Sami Tipi Wedding Open Weekend

Spotlight on Val Mattison from

Benessamy Wedding | Event Planning

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The time is flying by!! We are only 14 days away from our open weekend which is taking place on the 19th and 20th April at Bawdon Lodge Farm in Loughborough. To help us coordinate and put this fabulous event together, we have enrolled the help of Val from Benessamy Weddings & Events Planning, with her depth of knowledge she is the ideal person to help us put this open weekend together and assist us in showcasing our magnificent tipis. Over to Val now so she can tell you a little bit more about herself;

Val Mattinson

Firstly tell us a little bit about yourself

I began my professional and business career as a solicitor in the public sector before moving into external and corporate affairs where I gained my event planning and organisational experience organising corporate and special events.

I guess I got “the bug” for organising events when I worked in the 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, royal and other special visits to Nottingham. I stayed in that role for three years before taking up the post of Director of Corporate and External Affairs at New College Nottingham, where my responsibilities included PR, communications and marketing.

Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) I launched Benessamy in 2011 and am now a Member of the UKAWP and have recently been appointed as the UKAWP’s Regional Ambassador for the Midlands. I am also the Associate Wedding Planner at Bawdon Lodge Farm.

I have a wonderful husband and we have been blessed with two fabulous children!

The name ‘Benessamy’ is a combination of the names of our children and my daily inspiration, Ben and Jessamy.

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How would you describe your style?

Lists tend to feature quite a bit! I am meticulous in my approach to planning and like to stay focused on the details so my clients don’t have to!

What services do you offer?

Benessamy offers a range of bespoke wedding services to suit all wedding styles, and all our services begin with a complimentary consultation.

Wedding services include:

Full Wedding Planning
Rescue Service
Benessamy By The Hour
Wedding Day Management
Additional Wedding Services: including venue finding, supplier sourcing, RSVP handling and honeymoon arrangements.

We also provide event management and planning services for the full range of private events and parties as well as business events.

Many of our services are bespoke and as such are priced according to the scale and size of a client’s wedding. At Benessamy we do not accept commission from suppliers and any discounts obtained are always passed onto clients which will often mean a saving for them. This helps to maintain independence and ensures that we provide advice, support and recommendations which are appropriate to our clients’ tastes, priorities and budget.

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What do you love most about weddings?

Just about everything to be honest but especially taking the time to get to know my clients and the absolute privilege of being part of such a special day.

What’s the best moment you’ve had as a wedding planner?

Difficult to narrow it down to just one but one memory that will stay with me is when I saw the look on one of my bride’s face when she arrived at her reception venue for her winter wedding reception and she saw the raging open fire, mulled wine and twinkly Christmas tree. She turned to me and said….”Thank you. It’s all just perfect!


Book your free open weekend tickets

We are really exciting about showcasing our tipis, and so pleased to have such fabulous suppliers like Val from Benessamy Wedding & Event Planning, supporting the event. The open weekend will provide you with a perfect opportunity to see just how fabulous your tipi wedding or event could be. So, register for your FREE tickets now!