Wedding planning is certainly exciting but pulling together your dream celebration can also lead to more than your fair share of stress and sleepless nights. With dozens of suppliers and guests to coordinate, wedding planning can quickly become a full time job – not ideal when most of us already have one of those!
To ensure minimal stress and maximum effect, we recommend bringing in a wedding planner. Your planner will make creating your dream wedding their top priority, with every detail carefully produced to your specification and sourced within your budget. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
If you’re reading this and wondering if wedding planners are reserved for those with celeb-style budgets or enormous guest lists, think again. There are hundreds of wedding planners out there, each specialising in different kinds of weddings, and we’ve rounded up the very best of the bunch.
From planners who love nothing more than to work on romantic elopements to wedding experts who can whip up a wedding for 300 guests in less than six months, you’re guaranteed to find the planner for you below.
1. Mark Niemierko
The Approach: Counting the likes of Rochelle and Marvin Humes, and James Corden and Julia Carey as previous clients, Mark Niemierko has built a strong reputation for throwing opulent parties and weddings for some of the most discerning couples.
Mark’s approach centres around getting to know his couples personally so that he and his team of Niemierko hosts can deliver a day that is entirely unique and tailored to the individuals. In fact, one of Mark’s top planning tips is to avoid comparisons with others and stick to your own signature style: “Don’t feel the need to keep up with others. Be yourself. There really are no rules anymore, other than keeping your event personal to your taste.”
Stand Out Services: A chauffeur driven day out with Mark to leading bridal boutiques to find the dress, a bespoke venue finding service complete with chauffeur driven venue visits and a Guest Relations Assistant on-hand to help with everything from booking accommodation to ensuring guests get a warm welcome on the big day itself.
Perfect For: London-based couples looking to make their wedding a big event with bags of personal style and wow-factor.
2. Katrina Otter Weddings
The Approach: Katrina Otter describes herself as “detail driven and design obsessed” making her a pretty perfect choice for overseeing the biggest day of your life. The super-organised wedding planner thrives in the weddings and event world, having been in the industry for over 15 years.
Katrina and her team will act as your own personal confidants, planning your big day from the moment you say ‘yes’ to the time you leave the venue and head off on your honeymoon. The focus will be on discussing possibilities and not practicalities, meaning all you need to do is tell the team what you like and they’ll work out how to make it happen – while sending you lots of pictures and updates along the way!
Stand Out Services: Full planning service including apportioning your budget, sourcing the right suppliers for you, delivering a design concept and managing your schedule. A Wedding Day Management service is also available, including on-the-day coordination, starting six weeks before the big day.
Notable Venues: Aynhoe Park, Holywell Hall, Pynes House.
Perfect For: Couples dreaming of an understated yet elegant, quintessentially English country wedding.
3. My Wedding Fixer
The Approach: My Wedding Fixer was founded by ex-accountant Gloria Darko and specialises in creating stylish weddings that don’t break the bank. If you’re keen to get a planner on board but are worried that you don’t have the funds, Gloria is your woman.
Describing herself as “the wedding planner for the working professionals” who don’t wish to “spend their entire life savings on the wedding”, Gloria knows that pulling together a fun, memorable and aesthetically pleasing day isn’t just something reserved for those with a limitless budget. In fact, Gloria has more than a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to bringing dream wedding days to life for less.
Stand Out Services: Full wedding planning including budget management, a venue finding service including help booking appointments and understanding contracts, and on-the-day coordination.
Perfect For: Thrifty couples looking to make their budget go further and plan a day that’s full of personality.
4. Love Lydia
The Approach: Having worked for many years in a fast-paced, time-critical environment in London, Lydia turned her impeccable planning and organisational skills to wedding planning. Beginning with friends and family, Lydia used her skills to help loved ones create perfect weddings before word of her meticulous attention to detail and high standards spread to other couples.
The Love Lydia team pride themselves on their ability to plan luxurious, sophisticated and elegant weddings, whether you’re saying ‘I do’ in an intimate church ceremony or hosting a large and lavish Asian wedding. Lydia’s years of experience means she can turn her hand to just about any occasion.
Stand Out Services: Design and styling services, venue and supplier recommendations, on-the-day coordination including an emergency kit with everything needed to iron out any last-minute issues.
Perfect For: Traditional couples looking to host a lavish and elegant wedding day.
5. Perfectly Planned 4 You
The Approach: Based in the urban hub of Hackney (but willing to work on weddings just about anywhere!), Cherelle and the team at Perfectly Planned 4 You are always looking to do things a little differently.
Keeping her finger on the pulse of all that’s innovative and on-trend, Cherelle specialises in giving couples unique, of-the-moment wedding days that will surprise and delight guests. As well as dealing with the fun and whimsical side, the team are also very hands-on and practical, able to solve any common problems or soothe any worries, ensuring you enjoy your wedding planning experience.
Stand Out Services: A curated list of venues and suppliers that match your taste and budget, help finding wedding attire, and budget advice and management.
Perfect For: Quirky couples keen to get hitched in unusual, urban or industrial spaces.
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6. The Stars Inside
The Approach: Valentina and The Stars Inside team specialise in intimate weddings and elopements packed with meaningful moments and awe-inspiring ideas. From her dreamy décor to her warm hospitality, every aspect of Valentina’s weddings are thoughtfully created to ensure the best experience for couples and guests alike.
Valentina’s approach focusses on telling your individual story, so there are no set packages or cookie-cutter ideas here. While your wedding will certainly be beautiful, it’s the feeling of homeliness and connection that make The Stars Inside weddings stand out. Basically, if you’d like your wedding to feel like a highly personal, loved-filled get together with those closest to you, Valentina is the planner for you.
Stand Out Services: Elopement and micro wedding planning, contract reviewing, concept creation and design realisation.
Notable Venues: Core Clapton, Euridge Manor, Asylum Chapel.
Perfect For: Deeply romantic couples who are dreaming of an intimate day somewhere far away.
The Approach: As the planning and styling partner at some of London’s most stylish venues, including The London Edition and 10-11 Carlton Terrace House, ByChenai founder Chenai knows a thing or two about pulling together contemporary and stylish celebrations that will wow even the most discerning guests.
Whether you’re thinking of sticking to the city or branching out to leafier spaces in the countryside, Chenai and her team can make your perfect vision a reality. Chenai will take Pinterest boards and magazine cuttings and make them into a fully-realised design concept, as well as deal with all of the admin and budget tracking that comes with completing the task.
Stand Out Services: Rehearsal management, multi-day celebration and accommodation management and assistance, full design concept creation.
Perfect For: Couples in need of some creative direction and help planning extended celebrations.
8. La Fête
The Approach: Founded by Charlotte Ricard-Quesada, La Fête specialise in the creation of high-end weddings and exclusive events across the world. Charlotte is fluent in four languages making her the perfect pick for negotiating and organising your destination wedding plans.
Charlotte and the La Fête team have planned everything from intimate Tuscan weddings to London ballroom celebrations and their styled shoots have appeared in Brides magazine and Vogue Japan. So if you’re looking for an unbeatable creative and stylish event, this is the planning team for you.
Stand Out Services: Pre and post-event service, venue and supplier sourcing, expenditure planning service, and styling and creation.
Perfect For: Stylish destination weddings and high-end UK celebrations.
9. Charlotte Elise Weddings & Events
The Approach: Having previously worked as a wedding and event manager at a luxury venue, Charlotte has seen her fair share of weddings and knows exactly how to ensure things go without a hitch.
Based in Cheshire, the Charlotte Elise team are happy to work anywhere in the UK, or even abroad, on large scale weddings or intimate celebrations. Charlotte will take a personal approach when it comes to your wedding, getting a feel for the kind of wedding you’d love and working hard both behind the scenes and in consultations to make sure you tick all of your must-haves, within budget. With Charlotte’s brimming book of contacts and budgeting skills, she’ll draw together the very best suppliers for you to create the day you’ve always dreamed of.
Stand Out Services: Setting up and decorating the venue, venue and supplier sourcing, on-the-day wedding management and destination wedding planning.
Perfect For: Couples marrying in DIY or dry hire venues in need of an expert to help bring their vision to life.
10. Pocketful of Dreams
The Approach: Inspired by the beauty of nature and wide open spaces, Pocketful of Dreams specialise in understated elegance. Their creative and design-led approach will appeal to all couples envisioning a stylish wedding day that will stand out from the crowd.
Whether you’re bursting with ideas and just want someone to execute them or you’re not sure which direction to go in and are in need of some inspiration, the company’s founder, Michelle, can help you out. The team will liaise with every supplier and refine every detail, so all you need to do is approve what you like and look forward to your amazing wedding day!
Stand Out Services: Supplier management, creative design and styling service, full on-the-day management.
Perfect For: Couples dreaming of a showstopping concept that will look picture-perfect.
11. Weddings by Mary
The Approach: After 20 years in the industry, Mary is a very safe pair of hands indeed. Drawing upon her previous experience as venue manager for one of Essex’s premier wedding venues and her work as a registrar, Mary is able to effectively plan and execute seamless wedding days while anticipating client needs at every step of the way.
The Weddings by Mary approach is centred around really getting to know clients and ensuring that they enjoy wedding planning – laughter is encouraged! Mary sees herself as a confidant and friend as well as a wedding planner, meticulously planning the details while acting as a sounding board if needs be.
“I take my role as your wedding planner very seriously but there will definitely be much laughter during our planning journey. I want nothing more than for you to feel at ease and fully supported. I’ll become your confidant, as well as a shoulder to cry on if needed,” she says.
Stand Out Services: Guest and invitation management, attendance at all supplier consultations and meetings, budget and payment tracking service.
Perfect For: Couples keen on a down to earth approach, who want to enjoy their planning as much as their big day!
12. Couture Events
The Approach: With an elite list of previous clients and over 15 years of experience planning luxury weddings and high end birthday parties in some of London and the Home Counties’ most prestigious venues, Couture Events is the ultimate in luxury event planning.
Founder Susannah Parker prides herself on her unflappable, calm and discreet working style, ensuring that her clients are totally relaxed and able to enjoy every moment of their special day, stress-free. Specialising in five-star hotel, stately home and luxury marquee weddings, Couture Events is the place to go for opulent celebrations.
Stand Out Services: Venue and supplier sourcing, accommodation and transport management, schedule and timeline creation.
Notable Venues: Froyle Park Country Estate, Two Temple Place, Euridge Manor.
Perfect For: London and South East based couples looking to host a luxurious country house or hotel wedding.
13. Lindy Dowling Wedding & Event Planners
The Approach: Mainly focussed on weddings in London, the Home Counties and the Cotswolds, Lindy and her team are true wedding specialists with a large and varied portfolio. “I have experience with all budgets, luxury weddings, UK destination weddings, same sex weddings, marquee weddings, Jewish weddings, Asian weddings, Russian weddings, Nigerian weddings…pretty much every wedding you can imagine over the years and I have loved being a part of each one,” she says.
Lindy also has plenty of experience in putting together events at short notice, with a proven track record in planning weddings with as little as two months to spare – pretty impressive!
Stand Out Services: Budget analysis and supplier payment plans, hotel and transport reservations, design services and management of RSVPs and dietary requirements.
Perfect For: Couples wanting to pull together a luxury day in a short time frame.
14. Pink Palms
The Approach: With a background in interior design and styling, Ashleigh of Pink Palms knows a thing or two about styling a space to its best potential. Ashleigh believes that in many ways your wedding should be like your home: somewhere you feel totally relaxed and comfortable and that visually represents you.
Having lived in vibrant Los Angeles – the inspiration behind the moniker – Ashleigh fell in love with pink skies, palms and daring design, leading to her decision to create Pink Palms. Ashleigh isn’t all about the looks, though, with a background working as a Cardiothoracic Critical Care Nurse (yes, you read that right!) she’s also used to handling family dynamics and staying cool in high-pressure environments – skills that are essential when planning a wedding. Ashleigh will work hard to get to know you and the most important people involved in the wedding, acting as a friend and confidante as well as a planner.
Stand Out Services: Venue and supplier searches, wedding party fashion styling, use of Aisle Planner software allowing you to allocate tasks to both Ashleigh and members of your wedding party.
Notable Venues: Euridge Manor, Botley Hill Barn, Protein Studios.
Perfect For: Couples after a show-stopping wedding that’s as fun as it is stylish!
15. Dita Rosted Events
The Approach: Specialising in the unique and unconventional, Dita Rosted Events is the place to go if you fancy hosting a wedding that’s a little out of the ordinary. Based in London, Dita boasts a wealth of connections with quirky and unusual suppliers thanks to her history of throwing weddings and events at warehouses, galleries and even antique shops!
Dita can help with everything from sourcing cool caterers and bars to gorgeous design and styling as well as planning, and coordinating on the day.
Stand Out Services: Hand-picked events team, bar operation, design, styling and production.
Notable Venues: Core Clapton, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Brixton East.
Perfect For: Quirky couples planning a DIY event in a unique dry hire venue.
16. Olive Sky Weddings & Events
The Approach: Having worked with big business names such as Rolls Royce, Facebook and Channel 4 on their events, any couple that books with Olive Sky Weddings & Events can rest assured that their weddings are in expert hands.
The Olive Sky team have a far reaching contact book, having planned weddings in Croatia, Cannes, Barbados, Barcelona and Kefalonia as well as the UK. They specialise in old-school, romantic, understated elegance and creating one-off events that are like no others you have seen. So if you’re starting to feel that every wedding you attend is a little samey and you’re keen to pull something surprising out of the bag, we’d get in touch with Olive Sky.
Stand Out Services: Negotiating services, budget management, inspiration boards and hand-drawn design sketches.
Perfect For: Showstopping destination weddings with big production values.
17. Revelry Events
The Approach: Located in both London and Scotland but very willing to travel the rest of the UK and overseas (bonus points for always off-setting their carbon emissions when they travel), Revelry Events love creating boundary-pushing, rule-breaking weddings.
The Revelry team, Holly and Susannah, pride themselves on not only their organisational and planning skills, but their trend-led focus. The duo keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s new and now, helping them to keep on creating unique and surprising events. With that said, they’re also passionate about ensuring your day is personal to you, so everything about your day will be approved by you and designed especially for you.
Stand Out Services: Full design proposal, assistance with wedding website set-up and management, venue and supplier finding service.
Perfect For: Couples who love to be on top of the latest trends and don’t want to be tied to tradition.
18. Scarlet Events
The Approach: Scarlet Events can plan anything from an intimate, romantic wedding to an opulent celebration on a grand scale. However big your event, if you plan it with the Scarlet Events team it’s guaranteed to be both luxurious and unforgettable – that’s what they specialise in!
Scarlet Events are very much international luxury wedding planners, so if none of their suggested venues here in the UK take your fancy, they will have plenty of options abroad for you. From a French chateau to a yacht off the coast of Monte Carlo, the team have plenty of outside-the-box tricks up their sleeves. Scarlet Events are also well-versed in planning Chinese, Arabic, and mixed-faith weddings and know exactly how to ensure cultural and traditional pillars are incorporated appropriately.
Stand Out Services: Event styling and design, lighting and production design and execution, international venue sourcing and entertainment management.
Perfect For: Big-budget weddings in highly luxurious locations.
19. SW Events
The Approach: Specialising in Asian weddings, LaToya and Ajay of SW Events work hard to ensure that their weddings embrace the cultural and the individual eccentricities that make couples unique. For this husband and wife pairing, weddings are all about being true to your personality and so they dedicate time to getting to know each and every couple over the course of the planning process.
SW Events will work to find the right suppliers for you at the right cost and are happy to do all of the legwork before final decision making is handed over to you. They pride themselves on their high standards and meticulous planning but they’re also keen to keep communication with clients fun and laughter-filled, ensuring an enjoyable planning experience.
Stand Out Services: Ceremony, reception, Mehndi and Sangeet management, creative design and guest coordination.
Perfect For: Couples wanting to host a traditional Asian wedding with plenty of fun and personality.
20. Studio Chi
The Approach: A wedding designer first and foremost, Chioma of Studio Chi specialises in designing and curating stunning weddings for discerning couples. Chioma can design and install your flowers, sort your décor and design, and create your stationery, ensuring that every detail works in harmony and is of the same impeccable quality.
You can book Studio Chi for a luxury design and floristry package or opt for full planning and styling services – the service you receive will be totally bespoke and in-line with your needs. Artistry is at the centre of everything Chioma does, so if you’re looking to transform just about any space into a dreamy wedding setting, she’s the woman for you.
Stand Out Services: Luxury floristry and stationery design, design concept and execution, supplier sourcing.
Notable Venues: Royal Horticultural Halls: Lindley Hall and Lawrence Hall.
Perfect For: Couples looking to add wow-factor to the styling and design of their big day.
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