Member Focus – Joanna Wilford Wedding And Event Planning
Delighted to introduce Joanna Wilford Wedding and Event Planning. Over to you Joanna…How did it all start?
I loved my job organising prestigious events and dinners at one of the Inns of Court, in the City of London. I gave it up when I had children, but always knew that I wished to return to organising events. The idea came to me when I was on holiday in Corsica a few years ago. It has taken a bit of time and some additional training to get started but it has been worth it.
Do you have a favourite venue?
As I am a new business I have no favourite venue yet, but I have my eye on Rhodes House in Oxford, as it reminds me of where I used to work.
How would clients describe you?
I am a new business so I do not have any clients at present, but I thought I would include a thank you from an old client. “Sincere thanks to you and to all those who worked so hard with you for a truly magniﬁcent Grand Day Dinner. The organisation was impeccable and the guests without exception expressed warm appreciation of every facet of the evening. You did the Inner Temple proud last night.”
Wedding planners or suppliers you particularly admire?
The only Wedding planner I have met has been Bernadette and she was inspirational.
How do you unwind?
I love glossy magazines, especially interiors magazines, accompanied by a black coffee or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day.
What trends are you seeing for 2017/18?
Wedding dress style, bows are making a comeback, big or small, and pastel wedding dresses. Unusual catering concepts i.e. Champagne and Oyster bars and dessert table and doughnuts. Colour schemes incorporating glass and metallic.
What is your signature dish?
Salmon Fish Cakes
Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to work on?
Rupert Penry-Jones (although he is already married)
What is your vice?
Gin and tonic