About Us Meet Kelly and her team
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
We are here to propel your wedding market success
We are passionate about helping your unique wedding venue, place or space to grow and succeed, supporting your team to:
attract more wedding enquiries
convert and secure more wedding sales
increase your wedding turnover
launch new offerings
and/or enter new target markets with confidence
Kelly has been at the vanguard of the UK’s wedding industry for almost two decades as a well-respected wedding industry entrepreneur, trainer and influencer.
She successfully founded and operated her boutique wedding planning business (The Bespoke Wedding Company), personally planning and delivering wedding celebrations for discerning global couples across a diverse range of venues and special places for 15 years. She’s worked in some of the UK’s finest Stately homes, London landmarks, 5-star hotels and private family homes, with deep experience in heritage locations, which carries through to her consulting work.
When wedding planning businesses were in their infancy, she undertook a Directorship of the trade body for independent wedding planners, UKAWP, for 7 years, where she trained, developed and nurtured hundreds of new wedding business owners on how to authentically sell their services, exceed customer expectation and run thriving businesses.
HOW IT STARTED
Kelly launched her consulting and training business for venues in 2014 when demand from wedding venue teams who knew and appreciated her working style was so great.
Kelly says “Having been part of the entire wedding process with many hundreds of wedding couples, I’ve seen every facet of how a venue operates from early marketing, website, enquiry handling, show-round, conversion, co-ordination and event day operations. I’ve seen the good, the bad and the huge untapped opportunities. Along with my team, I am passionate about working with special venues to ensure their entire offering is spot on, exceeding customer needs and ultimately driving sales results and attracting more of the right wedding business”.
Kelly heads up her small but perfectly formed team of Associates from her Surrey base, working with venues across all corners of the UK and beyond.
When not in the wedding world, Kelly can usually be found roaming a National Trust property, enjoying the great outdoors with her family and exploring the countryside, with France a particular favourite!
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MEET Kelly’s Associate Team
Andrea Swift has been an award-winning Cheshire-based wedding planner since 2006, delivering luxury high-end weddings for discerning clients living both in the UK and around the world, many of whom have turned to her to find their perfect venue.
With such a wealth of experience it is not surprising that, over the years, she has acted as a consultant for a number of venues as they sought to develop their businesses. She has worked with a diverse range of extraordinary locations, including a National Trust property, boutique hotels, Local Authorities, a grand country house as well as a woodland setting.
Andrea is our Associate based in Cheshire and serves venues throughout the North of England.
Val Mattinson is the Founder and Creative Director of multi-award-winning planning company, Benessamy Wedding & Event Planning. Val excels in forging strong working relationships with venue and supplier partners across the wedding industry.
With a background in legal and corporate affairs and over 15 years experience of planning events, her venue consultancy work has included location feasibility and review for private land owners, advice to owners of stately and historic houses and other existing venue owners looking for help to raise the profile and profitability of their venue and the planning and management of events designed to showcase the venue.
Some of her past venue consultancy clients have included, Holme Pierrepont Hall, Bawdon Lodge Farm and Prestwold Hall.
Val is our Associate based in Nottingham and serves venues throughout The Midlands.
Working as a wedding planner & entrepreneur for over 16 years, Bernadette Chapman has carved a well-respected reputation within the Wedding Industry. As one of the first independent wedding planners to launch in the UK in 2002, Dream Occasions rapidly became renowned for creating and designing classic weddings with a timeless feel.
As the original founder of the UKAWP, Bernadette recognised the demand for excellence in an unregulated industry in 2004. She is endlessly passionate about the wedding industry and endeavours to empower others with the knowledge, expertise and support they need to succeed in business. She has trained over 600 wedding planners, many of whom are now among the highest calibre of planners in the UK.
Bernadette has watched the wedding industry go through incredible changes since launching her business and understands the importance of flexibility in order to not just survive but thrive.
A renowned wedding industry consultant and trainer, Bernadette works closely with venue business owners and teams to propel their business into a success, encouraging them to nourish and flourish and hit their goals.
Bernadette is our Associate based in North Essex and serves venues throughout East Anglia.
Gemma McGrath has extensive experience venue-side. She worked for 6 years for one of the leading names in hospitality, The DeVere Group, where she worked alongside the Senior Management Team at property level to help transform their wedding business, wedding offering and general wedding presence which resulted in the property becoming multi-award-winning and a market leader amongst its competitors. This later on then became the template property which was rolled out across the remaining 75 properties across the group.
She helped recognise and implement new exciting strategies and reinvent their entire focus recreating all marketing collateral and transforming the overall wedding experience for guests. She was selected as an inspirational speaker to all Wedding Coordinators within the hotel group and has since gone on to make regular presentations and undertake speaking engagements with and for Kelly Chandler Consulting. Gemma is passionate about helping ambitious venues succeed in selling more weddings.