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Benessamy provides a bespoke wedding planning service for clients getting married in the UK or destination weddings in the Caribbean. They bring a keen eye for detail and a professional commitment to making sure your wedding goes without a hitch, and will provide as much or as little assistance for your wedding as you need.

Services offered

Benessamy offers a completely bespoke wedding planning service with a variety of options to select from according to your needs. All planning services include a complimentary consultation and they can organise events for up to 500 guests.

They have a considerable network of contacts which are invaluable to assist with finding your perfect venue and experienced quality suppliers. They are able to conduct negotiations on your behalf, handle your RSVPs, accommodation and travel information for your guests, and more.

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Frequently asked questions

Size of weddings/events you organise:

Fewer than 100 guests
Between 100 and 300 guests
Between 300 and 500 guests

Services you offer:

Wedding coordinator
Other (In addition to our wedding planning and co-ordination services, we also plan parties and private events)

What kind of ceremonies do you offer?

Civil partnership

Do you organise non-Christian religion weddings?


What type of weddings are you specialised in?

Whether you dream of saying your vows in a beautiful historic building, beneath the canopy of a luxurious marquee or on the sandy beach on a stunning island in the Caribbean, we're here to help!

How do you work?

We offer a complimentary consultation where we can discuss your vision for your wedding day. We'll then prepare a bespoke proposal for you setting out the initial ideas discussed and how we can help

What are the forms of payment?

Wedding planning fees are paid for by way of a staged payment plan, details are available on request. Payments can be made via internet banking or using debit or credit cards via Stripe
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Ami-Louise H. Sent on 27/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating


We got married in 2017 and can't thank Val and her team enough for the wonderful job they did co-ordinating our special day. Benessamy were absolutely amazing, they took all the stress and pressure off so we were able to just relax and enjoy our day. We'd highly recommend Val and her team.
Maebellyne V. Sent on 27/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding was completely stress-free because of Val and her team!

On the morning of the wedding, Chris and his friends went out clay pigeon shooting. I on the other hand went for a leisurely run around Norwood Park. Several of our friends along with the hair stylist and make-up artist commented that they’d never seen anyone so completely calm before getting married.

As much as we’d love to claim we have nerves of steel, we in fact have Val and Anna to thank for everything! Val provided us with her full wedding planning service which meant she helped us every step of the way from choosing a location, finding fantastic suppliers to liaising with the local Register offices and then pulling all the details together on the big day. We were so calm because we knew the team had everything under control and that things would just run smoothly.

Planning a wedding can be hard enough at times but when you’re doing it from hundreds of miles away I’d imagine it adds a whole other level of stress.

Thankfully we have no clue what that other level of stress feels like because we had Val. She kept us on track, offered support when needed and gave us ideas we never would have come up with on our own. The day itself could not have gone any better. Our guests still talk about the wedding and how much fun they had.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Val so if you’re thinking about hiring it!
Mark S. Sent on 27/05/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Every wedding needs a Val!

Where do we start....

Having Val on board for our wedding was easily one of the best and easiest decisions we made! A truly unique lady who we couldn't have done without. Our wedding was quite simply our best day ever and having Val as our wedding planner ensured that the whole day ran smoothly.

Professional, supportive and offering guidance when needed, Val is a must have at your wedding. She gave us things to think about that we hadn't even considered and gave answers to our many questions. Val gave us peace of mind at the time we needed it most and we would not hesitate in recommending Val.
Andrea O. Sent on 02/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Invaluable Val

We were advised late in the planning to get someone to help with the lead-up and on the day assistance. Val was recommended to us by Julia of Frances Day Bridal.
It was one of the best pieces of advice. Val was incredible, extremely organised, efficient and phenomenally calm! She helped sort out one of the suppliers who was being difficult, co-ordinate the others and stood ‘no nonsense’ from anyone! On top of that she was so easy to have around and has a great sense of humour, she always seemed to be smiling. Her team on the day were also fabulous, hard working and discreet.
Val's presence definitely helped calm everyone’s nerves, and helped the day run very smoothly. We could not recommend her more highly for your wedding plans.
Chris B. Sent on 02/06/2021
5 out of 5 rating

The best money we spent!

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.
Nade Sent on 24/03/2013
5 out of 5 rating
We had the pleasure of working with Benessamy Events last October when we got married. From the moment we met Val, we knew that we would get along. Val took the time to understand exactly what we wanted and didn't want. Val was extremely professional, especially when liaising with our suppliers, it was reassuring just having Val with us on supplier meetings to ensure we remembered to ask all the questions we needed answering.Val was on hand whenever we needed her, even responding to a late pre-wedding night call for help when mother of the bride forgot her toothbrush and tights! On the day Val was invaluable, we knew we could trust Val to sort any problems that might arise, and she did.
We would definitely recommend Benessamy Events to anyone - even if you think you are pretty organised like I do, it really takes the pressure off you and allows you to enjoy your day as you should.
Sally H. Sent on 21/03/2013
5 out of 5 rating
We used Val's 'on the day service' and it was really fantastic. We met with Val before the wedding and gave her all our suppliers details and ran through what we wanted from our special day. Val was great and drew up a timetable for the day and made sure everything went to plan. We had such a lovely day and were able to enjoy every second without worrying because Val took care of our guests and liaised with staff at the venue. We were so confident that our guests were being well looked after that we went for a detour in our wedding car to have some time to ourselves safe in the knowledge that Val would make sure everything was fine. We would definitely recommend Val, and our guests commented on how lovely she was too.
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Meet the Team

Val Mattinson
Val Mattinson
Chief Planner

With over 15 years experience of planning events, I enjoy planning beautiful weddings, parties and celebration events for our clients that are stylish and full of fun! To say that I absolutely love what I do would be a huge understatement!

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 use my event planning experience and organisational skills to do something I adore.

Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP), I launched Benessamy in 2011, was appointed as a Regional Ambassador for the UKAWP and am now an Elite Member.

I look forward to meeting you!


16 Commerce Square, Lace Market NG1 1HS Nottingham (Nottinghamshire)

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