We're here to listen, advise and support: Providing attentive, personal service from the moment you get in touch
We’re a multi-award-winning wedding and party planning company based in Nottinghamshire. Travel and adventure are central to our ethos and we plan luxurious events in beautiful locations all over the UK and overseas weddings in the Caribbean.
Hello, I'm Val Mattinson, Director and Chief Planner at Benessamy.
To say I absolutely love what I do would be a huge understatement! I have over 15 years’ experience planning events, but I started my professional career as a solicitor in the public sector. Later, when I moved into external and corporate affairs, my responsibilities included organising large corporate events, ministerial and royal visits.
Eventually, I decided to use my event planning experience and organisational skills to do something I absolutely love – planning luxurious, heartfelt celebrations for people who want to feel totally looked after.
Although I’ve always enjoyed organising special occasions, one in particular helped me realise it was time to turn my passion into a business. When my brother and sister-in-law decided to get married on the beautiful island of Barbados, my initial interest in their plans quickly turned into the need to roll up my sleeves and assist with on-the-day coordination. I helped ensure their dream Caribbean wedding ran smoothly, and I loved every minute of it!
I launched Benessamy in 2011 after training with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), the leading industry body for the UK wedding industry. Since then, I’ve supported numerous couples on their wedding planning journey and helped create an array of memorable celebrations.
Our wedding and party planning services are completely bespoke and tailored to meet your specific requirements. Working with us reduces stress and overwhelm, ultimately giving you peace of mind and making your life easier, especially if you’re planning a long-distance overseas wedding in the Caribbean.
While you can rely on us to take care of every detail, you can be involved as much or as little as you like. Trusting us with the bulk of your arrangements means you’re free to enjoy the more exciting aspects of planning a wedding or event.
We’re here to listen, advise and support, providing attentive, personal service from the moment you get in touch. We limit the number of clients we take on each year, so you can be confident we’ll give your celebration the attention it deserves.
We're passionate about collaborating with the best venues and suppliers around the world and every event is planned with unrivalled creativity, dedication and care.
Benessamy is now an Elite Member of UKAWP. This means we’re guided by the highest standards of excellence and professionalism. Elite membership is by invitation only and subject to stringent requirements including the ability to demonstrate we consistently provide outstanding service.
In 2015, we were Highly Commended at the national finals of The Wedding Industry Awards and named Best Wedding Planner in the East Midlands, an award we won again in 2016 and 2017. This is considered the gold standard for wedding excellence in the UK and it’s an achievement I’m deeply proud of.
"Val is a wedding co-ordinator extraordinaire! There is no way our wedding would have gone as smoothly as it did without her help. Having her support leading up to, and on the big day was so valuable. She kept us calm and relaxed and knowing that she had the whole thing in hand allowed us to really enjoy the day and not worry about any details that might go wrong. Val, is a lovely lady, she's constantly positive and calm. We thoroughly recommend her. Thank you Val!" - Ami & Gavin.
"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 and being the point of contact on the day should any issues arrive. Val did it all, and made our wedding run smoother than it had any right to do given the scale and our lack of foresight.
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....Thank you so much for everything you did." - Veronica & Chris
"The sheer scale of the events and the wonderful surprises that just kept on coming were a master class in planning and attention to detail. And the icing on the cake, Val is a warm and lovely person who genuinely did everything she could to make my birthday one I will never forget. Thanks so much Val!" - Sally
Get in touch to discuss your party plans and arrange a complimentary consultation.
When I’m not working, I’m happiest spending time with my family, visiting new places and listening to music. I’m a huge fan of Elbow, Coldplay and The Smiths, but my taste is eclectic and I love a good playlist. I enjoy yoga and taking long walks in beautiful locations, especially beside a stretch of water or near the sea. Relaxing at a spa is one of my favourite ways to completely unwind. I love to travel, and my passport is always ready for whatever adventure you have in mind!
Get in touch to discuss your plans and arrange a complimentary consultation. I look forward to speaking to you soon!