Finalist: 2016 and 2017


"Janice is your wedding whisperer weaving her magic to create your perfect day"

Here is a little sneak peak at some of our testimonials and weddings  ... it is such a pleasure working with our wedding couples and very touching when they take the time to write a thank you note.  Thank you SO much to those who voted for us in the wedding awards.  It means such a lot to know we have been able to help you with your wedding and to have made a difference to your special day.  We really appreciate the time taken by our busy couples to nominate us and the hard work of the organisers of the Wedding Awards. 
Our focus is always on our couples and their very special wedding days.
The best reward is seeing our couples enjoy an amazing wedding day.

We hope the Awards we have won to date will give new couples the confidence that they can trust our services.

Thank you, Janice x

Thank you from sabrina and Alexandre

an intimate country house wedding by the riverside

"Janice is the best wedding planner in the world and made all our dreams come true."

I was so touched to receive this beautiful bouquet of flowers from Sabrina and Alexandre as a thank you for helping them to plan their Scottish wedding.  It was a complete pleasure and privilege to do so.

Such a perfect setting for an intimate family wedding set in 7 acres on the river

Thank you from LAURA AND PAUL

A fantastic wedding celebration over 3 locations

"Thanks a million for everything!  We never got down to see the ceremony beforehand and it looked and was absolutely incredible.  Our guests had a fantastic weekend. You did an unbelievable job setting up and running things. We are so appreciative for everything. You were a pleasure to deal with and sorted everything at a moments notice which we will be forever grateful for.  Kind regards, Laura and Paul, August 2016"

Image courtesy of Solen Photography

Image copyright Blue Thistle Events Ltd
Flowers by Coach House

Falkland Palace, steeped in history and romance

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We were privileged in May this year to be able to help the delightful Sophie and Owain with their wedding plans.  They were married in a beautiful wooded setting and had their reception in a Community Arts Centre.  The weather was totally in their favour and the entire day was magical.

Thank you from Sophie & Owain - a romantic wedding in the woods by a waterfall

Dear Janice and Mark

We wanted to write to say a huge thank you for helping to co-ordinate our wedding day in such a professional way. 

You gave us the reassurance we needed that everything would run smoothly and were great at liaising with our suppliers in the run up to our big day.  Rebekah McVitie in particular commented upon how efficient and nice to work with you were.  A number of our friends and family have also remarked upon how smoothly the day ran, so thank you!

You paid attention to the detail - including things we hadn't considered but which made really lovely touches - such as the little bags for the children, the lamps framing our aisle, the sparkles and tea lights inside the John Kinnaird hall and the welcome board outside the Reception Venue.

It was lovely to be greeted by you just before our ceremony and Mark was very helpful at co-ordinating the set up and take down of the ceremony venue.

Thank you again for everything you did to make our wedding day a truly wonderful and memorable day for us and our family and friends. We couldn't have wished for a more perfect day!

With very best wishes
Sophie and Owain

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thank you from carolyne and marco - an intimate wedding in a scottish castle

Thanks for making it such a wonderful day Janice! Marco and I really couldn't have imagined a more special way to get married. You and your team were amazing xxx CAROLYNE,  September 2016

The truly delightful Carolyne and Marco came from London and brought their families together from Scotland and Italy to celebrate their marriage in a romantic Scottish castle.  We were so privileged to be able to help them with their wedding plans.  The weather was perfect for them and they rounded off their day with an intimate candle lit dinner for their guests.   We wish them every possible happiness for their future together.   Image: Laura Grieve

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A scottish castle wedding on the clifftop

An intimate destination wedding

The beautiful Christina and her handsome husband Timothy were married on the clifftop at a Scottish Castle in July 2016.
They travelled from the USA to be married in Scotland in an intimate celebration for their close family and friends. It was a privilege being able to help them source their perfect venue and to bring their plans to life.
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"I truly did have an amazing, one of a kind wedding that I  never could have imagined. "  Christina

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Our first wedding of 2016 was for the absolutely delightful Jilly and Alasdair who were married at the stunning Murthly Castle Chapel.  Our warmest congratulations.

"We couldn’t have had such an amazing wedding without the help of Janice (ably assisted by Mark). Janice recommended the church and reception venue, which we simply wouldn’t have found without her. She has fantastic local contacts including the minister who married us, an extremely talented florist, and even helped us arrange (surprise) fireworks to top it all off. Nothing was too much trouble for Janice, she was always reachable even when moving house, and took time out of her holiday to help with the final stages of our planning. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Blue Thistle to anyone looking for some professional and courteous help in planning their special day." 
Alasdair and Jilly Smith
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for a delightful couple and their families from the U.S.A.

The delightful Rebecca and Nathan, October 2015

"Janice was an absolute dream. She took care of every detail of our wedding, and made planning a long-distance wedding (all the way from America) stress-free and fun. She truly thought of everything and helped make our day stress free and perfect. I would highly recommend Blue Thistle Weddings to anyone!"  Rebecca

And Mum was happy too!

I am Bonnie Hansen, Rebecca Hansen's mother. I am so glad we had Janice, she was so helpful, we could not have done this without her. If planning a destination wedding you really want someone as professional as her and her staff. The whole wedding from start to finish was a fairy tale, all her suggestions were perfect, anyone who gets her to plan a wedding is very lucky. Thank You Janice ! America could take some lessons from you.

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Congratulations to the delightful Joyce and Alasdair who were married in July 2015. 

"I cant thank you enough for all the effort and how detailed the marquee was
with all the finishing touches  :-) To be honest I can't think of anyone who would make it so perfect just like you do."

Scott and Marjorie were married in the summer of 2015 and had a wonderful wedding.
They travelled from Singapore for their wedding in Scotland and were joined
by guests from all around the world for a weekend of celebrations.

Our sincere and very warm congratulations to Scott and Marjorie, summer 2015

Be assured that the universal message we have had from all our guests is that it was without doubt the best wedding they have ever been to.  We also had a wonderful, phenomenal time.
 I might also add that many of the little aspects you suggested in combination added
 to the overall feeling everyone had. Thank you."

Congratulations to Cristin and Joe who were married in June 2015 in a perfect outdoor colourful
Celtic Handfasting Ceremony by the river and in front of a magnificent tree where guests had pinned their good
wishes for the happy couple.

"I was very happy with the day and your service. It was a perfect day and I couldn't have
done it without your help and attention. I was very aware of the extra time you gave and
wanted to say thank you. I do appreciate the thought and effort that went into it all on your part.
Thank you so much for everything and it was a pleasure to meet you."

Alicia and Mike had a beautiful Autumn wedding at Murthly Castle followed by an evening reception at Dunkeld House:


"Janice, Janice, Janice, Janice!!  We can not THANK YOU enough for our wedding!!! The day was absolutely perfect. Our guests loved everything and one couple even said it was the "best and funnest" wedding they had ever been too. It was soooooo beautiful and way beyond any expectations either of us had. Without you and Mark this day would have not been the same. You guys were so accommodating and perfect and every idea was spectacular and came out beautifully. People loved the card idea and I loved the little hearts you cut up that were maps. That little touch was so perfect specially for us for two reasons; we love travelling and I make maps for my job! The table was absolutely stunning and seemed surreal that this was our wedding.
It seemed so perfect that it had to have been either for a magazine or for someone else!"

Absolutely best wishes ever,
Mike and Alicia

Again THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Smiling face with open mouthSmiling face with open mouthSmiling face with open mouth

Janice did a beautiful job planning our romantic, two-person wedding. All of the vendors she recommended were superb, and she really went the extra mile to help us stay on budget and still have the day we wanted. I would happily recommend her planning services to anyone.  Scott and Sue, November 2015

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Our last wedding of 2015 was at the magnificent Hopetoun House for Scott and Corinne who travelled with their family from Singapore for their wedding celebrations in Scotland.

Image by Chantal LaChance Gibson

Their imaginative theme was Shakespeare and we managed to source this fabulous Shakespeare bust for them.

"Thank you so much for the wonderful day. We enjoyed ourselves very much and all the guests have given us wonderful feedback on the day. Shakespeare might be coming back to Singapore with us as Scott and Daisy have fallen in love with him!"

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Our last wedding of 2014 (can't believe it's been a year!) was a wonderful winter wedding for Clare and Paul who travelled from Australia
for a beautiful reception in Scotland.  It was such a pleasure being able to help them with their wedding plans. Congratulations on your anniversary. 
Image courtesy of Struve Photography

"Just wanted to say again a huge thank you for all of your help over the past months. I honestly couldn't have done it without you and everything was perfect on the day, the decor was absolutely stunning and even exceeded my expectations."  Clare, December 2014

Congratulations to the delightful Tricia and Rob, October 2014

"Trish and I wanted to thank you very much for all your support at, and in the build up to, our wedding. We really couldn't have asked for any more and we both felt like you had a personal stake in the wedding rather than seeing it as a business and this personal touch was very much appreciated"    Rob and Tricia, October 2014

"Just a quick note from our honeymoon to say a massive thank you. We loved every minute of our wedding and much of that was down to your eye ensuring everything was perfect and all the little touches were just beautiful." Natalie and Liam, August 2014


Claire and Paul, under the stars.  September 2014
"Thank you for all your hard work; it was a perfect day. Your little touches really made it. Thank you so much.
(and we will give you an ace review!)  Now off to ... [on honeymoon - destination kept private] Claire and Paul


Blue Thistle offer outstanding service, best money we've spent ever ! X Chrissie Mulligan, August 2014

Image by Nigel Lumsden

"I can't thank you enough for all your invaluable help; you made everything perfect for us." Chrissie and Andrew, August 2014

We loved planning Chrissie and Andrew's wedding.  Our brief was to locate an intimate venue for a wedding just for two with us acting as witnesses.  Andrew wanted to be able to cook Chrissie's breakfast on the beach the day after their wedding. We recommended a glorious riverside venue for their wedding which has it's own tiny secret chapel, perfect for their intimate small wedding and of course we even came up with the perfect beach side location for their wedding night and morning after breakfast here in Scotland.   They were delighted and we were so glad to be able to help them have the perfect wedding.

"We had an AMAZING wedding day and it appears our guests did as well.  Our wedding was like a fairy tale.
Thank you for making all the special touches to make our day extra special"
Andrea and Edward, August 2014

"Everything has surpassed all our expectations.  You have been a Godsend.  Thank you so much."

Janice- Thank you so much for your hard work and your thoughtfulness. You have no idea how much we appreciate you; you are constantly the topic of conversation whenever people ask me about the wedding and we have nothing but kind words and high regards for you. We know that we could go in blindfolded and you would put together a beautiful event. You deserve to win every award they could give you. Thank you again. Bailey and Garrett, Duns Castle, July 2014


John and Sandra, July 2014, Cramond Edinburgh  Image by Jenni Browne

"Hi Janice, Thank you so much for yesterday it looked amazing! We had the best wedding ever!!  Everything was seamless and we've been talking about how lovely everything was - so delighted.  Nearly everyone commented on the little personal touches and said it was the best wedding they'd been to with the right blend of formality and relaxed feeling."  John and Sandra, July 2014

John and Sandra's wedding was featured on the Scottish Wedding Directory Blog as their "Wedding of the Week"

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I wanted to thank you so much for your service and attention. Having someone in the area to find me everything I wanted was invaluable. You were always available and responded quickly which helped to keep me calm and on track. The ability to have you assist in only the service (of finding a ceremony and reception venue and accommodation) I wanted was truly customized and flexible. Your ability to answer each question I had with more information and ideas than I expected never ceased to amaze me. I know I will have the best wedding day and celebration thanks to you.       Cristin and Joe, June 2014




"You, and Blue Thistle, have been unfailingly available.  We have always had a clear idea of what we wanted for our wedding day and the bottom line is that is exactly what we got. We are both incredibly excited still just thinking about how successful everything was! Many of our guests commented on how smoothly things went and this is a consequence of your work.  Janice (and Mark), we have been very happy with your service - there is no question our wedding day would not have been as successful without your help, and your assistance has always seemed amazing value.  We will be passing on your details to any friends or relatives who are planning weddings in the future. Thank you."  Sarah and Kerr, May 2014

"This was my first tipi wedding so I was a little nervous of the unknown - but I really enjoyed it! You brought a real orderly calm to everything and it felt good just knowing you and Mark were there.  Thank you for your support."
Lorna Livingstone, Wedding Florist of the Year 2014

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"You are, and have been, absolutely fab"  Bride, June 2014

Whether you just need our help to source the best hair and make up artist for your big day or our full wedding planning service please get in touch and we'll be delighted to help you

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Thank you so much for your services. You made everything so easy and really were able to find places suited for our wants. If you ever need a review or reference please let me know and I will write you a glowing one! 

Bride, May 2014  (Partial planning service and supplier sourcing by Blue Thistle Weddings, May 2014)

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"We both just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your lovely family for all your hard work and effort to make our day perfect (and it really was perfect!).  The extra details you added to the tables were fantastic and our sweetheart table was just perfect.  You had everything looking so good and we are really grateful.  Thank you for being so calm and organised, it really helped to ensure our day ran smoothly.  Janice, a huge thank you again."  Tegan and Mark, March 2014

Take a look at the short video of the wedding of Tegan and Mark which was a beautiful Humanist hand fasting ceremony. Film by Cam-Media, Auchterarder.

The suppliers are the orchestra but Janice is the conductor bringing them all together

in harmony to create your perfect day.

Sweetheart Table

"We just want to thank you so much for helping plan our wedding and we can honestly say that we could never have achieved it all without you. You had so many ideas and suggestions to help us make the most beautiful day, not just for us, but also for our guests. We really cannot recommend your services highly enough. You were a dream to work with."  Wedding couple, September 2013

Neil Fordyce Photography 2013  Planning & Coordination Blue Thistle Weddings

"We had an absolutely amazing day yesterday and it could not have gone better. We had so many comments about the little extra touches and how they really add so much to the feel of the day. We really can't thank you enough for creating such a beautiful day for us :)"  Brian and Sarah, September 2013

The absolutely delightful Brian and Sarah, September 2013

"You have been fantastic!! I appreciate that you have done so much already without even getting a penny! I have complete faith in your professionalism too as you have been really upfront and a pleasure to deal with." 

Bride, February 2014

"Thank you so much! Not only did you do fantastic work, we really enjoyed the time with you.  Your patience and empathy in answering my emails, some of them even in the middle of the night - unbelievable!!   It was definitely worth the wedding planning. There were so many personal touches which made our wedding day really something special. We have the special hearts you gave us at home so we remember you and this wonderful special day several times a day and then both of us seem to have a never ending smile on our faces :-)    THANK YOU JANICE AND MARK XXX      Dr Eva and Martin Perik, Celtic Handfasting Ceremony, July 2013

"We would like to show our heartfelt gratitude for being part of making our wedding day the happiest of our lives. Your help and advice was appreciated more than you know.  There's no way I would've been so chilled if you hadn't helped me think of everything.  Thanks again, Lisa and Nick".  June 2013

A truly lovely couple, Lisa and Nick who we were so fortunate to be able to give a wee bit of help to with their wedding

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"Janice, you are a star.  The day was magical." Arlene and Andrew, June 2013. Highland Tipi Wedding

Arlene and Andrew, June 2013               Planning & Coordination by Blue Thistle Weddings    Tipis by Highland Tipis

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"Many thanks for all your help Janice, you've honestly been amazing, I can't recommend you enough and will continue to do so! Xxx Lisa, May 2013  Castle & Marquee Wedding, St Andrews

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“I just also wanted to say thank you so very much for all your help over the past year, you have been absolutely amazing and we’ve really appreciated your support and advice. It made the whole process feel really smooth and we loved your suggestions. We have loved working with you and I shall be telling all my single/coupled friends about Blue Thistle Weddings”  James and Louise. February 2013

Jenni Browne Photography 2013  Coordination by Blue Thistle Weddings   Ballathie House Hotel
My absolute favourite photo of Jim and Louise

"Piu che un matrimonio mi e' sembrato una favola!!  (translated: More than a wedding; it seemed like a fairytale)

Anita Paolini and Lorenzo Bui, February 2013

Nigel Lumsden Photography 2013  Planning & Coordination by Blue Thistle Weddings  Murthly Castle Chapel
Anita and Lorenzo came from Italy to be married in Scotland.  We were privileged to arrange everything for them.
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                                  “I think Janice is just as excited as us about our wedding!” March 2013

                               “We are delighted with everything and thank you so much” December 2012


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“Thank you so much for everything you did for us leading up to and on the big day. Without your help, advice, suggestions and hard work the wedding wouldn’t have been the same. Many guests said that the ceremony was the best they’d ever been to. Without your guiding hand we wouldn’t have had such a beautiful and meaningful day.”  Carolyn and Brian. June 2012 Wedding Dunblane Cathedral and Dunblane Hydro.

A reassuring word for the little bridesmaids before they walk down the aisle at Dunblane Cathedral, June 2012

We don’t only organise weddings. We can organise accommodation, events and anything else you need. We organised a 14 day luxury stay for 17 family members at local castle … here’s what the family had to say:

“It is hard to know where to begin giving praise! …Janice was fantastic! There is not a thing she missed, or could have done better! She was sweet, kind, knowledgeable and willing to do anything we asked or needed. She went above and beyond in making sure every moment of our stay was perfect! She and Mark were quintessence! We truly appreciate all the kindness, graciousness, dedication and hard work, and their making us feel welcome and at home.  Gloria Sirrat, Fort Worth, TX  July 2012

Hosting and 14 day activity itinerary by Blue Thistle Events Ltd

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“You always seem to amaze me with what you have available Janice!… this is really helpful. Thank you so much for everything Janice. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you on the wedding and I really do hope we have the opportunity to work with you again.”  Stephanie, Hilton Hotel Wedding Co-ordinator

“Once again, I can’t thank you enough for all your help and advice – it’s been invaluable and very much appreciated. I’m sure the day will go much better and people will enjoy all the little touches that wouldn’t be there without your suggestions. I couldn’t have got this far without you. See you on Saturday!”  Bride, Murthly Castle, June 2012

“Janice is a life-saver – in the midst of chaos due to our venue closing down we found Janice and she’s helped keep us sane and organised in the lead up to our wedding day. Janice helped us find a lovely venue for our ceremony and all the little extra fine details that we know will make our wedding day wonderful.”  Bride, Hilton Dunblane, April 2012

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“It’s lovely having you as my relaxing influence and for putting me at ease”

"As a busy bride with a very busy schedule I have found your service invaluable in assisting me whilst still allowing me to feel that it’s my day. I would seriously recommend your services to any new bride.”  Bride, Murthly Castle

“Thanks again for all your help to date … it has been invaluable” Groom, May 2012  Wedding at Ballathie

"What a splendid day you gave us on Friday. The choir, trumpet and clarsach in the church were so lovely to hear. The attendants looked so resplendent in all their finery"  Mrs A.F Perthshire

Choir with Trumpet accompaniment  Filmed by Wedding Video Services
Blue Thistle Weddings

“Dear Janice, Very many thanks for the lovely day. I have to say that was the most perfect wedding I have ever attended and at my age I’ve been to quite a few!” Sybil M and Cameron H Perthshire

“Dear Janice, What a splendid and happy day” Professor Sir John Grimley-Evans, Oxford

“Dear Janice, What a beautiful wedding. The church service was perfect. The meal was excellent and the speeches superb. It was a really lovely day – a terrific amount of thought and work went into it. Thank you for such a happy day.”   Mrs & Mrs Alexander Hay, Perthshire

“Dear Janice, Thank you a million times for such a wonderful day. Everything ran like clockwork and the whole day was an absolute pleasure.”     Mrs & Mrs Andrew Hamilton, Inverness-shire

“Dear Janice, thank you for a wonderful day; it was just perfect.”  Mr and Mrs John Mason London

“Dear Janice, thank you so much for the superb occasion, one which I will never forget. Everything went so well.”
Mrs Sheila Wyles, Perthshire

“Dear Janice, thank you for arranging such a joyous occasion. Everything was so beautiful from the Church to the Reception. I must say you did everyone so proud and you did not miss out on any detail.”
Mr and Mrs Craig McKenzie, Perthshire

“Dear Janice, thank you for a lovely day – the wedding was amazing, I was SO impressed by it all, how you must have worked, every little detail was just lovely, and it was all so romantic – everyone must have been delighted.”
Mrs Helen M, St Andrews

“Dear Janice, We thoroughly enjoyed [the]wedding. It was a really lovely day and there was a nice, warm, welcoming feeling throughout all the proceedings which was no doubt due to your attention to detail in the organisation. Thank you so much.”     Mrs and Mrs John Murphy, Aberdeen

“I have no hesitation recommending Janice having attended several events (weddings, birthday parties etc) which she has organised. Nothing is ever left to chance and the results are always outstanding.”
Mike Patterson, Managing Director, William Yule and Son Limited

“Janice is very organised and leaves nothing to chance. I recently attended a wedding organised by Janice and the event was a pleasure particularly as the organisation, venue, food and rhythm of the day was excellent everything appeared natural without an undue feeling of regimentation; this is a difficult thing to achieve. I would recommend Janice as an outstanding wedding and events organiser.”   Hugh Walker, Finance and Corporate Services Director, Quarriers

“Janice is a brilliant organiser of events and comes with my highest recommendation. Her attention to detail is second to none and I have enjoyed three flawless events which have been arranged by her. The first one was a surprise birthday party, the second event included rugby international tickets and dinner and the third was a wedding attended by over 100 guests which was a wedding to be remembered.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value       Mike Riddell, Managing Director, Panini

“I have known Janice over many years, previously as her manager, as her colleague, and as a friend. I have also had insight to her work in several companies, and experienced events she has managed. Janice’s work has always been of the highest standard, having great attention to detail, excellent Client skills, never afraid of a challenge, combined with a determination to make sure that whatever she is doing is a success.”    Douglas Clerk, Director, SKYROS

“There are many wedding planners about but what amazed me about a wedding I attended organised by Janice was not only by how smoothly everything ran, but at her creativity. Many weddings are beautiful but everything was a joy to look at from the invitation and order of service to the flowers to the cake to the tables. I wasn’t able to attend the church but my friends still talk about the wonderful service and music, all suggested by Janice herself. I whole heartedly recommend her.”     Isabel Turnbull, Employer Relations Manager, University of Edinburgh

“Janice is clearly a tremendously able and organised person and she is able to fully apply those skills to wedding and event management where they are utterly invaluable.”
Andrew Hamilton, Partner, Strutt & Parker

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