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How to become a wedding planner

How to become a wedding planner

We get the story behind the fabulously successful Benessamy Weddings & Events

'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, ministerial and special events.'

'I‘ve enjoyed organising many special occasion events over the years but I think the one which helped me to realise that it was time to put my energy, 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 up my sleeves (kick off my rather stylish flip-flops!), assisting with 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 decided to leave the world of corporate affairs to set up Benessamy Weddings & Events – The name ‘Benessamy’ is a combination of the names of my two children and daily inspiration, Ben and Jessamy.'

'Having trained with the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners (UKAWP) I launched Benessamy in 2011 and am now a Level 2 Member of the UKAWP and have been appointed as their Regional Ambassador for the Midlands. I was really excited to be awarded the Best Wedding Planner in the East Midlands in The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) 2015 and to receive the Highly Commended Award at the TWIA National event earlier this year.'

Interview with Val Mattinson

Creative Director and Wedding Planner

 Benessamy Weddings & Events

Photography credits:

Martin Neeves Photography

Lumiere Photography

Michelle Waspe Photography

New Horizons Photography

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