Sky News’ Sarah Hewson and held at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, the awards recognise the very best in service, creativity, innovation, professionalism and passion

From gowns, flowers, hair and make-up to venues, transport, entertainment and photography, every winner was cheered by the 450 strong audience and everyone on the shortlist for each of the 24 categories had much to celebrate

1,250 companies entered the 2014 awards, with 23,000 votes cast by newlyweds which then decided the Regional Shortlist. These select few then went through another round of critical judging by an expert panel who decided the Regional Winners, before a final process of judging to decide last week’s National Winners

Damian Bailey, Founder of The Wedding Industry Awards, was thrilled with the evening and with the response to the awards themselves.
“This was our third awards and the standard of entrants was higher than ever,” continued Damien. “It’s becoming harder and harder to pick winners from such amazing shortlists where everyone demonstrates such skill.   It was great to celebrate everyone’s achievements and then party all night!”

An amazing night was had by all as many of the pictures reflect

I would just like to say a huge thank-you for all the feedback that my lovely couples sent in - I wouldn't have been able to do this without them & I’m grateful to them taking the time to vote. Thanks also to the Wedding Industry Awards team for organising such an amazing event & to the many suppliers who I'm fortunate enough to be surrounded by

The feedback that I now have is really useful as it is an honest account of my service from real couples that have used it . I want to learn from it to drive my business forward as there's always something new to focus on & develop

One of my couples said - “I have given joy a score of 10 in every category because I literally cannot find one single fault with her fantastic service. As soon as we spoke on the phone for the first time she completely understood my vision of my perfect day. She knew which suppliers were right for my requirements - Amazing!”
Another Bride said if she had the money she would employ me as ‘a permanent fixture to organise her life’ and described me as ‘an absolute god send’

Here are a few Photos from the evening; I think you can tell we enjoyed it! After all – we work hard so we party hard too!

Thanks also to my very own Josh who I trained last year at The Wedding Planning College – He’s provided lots of valuable support in my busy months  - Also featured  having fun are the team at Stancliffe Hall, where I provide an outsource service for some of their couples


Big thanks to both Adby creative and LOOKLOOK photobooths for capturing some amazing images 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Unique Weddings

What a fabulous year 2013 has been for Unique Wedding Planning.
I've had the absolute privilege to work for some wonderful couples at amazing venues

On every wedding, I've been surrounded by a team of very talented suppliers & have been lucky enough to use some of my established contacts but also meet new ones too

Thanks to everyone who's used my services & to the all the photographers who've shared these images. I'm so lucky to have been involved in all these weddings, doing a job that I love

If you would like to think about a career as a wedding planner , please check out - or contact me for more details

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to you all.

Joy xx 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Unique Wedding Planning / Winter Wedding / Unique Ideas / Inspiration

Winter weddings / Unique Wedding Planning / Unique Ideas

As the cold weather sets in & the summer is a fading memory we can cheer ourselves up by looking at all the possibilities a winter themed wedding creates

There are some totally stunning ideas that I've come across and some fantastic ways to create your very own winter wonderland.

I LOVE this styling

Bringing a touch of winter to an elegant table centerpiece

I really like the colour pallete used in these winter bouquets

Ideas for your wedding stationery

Something for the table, what about these really unique place card holders – if you had the time, they’d be so easy to make too

Something for the bride - Why not add some sparkle to your winter wedding with something eye-catching like these!

I found these ideas on Pinterest, which is a great way of capturing your ideas -  –
You can also follow me on there at  -

Joy x 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Unique Wedding Planning / Unique Wedding Shows / Wentworth Castle Gardens / Wentworth Castle Wedding Show

Wentworth Castle Wedding Show

Sunday 10th November 2013

I couldn’t be any more excited about the wedding show taking place this weekend at Wentworth Castle Gardens in Barnsley – S75 3ET

It’s perfect timing as it coincides with the opening of the Victorian Conservatory which has been completely renovated over the last 18 months & will provide the perfect setting for your ceremony

There is a selection of hand-picked suppliers showcasing everything that you will need for your unique day – 
Here’s a selection of some of them from the show last year
Entrance to the show is completely free

Wentworth Castle Gardens is a stunning venue & I have been lucky enough to work on some amazing weddings there

Look forward to seeing you there on Sunday  - To pre-register & receive a Molton Brown gift, please email –

Joy x 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Unique Wedding Planning / Unique Ideas / Guestbooks / Unique Weddings

Unique Weddings / Unique Ideas / Guest Books

There are some really stunning guest book ideas & I've seen so many unique ideas this year.

A simple but effective idea, is to get all your guests to sign one of the cut out shapes& they can then be put together and framed to make a fantastic & sentimental piece of art

Another simple and effective idea is A wish tree 

A really unique idea is to sign a Jenga brick & you can be reminded of the wedding every time you play!

Another great arty idea is to use inks & have everyone make a print of their thumb as though it’s a leaf on a branch – it looks amazing when complete

Getting your guests to take a polaroid picture of themselves & leave a message is not only fun but bang on trend with the whole vintage themed wedding

Finally, I really this idea of getting your guests to write a message and post it into one of the bottles
When it gets to the anniversary’s these bottles represent, they will be smashed to reveal all the messages left by your wedding guests

Guest books have come a long way since the book & pen idea & there endless possibilities.. I hope you like the ones I’ve shared as much as I do ..

Joy x

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Unique Wedding Planning / Bridesmaids / Inspiration / Ideas

Unique Wedding Planning / Inspiration / Bridesmaids / Dresses / Ideas
It’s important for your bridesmaids to be comfortable on your special day, after all, they will be running around after you for most of it!
You may have a set colour & style for your bridesmaids or you may go for a variation of styles, within the same colour palette or even the same style in different colours – As long as you have something that pulls everything together, like the flowers for example- anything goes…
Here are a few ideas
I really like how the girls in these pictures all have a different dress to suit them; you want them to look & feel good too ..
The girls here are all wearing the same dress in the same colour however all have the top tied differently which gives them all a sense of individuality
If you can’t decide on a colour, who says you need too?
I just love this!
If you’ve chosen a colour, why not have variations of it from the same palette … I love this overall look
Don’t forget the flower girls!

I hope you like some of these ideas as much as I do! I think there are some amazing designs that will be perfect to suit every unique wedding day!
Joy x

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Unique Wedding Planning / Wedding Cakes / Inspiration / Ideas

Unique Wedding Planning / Wedding Cakes / Inspiration / Ideas

This week I have been looking at so many different ideas for wedding cakes
Just look at these amazing chocolate creations!


I love these too that add such a modern twist to the traditional iced cake

Proving popular this summer is the naked wedding cake - They have a real vintage feel to them and still have the same wow factor as a more traditional cake. I love the way people choose to incorporate the use of flowers and fruit too

Another really different approach I came across was this idea of having two cakes!

A cake for the Bride and a cake for the Groom! This picture has a really modern feel and is very simplistic. It could be a really good idea if you want to have a few different flavors of sponge

I hope some of these ideas have caught your eye!

Watch out for more wedding ideas and inspiration!

Joy x