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Ailish McDonnell

event planner, wedding planner

Ailish McDonnell


Wedding Planning Made Easy. We're here to help you relax and have fun so you can Keep Calm & Marry On!

Welcome to Keep Calm and Marry On. We are a wedding planning and consultation service for weddings and civil partnerships, pre and post wedding parties, anniversaries, engagements and renewal of vows, for all denominations.

Preparing and planning for your wedding is such an exciting time and can often feel a little overwhelming but please don’t worry!

We offer a range of services to assist you with exactly how you want your wedding day. At Keep Calm and Marry On we treat your wedding with as much passion and care as if it were our own – so you’re in safe hands.

Every wedding is special and unique and as such requires a very personal service.

We only work with the best to ensure we deliver the best. With our excellent communication skills, we will be with you every step of the way, leaving you free to enjoy the weeks leading up to your wedding, without getting bogged down with the all the preparation and admin involved.

Our goal is to ensure you remain in control and confident that your wedding day is exciting, fun, beautiful and calm – everything you’ve always imagined it to be.

Wedding planning is made easy with our guidance, expertise and superior contacts.

We’re here to help you relax and have fun so you can Keep Calm and Marry On.

Based in South Manchester, Keep Calm and Marry On is owned and run by wife and mother, Ailish McDonnell. With a background of almost 10 years in Public Relations and Communications, a degree in International Business and having been brought up in a family business environment, she has brought her experience, skills and talent to organising fabulous weddings.

With a flair for organising parties and events, Ailish has always wanted to plan weddings since her own fairytale castle wedding in County Cavan, Ireland, in April 2007. Since then, she has planned several weddings in England and across the north and south of Ireland. From understanding the natural beauty and charm of an Irish country wedding to the coolness of a chic, city wedding full of glamour and fun – your wedding will reflect your personality and style, all within budget.

All aspects of your wedding will be planned in great detail, from finding the venue, sourcing flowers, designing the menu and arranging catering, venue dressing and entertainment, through to fulfilling your expectations and being there to manage and support you on your special day.

Ailish says: “Since the birth of my daughter in 2010 I decided to finally pursue my passion for wedding planning using my extensive PR experience and degree in International Business and set up my own business. Having planned several weddings across the north and south of Ireland and in Manchester, I love that every single wedding is different from the next. Every couple has different ideas, styles, cultures and budget and, most importantly, every couple has been on a different journey, with a different love story.

“I love weddings. I love the romance and symbolism of two people coming together forever. I love having friends and family all celebrating under one roof. I love organising, I love attending – I simply love everything about them!

“At Keep Calm and Marry On, we want to change preconceptions that wedding planners are the preserve of the rich and famous. Everyone has a budget, regardless of how big or small, and I will work within your remit, so you have a truly magical day.

“We will negotiate hard with suppliers and ensure you receive only the best service for your budget, without compromising on quality. It’s all about getting it right – there’s no second chance on your wedding day.”

If you like what we do and want to learn more about how we can help you,
book your free consultation by emailing info@keepcalmmarryon.com or call 07732531910.


Whether you want a large family affair or a small intimate gathering, at home or abroad, we will work hard in designing your wedding with you so your day is beautiful, exactly how you imagined and more.

Keep Calm and Marry On offers different services to suit you, saving you time and money, to help make your day spectacular.

We only work with suppliers we trust and can rely on and who care deeply about the quality of service they provide and the couple marrying, not just about making money.

At Keep Calm and Marry On we treat your wedding with as much passion and care as if it was our own. So you know you are in safe hands.

We recommend a complimentary initial consultation so that we can discuss and understand your vision and requirements.

Complimentary Consultation

Our clients must feel 100 per cent comfortable with their planner and vice versa. We want to get to know all about you as a couple, your style, aspirations, influences, anything you may have started to book/plan and any ideas or themes you may have in mind.

This initial consultation will last for one hour and will be offered free of charge.

Bespoke Full Planning Package

This bespoke, tailor made package will begin with a free consultation and if you are happy we will then begin to plan your wedding from start to finish.

We maintain superior relationships with the finest service providers and with these contacts we can negotiate the best deals, which we will always pass on to our clients.

We are tough on budget and ensure our clients have the wedding of their dreams without the pressure and nightmare of overspend.

Initial complimentary consultation
Ideas and creative inspiration
Budget & timeline
Full supplier & venue sourcing
Monthly face-to-face meetings
Continuous telephone and email support
Detailed wedding day itinerary
Wedding day co-ordination

On The Day Coordination

You have planned all the details yourselves but can now relax and enjoy the day while we take care of all of the co-ordinating, gathering the party for various photos and ensuring everything runs to schedule.

Initial consultation 2-4 weeks before the wedding
2 meetings prior to wedding day
Detailed wedding day itinerary
Attendance/coaching prior to rehearsal
Management of set-up, ceremony and reception
Distribution of payments to suppliers such as caterers, DJ and bands
Up to 10 hours on-site

Partial Planning

We will help you plan your wedding, down to the very last detail, making sure everything is in place for your special day.

Initial complimentary consultation
Budget & timeline
4 face-to-face meetings
Over the phone support
Detailed wedding day itinerary

Wedding Consultation

You have amazing ideas and know exactly what you want, but are struggling in bringing it all together or finding the right suppliers.

With our expertise and experience we ensure everything comes together smoothly so you can relax.

Minimum four hours consultation.

Cost fully refundable if Keep Calm and Marry On plan your wedding.

Wedding SOS

You have already done a lot of hard work in organising and planning but are at a loss in bringing it all together.

Please don’t panic! Whether it is six weeks or six days before the wedding, we will bring calm to the storm.

Cost fully refundable if Keep Calm and Marry On plan your wedding.

Bespoke Events

At Keep Calm and Marry On we will help with any stage of a clients wedding, including pre and post wedding parties, hen and stag parties, engagements and anniversaries.

Price on application and will be discounted with another service.

We can also help with any other party or event such as a vintage tea party, baby shower, christening, garden party, teddy bears picnic, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, St Patrick’s Day and other religious celebrations.

Corporate Events

We are experienced in corporate events and can arrange a tailor made package for you. This could be a business breakfast/brunch, networking event, press launch, business opening, an anniversary, Christmas party or a charity event.