Wedding Planning Services
Melanie and her team are highly regarded and national award winning wedding planners offering couples the opportunity to have full support throughout their wedding planning.
Our ethos is quite simply to plan and organise a wedding which not only will meet but exceed our client’s expectations, to capture what is most important to them and to deliver to ultimate wedding day for our couples. To take them on a journey where all the choices and decisions they make are filled with fun and excitement, to support and eliminate any stress or uncertainty and to create a beautiful moment in time that will always be remembered by their family and friends and of course by us.
We begin with an initial consultation where we establish exactly what kind of day you have in mind – or you may not even have got to that stage – we will help you to discover what you may want – what it will look like, and feel like.
The combination of skills within the Bellissimo team brings together many years of experience on both the operational/logistics side through to the design and styling of your wedding. The Bellissimo Group also includes our own in house catering company in our Dorset kitchen, our own luxury furniture hire company with a beautiful collection of furniture to choose from and a wide selection of props and other wedding hire items.
You really can have as much assistance from the team as you choose with all these skills under one roof – yet still ensuring you retain control of the decisions you wish to make throughout your wedding planning.
Let us take away the stress and worry of planning your day – enlisting the help of an award winning planner and allowing you to do what you should be doing – enjoying it the planning and LOVING the day!
- Marquee Weddings
- Plan as you go
- The Final Month & Wedding Day Management
- Final Three Months / Partial Plan & Wedding Day Management
- Full Planning
Marquee weddings are a very popular avenue that couples explore, either because the venue type dictates the reception needs to be held in a marquee, or couples chose that route as its ideal for couples with their own vision and offers a fantastic blank canvas for you to really make your own.
With over 10 years’ experience, we find that marquee weddings can be the most complex in terms of planning. A lot of the planning for a marquee wedding happens in the early stages so it is essential that you have a strong team involved with your planning early on in the process and you select good, experienced suppliers which fit both your brief and your budget.
We appreciate that the option to have a marquee wedding may have been chosen as an easy alternative to a permanent building (in the sense of freedom it certainly is!) However, in terms of planning, there are a lot of ‘non-glamourous’ aspects that need careful consideration.
We would always carry out a site visit at your chosen location early on to ensure that the access is appropriate for a marquee build and check the for things such as land level, parking, water supply etc. We can advise on all the back ground essentials of power / generators / toilets / lighting / heating. We would be able to offer you advice on marquee companies and suppliers that are experienced in working with marquee weddings. These are also things that are not easily changed close to the wedding date and require early involvement. We therefore do not offer solely Wedding Day Management for this type of wedding.
Please therefore refer to our Partial Plan (including a three month retainer of our time) or Full plan services (both of which include Wedding Day Management) so we can guarantee the seamless running of your wedding day.
A block of our time to help you where you need it most
Couples who like the idea of a “Wedding PA” service with us working away in the background. Purchase our time in blocks starting with 10 hours and add more as you need it. Use us as and when you need us, e.g a brainstorming meeting at the beginning to get you started, or pull us in when you get stuck on a particular element of planning. Maybe use us on the day just for styling or setting up the venue. Great for couples who don’t necessarily want or need us all the time or for the whole day. Good for couples who want to have a large amount of involvement or pick and choose the bits they want to do themselves.
- – 10 hours @ £55 + VAT per hour (£660) for one of our Senior Planners
- – 10 hours @ £45 + VAT per hour (£540) for one of our Wedding Planners
This is what Anne and Chris said about our service who married in the summer of 2016:
“The Plan as you Go worked brilliantly for us. We had a fairly clear idea of what we were looking for at our wedding, and I wanted to do as much of the organisation as I could, myself. But partly due to living in London, I was struggling to work out which suppliers would be good value, not let us down, and be able to provide us with exactly what we were looking for, on such an important day! Melanie provided expert guidance, and she gave me straightforward advice that was based on her deep experience of the wedding market place. From the first phone call, through to the last minute detail, she was calm, and a fun person to work with. She or one of her team, were always on hand to deal with questions, concerns, and the occasional – “help!!” On an hour by hour basis, she provided excellent value for money, and even though she worked in the background to the wedding, she was an absolutely integral part of its success! Thanks again Melanie!”
Our time from month prior to your wedding
We start with an initial consultation where we sit down with you and go over all the plans you have made so far and details of all your chosen suppliers. We will then make contact with all your suppliers and take over the reins from this point up to and including the wedding day itself. This allows you to take a little step back in the last few weeks leading up to the wedding – allowing you to enjoy the built up and not get stressed with all the final details your suppliers will want to know in the final few weeks. We can identify any areas which have been forgotten about and quickly deal with them for you. We will build a detailed time schedule for the day and circulate to your suppliers so they all know how the day is going to pan out. On the day you have us there all day to set up and manage the day for you ensuring a smooth and enjoyable day – supporting you and lifting you up on to a cloud all day.
Perfect if you love the idea of getting things started yourself. Finding your venue and choosing all your suppliers and your design scheme. If you know you will start to feel stressed the closer the day gets and feel you want our support to set up your venue and style on the day then this is for you. Great where our venue doesn’t allow access until the morning of the wedding – let us set everything up for you and pack it all down at the end.
- – Final Month & Wedding Day Management with a Bellissimo Wedding Planner from £1150 + VAT
- – Final Month & Wedding Day Management with one of our Senior Planners from £1300 + VAT
Example costs are based on weddings within a 30 mile radius of BH12 – weddings further afield may be subject to additional travel expenses. Get in touch for a personalised quote.
Please note we do not offer this package for marquee weddings. A minimum of Final Three Months Package will need to be booked for a marquee wedding due to the considerable amount of work involved (Please see the Marquee Weddings section of our website)
A tailored service for us to step in part way along your planning
This service is somewhere in between a full plan and final month co-ordination. For some couples this is around 3 months prior to the wedding – sometimes sooner and sometimes a little later. We find for some couples that panic can begin to set in around 2/3 months prior especially for time short / busy couples who just have not found the time to get all their suppliers in place. Maybe you need help with invitations or managing the RSVPs. Perhaps you have some difficult suppliers and you want to distance yourself from them and have us step in and support you. This service includes all the things we do with the On the Day Co-ordination as detailed above so we are also on hand all day of the wedding day itself to manage the day and support you throughout.
Busy / time-short couples who are looking for more support and help than the final month. The venue and suppliers will have been chosen and you will be part way through your planning
- – Final Three Months & Wedding Day Management with a Bellissimo Wedding Planner from £1500 + VAT for a typical venue, or from £2050 + VAT for a marquee-based wedding.
- – Final Three Months & Wedding Day Management with one of our Senior Planners from £1750 + VAT for a typical venue, or from £2250 + VAT for a marquee-based wedding.
Our most popular service and the best way to experience the full effect of our knowledge and expertise
Come to us right from the beginning when you decide you wish to get married. We begin with a consultation to discuss your day in detail discussing ideas you may already have or developing plans and ideas if you are not quite there with decisions. We literally support you and plan with and for you throughout the whole process from everything from locating the perfect venue right through to helping you select all your suppliers along the way and using your budget wisely. This is a comprehensive service and you will be completely looked after at every step of the way.
This is a fully comprehensive service and our fees are charged at 15% of the total wedding budget subject to a minimum charge, which varies depending on which member of our team you would like to manage your wedding. For one of our Wedding Planners the minimum fee is £5,500 + VAT, for a Senior Planner the minimum fee is £6000 + VAT. Typically we would be spending in the region of 150-200 hours on each wedding.
If you like what you read contact us to arrange a meeting – by telephone, or Skype or in person. We regularly look after couples based out of the area or abroad. We welcome planning via email, phone and Skype – Enquire for further details.
Contact us to chat about your plans so far and to check our availability, and we can tell you more.