Founded by Director and Senior Planner Melanie Kiani in 2008, Bellissimo are dedicated wedding planners based on the South Coast. The highly trained team are on hand throughout your wedding plans and on your wedding day to bring together your suppliers and all the detail to develop into the perfect day. The business has developed into a planning business who specialise in creating beautiful elegant weddings and managing venues.
If you are time short, and looking for some inspiration to bring your dream to life or have the ideas and want to share them and don’t know how to pull everything together – Bellissimo Weddings can achieve this for you.
Even if you are getting married in a Church and then a separate venue for your reception or a civil ceremony at the same venue for your reception we often work with couples to support them before and on their wedding day. This can be for various reasons. We are not there to tell the venue how to do their job or tread on their toes but to support and look after our couple every step of the way and ensure that all the suppliers deliver and work together on the day. We troubleshoot all day so if anything were to go wrong (and things do – your suppliers are only human!) you would usually not know about it as we solve all the problems for you without you even having to know about it. A completely stress free wedding experience.
Bellissimo have a great deal of experience with marquee weddings and love them! Yes they can be a challenge as you are building the whole venue from scratch but its a great opportunity to create the day and the style you want from a blank canvas. Marquee weddings come with a whole host of potential problems you need an experienced planner on your case to be your event manager and central point of communication to work with all of your carefully selected suppliers. What couple want on their wedding day to be dealing with portable loos and generators and chasing up the food service which may be running late, or helping back up a busy bar? We can support through the planning and from early in the morning until late at night at a marquee wedding so everything is covered. We have become known as one of the South West’s leading marquee wedding planning businesses – we thrive on the challenge of making it all happen!
Your day should incorporate everything you wish for and above all it should reflect YOU. We work hard to ensure you get the day you both want and work with complete flexibility, imagination and creativity. Our attention to detail will astonish you. And the biggest benefit of-course, we make sure that absolutely no anxiety or hassle is pointed your way – that’s what you employ us for.
Meet the Team
Bellissimo Founder, Director and Senior Planner
The unflappable Melanie Kiani was a Lawyer for 20 years – whilst training to be a lawyer Melanie worked in hospitality, catering and restaurant management, she also worked in wedding retail, she takes an extremely hands on approach and is not shy when it comes to unblocking a Portaloo or two!
- Regional Ambassador (RA) of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (an alliance which aims to promote professionalism, training and development in the UK wedding industry)
- The 2015 Wedding Industry Awards Regional Winner
- The 2016 Wedding Industry Awards National Winner
- Amongst many other awards to her name Melanie holds multiple girlguide badges too!!
SURE! – Because in Melanie’s world ANYTHING is possible!
Superhero most like Melanie
Wonder Woman– check out Melanie’s testimonials for proof of this!
Important facts about Melanie
Soya milk drinker with extremely clicky thumbs
“Everything happens for a reason”
Senior Wedding Planner
The sparkly and very hands on Amy joined the team in July 2016. Prior to this Amy had been travelling the world for 2 years – she also worked for Beach Weddings Bournemouth for 2 seasons and before this she worked for a local catering company.
BSc (Hons) Events Management (and she got a first – ooo she’s got brains!!)
Favourite set of words
“I love my job so much I don’t need paying!“
Superhero most like Amy
Hawkeye from the Young Avengers – because she has an eye for detail and it takes a lot to rustle her feathers!
Important facts about Amy
Amy dislikes mushrooms and anything to do with fungi but she loves mushy peas.
“I eat cake because it’s someone’s birthday everywhere”
She’s a great team player and has a logistical brain, Amy is full of ideas, some of which are slightly bizarre but we forgive her for these because the good out weighs the bad
Assistant Wedding Planner
The hardworking and energetic Danielle joined the team in April 2016. Danielle is a previous Beach Weddings Bournemouth bride, she enjoyed her experience with us so much she applied for a position and the rest is history.
Even at the young tender age of 26 Danielle has produced 3 gorgeous little human beings.
Favourite set of words
“I don’t do dairy I’m VEGAN, I do Oreo cookies!”
Important facts about Danielle
She’s a vegan and she loves Oreo cookies!
“Not a problem”
Danielle is a great team player, up for anything and has a huge passion for everything weddingy (we made this word up)