Today I’m delighted to introduce to you on the Friday Supplier Spotlight a lovely lady called Val Mattinson who also happens to be a fantastic Wedding Planner! I’ve asked Val to tell us a little bit more about herself and her company Benessamy Events

How I Got Started

I launched Benessamy Events in 2011 after a career in the public sector in legal and corporate affairs.

I guess I got “the bug” for organising events when I worked in Chief Executive’s Office at Nottingham City Council and then became the Head of External Affairs. In this role I was responsible for the planning and co-ordination of ministerial and other special visits to Nottingham. I stayed in that role for three years before taking up the position of Director of Corporate and External Affairs at New College Nottingham (NCN) where my responsibilities included PR, communications and marketing.

I have enjoyed organising many special occasion events over the years but I think that the one which helped me to realise that it was time to put my passion, organisation (and list making!) skills into business was my brother and sister in law’s wedding in Barbados a few years ago. My initial curiosity and interest in the detail of their plans turned into the need to literally roll my sleeves up (or kicking off my flipflops!) and assisting in the on the day co-ordination to ensure that their dream wedding ran smoothly and in accordance with their plans. I loved every minute of it!

In 2010 I left NCN to set up Benessamy Events – The name ‘Benessamy’ is a combination of the names of my children and daily inspiration, Ben and Jessamy.

Services Offered by Benessamy

Many of the services we offer are bespoke and as such are priced according to the scale and size of a client’s wedding or special event. We do not accept commission from suppliers and any discounts obtained are always passed onto our clients which will often mean a saving for them. This helps us to maintain our independence and ensures that we provide advice, support and recommendations which are appropriate to our clients’ tastes, priorities and budget.
We are proud to affiliated with the UKAWP as an Associate Member and subscribe to their Code of Ethics.

All of our services start with an initial no obligation complimentary consultation. Our services include (See our website for more info on each):

Full Wedding Planning
Wedding Day Management including supplier and guest co-ordination
Rescue Service
Budget Management and supplier negotiation
Venue finding
Supplier sourcing
RSVP and Guest Management
Wedding Etiquette Advice

We specialise in weddings but are also offer for party planning and co-ordination for other special occasions and celebratory events.


I think that the skills that I’ve developed as a lawyer – organisation, tactfulness, diplomacy, negotiation and attention to detail are incredibly useful to my wedding and events clients.