Are you getting married? Would you like your WEDDING planned for free? Would you like your day coordinated for free too?
Some extra help on the day is so useful and reassuring. You can switch off and enjoy the moment instead of doing and worrying. And when the help is free and qualified it’s even better!
How do I book a free wedding planner for my event?
The Wedding Planner School requires engaged couples from all locations across the UK who would like a free consultation or free wedding day co-ordination service to help our newly qualified wedding and event planners get some hands-on work experience. The graduates will be given full guidance and instruction before the placement and we will be on the other end of their phone during the wedding itself. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a tight budget or a minor royal with unlimited resources, our students have helped hundreds of couples in the past and can help you too. If you feel you could benefit please read and complete this PDF form WPS – Free Wedding Planner 2015-2016 then email or post your application to the friendly front desk team email@example.com.
Is it completely free for all weddings, parties and other events?
You are not obliged to pay the graduate planners while on work experience placements and they are covered for damages under our employer’s liability insurance. A contribution to travel expenses or a healthy tip is always welcome, but never compulsory. We do ask for a deposit from all couples of £95 to secure their commitment. In the past we have had couples let down the planners or not treat them very nicely, so this helps to encourage polite interaction between all parties. If the placement goes through smoothly, your £95 will be refunded in full upon request, no delays. This refund must be claimed within six calendar months of the wedding, otherwise it goes into funding our work experience programme instead. We hope this is acceptable to you. Not sure if you will benefit from this free service? See what past couples have experienced below…
At The Wedding Planner School we are very proud of our work experience scheme and the fantastic help that it has been to many brides and grooms-to-be and party planners too, but don’t just take our word for it read the testimonials below.
My husband and I want to thank you and The Wedding Planner School for the absolute best ‘Wedding Dream Team’ any bride could ever have. Katie Matthews, Josephine Jackson and Cheryl Fernandes were amazing. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my wedding ran a couple of hours late, however they handled the delays like the professionals that they are. These ladies are beautiful inside and outside and help to make our amazing day the special day that it was. I did not even have to worry about them once, there were visible but invisible, a very rare quality to have, but very much needed and they all looked beautifully dressed.
There are quite a few weddings coming up in the near future and I have every intentions of recommending these ladies to my family, friends and colleagues. I will send you photos soon of the wedding especially photos of the tables that they helped to dress.
Can I please request for the £95 refundable deposit to be divided equally and sent to each for the ladies for their expenses ASAP please. I also have little thank you gifts for them, which I will send on to them.
Thank you again Molly, I will recommend your wedding planning school to other brides in my life and to all potential wedding planners/coordinators that I may come across.
Christine & Idowu, June 2016
All WPS graduates were asked to come up with an innovative solution for a loose-leaf guest book for 200 guests attending the 100th birthday party of The Queen’s Toastmaster, Harry Poloway, organised by his colleague Bruce Womack. Bruce sent us his special thanks to pass on to Elisa Portelli, Philippa Wheeler and Claire Fernyhough whose suggestions he described as ‘brilliant’ and will be using.
– November 2015
Eleanor and Tami were allocated to work on our wedding with us via the Wedding Planner School in March 2015, ahead of our wedding in August of the same year. After email introductions, we had a face to face meeting and several introductions to get on the same page and start work on the outstanding items. The key things on our agenda were around timings, contingency planning and the overall look and design of the day.
From the first conversations it became clear that Eleanor and Tami were both passionate about wedding planning. They were friendly and approachable, offering ideas and support throughout the whole planning process. They raised things that we wouldn’t have thought of ourselves and were a great sounding board for any enquiries we had, no matter how big or small, and would make the effort to respond to us quickly.
When we were allocated Eleanor and Tami we had already picked all our suppliers. However they were more than happy to work professionally with them in the run up and the day itself. This included agreeing parts of the final package around a set budget on our behalf and confirming timings. In particular they worked closely with our florist and venue decorator to create the overall design and colours for the day, everything came together and looked fantastic on the day.
The look that Eleanor and Tami came up with ended up being a mixture of music (we had met at Reading Festival!) and rustic. To support the theme, Eleanor and Tami spent a lot of time creating a range of bespoke items for us including a unique and great table plan consisting of vinyl records and cassette tapes. They kept us in the loop when they were crafting so we would confirm what we did and didn’t like, which was reassuring! They were also able to accommodate some last minute changes
Eleanor and Tami met arrived at the venue around lunchtime the day before the wedding and worked tirelessly with our florist and venue decorator to get our marquee perfect ahead of the big day, completing the finishing touches the morning of the wedding. They helped to coordinate suppliers throughout the day which included dealing with a power outage! They stayed until after our dance, confirming the evening caterers were set up before leaving. It was great we were able to relax on the day and not be worrying about timings or where we and our guests needed to be.
We are really grateful for their help and wish them all the best in the future!
Mrs A. & Mr R. Greensmith, August 2015
“Dasha, Our wedding was a huge success, and you played a massive part in this. You had some truly unique ideas and help guide us into what turned out to be a well rounded theme. In the run up to our special day you help manage not only all the suppliers but also the venue, and when needed, us. Our wedding involved a lot of homemade and self supplied goods, this added a further level of complexity to plan all of which you took in your stride and helped oversee. On the day your help setting up was invaluable and ensured that the venue looked truly magical. Thanks to your care, energy and knowledge the whole day ran smoothly from beginning to end. This truly is a credit to your forward planning and your attention to detail. We cannot thank you enough for all you did for us in making our wedding day the best day of our lives. I would highly recommend you to anyone needing help planning their own special day.”
Mr & Mrs Johnson, October 2015
“My husband and I were so grateful to have Tami and Maureen as our wedding planners – they were fantastic from start to finish. From my first meeting with Tami, I was immediately left with confidence that I could trust and rely on them to co-ordinate our wedding. I’ll have to admit that I was probably a very particular bride! I expected a lot from all of my suppliers and rightly so, as it was going to be the single most expensive day of our life! As such, I needed and wanted wedding planners who would understand, help and ultimately run the day the way we wanted it – I got this and more from Tami and Maureen. They were fantastic! During the run-up, Tami went over and above the call of duty taking on parts of the wedding planning that wasn’t in the initial ‘job spec’, travelling cross country to conduct meetings at the venue and always being focused, asking questions and making recommendations that I hadn’t thought of, all of this with the aim of ensuring that our wedding day was the best day we could make it. On the day itself the venue was set up absolutely beautifully and they had made some little touches that really added to the look of the venue. I have no idea if there were any issues on the wedding day and all I can say is that this was down to Tami and Maureen. If there were any issues, they sorted them out without letting either of us know! After the wedding day, so many guests and suppliers commented on how great our wedding planners were, courteous, efficient, creative and friendly. I’ve got a few friends who are getting married in the next year or so and I’ve already recommended Tami and her team to them and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anybody else who asked. A fantastic team who gave my husband and me a beautiful and memorable day. Thank you so much for all you did – you were amazing.”
Natalie Mensah August 2015
“Dear Carmen, Ieva, Tami and Maureen,
Anthony and I would like to say a huge thank you for making our dream wedding come true. It was truly the best day of our lives! From the moment we met you, we knew that we were in safe hands. Your commitment, professionalism and creativity was reflected not just on the day of the wedding, but throughout the whole wedding experience. Guests commented on calm we were and how organised the day was and this was all down to you. We were able to trust and leave everything in your capable hands and you did not disappoint us. We are so grateful for all that you did for us and can’t thank you enough. We will definitely recommend you to our friends and family in the future. Once again, thank you.”
Sandra and Anthony March 2015
“I wanted to write to say how impressed we were with Milly [Milly Chihuri of Chique Weddings and Events in Edinburgh] in the run up to and on the wedding day itself. Milly made us feel completely at ease and we were very reassured knowing that any last minute hiccups would be dealt with. Milly was completely professional and very organised and competent, her insights and experience were invaluable to us. On the day she made herself very useful – even at one point helping the waiting staff clear the dishes!”
Faith Lawrence, December 2014
“Sarah Merrington was truly amazing to work with. After my initial 2 hour conversation with her I was blown away as to how much she was willing to listen and help me to achieve the vision I had on the day. Filled with ideas and full of enthusiasm! She has a strong eye for detail and organisation. I was amazed at her knowledge of weddings and I didn’t realise that there was so much to consider until I had spoken to her. But she knows exactly how to break things down without being overwhelming. Her emails were to the point and left me with a clear plan of the church service (Which she took sole control of on the day).
Sarah came to the hotel on the morning of the wedding whilst I was getting dressed and I remember feeling a moment of relief as she arrived because I knew that everything would be under control. She has this calming but firm way about her which is an absolute gift! Despite having a massive bridal party and wedding Sarah had it all under her management!
Of her own accord, she attended our 2 hour church rehearsal the night before the wedding which to me was the reason why the service went beautifully. She is completely hands on and gets stuck in at every opportunity. May I add that she is particularly great with children and helped them to walk down the aisle sensibly considering they couldn’t during the practice run? Given the fact that she has other priorities, I didn’t expect this level of commitment but she was dedicated and thorough and kept me or my maid of honour informed every step of the way. Her communication was fantastic!
Above that, she was just so nice and lovely to work with. She gets along with anybody and has a beautiful and warm spirit! I would definitely recommend her.”
Victoria Asamoah, August 2014
“Lucy Howe was an absolute pleasure to work with. From the offset she was ready to get stuck in and constantly reassured me as to how amazing the day was going to be. She’s particularly great with paying attention to detail and arranging décor. She was readily available on the phone whenever I had a quick question or needed her assistance and she was always ready to meet me even though she lived miles away. She particularly impressed me with her great organisation skills when it came to planning the order of the day. Lucy delegated extremely well and made sure that all suppliers knew exactly what they were doing. She is meticulous and thorough and she is extremely passionate about her job. I felt I was I safe hands with Lucy as she has great experience and was always willing to help me solve a wedding related issue.
Our wedding was big with just over 230 people and in a venue which was very new and still developing policies but Lucy ensured that their guidelines wouldn’t hinder our wedding by going through each procedure with the venue and relaying the information to our vendors to ensure no last minute issues arose to effect the flow of the day.
Lucy went over and beyond for us on our wedding day and even got involved with tasks that were not her responsibility just to make sure the day went smoothly, this just proved her dedication and desire to make the day a success.
She truly enjoys seeing the vision come to light and it was a blessing to work with someone who’s not only a professional but also a very sweet person. I would recommend her to anyone getting married especially if they needed help with general organisation and venue décor as Lucy absolutely knows exactly what she is doing!”
Victoria Asamoah, August 2014
“Even though I had the least interaction with Rowena Bubb (out of my team of planners), she was extremely pleasant and endearing. My bridesmaids and friends who were helping out on the day were all highly impressed with how hands on she was. Prior to the wedding she communicated with some of the suppliers to make sure they were clear on their roles and this was a contributing factor in making the day run smoothly. She was helpful with ideas and assisted in any issues we were having. She understood my vision for the day and listened carefully to my concerns – though that may not seem like a big deal, it certainly was to me. I recall a panic conversation I had with her during the last week of the wedding regarding music and equipment and she calmed me down and resolved any issues I thought I had.
Rowena went over and beyond for us on our wedding day and even got involved with tasks that were not her responsibility just to make sure the day went smoothly, this just proved her dedication and desire to make the day a success.
Rowena is a kind, warm and compassionate person to work with and I would definitely recommend her.”
Victoria Asamoah, August 2014
“I just wanted to write a short message to let you know how impressed I was with the service provided by Carmen (Radway) and the rest of the team on 23 August 2014 at Bridget (my sister) and Josh’s wedding.
Prior to the wedding Carmen was in regular communication with us and on the day, her help was impeccable. Everything was just the way we wanted because of Carmen’s attention to detail and professional service from start to finish.
I have a few other friends’ weddings coming up and would like to recommend Carmen and any of the other recent graduates from the school.”
Linda Boateng, August 2014
“Georgina at WPS was extremely helpful indeed and sourced the best wedding planners for my wedding. She understood exactly what we needed and her communication throughout was accurate and timely. I enjoyed dealing with Georgina and because of her service, recommended her straightaway to a friend who got married the week after me! Brilliant service and a joy to work with!”
Bridget Boateng, August 2014
“This lady (Carmen Radway) is a God send! She was truly phenomenal. I’ve never worked with someone who is so meticulous, organised, efficient and truly dedicated to her role. In our first conversation, she answered all of my questions and her enthusiasm about my wedding got me even more excited about it! She had already done her research on our venue and I was surprised about how much she knew! During the initial meeting with the team of four planners, she blew me away with and her control of the group -which was much needed as everybody had ideas. Following that, her communication was great and although it was also a busy time for Carmen, she had our wedding under control and all of our concerns were answered without delay. She also helped me to make key decisions regarding décor which we needed as I was often perplexed about what ideas to go with.
The final few days before the wedding were extremely stressful for my husband and me but Carmen was calm and reassured us that things would be okay. At one point the stress was so overwhelming that I ended up crying over the phone to Carmen and she completely helped me to get over my fears. And during another extremely late call with Carmen which lasted over an hour, Carmen helped me to iron our every single detail of the event. Our wedding was huge – almost 300 people and in a venue which was very strict- but Carmen ensured that their guidelines wouldn’t hinder our wedding by going through each policy with the venue and relaying the information to our vendors to ensure no last minute issues arose to stress us further.
On our wedding day there were a few issues but Carmen remained unflappable! She worked hard on very little sleep and the fact that she came all the way to London from Birmingham was just shows her keen dedication to ensuring we got the very best of her service.
Carmen went above and beyond our expectations and my husband and I would recommend her over and over again! She deserves a medal!”
Bridget Boateng, August 2014
“Dasha was a great wedding planner. Brimming with ideas and full of enthusiasm! She has a strong eye for detail and helped me to visualise my wedding much clearer than I could see it. After the first meeting, she gave me feedback almost immediately afterwards through detailed and thorough emails. I was amazed at her knowledge of wedding décor and I didn’t realise that there was so much to consider until I had spoken to her. But she knows exactly how to break things down without being overwhelming. Her emails were to the point and left me with many good options most of which we chose in the end! She gave us some key ideas regarding our décor including centrepieces and wedding arch. She also helped us visualise ideas for our flowers – things that I had overlooked.
Of her own accord, she visited the venue beforehand to go through all the fine details of the event to ensure that there were no unpleasant surprises. Given the fact that she has other commitments, I didn’t expect this level of commitment but she was dedicated and thorough and kept me informed every step of the way. Her communication was fantastic! She was never too hard to reach and answered every single question I had – and some that I hadn’t even thought of!
Above that, she was just so sweet and lovely to work with. She gets along with anybody and has a beautiful and bubbly spirit! I would definitely recommend her.”
Bridget Boateng, August 2014
“Though I had very little interaction with Marica, she was extremely pleasant and sweet. She was helpful with ideas and assisted in any issues we were having. She understood my vision for the day and listened carefully to my concerns – though that may not seem like a big deal, it certainly was to me – as the bride to have someone that not only had great ideas but listened carefully and wasn’t pushy. Lovely person to work with!”
Bridget Boateng, August 2014
“Simmone was a great wedding planner. She’s particularly great with sourcing décor! She really knows how to find exactly what we were looking for and within our budget. She has some very strong ideas and on the day, it was great to see some of her ideas come to life! She was readily available on the phone whenever I had a quick question or needed her assistance. She particularly impressed me when I asked her to head the group responsible for creating the wedding flowers and she immediately agreed and got stuck in. She is meticulous and thorough and she is extremely passionate about her job. I felt I was I safe hands with Simmone as she has great experience and was always willing to help me solve a wedding related issue. She truly enjoys seeing the vision come to light and it was a blessing to work with someone who’s not only a professional but also a very sweet person. I would recommend her to anyone getting married especially if they needed help with décor as Simmone DEFINITELY knows exactly what she is doing!”
Bridget Boateng, August 2014
“Dasha, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all of your hard work and preparation that went into my wedding on 2nd August at Weston Park. I had such an incredible day that I will never forgot, and you helped to make that happen! Your enthusiasm and attention to detail was incredible, from making sure the table clothes were uncreased to making sure the napkins were folded and tied in the exact bow shape I wanted! Despite only working with you on the day of my wedding, you were happy to travel to meet before the day to make sure you had a handle on everything. And the day went smoothly, without a hiccup!! I don’t know what I would have done without you on the day, and am sure that your attention to detail and creative flair will help many brides to come. Wishing you the best of luck with your future endeavours.”
Abigail Routley, August 2014
“Carmen (Radway), I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all of your hard work and preparation that went into my wedding on 2nd August at Weston Park. I had such an incredible day that I will never forgot, and you helped to make that happen. Your friendly, yet progressional attitude put me at ease as soon as we met and I felt at ease in your hands. Despite only using your ‘on the day’ coordination services, you were more than happy to travel for meetings, and get in contact with vendors to ensure that everything ran smoothly in the weeks leading up to the wedding. The day ran on schedule, and there was not one hiccup!! I don’t know what I would have done without you on the day, and hope that many future brides also get to experience your incredible organisational and planning skills. I wish you the best with your business in the years to come.”
Abigail Routley, August 2014
“Carmen (Radway) was a ray of sunshine from when I had first spoken to her. She had made me feel very calm and right away relieved a lot of the pressure I had regarding my wedding.
When I met Carmen for the first time, she was happy, cheerful and very organised. She made sure I had everything covered, but also a lot of the smaller details I had not remembered or would need to. Carmen had her list of things that should be organised by time we met and had already decided what she would be doing. This helped immensely and I felt very comfortable with Carmen just being there. She had managed all my e mails so well, offered ideas, encouragement and suppliers when I could not find any.
The night before my wedding and the day, Carmen was a great help. She had every thing in hand, and as much as I need to be in control, I felt a great relief that Carmen had everything to hand. I literally sat back and enjoyed my day. It was a comfort to have Carmen there and every time I needed anything, a word to the DJ, the caterers to remember something, seating plans and general arranging, Carmen was there. She new the layout and the order of the day of my wedding down to a tee, knew my family and what needed to be done, took care of the payments for my videographer and DJ and the day went smoothly.
Thank you Carmen for all your support and keeping me calm. I could not have imaged a better planner suited just for me! I shall miss my wedding, but thank you for being there for it!”
Fatima Uddin, August 2014
“Cristina [Pin Chie Shun Shin] was just perfect for my wedding. From when I met her, coming all the way from London, she had alleviated a lot of my stress about my décor and my venue. When I had first met my planner Cristina, I had not decided what I could do to make the back drop of my seating area better, however Cristina had many ideas, which all came true and it looked perfect. Lights, curtains, flower garlands, and I loved it all. It was quite something to have that arranged and not to worry about it. Cristina was perfectly organised, answered all of my texts and e mails, always cheery and smiling and just made me feel so comfortable at my wedding.
Thank you , Cristina and I hope you go further.”
Fatima Uddin, August 2014
“Paul and I wanted to thank you Joanne (Stentiford) for all your time and help during the planning process of our wedding and on the wedding day itself.
From our first meeting you put us both at ease that you shared our vision for our big day. There was no job too small that you wasn’t willing to get involved with and you were full of ideas and ways to make our wedding what exactly we wanted. You were very accommodating and flexible with regards to our meetings in the run up to the wedding, especially as we got married a few days after Christmas! Being able to contact you was not an issue, we found you easy to reach and constantly in touch with us from our first meeting. You took over the final supplier contact, met with us at our venue beforehand, helped set up on the day, acted as our toast master and stayed well into the evening reception to ensure that everything was taken care of, all of which was a massive help and greatly appreciated.
You are meticulously organised, which helped to make the final wedding prep and organisation on the day stress free. You made yourself known to our guests on the wedding day so that for any issues you were their first point of contact, which we definitely appreciated. But most of all it was so much fun to have you involved on our special day and we cant thank you enough for all your help and support.
You were a pleasure to work with and we would definitely recommend you to other couples who require a wedding planner.”
Darcelle and Paul Opoku, December 2013
“Paul and I wanted to thank Laura for all her time and help on our wedding day. The day wouldn’t have been the same without Laura and Joanne there to coordinate and keep the events on the wedding day running to time.
From our initial meeting we found that Laura was willing to get involved with the wedding planning where we required her to and was full of ideas and suggestions to make our wedding exactly what we wanted. Working with Laura was a pleasure as we found her to be very professional, attentive, presentable and enthusiastic. We received fantastic feedback from our guests regarding Laura’s willingness to help and support them throughout the wedding day. We had no issues or complications on the day and all of our suppliers were happy to liaise with Laura in the weeks leading to the wedding. We were very pleased that we worked with Laura and would happily recommend her to any friends or family requiring a wedding planner.”
Darcelle and Paul Opoku, December 2013
“We got married in August 2013 and Jacquie (Chambers) was our wedding planner, she went above and beyond what I ever expected from a wedding planner, she was professional and organised from the start. We feel personal gratitude to Jacquie for making the wedding planning experience easy, joyful and customised to my desires as a first time bride. Jackie had great ideas and advice and eased my anxieties, we spoke, met up and emailed regularly throughout the planning stages.
I was very impressed as Jacquie contacted all the professionals involved in my wedding before the event and offered help and advice to them. She helped both the photographer and table designer on the wedding day, Jacquie then came to where I was staying and reassured me that everything was going to plan and the reception room looked fantastic. She helped to calm my nerves and anxieties on the wedding day.
During the ceremony Jacquie was discrete and blended in well with the guests, I was very glad to have her at our wedding. At the reception we had a few small hiccups and Jacquie trouble shooted and sorted them out taking the stress off me. The DJ had a malfunction with her equipment, Jacquie solved this by using her laptop to play music until the DJ had fixed the problem. Also two guests who had not R.S.V.P turned up and I had nowhere to sit them, I went to Jacquie and straight away she solved the problem. Jacquie made sure the day went to plan and helped to make it wonderful and organised.
I would recommend Jacquie to anyone, she is amazing and helped me so much, I feel I could not have done it without her and she helped to make our wedding the fantastic day it was.
Thank you Jacquie.”
Helen Janjua, August 2013
“I met Nic (Boydon) on the day of my wedding she came with Jacquie (my other wedding planner to support her as Jacquie had badly hurt her leg). Not only did Nic make her self available at short notice she was a professional and kind person, she came to meet me before the wedding and helped to ease my nerves and anxiousness. Nic also went to the venue and helped the table decorater and made sure everything was gong to plan. Nic was invaluable at helping on the day, she met me outside the town hall before I was about to get married and explained where I had to go and want I had to do, she also played the entrance and exit wedding music.
Nic waited with us after the ceremony for the wedding car to return, she was calm, in control and very organised. She helped everything run smoothly on our wedding day, Nic was there for help and advice throughout the day and made sure the day went to plan, she trouble shooted any problems that arose (such as two extra guests arriving).
Even though my wedding day was the first time I had met Nic she was so friendly and approachable it did not feel like the first time I had meet her. Myself and my husband thought Nic was wonderful and would highly recommend her to any couple looking for a wedding planner.
Thank you Nic.”
Helen Janjua, August 2013
“I just wanted to drop you a line [Sandi Morais-Myles] to say thank you so much for all your fantastic help on my Big Day!!…
From the point we met at the pre-wedding meeting to your departure on the day itself, I felt I could completely rely on you. You were so calm and collected at every moment! You were so thorough and took such an interest in all the minor details during our pre-wedding meeting. The fact you took supplier details to confirm final logistics without me asking you to was a huge help. But on the day itself is when you really were a godsend. If you hadn’t have been able to collect the flowers and transport them to the venue I really don’t know what we’d have done! Thank you so much! I hope you enjoyed yourself and gained the experience you were hoping for.”
Lucy Ockleton, August 2013
“Thank you so much Sarah (Merrington) for all your time and help during the process of organising our wedding. With your experience and knowledge it meant that we were able to relax as we knew we were in safe hands. We are so grateful to have had your support. You are a fantastic wedding planner and we wish you all the best for the future.”
Natasha Evans, August 2013
“Thank you so much for providing us with three great wedding planners, they really were a fantastic help and I am so glad that I came to you all that time ago!”
Amy Hatch, June 2013
“A massive thank you Sarah (Merrington) for all you did for us before the wedding. It was such a shame you could not be there on our special day, but you helped it go amazingly well. Your meticulous planning, great attention to detail and fantastic wedding planning skills helped us have our dream day. You are a natural and will make a brilliant planner, so best of luck with it all.”
Amy Hatch, June 2013
“I wanted to express a HUGE amount of thanks to you [Joanne Stentiford] for your hard work over the last few months. We were lucky enough to have you help us out with the on-the-day organisation for our wedding, however you helped us out with so much more than this. You put in so much hard work, dedication, care and attention to detail from the first meeting and it was all hugely appreciated. The fact that you were constantly in touch, took over the final supplier contact, met with us at all venues beforehand and even came down the day before to help with the set-up, was massively appreciated. You were a pleasure to work with and put us instantly at ease.
The day wouldn’t have been the same without you and Peter (West) there to organise all and take care of the timings, suppliers, etc. You happily travelled all over the place picking up bags, transferring flowers and generally doing whatever that was needed! I am a perfectionist and was slightly worried leaving the last-minute set-up to other people, but you followed my instructions perfectly and even came up with some quirky ideas that really worked, like the bar letters. Perfect!
I am sure you will be such a successful wedding planner, as you seem to have a real knack for the finer details, are very organised and you are a pleasure to work with, creating a very personal touch throughout.
Thank you again, so much – the day wouldn’t have been the same without you.”
Amy Hatch, June 2013
“Mario and I really want to sincerely thank you [Joanne Stentiford] for your incredible support to us all – not only on the wedding day but throughout the entire week and experience. You were truly brilliant and have immense talent – I was personally bowled over by how completely ‘in to it’ you are, but not only that but you were so much fun to have as a part of it and a special person to have as part of the journey.
Thank you so much for making everything so seamless and stress-free – your expertise was quite something to behold.”
Annette Evans, June 2013
“Mario and I will never know how to thank you Jacquie (Chambers) for being not only our incredibly talented wedding planner, but also my rock throughout the whole planning process. Having a big wedding of 180 people, is no easy task. However, you blew all my expectations out of the water!
When the rain began destroying our dream outside wedding ceremony I didn’t know what we were going to do or what I would walk into upon arrival. Somehow you managed to make the ceremony inside one so special that we couldn’t have imagined our wedding vows being taken anywhere else.
Your unparalleled knowledge of the wedding industry, suppliers and contacts was so invaluable to us. I have no doubt that we could never have pulled off such a magnificent day without you. On our wedding day we both knew that although things were not going to plan but that you had everything under control. We put this down to our wedding day being in such capable hands and how much we trusted you to deliver us the perfect day that you did. Months on from our wedding day guests and the priest are still enquiring about where they can hire you from!
It takes such a special person to do the job that you do Jacquie! Mario and I both agree that having you on board to help plan our wedding was the best decision a Bride and Groom to-be, could make.”
Mr & Mrs Evans, June 2013
“Jo (Stentiford) was absolutely fantastic. Having met her in the weeks before our wedding, she put us completely at our ease, as we knew everything on the day would be taken care of. She was an immense help in dressing our venue beforehand with our decorations, showing her artistic flair. Also when a problem arose on the day with our cake arriving to the wrong entrance at our reception, she just took care of it without us even knowing, while we could just enjoy our day. We would definitely recommend her to other couples thinking of hiring a wedding planner.”
Claudia Baker and Christian Munro, May 2013
“I just wanted to say a big thank you to The Wedding Planner School for arranging for Fatima Uddin and Tara Green to be our planners for our wedding in March. They were brilliant and really helped us to make the day run smoothly. We had a really memorable day…
Thank you once again for all your help. I will be happy to recommend The Wedding Planner School to friends who may be getting married in the near future.”
Mickella Lewis, March 2013
“From the first day that we met Fatima (Uddin) we knew that we were in good hands and that we could trust her to support us with our wedding preparations and to ensure that everything would run smoothly on the day. Fatima was very helpful in the run up to our wedding with the tasks that we needed extra support on. She led the co-ordination of our wedding with great efficiency and when the day actually came we were able to relax and enjoy it.
Thank you Fatima for all your support.”
“Tara (Green) assisted with the planning and coordination of our wedding and was great right from the beginning. She was highly professional but also brought a personal touch to the parts of the day that she was supporting. On the day of the wedding she proved to be a champion trouble-shooter helping to deal with some of the problems that occurred so that we could just relax and enjoy our wedding.
Thank you Tara for all your support.”
Mickella Lewis, March 2013
“When James and I started planning our wedding, the most important thing to us was that we wanted a relaxed, laid back feel to the day. We therefore decided to seek the help of a wedding planner for the day.
Hiring Jacquie was probably the best decision we made for our wedding. James & I were worried that it would be a manic day with people to meet and things to do and feared we would be pulled in all directions all day instead of having a relaxed chilled day. But thanks to Jacquie, everything went swimmingly well and we had the relaxed wedding we always wanted.
Having a marquee wedding in the middle of an unusually wet October with a buffet style paella station outdoors was a mission. We left it all up to her and she organised everything. It was the best day of our lives and we couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out. I’m recommending getting a wedding planner for all my engaged friends – and I’m specifically recommending Jacquie!”
Reeta Kaur, October 2012
“We couldn’t afford to spend a few more thousand pounds on a wedding planner but bearing in mind, this was going to be a wedding weekend, with two weddings (a traditional Gujarati wedding and a traditional Church of England wedding as well as the pre-wedding ceremonies), we really needed one. That’s when we found The Wedding Planner School who recommended Fatima as our main wedding planner, with Jacqui and Julie as her assistants on the day.
From the time we met Fatima we were impressed – she was organised and understood what we wanted immediately. She didn’t blink an eyelid at the amount of coordination that would be required on the days and took it all in her stride. As it turned out, they were our three musketeers! Fatima recommended a DJ to us who provided the right balance of cheesy pop, dance and Bollywood music; she sorted out the most beautiful fresh rose garlands for us. Jacqui and Julie welcomed our guests when they arrived showing them where to park. They all got stuck in on the day and coordinated caterers, laying out favours and picking up all those last minute bits and pieces which our decorators or caterers refused to do. We really would have been lost without them.
All we can say, is go with The Wedding Planner School- the calibre of their candidates is extremely high. I would think that a professional wedding planner could easily have turned around and said some of the work is not in scope but we did not hear a sound from Fatima, Jacquie and Julie. Thank you so much for keeping us stress free on our days and helping make it the most memorable event we and our friends and family have ever had!”
Neeti Anand, November 2012
“Thank you again for putting me in contact with both planners. They helped make my day very special indeed:
Amber (Hardy) was meant to be providing me with an on-the-day wedding service for my August wedding, but had much more contact in the year proceeding than I would have imagined. Amber attended all planning meetings and immersed herself in all the finer details of my wedding. She had a calming personality which acted as a great quality on the morning of the wedding. I had great feedback from my family and friends regarding her willingness to help and support them throughout the day. I can confirm that the service I received from Amber was both professional and attentive. I had no stresses on the day and the suppliers felt comfortable in her ability to deal with any problems or complications that may have occurred. Not only was Amber attentive but she was discreet, many guests were unaware that she was my Wedding Planner. Amber had a cheery smile all day and if any problems had arisen I was unaware because she floated through the venue with ease guiding guests and suppliers alike. I am very happy with the service Amber provided to me and my husband and would recommend her to any member of my family or friends who will be marrying in the near future. I wish her all the very best in the future, but I know she will succeed in her chosen career!
Peter provided me with an on-the-day wedding service for my August wedding at Oaks Farm. I had great feedback from my family and friends regarding his willingness to help and support them throughout the day. I can confirm that the service I received from Peter was both professional and attentive. I had no stresses on the day and the suppliers felt comfortable in his ability to deal with any problems or complications that may have occurred. Not only was Peter attentive but he was discreet, many guests were unaware that he was my Wedding Planner and assumed from his cheery demeanour that he was another guest. I am pleased with the service Peter provided to me and my husband and would recommend him to any member of my family or friends who will be marrying in the near future. I wish him all the success in the future but I know he will succeed in his chosen career!”
Sabrina Salkey-Miskin, August 2012
“Pippa (Milner) was the wedding planner for our recent marriage at the Church of St Barnabas in Kensington on 7th July and I can thoroughly recommend her as first class in every way. She has all the attributes to make your wedding day special and, most importantly for the bride and groom, she will give you the peace of mind of not needing to worry about anything. Pippa is highly organised, enthusiastic, energetic, conscientious, presentable, great with people, reliable, never leaves a stone unturned and is great fun ! I can’t imagine you’d do better elsewhere.”
Antony Stimpson, July 2012
“I just want to touch base with you regarding the two wedding coordinators that helped with my wedding in April. They were absolutely amazing, especially Pippa (Milner), who went far beyond the call of duty to help me. I don’t know how we would have managed without her and would thoroughly recommend her to anyone, so thank you for putting us in touch with her.”
Alison Rodgers, April 2012
“Fatima came on board initially to help me out on the big day as I realised that I needed someone at the venue organising so I could relax and enjoy myself without stress. However as one of Fatima’s strengths is flexibility, she became much more involved in the planning of the wedding and gave invaluable help in an advisory role. Following our initial meeting she put me completely at ease about all the plans and calmed my fears! She helped me realise the areas that I hadn’t already covered or thought of and worked on an itinerary for me to work to that ensured that I didn’t miss any deadlines and covered all actions. Fatima’s enthusiasm was a real pleasure and any stress that I felt completely bounced off her and turned into calm. The day was a great success, aided by Fatima’s organisation and management on the day and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.”
Nicky Armspach, March 2012
“Thank you so much for all your hard work and stress management. You have been absolutely amazing and I wish to express my gratitude!”
Alison married in April 2012 and sent this note of thanks to graduate Pippa Milner
“Pippa Taylor agreed to help me and was unbelievably flexible on how involved I wanted to be involved and how I wanted her to be involved. One minute I wanted to do everything myself and the next I didn’t have time and needed her help! She is also one of the most organized people I’ve met and after our initial meeting where she made a great effort to understand who I was, what I wanted and my capacity to get involved, she put together lists and itineraries for me so that a) I didn’t miss or forget anything that I was supposed to do, and b) I was completely at ease and felt in control about how long I had to do things and key deadlines.
She provided invaluable advice on the process of getting married – from civil ceremony paperwork and formats (which I knew nothing about), to key timings throughout the day and even how to handle the in-laws! On top of this Pippa actually helped me reduce my in-costs for areas such as transport where she has key relationships with suppliers and therefore gets preferential rates.
When the big day arrives of course all your worries go out of the window and you just have a fabulous time – well I did anyway as I realized that I was in very capable hands and anything that could have gone wrong – or did – was dealt with immediately by my very experienced and trusted planner. Pippa was a real pleasure to work with and I can’t thank her enough for all her hard work and helping to make my wedding day the best day of my life.”
Nicky Armspach, March 2012
“I would like to express my appreciation of the services rendered by your school. My wedding was a huge success and I am pleased to say the expertise of your students brought it all together. The planners [Samantha and Lucy] obviously put all that they had been taught into assisting with my wedding.”
Olajumoke Laja, December 2011
“Thank you so much for both the wedding planners [Amber and Dorota] that were provided to help me with my wedding. Their input and advice was really helpful and they helped to keep me calm.”
Patricia Smith, September 2011
“We were really pleased with this ‘Free for Brides’ service. I’ve recommended it to all my friends.
Pippa T – Thanks again for all your hard work.
What with running my own business and wanting a fairly unconventional vintage wedding in my garden, I knew I would require assistance with the planning. Initially I would need help sourcing quality yet affordable suppliers, and a planner that was versatile in their own style and patient with me being a perfectionist.
On the first meeting with Pippa I knew she was right for us as she has a keen eye for detail aesthetically, as well as having the ability to look at the event structurally in terms of timings.
On the day Pippa unobtrusively made sure that every detail exactly emulated our vision – her being there gave us complete peace of mind. You know your coordinator is doing their job brilliantly when everything feels perfect.”
Natasha married in August 2011 and sent this letter of thanks to graduate Pippa Taylor
“David and I would like to sincerely thank you, Dorota, for everything you did to make our wedding the best day of our lives!
You were professional, but very personable when dealing with our desires and we appreciate every detail! Thank you for your encouragement and support through the entire process.
Our wedding had lots of elements, some rather ambitious, and you helped to make sure everything turned out perfectly.”
Jasmine married in July 2011 and sent this letter of thanks to graduate Dorota
“Thank you so much for everything Jemma, you truly were amazing and so helpful.
You are the perfect wedding planner – organised, helpful, kind, reliable, sweet and observant and much more.
Thank you so much for going to the trouble of getting extra refreshments on the morning of the wedding – I cannot thank you enough for caring and doing that for us.”
Suzie married in July 2011 and sent this letter of thanks to graduate Jemma
“The wedding was a real success and I cannot stress how fantastic it was to have your help to put up the venue decoration on the day.
Working with Vicky is a total pleasure. Vicky was always an email away for any questions or queries I had and she really took the pressure off me in the crucial weeks running up to the wedding.
On the day having her there meant that we knew that everything would run smoothly and Vicky was there to make our day the special day we imagined.
Thanks so much!”
Jasmine married in July 2011 and sent this letter of thanks to graduate Vicky
“I just had to drop you a line to say what a fabulous service you offer.
We had one of your graduates assist us at our wedding on Saturday and she was just totally amazing, her support and daily emails before the day, to help the day before and even answering my texts at 6am on the day of the wedding and the non-stop work she put in on the day were awesome.
Guests absolutely loved her, so friendly and accommodating. They were so amazed at her level of dedication.
She made myself and my husband feel very special and we were able to totally relax and enjoy our special day and for that we will be forever grateful.
Her name is Kirsten and we are sure she will make a huge success of her business and would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone looking for a planner.”
Rebecca Hamp, September 2009
“Just a quick email to say that Rita was a fabulous co-ordinator on our wedding day! She was very organised and pro-active in the run up to the day, and was incredibly helpful on the day itself.
I have recommended your work experience programme to other friends of mine who are getting married soon, as I have had such a great experience!”
Amy, September 2009
“I recently got married and contacted you about having an on the day wedding co-ordinator. You sent me the details of a lovely lady called Felicity. I just wanted to let you know how fantastic she was, and what an absolute credit she is to your school. We had an amazing day and having Felicity there took away a lot of stress and worry and we were all very impressed with how confident she was and also how she just got on with everything. She was just brilliant!!
I have no hesitation in recommending you as a school to other people wanting a wedding co-ordinator.”
Shelley, August 2009
“Donna was a tremendous help to us. Not only did she volunteer to help source items before the day, she also attended our last planning meeting to make sure she was up to speed with the arrangements. Her knowledge and experience was greatly appreciated.
The day began very early and due to time slippage with hairdressers and make up people, it was left to Donna to take care of last minute arrangements and to liaise with the various suppliers. It was very comforting to know that there was someone sensible, unflappable and resourceful on site to make sure everything went smoothly. She showed great problem-solving skills which meant that I did not have to deal with any problems that arose. She was also very good at dealing with people and managed to inform, guide and assist our guests with tact and diplomacy.
The bride and groom were very impressed with Donna’s performance and we would be more than happy to recommend her services to anyone looking for a pro-active, get-the-job-done wedding planner.”
Mary (Mother-of-the-Groom), August 2009
“We just wanted to write to say how grateful we are for all your help and support with our wedding day.
From the moment we began contacting you, you made us feel completely at ease, you presented yourself very professionally and enthusiastically, listened and suggested ideas for the day and wrote down all of the details in the planning, no matter how small.
We can’t stress enough just how many of our guests have commented on the incredibly smooth running of our day and we have no doubt that most of that was down to you and all the preparation and hard work you put in.
We would recommend you to anyone and can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our day the best of our lives.”
Kelly married in July 2009 and sent this letter of thanks to graduate Kim
“Thank you so much. Victoria was an absolute delight, loved by everyone and I would recommend her to anyone. I didn’t realise how much of a help she would be but she was invaluable!”
Ciara, May 2009
“Celia has been a total godsend to us while planning our civil partnership and I would recommend her highly to anyone. She asked all the relevant questions including what we ourselves felt was important to us. I think this meant from the start she had a great idea of what we wanted from the day, both physically with flowers, decorations and food and emotionally in terms of the tone of the event, as well as keeping an eye on what budget we were working with. She was one of the rare people that I knew I could guarantee would be totally 100% reliable, on the ball and who would get back to me about any worries I had big or small! She has made me feel like the wedding will be everything I wanted it to be and that is priceless!”
Charlotte, September 2008.
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