Founded by Director and Senior Planner Melanie Egan 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 and super organised Melanie was a Lawyer before deciding on a change of career and establishing Bellissimo Weddings in 2008. Whilst training to be a lawyer, Melanie worked in hospitality, catering and restaurant management and wedding retail which gave her a huge amount of experience in wedding world. Her legal skills gained over almost 20 years in the legal profession taught her some incredible skills which are more than useful in the wedding planning business. She still takes an extremely hands on approach with wedding planning whilst running the business and managing a number of wedding venues and a catering company now as well.
Amongst her many awards and accolades over the years recognising her skills, dedication and success in the industry Melanie is:
- 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
Senior Wedding Planner
Sarah graduated in 2010 from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Events Management and started her events career in the world of weddings for English Heritage.
Sarah spent 8 years working in London’s unique venues including Somerset House for luxury and high end clients. Most recently, Sarah travelled extensively across the globe producing and managing conferences, after parties and award ceremonies for an international media company.
Having joined Bellissimo as our Senior Wedding & Events Planner in early 2018, Sarah is now back in her home town of Bournemouth and is excited to be working on some incredible weddings for couples throughout Dorset and Hampshire.
Danielle joined the team in April 2016 and after marrying at one of our managed venues and applying for a job to join the team who looked after her wedding. She had a huge passion for the wedding industry and came to Bellissimo with a strong customer services and hospitality background and a desire to develop those skills further in the direction of weddings which Danielle felt was her true direction. Danielle has spent the last three seasons with Bellissimo and its sister companies planning and managing numerous weddings and managing teams with great skill and has clearly now found her calling.