What can I say? Chellingworth Events and Jo, in particular, is simply the best. Helpful, thoughtful, experienced, full of great ideas, always one step ahead and prepared to go the extra mile for her clients. I cannot recommend Chellingworth Events highly enough. We brought Jo in rather late in the day to help with our son and his wife’s UK wedding reception (they had previously got married in the USA) and she instantly relieved me of much stress and anxiety. She found a photographer within the budget, advised on additions to the food, made sure all the suppliers were ready in the weeks running up the event and the day before and much more. On the night she was brilliant, taking over all the arrangements, putting final touches to the décor, even sending out for additional tea-lights. She orchestrated the evening and made sure everyone knew what they were doing and when, so everything ran like clockwork. She did this in a professional but kind, courteous and understated way. She was so discrete that in the 1000+ photos I have seen of the evening, she is not in one of them! Jo was the difference between me being a nervous wreck on the night and being able to thoroughly enjoy a wonderful, memorable and joyous occasion. Definitely worth the investment.
I really enjoyed planning my wedding with Jo, she’s so helpful, kind and always bubbly and enthusiastic which is great to have someone as upbeat about your wedding as you are. Jo was constantly in communication with me making suggestions and working on the attention to detail which, when you’re dealing with lots of suppliers is really helpful. Jo went above and beyond even looking at the weather report to ensure I was well prepared on the day with my topless car. She’s so friendly it’s like organising your wedding with your friends and she’s so engaged that she never requires you to chase which is a huge relief. I really loved having her involved in my wedding and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a fun and friendly professional to organise your wedding.
Georgie and Carl Hasty
We had a list of specifications that we wanted from a venue, such as, no other weddings happening at the same time as ours, pretty with history but accessible and able to accommodate certain numbers. Jo found us the perfect wedding venue and negotiated a fantastic price for us too. Not only did the venue Jo suggested tick all of our requirements, Jo found out I was a firefighter, to add that little extra personal touch, the venue was an old training ground for Surrey fire brigade. Thank you for your amazing hard work and professionalism Jo. I highly recommend using Jo!
Jon and Hayley Lowe
We were incredibly lucky to have Jo as our wedding planner. I always knew what I wanted and had just 6 months from getting engaged to getting wed so Jo had a task (especially as I know what I like and don’t like)! From the start, Jo listened to our needs and did all she could to deliver on these. In areas where we needed help or advice, Jo would always assist. Our wedding day was to be very traditional, English (my husband is British) in the day and very relaxed Caribbean (I am from the Caribbean) by night. In the lead up to our big day, it was very rainy and the big outdoor Caribbean BBQ started to become more and more unlikely – Jo didn’t burst our bubble at all and instead, had very clear contingency plans for the rain. Thankfully we ended up having one of the driest/hottest days of the year for our wedding day! She helped massively in planning our surprise fireworks for the night too and even had great fireworks themed cocktail ideas! Jo was a hit with us the couple, our parents and even now, 10 years later we have remained in contact. She was my little angel and kept me sane in the lead up to our big day! When we renew our vows, she better be free!
Janella and Glyn Merritt
I came upon Jo by word of mouth and I am so glad I did! What a lovely lady.
My daughter Alice and her fiance Louis wanted a simple and informal, rustic style village hall wedding party (after a register office ceremony at a separate location some distance away). Having planned the outline of the wedding ourselves, we hired Jo for her one day wedding co-ordination service. This was the best decision we could ever have made and I think is what made the wedding party a huge success, judging by the atmosphere on the day and post-party feedback from guests. This was also echoed by the two very experienced catering and hospitality teams on the day (who did not know each other beforehand), who all commented on how great – and how efficient – Jo had been as ‘team leader’.
Having Jo on-site before the wedding party commenced (whilst we were all at the ceremony) and right through the day itself took away all the stress for us (particularly me as the main organiser). She was absolutely brilliant, coordinating the catering & hospitality teams as they arrived to set up, supervising the final touches to the hall and cricket field and seamlessly making everything ready, so that as family and guests arrived from the ceremony, we were all able to gather and welcome the new bride and groom without any delays. I loved the fact that although Jo kept everything running to time and smoothly throughout the day, she did it in a such discreet and friendly manner that everything just ‘flowed’ and everybody felt really looked after. This meant that we (the family) were able to relax and really enjoy the event, mingling with the guests, knowing that everything was under control with Jo at the helm.
I would highly recommend Jo for any wedding or event. Going by what I witnessed of her fantastic co-ordination service, I can believe that her full planning service is exceptional too. Highly highly recommended.