Benessamy is a multi-award winning wedding and party planning company based in the UK. Combining knowledge, experience, creativity and passion, Creative Director Val Mattinson plans beautiful, inspired weddings and parties UK wide and destination weddings in the Caribbean.
Hello and welcome!
I'm Val, the founder of Benessamy Wedding and Event Planning. With over 15 years experience of planning events, I plan beautiful weddings, parties and celebrations for clients. To say that I absolutely love what I do would be a huge understatement!
I've always enjoyed organising large events and special occasions, but it was my brother and sister-in-law's wedding on the beautiful island of Barbados that helped me discover my true passion for wedding planning. When some of their plans fell through, my initial curiosity and interest in their celebration suddenly transformed into the very real need for me to roll up my sleeves and assist with their on-the-day co-ordination. It was up to me to ensure their dream wedding ran smoothly and I relished the responsibility.
Having originally qualified as a solicitor and spending many years working in corporate affairs (which included organising corporate events, ministerial and royal visits), I decided to put my event planning experience and organisational skills to use doing something I adore. Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), I launched Benessamy Wedding and Event Planning in 2011 and was appointed as a Regional Ambassador for the UKAWP.
I've had the pleasure of working with many clients, helping them celebrate memorable moments and milestones in their lives. Seeing a look of happiness appear on my clients' faces as their grand vision for their wedding, party or event is finally realised, remains one of my greatest joys.
Photography by Hannah Duffy Photography
We're based in Nottingham and plan events for clients all across the UK and destination weddings in The Caribbean. I limit the number of weddings and events we work on each year to make sure our clients receive a focused and personal service. Each wedding is planned with a high level of care and attention. The most important thing for me is that our clients feel special and can see that going the extra mile is the way we do business at Benessamy.
"There's so much we can, will and should say about Val, but the short answer is that she's an absolute freakin' SUPERSTAR!
We didn't initially even consider needing any kind of event planner for our wedding, but it soon became clear that the logistics of the venue we'd picked demanded some assistance.
There really aren't any words for how much Val aided us, from taking names and contact details for literally every supplier we had, coordinating their arrival times and itineraries, being the point of contact on the day should any issues arrive all the way down to helping me cack-handedly assemble a pair of easels the day before, and inflating helium balloons the morning of, Val did it all, and made our wedding run smoother than it had any right to do given the scale and lack of foresight of our wedding.
On the day she was tireless, keeping all the music playing, keeping everyone in the right place at the right time, and I'm sure 1000 other things we didn't even notice her doing to ensure our day was utterly perfect, we came downstairs the morning after the wedding expecting to find a bombsite, only to find that Val had already been around at the end of the wedding tidying up and making our life so much simpler.
Val - you would have been an absolute bargain at 3 times the price, and you were the best money we spent in the entire wedding. Thank you so much for everything you did." - Chris & Veronica
Whether you dream of saying your vows in a beautiful historic building, beneath the canopy of a luxurious marquee or on the sandy beach or private villa on a stunning island in The Caribbean, we can assist you every step of the way with your wedding plans. Find out more and explore the full range of our Wedding Planning Services here.
If you're planning to celebrate a special occasion in style with a party to completely wow your guests, there's no need to take time out of your busy schedule. We can take care of everything for you. Please get in touch to find out about our party planning services. I absolutely love a good party!
When I'm not helping clients plan their beautiful celebrations, family time is my top priority. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and together we have two wonderful children. They're my proudest achievements, and along with my husband, they give me purpose and keep me centred.
I also enjoy sharing my professional knowledge and expertise. Providing mentoring and coaching to business owners via Val Mattinson Coaching.
I look forward to meeting you soon!
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