Bernadette Chapman-071


I am the owner of Dream Occasions, and I love to create timeless weddings and spectacular parties for my clients. I launched my company in 2002 and planned events until 2021. Any bookings now are by request only from past clients.

Bernadette Chapman-063


Creating amazing events for
life's big celebrations

Since launching I have produced and designed over 100 celebrations. Some with less than 40 guests and some with over 200 guests. At times I have a year to plan but sometimes just 2 weeks. However long we spend together, I promise to execute your celebration seamlessly.

I have a particular passion for marquee celebrations where I love to transform a blank canvas into a magical setting using a highly professional team of experts. I only work with a small number of clients each year to enable me to give your celebration the attention it deserves. I promise you are important to me, and the service I provide is always delivered in a calm meticulous manner.

My path into event planning started in tourism, moved into TV production and culminated in a career as a top City Executive Assistant to Vice Presidents at CNBC. Becoming an event planner was a very natural progression for me, using the extensive skills gained from my corporate career.

Industry Specialist

Recognising a need for excellence in an unregulated industry, I co-founded the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) in 2004. I am passionate about the wedding industry and empowering others with the knowledge they need to succeed in business. Through the UKAWP I trained over 1,000 planners and mentored hundreds of businesses.  In 2014 I co-authored “Wedding Planning for Dummies” enabling me to help even more couples plan their perfect wedding. During my career, I have been invited to speak on TV and Radio as well as featured as an expert in numerous national publications.

When I’m not working

Spending time with my amazingly supportive family. I have been married since 2001 and have 2 sons and 1 daughter.

When I am not planning client celebrations, I love to be with my dog and take long walks in the countryside. I often listen to business books and learn whilst soaking up the fresh air.

I’m a logistical planner and love a spreadsheet (it’s true!)

I adore curling up at night with a glass of wine and a romantic book: even in my down time I adore true love!

Favourite part of a clients celebration

When my clients walk into the marquee for the first time, seeing their faces light up at what we have created together.


Dream Occasions, Coggeshall, Essex
01376 561 544 / 07939 215 531

Please note every image shown on our website has been taken from previous events we have organised. Our thanks to the following photographers for sending us the images:
Jasmine Jade, Simon Carr, Kerry Morgan, Touch Photography, Tracey Hosey, Tim Bowden, Contre Jour, Mark Bothwell, Max Burnett from Weddings_M, Julian Porch