Member Focus – Truly Unique Days

Today we are very pleased to introduce to you one of our newest Associate Members, Jayne Hughes of Truly Unique Days . Over to you Jayne ….. 

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How did it all start?

I have for the past 5 years been involved in events and with also being in a job where by I am focused on attention to detail and being organised, I knew I wanted to pursue my dream of being a wedding planner. I love all the planning and the job satisfaction that comes with this. I got married just over 2 years ago and wanted to have a lot of input into our special day. I wanted to ensure I knew what I was doing and decided to complete a diploma in wedding planning to ensure I didn’t miss any crucial parts of the planning. After this I trained with the UKAWP,  I was so inspired with the trainers that I knew this was the job for me.

Do you have a favourite venue?

There are so many venues out there, I will always have a special place in my heart for Llyndir Hall as this is where I got married but one of my recent favourite venues has to be Carden Park in Chester, the shooting lodge is a perfect place for those smaller weddings.

How would clients describe you?

They would say I am flexible, dynamic and friendly, I listen and work to their budget offering them advice and suggestions. I don’t make promises I can’t keep and I am open and honest about what I can and can’t do.

Wedding Planner/s you admire?

Andrea Swift – The northwest wedding planner who trained me, I had the opportunity to work with her at a marquee wedding and I was so inspired on how she portrays herself and how hard she works, I hope I will be as good as Andrea some day.

How do you unwind?

Cuddling up to my husband and watching a good film. I work long hours and it’s nice to come home to him and relax, he is my soul mate.

What themes are you working on for 2015/16?

I like those weddings that are a little different, last year I worked on a wedding that had a Bee theme using the autumn colours – orange, yellow and black and having honey incorporated into cocktails and favours. It was great to work on ideas and provide some personalised ideas. This year, I am working on some ideas for hippy/ boho styled weddings, I like the quirky elements and the natural look. You can have so much fun with this.

What trends are you seeing?

Last year we saw a lot of festival type weddings however, this year I am seeing more hippy/ boho styled themes using feathers, sequins and rustic items,

Floral designs are also becoming more popular and I am seeing a lot of lace wedding gowns again this year.

What is your signature dish?

My signature dish in the wedding world has to be finding the little things that are important to a couple on their big day – giving it a personal touch, I look for the little details that reflect the couple and I do that by talking to them and getting to know them as a couple.

In the food world, I love tapas, trying the different foods in small dishes means I can enjoy trying new foods without the fear of wasting it.

Whose celebrity wedding (dead or alive) would you love to design?

I would have loved to have done Audrey Hepburn’s wedding, she has natural beauty, cosmopolitan and elegant, I would want to create her a stylish but simplistic wedding with lots of personal touches. She was an inspiration and I would have loved to have met her.

Is the job as glamorous as you thought?

It’s hard work, there is a lot of planning and time taken to make it perfect and unique for each client but I love it.  I would not have it any other way. It may not always be glamorous but the job satisfaction I get and seeing how much it means to the couple, makes it all worth it.

What is your vice?

Lol, that is a good question. Tia Maria, it is one of those drinks I shouldn’t have cause it is high in sugar and being diabetic it is not the best drink to have,  but I love the taste and sometimes it’s nice to have a treat.

Thank you so much Jayne – we look forward to seeing some showcase weddings from you as you progress.

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