February 11, 2020

What’s your name and the business you run? And tell us a bit more about your part in it.

My Name is Joy Nicholson and I am the owner/operator of Maleny Retreat Weddings. Maleny Retreat is a family owns business stemming from 3 girl bosses (Myself, My mother Maria and my Aunt Wendy). We have been running weddings from our family property since 2012 and loving every part of it. I can’t think of any other job/industry I’d want to be in. We get to work with couples who are totally in love and suppliers that have a huge passion for what they create for each wedding. 

How long have you been in business?
It will be 8 years in May 2020!

Do you have a story about how it all started?
I had always wanted to get married here and was in the process of planning my own wedding when we were approached by a Sunshine Coast couple that had a won a competition for a $100,000 wedding but they just needed a venue big enough for a big marquee. So we thought lets give it ago! If it works out ok then we will open up and share our beautiful property to any couples also wanting a dream marquee wedding. And as you can imagine that wedding was spectacular and we haven’t looked back since!

What is your perfect day on the Sunshine Coast?
A warm and sunny May or Aug day are my favorite months for weddings. Bright and sunny but not too hot that your make up will melt or the boys will overheat in their suit. The evenings do cool off but that makes for the most spectacular sunsets the sunshine coast hinterland has to offer.

Best place to eat on the Sunshine Coast?
I absolutely love the Thai restaurant at The Tamarind at Spicer Tamarind!

Favorite Treat? 
Gelato at Maleny Food Co.

Dream holiday destination?
Anywhere in Italy. I could live there in a heartbeat 

Best wedding day advice for couples?
Get an on the day wedding coordinator! They are worth their weight in gold if you get the right one. They have eyes in the back of their head and can see any issues a mile off and fix them without you even knowing.

Do you have a client review you could share?
Most of them are personal handwritten cards that I like to file away in a little keepsake box.

Contact number:  0490 843 648

Venue: Weddings at Maleny Retreat
Tent: Sperry Tents – Sail Cloth Tents, Tent Rentals, Event Rentals, Wedding Tents
Naked tipi: TIPI LUXE
Florals: Heavenly Blooms
Decor & furniture: Simply Style Co.
Videography: Jensen & Young
Gold cutlery: Gold Wedding Hire
Catering: Capelli Foods Cheese TherapyRockliff Seafoods
Cake: SweetP Cakes and Cookies
Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Lauren
Hair: Evalyn Parsonsr
Dress: Judy Copley
Suit: Suits Direct
Models: molly IModels imanagement IEvents Australia