Wedding Planner KentHi Kelly, thank you so much for everything yesterday.  You were amazing! Jodi x


My husband Bill and I worked with Kelly for our August 2011 wedding in Kent. Bill and I live in Texas and we were not planning to be in the UK until five days before the ceremony. At first, I wasn’t sure I “needed” a planner. I found Kelly’s details online and just reached out to investigate my options, and, even though I was clear that I didn’t intend to hire her, Kelly was perfectly happy to help me right from day one with ideas, contacts and suggestions, which was really above and beyond.

We had a private venue in Kent, with 60 guests for a ceremony and seated dinner: all outdoors, in marquees, with live music before dinner and dancing after. When I finally realized that coordinating such an event from across the Atlantic was entirely unrealistic, Kelly jumped in enthusiastically, hit the ground running, and extremely quickly appreciated how much control I wanted to have, and how much I wanted her to take charge of. She was super-organized and simply ran with absolutely everything I needed her to do. Amazingly, she also didn’t say “I told you so” (at least not yet).

Given that Bill and I couldn’t meet with the florist, caterer, DJ, band, or even the celebrant before the day itself, I relied on Kelly’s help more heavily than most brides, and I was thrilled that we developed such a good rapport over the miles. The regular, easy Skype meetings made for a zero-cost “face to face” communication that was invaluable. I felt truly supported in every choice I made.

Kelly was patient in the face of my indecisiveness; thoughtful; fun; and, best of all, she always emphasized that weddings are meant to be a happy occasion and cause for enjoyment, not a time for stress. She kept my stress levels way down, with her calmness and control, not to mention a wicked sense of humor (and I really enjoyed having such a great rant-buddy for the issues we had with some of our suppliers from time to time!). Kelly was my right hand person throughout the whole process until the end of the wedding day. We developed a great friendship, had some wonderful laughs and she really made the whole experience feel as special as it should.

Sarah Hurt



Hi Kelly, thank you for a smooth and great night!! M



Dear Kelly,

We hope you are well and that your calendar is fully booked with weddings to plan. Today we are celebrating our first wedding anniversary here in Norway. We cannot believe that it has already been one year since we had our wedding in Rye!

We would like to take this opportunity to again thank you for your excellent service and assistance in connection with our wedding last year and for making the celebration memorable.

Kind regards,
Anne Kristi and Daniel



Hi Kelly,

Thanks for all your help with our wedding, it was the best day and we have loads of fantastic memories.

Thanks again, Vicky and Gareth



Thank you Kelly, Chris and I were very grateful for your help and support, the wedding was wonderful.  Thank you so much for helping to make Adam and Gemma’s wedding day so gloriously happy.  “You’re the best!”






Thank you so much for all of the organising of our wedding.  We really appreciate your help and support over the last few months.

Love Gemma and Adam



A HUGE thank you for all your help and support towards our special day.  We could not have done it without you.  We think you have done such a wonderful job.

Love Sarah and Colin


Dear Kelly

Thank you so much for yesterday!  We loved it all and it was genuinely the best day of our lives.  It turned out better than we had originally planned!  Thanks again

Johnny and Sally

P.S. We will definitely recommend you to our friends!!



I write to you to express our sincere appreciation of the service your firm has provided us with during our search for a venue in London. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendly, highly efficient approach; general level of responsiveness; quick and effective communications and a willingness to provide exceptional service.

We would like to highlight the endless and tireless efforts of Kelly Hooper. She fielded and dealt with our requests, queries and comments in an extraordinary patient and competent manner. We were amazed at her willingness to accommodate us (sometimes at very short notice!) and she really did go the extra mile to ensure that we finally found a place that both of us really loved.

Thank you for your assistance and help.

Tiaan and Louise


Hi Kelly

We all really hope that you are having a well deserved rest and peaceful and relaxing holiday you certainly deserve it.

Today went without a hitch and we have had the best time.

We cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful day, and making such a special occasion possible.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.


John, Helen, Francesca & Gabriella



We both would like to thank you so much for EVERYTHING that you did to help us have such a special day.  The day was perfect and we didn’t have to worry about a thing thanks to you.  You really did do an exceptional job.
Thank you so much
Lots of love
Danielle and Chris


My daughter was married June 14, 2008, in Mountfield Parish Church near Rye, England. Her wedding was a perfect “fairy tale,” and our family and friends still don’t understand how we managed to stage the whole affair (since we live in the United States). My daughter and I know the secret well…Kelly Hooper of Orchid Weddings.

Last December the two of us met Kelly at The George Hotel in Rye for tea and a discussion of how things might go for the big weekend. Kelly impressed us with a steady confidence (and a large black notebook) that what we were hoping for could be accomplished on schedule and within our budget. We went back to the U.S. and Kelly went to work.

The bride wanted green and white floral arrangements everywhere…on the church door, the church pews, dinner reception tables, and even bouquets on the chair backs at the reception. My garden club friends from Atlanta still can’t believe the stunning beauty that Kelly’s florist created for the entire weekend which included a Friday night dinner and a bridal tea. Nothing was amiss the entire time…not a petal or a ribbon!

Kelly managed the entire wedding ceremony which was quite remarkable since we requested many extras in the format: instruments, a choir, bus transport for English and American guests, a tour guide, taxis, organ music, programs, and photography. Timing was crucial for us since the ceremony was in Mountfield and the seated dinner reception was at The George in Rye. Kelly pleasantly managed to shift all guests from our seats in the church to our seats at dinner where I cried as my daughter and her new husband entered the fabulously decorated Ballroom greeted by the loud cheers and toasts of happy guests.

Other details constantly demanded attention. We had a seating arrangement board, a band playing after dinner, two large cakes to cut, scheduled toasts, and earlier, a cocktail reception. All of it was a huge success thanks to Kelly. One of my favorite pictures from the wedding is Kelly standing with me in my daughter’s room while we were flying around trying to zip up her suitcase for leaving the reception. We are both smiling which is a clear indication that all was going very well.

After one meeting, hundreds of emails, and careful budget planning, Kelly, my family, and around 115 guests waved goodbye to a very happy couple as they drove off down the main street of Rye. Many decisions got them in that taxi. We feel that one of the best was to choose Kelly Hooper of Orchid Weddings for our wedding coordinator.

Elouise Shepherd



I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Let me just say Kelly, that you were wonderful and we were very well taken care of.  All of the credit goes to you and your team!

Judith and Antony



Dear Kelly

Thank you for organising such an amazing ‘do’ for me. I had such a good time, I spent most of the time feeling so overwhelmed by it all.

Thank you so much again.




Hello Kelly

Saturday went really well, so thank you very much for organizing it all for us. Thank you again for all your hard work.




Thank you so much, the wedding was PERFECT!  The day exceeded our expectations – there was nothing that could have made it a more perfect day!

With love and best wishes

Annette and Luke




Good day Kelly.

My wife and I were delighted to have been able to attend the festivities at the wedding reception for Isabel and Richard, at the Bull Inn a couple of weeks ago.

It was a very pleasant evening, well organised, and good fun, albeit my caricature leaves a great deal to be desired!

Els and I would like to thank you for the excellent arrangements.

Cheers for now,

Doug and Els



Dear Kelly

Thank you so very much for all of your help, I honestly do not know what we would have done without you!

With love

Tania and Graham



Dear Kelly

Many thanks for your assistance we had a very good night!




Dear Kelly

We are still floating after our wonderful day!

Thank you for all your help organising this event. It was a great day and we enjoyed it very very much.

Kind regards

Barbara and Roman



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