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North East Wedding Planners are industry leaders designing weddings with originality and rebellious creativity. We specialise in creating elegant and understated, natural and refined, luxurious opulence, and sophisticated but in no way a cliché wedding for modern couples. Our multi-award-winning Wedding Management and On The Day Co-ordination service is for those who love the freedom of a non-traditional style wedding ceremony, outdoor marquee | teepee reception or dry hire wedding venue. 


Whether you are an unconventional couple searching for an alternative way to celebrate or are a modern couple looking for a sassy stylish and chic celebration. Good for you, the only limit is your imagination and we all know rules are made to be broken. Here at North East Wedding Planners, we approach planning and creativity a little differently! Offering an incomparable experience in letting go of the expected and embracing the unique unicorn of modern wedding planning….. 



with consciously creative couples 

If you have already started to explore the idea of hosting your wedding with a marquee or teepee on the garden lawn, wedfest on farmland or dry hire venue then you will be starting to understand by now that this style of wedding is time and planning intensive! Certainly more than any other style wedding.... and yes the supplier list can be endless! 

We are multi award-winning, luxury outdoor wedding specialists that are immensely passionate about what we do! Working with our clients to curate the most important celebration of their lives is a huge responsibility and a privilege. There’s something innately uplifting about celebrating; by its very nature it brings people together. So our focus when planning a wedding celebration is to produce an incredible guest experience. Considering the whole day, step by step – what the guests will hear, see, smell, touch and taste.

We appreciate hiring the services of a wedding planner is an investment. You are trusting that person to interpret your vision, meticulously and expertly deliver your wedding day, the decision on whom you appoint has to be right. We only work with an intimate number of clients each year so we can fully immerse ourselves in each and every wedding. We give you the time you need and deserve.  We are honoured to produce such an important milestone in your lives together and to deliver a memorable planning process to match. 


The ethos behind the brand is to bring an incomparable experience, unparalleled depth of industry knowledge, opulent atmosphere and calm reassurance to couples looking to celebrate a little differently..



Excellent customer service is designed, nurtured and consciously created

Over the past fourteen years, we have collaborated with the most amazing talents in the music and entertainment industry, yes that's Ben Hanlin TV magician in the above image, secured top Ibiza DJs and bands synonymous with number one hits... so if you want to get the dance floor bouncing..... we can organise that too.


Our little black book of award-winning suppliers features luxury chefs, photographers, videographers, florists and structural experts, all industry specialists who share the same passion, commitment to customer service and thrive on perfection...  they are our closely guarded secret! We carefully source locally, throughout the UK and overseas, and we bring in the best from wherever they are located. 


We have designed and co-ordinated beautiful weddings at the following prestigious venues alongside many private estates, farms and many of our couple's back gardens, if you require an NDA (That's no problem too)

Lambton Estate  |   Brancepeth Castle  |  Burnhopside Hall  |  Bamburgh Castle | Calally Castle  |  Durham Cathedral & Castle


Whalton Hall  |  Beadnell Hall  |   Embelton Hall | Fusco Whitby Estate  |   Alnwick Castle and Gardens  |   Hornington Manor


Hexham Winter Gardens  |   Hexham Abbey  |  Tynemouth Priory  |  Jesmond Dene House  |   Wylam Brewery  |  Woodhill Hall    


The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art  |   Stonechester Racing Stables | The Hilton New York  |  The Savoy...

Dreaming of hosting your wedding in a film, TV or soap set location? If the answer is yes, then we are the team to make it happen. We don't often scream about our achievements but hey ho...... Harry Potter fans may recognise this stunning backdrop of the quidditch lawn and grounds of Hogwarts. We are the only team of independent planners to secure Alnwick Castle and Gardens for exclusive use - yes we closed the whole site to the public for a whole wedding weekend in July. You may also recognise some famous backdrops within our real wedding portfolio, from tv shows The Paradise, George Gently, and The Dumping Ground just to name a few.  



Donna Hartley Redfearn North East Wedding Planner

Hello, I'm Donna (She/her), the founder and lead wedding planner at North East Wedding Planners.

If you’re looking for a laid back completely unique wedding infused with fabulous food, live music and fire cracking atmosphere– then you are in the right place. 


The way I work is intuitive and experience led. I'm passionate about creating authentic wedding celebrations that reflect my couple's personality, humour and lifestyle. I have a very hands on attitude, always in my hunter wellies, and a cup of tea is never far away...


My background is a little unique, for many years I navigated the hospitality sector obtaining valuable experience before moving onto more operational roles within senior project management roles on-behalf of the Government and private sector.  

In 2007 I'd had enough of the corporate rat race and I took a huge leap of faith launching North East Wedding Planners, a
 bespoke wedding management service, a creative space where I can blend my knowledge, experience and more importantly passion for rural landscapes and alternative wedding design. I bring an edgy approach to planning out of the box weddings.... nothing I create is ordinary... 

Nothing I create is ordinary- Donna Hartley-Redfearn

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North East Wedding Planners has given me the most amazing opportunities to work on so many exciting projects and weddings including representing the northeast BBC team reporting and commenting on Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding in 2011, research and filming roles with the BBC, Channel 4 and I regularly sit in the hot desk chair as the wedding industry specialist with BBC, Heart and Metro Radio FM


I'm still amazed at the number of features within lifestyle and bridal press both in the UK and overseas. Highlights, I've been very privileged to see my couples weddings featured on fabulous blogs - Love My Dress, Rock n Roll Bride, Whimsical Wedding, Unconventional Weddings (And many more..) and not forgetting guest author for many wedding features including the Sunday Times, New York Times, BRIDE, Belle Bridal, Unveiled and North East Wedding Magazine to name a few.  

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I'll start this review off with a simple statement: If you are getting married and you're not sure A) if you need a planner and B) who you should be working with....The answer is A) yes, you need one and B) absolutely, 100%, without question...

Donna Hartley-Redfearn, North East Wedding Planners.

“We had an absolutely amazing day, the last few hours are a bit of a blur, as expected, but I know we had a blast. Donna, we really can’t emphasise how immensely grateful we are for everything you did for us. You made the planning process so easy, alerted us to things we’d never have even considered and took care of everything. 

Our guests at breakfast commented on how the whole day ran so smoothly and your team are hilarious, friendly and super-efficient. 

Can we do it all again x

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