WIN! £3.55 DEC 2022/JAN 2023 www.your-sussex.wedding HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE The ultimate guide to styling your venue Theme on! A luxury getaway Sussex's wedding photographers look back on 2022 THE HOTLIST 2023 bridalwear trends IN THE picture 100 issue th Happy birthday to us!
Tilgate Park Weddings YOUR VENUE YOUR WAY OUTDOOR OR INDOOR • CEREMONY OPTIONS BEAUTIFULWEDDING GARDEN • NATURE CENTRE • BEAUTIFUL LAWNS • STUNNING LAKES • ANCIENTWOODLANDS • MAZE • THEWALLED GARDEN Playing host to peaceful formal gardens and ponds, an evergreen hedge maze, events arena and cafe, theWalled Garden is the perfect location for celebrations like yours. Entering the magnificent tall wooden gates of theWalled Garden, it’s like stepping into a secret garden, being greeted by a 40-metre long pergola of beautiful wisteria, roses, clematis and grape vines.The Family Garden within has been transformed into a magical private garden, able to seat up to 100 guests either side of the aisle leading to a wooden arbour where the ceremony can take place. Afterwards, it’s the ideal location to serve your guests with some pre-reception drinks whilst you take the opportunity to explore the rest of the park with your photographer. For something different, animal lovers may want to visit the Nature Centre to take photos with the fun-loving meerkats or adorable goats. EVENTS ARENA At the other end of the pergola, the Arena is the perfect location to host a wedding breakfast and/or evening reception in our brand new marquee. Our 24m x 12m marquee is fully lined with ivory drapes, has chandeliers, fairy lights, and a hard floor which is carpeted. It also includes an amazing Zone Array speaker system which provides fantastic sound for dancing but also ensures your guests can chat amongst themselves comfor tably whilst sitting only a few metres away. Outside the marquee the Arena, which measures more than 1,000 square metres, provides ample room for extra enter tainment like giant garden games, a mobile bar or catering and it’s conveniently located next to the evergreen hedge maze where both young and old enjoy finding each other around each twist and turn. Although there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine, we have the advantage of also having The Barn, which is licensed, so you can choose to move indoors if you prefer. TO F I ND OUT MOR E OR BOOK A P R I VAT E TOUR Telephone: 01293 438734 | Mobile: 07385 931071 | Email: email@example.com | Visit: tilgateparkweddings.co.uk T I LGAT E PARK , T I LGAT E DR I V E , CRAWL E Y, WE S T S U S S EX RH1 0 5 PQ t i l g a t e p a r k we d d i n g s Tilgate Park has long been known as a top visitor destination in the heart of the south. Fans come from far and wide to enjoy more than 200 acres of woodland, gardens, lakes and even a mini zoo. Now this beautiful venue has opened its doors for unique weddings.
REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome to our 100th issue! 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 15 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 73 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION A luxury getaway awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse CONTENTS DECEMBER 2022/JANUARY 2023 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Eastbourne to Rye 27 COMFY AND COSY ARE WE Take a tour of the region’s cosiest winter venues FEATURES 12 HAPPY 100TH ISSUE The county’s incredible wedding suppliers have very kindly sent us their warmest wishes for our 100th-issue celebration 52 BEAUTY AND THE SEASIDE This team of local suppliers poured their collective talents into not one but three different looks for this styled shoot at The Grand Eastbourne 57 AUTUMN’S IN THE AIR From the minds of East Sussex’s creative suppliers comes this celebration of autumn wedding perfection 61 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES A look back at 2022 through the lenses of the county’s wedding photographers 67 THEME ON The ultimate guide to styling your venue On the cover The cover of our 100th issue has been sponsored by Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel (www.sandmansignature.co.uk) a stylish, modern hotel and wedding venue. The image was taken by Peter Atkinson (www.peter-atkinson.co.uk) 21 34 www.costaweddings.co.uk www.nikkileggphotography.co.uk 3
FASHION & BEAUTY 77 WHAT’S TRENDING? This is what brides-to-be will be wearing in 2023 84 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 91 FASHION AND BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems REAL WEDDINGS 34 YOU’RE TIMELESS TO ME Tasia and Daniel tied the knot on 8th October, 2022, and styled their day in a befitting emerald green palette 41 YOU GIVE ME BUTTERFLIES When Kayleigh and Haden discovered their wedding fell on the same day as the local air show they decided to make the most of it 47 RUSTIC ROMANCE Charlotte and Kieran said “I do” at Laughton Barns in August 2022 52 41 92 67 HONEYMOONS 92 RELAXATION-ON-SEA A restful mini-moon awaits at The Beachcroft Hotel’s Beach Hut Suites on Felpham seafront 94 GREECE IS THE WORD Summer in Santorini and Athens www.ashleyhemsleyphotography.co.uk www.jessicabevanphotography.com www.thesoulofmylens.co.uk 47 www.ndaviesphotography.co.uk 80 4
C O N TAC T 01323 848006 www.blackstockestate.co.uk Grove Hill, Hellingly, Nr Hailsham East Sussex BN27 4HF BOOK YOUR PRIVATE VIEWING Our Wedding Co-ordinators would love to show you around our glorious Estate. Get in touch to book today. We have two beautiful restored barns, 85 acres with stunning Sussex Downs views, first class in-house chefs and plenty of luxury accommodation. Blackstock Country Estate are licensed for indoor and also outdoor weddings. £750.00 OFF VENUE HIRE for our remaining dates in 2023!
CB Event group was incorporated in 2017 as a disco and event company establishing relationships with hotels and late-night economy venues. With highly experienced DJ’s our team are on hand to make your event special and run smoothly getting your guests to fill the dancefloor and feel like VIP’s. We treat your big day as if it was our own by doing this we offer free consultations to our couples to talk about your big day to take the stress away of your entertainment needs. We also offer other services for your big day including: LED LOVE LETTERS • PHOTOBOOTHS • SWEET CARTS WEDDING POST BOX • LED DANCEFLOOR • CONFETTI CANNONS SPECIAL FX INCLUDING SNOW AND LOW HAZE CONTACT OUR TEAM TODAY 0333 577 1282 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.cbeventgroup.co.uk cbeventgroup Use promo code CBPARTY to receive 10% OFF your package price
THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS With 100 issues-worth of real wedding features behind us, I often wonder how our past couples are getting on, so it was wonderful to hear from Maria and Jessica whose big day featured in issue 82. Delighted to hear how happy they are together, I asked them to let us in on the secrets to their successful marriage. Maria says, “Firstly, start and finish the day with an 'I love you.' And get the in-laws to love you – mine calls me TLM (The Lovely Maria)! Continue to find common interests, in our case it's red wine, and revisit places that are special to both of you. For example, where the proposal was, where you got married, where you went on honeymoon. “We've had an amazing, eye-opening, life-changing three-and-ahalf years since getting married and we're very excited about the future.” The pair honeymooned in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and were kind enough to share some of their gorgeous photos. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at county.wedding and countyweddingevents.com Your Sussex Wedding is 100 and doesn’t it look great for its age? That’s right, well into our 17th year of publishing, we’re celebrating our 100th issue! I’ve been the editor of this wonderful title since issue 75 and feel incredibly proud to have been part of its history. The first issue hit the shelves in 2006 with a venue focus on Brighton and boy have things changed since then! I managed to find a copy in the archives and dusted it off to find that fashions had more in common with the 1990s than they do the 2020s. Designs were all about taffeta, boned bodices and bags of embellishment – words I hardly hear these days in relation to wedding dresses. What’s more, it was rare indeed to see a groom not sporting a cravat. However, some things don’t change. Then editor Demelza, looking into the world of wedding planning, told readers: “Employing a planner can dramatically reduce the stress that sometimes occurs as a result of organising such a big event. Indeed, being able to speak to someone objectively, with plenty of experience in this field, will not only give you confidence about the running of your big day, but will also give you plenty of ideas and inspiration along the way.” And that’s as true now as it ever was. Vintage-themed weddings were equally on trend in 2006 and we featured the gorgeous real wedding of Laura and Jerome, where the bride looked every bit the picture-perfect image of Lady Mary, back when Downton Abbey was still a figment of Julian Fellowes’ imagination! Plus, many of the same suppliers were featured that we’re still proud to work with today. Your Sussex Wedding has been bringing local wedding content to nearlyweds for the best part of two decades, becoming a much-valued go-to source of inspiration and advice for many tying the knot in this gorgeous county. We exist to champion the local and very much hope that we can continue to do so for many moons to come. We’d never have reached this ripe old age (still looking good) without our lovely readers and Sussex’s amazing suppliers who’ve supported us all these years. A huge thank you to you all. Here’s to the next 100 issues! And as ever, keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Issue 75 to 100... and beyond! Happy birthday to us! ISSN 1750-3477 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 email@example.com Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | Deputy Managing Editor and Beauty Editor Melissa Cullen | Senior Editor, Grooms and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 firstname.lastname@example.org Graphic Designers Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Artwork & Content Coordinator Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 email@example.com Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607 firstname.lastname@example.org ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 email@example.com Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Sussex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. Whilst every effort was made to ensure the information in this magazine was correct at the time of going to press, the publishers cannot accept legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, nor can they accept responsibility for advert content, or of the standing of advertisers or by the editorial contributions. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Your Sussex Wedding is published six times a year. Issue one – if it were human it’d nearly be old enough to drink and I’d be saving to send it to university! Scan to view video Cake courtesy of www.sponge.co.uk 97 WIN! A luxury getaway worth up to £2,000 awaits with renowned hotel brand GuestHouse. EDITOR’S LETTER 7
Creating and delivering premium bespoke ceremonies. You day, you way Wedding & Civil Partnership Celebration Ceremonies COMMITMENT NAMING RENEWAL OF VOWS 07342 202274 firstname.lastname@example.org www.civilcelebrantsussex.com Trained by W W W. T R A D I N G B O U N D A R I E S . C O M E X C L U S I V E V E N U E H I R E | N OW B O O K I N G 2 0 2 3 / 2 4 H I D D E N I N T H E S U S S E X C O U N T R Y S I D E T R A D I N G B O U N D A R I E S , S U S S E X Georgian Coaching Inn • Award-winning Restaurant Venue 18th Century Barn • Bespoke Indian Marquees • Luxury Accommodation Weddings & Events Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, East Sussex, TN22 3RB T: +44 (0)1825 790 200 | E: email@example.com Arabella FLORAL DESIGN Photo: AnnaMarie Stepney Photography WWW.ARABELLAFLORAL.COM firstname.lastname@example.org | 07870 271212 BESPOKE FLORAL STYLING FOR WEDDINGS AND EVENTS
Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS A NEW DEPARTURE November marked the launch of a new brand identity for Brighton’s viewing tower from British Airways i360 to Brighton i360, further aligning the beloved attraction to the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove. Ian Hart, chief operating officer, says, “As one of the city’s major tourist attractions we’re thrilled to rebrand to our new name of Brighton i360. It enables us to further embrace all that’s great about our wonderful location and community here in Brighton and injects a sense of fun. Part of embracing our local community is working with local businesses to develop our new brand identity. Local brand agency, Designate, has designed our new logo, brand guidelines and advertising campaign, while Brighton-based fashion brand, Gresham Blake, has designed our fabulous new uniform.” Brighton i360 is a unique attraction featuring a giant glass viewing pod, home to the South Coast’s highest sky bar. Passengers glide smoothly to 450 feet, offering panoramic sweeping views of Brighton, the Sussex coastline and sea. Find our more about tying the knot here as well as hen party opportunities at www.brightoni360.co.uk Nearlywed SWEET DREAMS Wedding venue Cissbury Barns has opened the doors to The North Wing at Cissbury House, its new elegant and inviting two-bedroom apartment. Lovingly decorated with an abundance of charm, it’s perfect for the night before the big day, bridal preparations and the wedding night. The private entrance leads to a bright and airy lobby with stairs taking you up to the first floor where you’ll find a beautiful light-filled sitting room with fireplace, comfy sofa, chairs and dining area. The two gorgeous bedrooms have the most luxurious deep mattresses ensuring the best night’s sleep. The largest of the two rooms has a super-king size bed, original fireplace and built-in wardrobe. The smaller bedroom has a king-size bed, fireplace, dressing table and modern clothes rail. Both offer fluffy bathrobes and cosy slippers. The North Wing also has a fully-fitted galley kitchen complete with tableware, appliances and bathroom with power shower and bath. You’ll also have access to a private, secluded garden. What more could you wish for? Find out more at www.cissbury.com EDITOR LOVES Scent My Wedding was started by two best friends, Holly and Sara. Based on a love of home fragrance and styling, the two female entrepreneurs saw a gap in the wedding market while planning Sara’s wedding. They already own a successful home fragrance business and saw this as a natural extension to what they already do. Scent My Wedding offers a bespoke venue-scenting service where you can have your favourite or chosen scent discreetly diffused throughout your entire day via a powerful diffuser unit or a series of beautiful candles and reed diffusers. The company also offers wedding favours in the form of miniature reed diffusers, candles or wax melts: wonderful gifts for all your guests to evoke memories of your incredible day. All favours can be personalised in your colour palette, with labels and packaging to match. Use code SWM2022 to receive an exclusive 25 per cent extra free offer on all favours purchased before 31 March 2023. Also, check out www.scentmywedding.co.uk © Sarah Critchlow Photography READER OFFER LOCAL NEWS 9
THE THEATRE OF CIVIL CEREMONIES Fresh, charismatic personality Mark Inscoe has entered the expanding network of independent civil celebrants and is looking forward to creating and presenting personalised ceremonies as Civil Celebrant Sussex. Having enjoyed a long and successful career as an actor, Mark’s background is in musical theatre and has appeared in the original London casts of Sunset Boulevard, Grand Hotel and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Most recently he portrayed Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl in Paris for five months. Mark is also a voice-over artist and has been heard narrating various TV documentaries, voicing characters on the BAFTA-winning game Divinity: Original Sin II and was the voice of the E Harmony commercial campaign for three years. In fact, this voice work was a lifesaver throughout Covid lockdowns, but like many, this period of disruption forced a career rethink. Mark was inspired by theatre colleague Alison who moved into the civil ceremony industry about six years ago and having the chance to see her in action brought the realisation that this would be hugely rewarding work. Alison’s advice was invaluable and led Mark to Civil Ceremonies Ltd where he completed two Level 3 diplomas and has now qualified to create and deliver customised ceremonies for wedding celebrations, renewal of vows and more. “Meeting clients and the writing process and presentation of ceremonies is the perfect work to utilise the skill set and life experience gained over decades of being an actor. Civil celebrancy is a sort of theatre in many ways,” he says. Mark has lived in Brighton for 20 years, and has been part of its vibrant, diverse and forward-thinking community, which now offers the ideal location to launch his new business. To discover how Mark can put together the perfect wedding ceremony for you, get in touch via www.civilcelebrantsussex.com TO THE NEWLYWEDS! East Sussex wine estate Everflyht has recently released its debut wines, the Brut Sparkling NV (£28) and Sparkling Rosé de Saignée 2019 (£40). The former is a blend of pino noir and chardonnay, with a small percentage of pinto meunier bringing structure and complexity. A portion of the blend has spent time in old and new oak, with 20 per cent of the blend made up of Everflyht’s reserve wine. Meanwhile, the Rosé de Saignée 2019 is a blend of 60 per cent pino noir and 40 per cent pinor meunier and made in a fruit-forward style with a portion of the blend matured on lees in old oak barrels for added depth and character. Both make for a delightful glass of bubbly to toast your big day with. Owners Sam and Ben Ellis play a hands-on role with the viticulture and winemaking, working closely with general manager Luke Spalding. Sam says, “We wanted to make our own unique style of premium English sparkling wine, with plenty of fruit, flavour and individuality. We’re so excited that this Christmas we’ll finally be able to enjoy our own wines with friends and family!” A late release and a Blanc de Noirs are expected in 2023/24. Find out more at www.everflyht.com LIFE OF THE PARTY RRS Music Management has been providing live entertainment for venues and events since its launch, and this year it has formally branched out into the wedding industry. Owner Rose RaymondSilvester says, “We’re excited to offer a number of outstanding acts from solo to four-piece band and want to help make the memories that really count.” RRS Music Management offers bespoke packages to suit any style or theme you choose for your big day. Find out more or get a quote at https://roseraysilvsinging.wixsite.com/rrsbookingagency © Lewis Jordan at themodelcamp 10
FRESH, FAULTLESS FLOWERS WITH A p s al TOUCH The Box Tree Company approaches your special day with meticulous care and attention to detail no matter the size of your budget. We are one of few companies outside of London who buy from the New Covent Garden Market, allowing us to provide you with fresh, faultless flowers and foliage. So, If you’re planning something special, we’d love to hear from you! Whilst wedding flowers are our specialty, we can also turn a highly trained hand to other personal celebrations and corporate events. www.theboxtreecompany.co.uk t: 01892 662 489 m: 07900 620 157 e: email@example.com
Happy 100th issue! The county’s incredible wedding suppliers have very kindly sent us their warmest wishes for Your Sussex Wedding’s 100th-issue celebration READER OFFER BRIAN MOLE | BRIAN MOLE WEDDING DJ www.dancemix.co.uk “Wishing the team at Your Sussex Wedding a massive congratulations on this 100th issue, it’s a pleasure to be involved with you guys. To celebrate this milestone, I’m offering readers a £50 discount on my services. Just mention this when we chat about your wedding day plans.” www.tonyhartphoto.co.uk ALISON J. SMITH | BRIDAL BEAUTY www.bridalbeauty.co.uk “Congratulations to all at Your Sussex Wedding magazine on your 100th issue. Best wishes.” LAURA PAULEY | BRIGHTON I360 www.brightoni360.co.uk “Everyone at Brighton i360 would like to wish Your Sussex Wedding a happy 100th-issue birthday. What an incredible achievement!” HELEN TRIGG | CISSBURY BARNS www.cissbury.com “Happy 100th-issue birthday Your Sussex Wedding magazine. What an incredible achievement. Here’s to the next 100! Enjoy your celebrations. Thank you for being a shining light for the Sussex wedding industry and beyond.” www.flashbackphotographysussex.co.uk 12
CARRIE RAYMOND | CARITAS CAKE DESIGN www.caritascakedesign.co.uk “Many happy returns Your Sussex Wedding! It’s been such an honour to work with you bringing the best cake ideas, trends and flavour-infused happiness to couples in and around Sussex. Wishing you many more issues and years of being the icing on the wedding planning cake!” www.rosshurley.com SOPHIA MAINWARING | EVENT CHILDCARE www.eventchildcare.net “Happy 100th-issue birthday to Your Sussex Magazine! We’re not at all surprised you’ve lasted so long, being the most trusted source of information for couples looking for inspiration and ideas for the most special day of their lives! We’re so proud to be one of your featured suppliers and we look forward to spending many years ahead, working closely with your fabulous teams.” ALICE & JOHN MUNRO-HAINSWORTH | THE PAINT CLUB www.thepaintclub.co.uk “Happy 100th issue to Your Sussex Wedding. Thank you for supporting local Sussex businesses like ours and for spreading the word about our painting hen parties.” TONI TODD | TONI TODD HAIR AND MAKEUP www.tonitoddhairandmakeup.co.uk Getty Images Scan to view video CLAIRE BALDWIN CLARA FITZ BRIDAL www.clarafitzbridal.com “We at Clara Fitz Bridal want to wish Your Sussex Wedding a fabulous 100thissue birthday. What an incredible achievement to have been supporting couples for so long as they plan for such an important day.” Romantica of Devon Media HAPPY 100TH 13
BOUTIQUE HIRE COLLECTION A Sussex style-led wedding venue now o ering boutique furniture and prop hire across the South East. To nd out more visit our website www.wickerwoodfarm.com he l l o@wi cke rwoodf arm. com | 07901 734 258 | @wi cke rwoodf arm | wi cke rwoodf arm
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING FROCK ‘N’ ROLL Clara Fitz Bridal is a small but perfectly-formed boutique located in Worthing, West Sussex. The gorgeous range here offers everything from the timeless and traditional to the relaxed and informal for those with a free spirit. Many styles are available off the peg and are ready for you to take home the very same day. Designers include Justin Alexander, Kelsey Rose, Nieve Couture, Romantica, Pure Bridal and Clara Fitz’s own collection. Here, you can also shop from a whole host of gorgeous accessories including veils, accessories and shoes. In honour of Your Sussex Wedding’s 100th-issue anniversary, Clara Fitz Bridal is offering readers £100 off full-priced gowns at the boutique. To claim simply get in touch to book your appointment via www.clarafitzbridal.com or on 07871 295 197 and quote Your Sussex Wedding 100. Offer ends 31st January 2023. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs HAPPY 100TH, £100 OFF! RUSTIC RADIANCE Cissbury Barns can be found nestled on the Cissbury Estate in a beautifully secluded setting that’s part of the venue’s charm. Providing an abundance of fabulous photo opportunities at every turn, the Estate is beautiful whatever the time of year. Ceremonies take place either in the East Barn or al fresco in the venue’s newest addition, the magical wooded area known as The Glade. The West Barn is home to wedding receptions and boasts the wow factor in spades with its gorgeous oak beams and high pitch roof. The beautiful fairylight canopy and crystal or rustic chandelier await you for a memorable dining experience and large double doors either side of the central barn allow oodles of light to flood in. To help us celebrate our 100th issue, Cissbury Barns is offering five lucky readers £100 off venue hire when you book your wedding day there for 2023 or 2024 dates. Plus, one of the five will be entered into a draw to win an additional £400 off the exclusive hire package also for 2023 or 2024 dates (Monday to Friday wedding days). For a chance to be one of the five who’ll benefit from this fab £100 discount, head over to www.your-sussex.wedding/giveaways to enter before 31st January 2023. For further information on this local lovely, check out https://cissbury.com STYLE STATEMENT On your wedding day, light up the room in these statement gold ear climber earrings which bedazzle with four intricately cut moonstone gems. The sparkling gemstones, in a staggered line, descend in size and sit in an 18k gold-plated setting. Every detail has been well thought out, from the size of the stones to the slight curve of the earrings, creating the perfect mesmerising bold earring for a bold woman. Founded by Ramona Gohil, an inspirational female entrepreneur passionate about her British Indian heritage and culture Rani & Co is not just any jewellery brand; its crafted unique pieces symbolise how powerful women can be. Check out www.raniandco.co.uk County Wedding Magazines’ readers have the chance to win a pair of Rani & Co Moonstone Climber Earrings worth £64.99! Freebies &OFFERS Romantica of Devon, Amberlee www.jodihallphotography.com FREEBIES & OFFERS 15
Pre-register for all of our events at www.countyweddingevents.com ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 3TH MARCH, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues to our larger Signature Wedding Shows, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting Each event will boast a huge range of specialists who will be on hand to talk through your planning ideas and requirements; venues, bridal boutiques, photographers, florists, cake makers and more, there’s everything you could need to plan your wedding under one roof. On the day refreshments will be available to purchase from each of the venue’s on-site restaurants, bars and cafés, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions visit County Wedding Events’ website. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events. Sarah Ellis, Sales and Events Director County Wedding Events. Psst! Our pre-registered Signature Wedding Show visitors will have the chance to win a £250 gift voucher courtesy of Spabreaks.com A date for your diary... GREATEXPECTATIONS
WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated /CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents At County Wedding Events each show is professionally and meticulously run to ensure a variety of suppliers are on hand to help you plan your big day and are hosted by some of the loveliest premier venues in your area. All our shows offer you free entry and parking, a goody bag each containing gifts, and useful local information to plan your wedding. You will also have the opportunity to enter prize draw competitions and take advantage of exclusive offers and discounts on the day. BERKS, BUCKS & OXON SUN 12 MAR | RACKLEYS CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 2 APR | THE COMPLEAT ANGLER Bisham Road, Marlow Bridge, Marlow, SL7 1RG
As part of KD Events and Publishing Ltd, County Wedding Events (CWE) is ideally placed to offer you a wealth of experience organising events in the wedding industry. If you would like more information about either holding a wedding show at your venue or exhibiting at any of our shows, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01376 514000 or visit countyweddingevents.com. WORK WITH US ESSEX LONDON SURREY SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA KENT SUN 5 FEB HAMPTON COURT PALACE GOLF CLUB Home Park, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 4AD SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA TO BE CONFIRMED PENSHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 8 JAN HEDINGHAM CASTLE Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SAT 1 APR HOUCHINS WEDDING VENUE Houchin’s Lane, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RT 12PM-4PM SUN 15 JAN BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 14 MAY MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023
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Bridge Cottage, High Street,Uckfield, EastSussex, TN22 1AZ www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk Stanhill Court is a magni cent country manor house, built in 1881 and surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland. A stunning venue with idyllic views overlooking the Surrey Hills creating a romantic and picturesque setting. 01293 862 166 email@example.com www.stanhillcourthotel.co.uk W E D D I N G S H OWC A S E | S U N 2 6 F E B RUA RY 2 0 2 3 | B O O K N OW O N O U R W E B S I T E Paul Placitelli Photography Paul Placitelli Photography Paul Placitelli Photography
EASTBOURNE TO RYE Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE 01323 412 345 | www.grandeastbourne.com The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne exudes five-star luxury and historical elegance. The White Palace as it’s affectionately known sits proudly opposite the Western Lawns, with its 400-foot frontage standing in prime position facing the English coastline towards Beachy Head. It boasts splendid views out to sea and along the coast with its own beautiful Princes Lawn perfect for an al fresco drinks reception. There are a variety of rooms available for the “I dos.” The largest is the Princes Room, which can host 120 guests. With high ceilings and twinkling chandeliers this space creates a true sense of romance. It also boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, access to a private garden and a delicate palette of gold and cream. The Dukes Room can hold 80. Originally the Hotel’s library, it brings a sense of sophistication to any wedding day. The most intimate of ceremony spaces is the Arundel Room, which can accommodate 60. Again a whole host of spaces are ready to welcome you for your celebrations, capable of hosting anywhere between 16 to 250. Our highlights include the Mirabelle Restaurant, which can seat 50 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast. It’s the Hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant and even has access to its own garden, which can be used for drinks during the warmer months. The Compton Room on the other hand, part of the Devonshire Suite, boasts an elegance that harks back to its beginnings as the Hotel’s ballroom when it first opened in the late 19th century. Embellished with ornate plasterwork, vast ceilings and a sprung dancefloor, it certainly has the wow factor. There’s space here for 192 diners and 250 evening revellers. www.johnscofieldphotography.co.uk www.johnscofieldphotography.co.uk LOCAL VENUES 21
MONTAGUE FARM 07598 920 285 | www.weddingsatmontague.co.uk Montague is located on the western edge of the Pevensey Levels with spectacular views across its own grasslands to the sea. It’s home to a rustic venue comprised of an 18th-century complex of barns, courtyards and homes, which lie at the heart of the farm and its daily activities. When you book your wedding day here you’re allowed exclusive access to the venue and freedom to create your perfect weekend as there’s options for glamping. You can say “I do” in The Palace accompanied by 100 loved ones before spilling out onto the beautiful lawn for drinks. It can also be used for blessings or welcome drinks if you’re tying the knot off site. Alternatively, you can decide to exchange your vows beneath The Palace porch where there’s room for 200 guests seated on the wedding lawn. It’s entirely up to you, and the weather! Receptions for 200 are hosted in the Big Barn, where the First World War wagon wheel lights and drapes combined with the rustic wooden interior are perfect if you’re looking for an elegant setting with plenty of space. There’s also a bar so your guests will never go thirsty! The Watering Shed is also part of the venue and is beautifully positioned on the apex of the hill with stunning views across the Pevensey Marshes. It works well as a cocktail bar or for teas and coffees. You have the choice of how you wish to utilise it. GILDREDGE MANOR 01323 438 944 | www.gildredgemanor.co.uk Gildredge Manor is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian Manor House set in Gildredge Park in the Old Town of Eastbourne. This local historical gem was rescued from dereliction by its current owners and restored in 2012. The Manor has the character and grandeur befitting a special occasion, with a relaxed ambience allowing you to feel at home. When the weather is on your side, the beautiful gardens are a perfect spot for you and your guests to mingle and enjoy canapés and welcome drinks. Garden games are a must here! The venues offers a choice of two licensed rooms for your ceremony: The Garden Room downstairs and the Long Gallery upstairs. The former is a bright and airy space enabling 100 loved ones to join you for the “I dos,” which doubles as the dancing room later in the evening. It’s also ideal for an intimate wedding breakfast with 60 guests. The Long Gallery meanwhile is the venue’s biggest room. One long space, it’s licensed for ceremonies and is also ideal for diners. The room is filled with light from the windows, which run the length, and boasts extensive views across Gildredge Park. It can seat 100 for the vows and the same for the wedding breakfast. There are also several other rooms available for you to utilise. The Ladies’ Morning Room reflects the fashion for Chinoiserie in the late 18th century and is a great place for your cake, presents, cards and evening buffet. Meanwhile, the Library is furnished with comfy Chesterfield leather sofas and armchairs making for a calm place for guests to seek refuge from the dancefloor. www.gabrielamatei.co.uk www.costaweddings.co.uk 22
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Set high on the South Downs and completely shielded by woodland you will find the stunning Cissbury Barns. A unique and stylish exclusive wedding venue with the wow factor. Cissbury Barns offers you a truly magical setting for your Wedding Day. Licensed for Civil Ceremonies for up to 120 day guests and up to 200 evening guests. Tel: 01903 899638 www.cissbury.com firstname.lastname@example.org C I S S B U R Y B A R N S Main photo: Chris Bird Photography. Bottom: le , Jacques Lloyd Photography; right e Unscripted Weddings.
THE LODGE AT WINCHELSEA 01797 226 211 | www.winchelsealodge.co.uk The Lodge is a modern contemporary venue surrounded by beautiful countryside. Here, you can benefit from exclusive use of the whole hotel including 28 rooms and a luxury suite. All bedrooms are en-suite and have flat-screen TVs, personal tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. There’s also ample on-site parking. The courtyard gardens were created in spring 2022 with multiple flower beds and magnificent olive trees along with the installation of a stunning three-tier water feature. Ceremonies take place in The Winchelsea Suite for 30 seated and 30 standing guests. This cosy space has a separate entrance and the team will work with you to ensure the room is decorated just how you’d like it, including any colour palette. Celebrate in style in The Lodge with 80 seated dining guests, plus an additional outside dining area. It can accommodate 150 loved ones for the evening reception. With plenty of space for your wedding breakfast it will later be transformed for your celebrations with room for a DJ, live band and plenty of dancing. THE PILGRIM’S REST 07552 873 448 | www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk The Pilgrim’s Rest is a 600-year-old Wealden hall house situated in the Medieval town of Battle in East Sussex, right in the heart of 1066 Country. Nestled alongside Battle Abbey there are some amazing backdrops for photographs in and around the building itself and within a short walk. For a small charge from English Heritage, the team can arrange for you to have more shots captured around the breathtaking ruins of the Abbey itself. Say “I do” in The Great Hall accompanied by 50 nearest and dearest. A magnificent vaulted room complete with huge chandeliers, it also boasts a decorated oak staircase and working inglenook fireplace, which can be lit during the ceremony. You also have a choice of furs or bohemian rugs for the benches and the room is decorated seasonally. Wedding breakfasts for 50 are served in The Dining Room, situated off The Great Hall. Here, there are plenty of beams, oak floors and large leaded-light windows. There are also wide lime washed tables and Chivari chairs, pewter candlesticks and candles all included in the hire price. While you dine, the team will clear away the benches in The Great Hall and transform it into the perfect place to dance. The Webster Bar is also located off The Great Hall and is ideal for drinks before or after the meal. There are pealight lit hops over the huge open fireplace and cosy antique armchairs in front of the fire. www.jessicabevanphotography.com https://georginapiperphotography.co.uk 25 LOCAL VENUES
Peelings-Manor-Barns peelingsmanorbarns A perfect blank canvas for your special event A charming, rustic, spacious, DIY venue. The site features the stunning, Grade II listed, traditional Sussex flint barn, and enclosed outdoor spaces front and back. Contact Sarah Blessington on 07933 092102 or email: email@example.com Available for hire between 1st April and 31st December peelingsmanorbarns.co.uk 1 Peelings Farm Cottages, Hankham Road, Hankham, Pevesnsey, East Sussex, BN24 5AP BESPOKE FLORAL ACCES SOR I ES FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY www.madg i cks . com | madg i cks f l owe r s@gma i l . com | @madg i cks Photography by Tom Langford, www.weddingsbytom.co.uk BEAUTIFUL BLANK CANVASVENUEWITH STUNNINGVIEWS TOTHE SOUTH DOWNS, PERFECT FORYOUTO STYLE INYOUR OWN UNIQUEWAY! CALL KIM ON 07899 664070 TOARRANGE AVIEWING Greatbetleyfarmhouse.co.uk YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY!
THE SPREAD EAGLE HOTEL & SPA 01730 816 911 | www.hshotels.co.uk/spread-eagle Located in the pretty market town of Midhurst and dating back to 1430, this charming black and white Tudor timber-framed inn retains its heritage while providing every contemporary comfort. The original coach house and stables, now joined to the hotel, have become the magnificent Jacobean Hall with natural stone walls, heraldic banners and minstrel gallery. While, the contemporary spa alongside it offers a haven to relax with indoor pool, treatment rooms and relaxation room. THE “I DOS” Located in the oldest part of the building, the King Edward VII Suite boasts beamed walls and ceiling as well as an open fireplace. It can accommodate 30 loved ones to witness your vows. Meanwhile, the Jacobean Hall can host up to 100 for the ceremony. THE CELEBRATIONS The Jacobean Hall is home to wedding receptions and has its own bar plus double doors leading out onto the Jacobean Garden. There’s space here for 80 guests for the wedding breakfast and up to 100 nearest and dearest for the evening bash. Alternatively, a marquee can be sited in the Jacobean Garden. PLUS... The venue can be booked for exclusive use and the catering team specialise in delicious and locally-sourced cuisine. You’ll be offered a free tasting, as well as a complimentary one-night stay on your first anniversary. ARE WE Comfy and cosy Join us on a tour of the county’s cosiest winter venues WINTER VENUES 27
BLACKSTOCK ESTATE 01323 848 006 | www.blackstockestate.co.uk Set among 85 acres of glorious Sussex countryside, Blackstock Estate boasts two converted and restored wedding barns. With a picturesque lake and plenty of intimate areas around the grounds, there’s ample opportunity for five minutes of precious escapism as newlyweds. Here, you can wander and encounter a myriad of photographic options for your couple shots. THE “I DOS” The Tudor Barn is a fabulous 500-year-old restored Sussex barn, retaining many of its older features. It’s licensed for ceremonies and can play host to 120 loved ones. During the summer months you may choose instead to be wed in the grounds of the Estate. Here, it’s possible to invite 150. THE CELEBRATIONS The Granary is a stunning restored barn with a magical atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting breathtaking views. It can accommodate 150 of your nearest and dearest. https://clearlywildphotography.com THE RAVENSWOOD 01342 810 216 | www.theravenswood.co.uk Built in 1426 and set within 18 acres of grounds, the warmth and charm of this manor house has made it popular for weddings. Boasting wooden beams, cosy corners, warm fireplaces, elegant staircases and tall castle towers, it offers ample opportunity for stylish wedding photos. The stunning land features four lakes, ruins, bridges, a gorgeous boat house, pleasure gardens, patios and even a giant chair. THE “I DOS” Outdoor ceremonies take place outside the Little Castle with its stone walls, side windows and ornate opening. There’s space here to seat 150 loved ones. For indoor “I dos,” the Old Baronial Hall seats 140 and boasts a rustic feel with wooden beams and staircase, open wood fire and glass door with views of the grounds. Also ideal for the winter is the recently-renovated Jacobean Suite where you can welcome 110 guests. This light and airy room overlooks the grounds and has been decorated in natural hues with wooden floors and impressive fireplace. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions are hosted in the Princess Beatrice Suite, a breathtaking round room with wooden ceiling, elegant drapes, large windows and its own bar. There’s space here for 150 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast and 300 for the evening do. PLUS... The new Rosewood Cottage has proven a big hit amongst couples as it allows for a night-before package, where you and your wedding party can stay over. You can also enjoy a complimentary menu tasting, use of the Getting Ready Room from 8am on the wedding day as well as the newly-refurbished honeymoon suite included in all wedding packages. www.hollyflorencephotography.com https://helenenglandphotography.co.uk 28
Couples have been tying the knot at The Grand for generations, seduced by its old world charm, elegance and style. From the architectural splendour of the Compton Room to the spectacular Princes Room, whether your wedding or civil partnership is a small family affair or an event on a grand scale, we have the setting, and most of all the experience, to make your most important of days truly memorable. If you’re looking for a luxury wedding venue in East Sussex that truly understands the meaning of the word “grand”, there’s only one choice. Where could be more romantic to celebrate a white wedding or civil partnership than at The White Palace, as The Grand is affectionately known, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Sussex. To enquire at the Grand Hotel, please call our Events Team on 01323 412345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org | www.grandeastbourne.com Photos by John Scofield Photography Limited
Gracefully Grazing G r a z i n g T a b l e C a t e r e r s At Gracefully Grazing we offer beautifully bespoke grazing tables and sharing platters so whatever style and set up works best for your wedding we can provide it. All of our produce is locally sourced using the finest ingredients. Please feel free to have a look at the website and get in touch. www.gracefullygrazing.com email@example.com
HIGHLEY MANOR 01444 811 711 | www.highleymanor.co.uk This beautifully romantic 19th-century manor house, located in the heart of the Sussex Downs welcomes guests through its grand entrance with a sweeping staircase and wood panels, accompanied by the most incredible stained-glass window. The tall walls bring a classic and traditional feel to the house, while the long drive and modern castle-like structure lends it an air of the modern fairytale. Highley boasts seven acres of sweeping lawns and woodland. It’s also surrounded by a beautiful range of chalk hills. THE “I DOS” Seating for up to 150 loved ones is available inside the Ceremony Room. This space has a beautifully rustic feel with wooden beams, an open wood fire and a bay window so that you don’t miss the views. Outside there’s seating for 86 guests in front of the Pavilion with its wooden beams and incredible views of the South Downs. THE CELEBRATIONS You can be joined by 86 nearest and dearest in the Ballroom, which is perfect for a formal wedding breakfast, surrounded by detailed ceilings and bay windows. Later on you can dance the night away here with 200 loved ones. PLUS... The venue offers a complimentary menu tasting, three-course meals included; use of the stylish new Getting Ready Room from 8am on the day of your wedding, and of the recently-refurbished honeymoon suite, which is also included in all wedding packages, as are Chiavari chairs and an easel for your table plan. COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | www.cottesmoregolf.co.uk This welcoming venue is set within 247 acres of stunning West Sussex countryside, and is home to 36 holes of golf, two lakes, a 26-bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. The club house and hotel are part of the original charm and character of the 1884 farm buildings and the new parts have been carefully constructed to match the original brickwork. THE “I DOS” Civil ceremonies can be held either indoors in the oak-beamed Barn Room and al fresco on the immaculate wedding lawn. Nestled in a treelined glade it offers you and your loved ones peace, tranquillity and romance. Both options have space for up to 150 of your nearest and dearest. THE CELEBRATIONS The Challis Suite, Buchan Suite and Barn Room can host up to 150 for a wedding breakfast and up to 200 for an evening reception. Their connected, flexible and multi-functional layout allows for a more personal and bespoke celebration. Meanwhile, ambient, colour-themed lighting and Bose and SONOS sound systems ensure maximum impact. Full of natural daylight, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the Frenchstyled courtyard, which is complete with ornate fountain, pretty pots and planters, the perfect place for a drinks reception. Charming antler chandeliers adorn the exposed beams and the marble-topped bar creates an impressive feature, as well as being fully stocked with the latest draught beers, wines and spirits. PLUS... The venue offers a complimentary honeymoon room for the wedding night and a free menu tasting. www.olivejoyphotography.co.uk https://cole-youngphotography.com 31 WINTER VENUES
SANDMAN SIGNATURE LONDON GATWICK HOTEL 01293 561 186 | www.sandmansignature.co.uk Near to Gatwick Airport, close to vibrant Brighton and a leisurely hours’ drive from the beautiful South Downs, you’ll find this super-stylish hotel. With so much to see and do nearby, your guests won’t be short of a spot of sightseeing if they’re staying over after your big day. Nymans Gardens, Hever Castle, Wakehurst Place, Tilgate Park and Bluebell Steam Railway are all only a short drive away. THE “I DOS” The Hotel’s dedicated events floor includes the Vancouver Suite. Flooded with natural daylight, it holds a license to welcome up to 150 loved ones. If you’d prefer a more intimate ceremony however, the team are more than happy to assist in your planning. THE CELEBRATIONS The Canadian Suite is the place to be for wedding receptions. Adjoining a private pre-event area including a full bar, it’s the perfect place to celebrate your big-day and dance the night away. With space for up to 150 guests, this suite provides an ideal bright, blank canvas to create your own backdrop. The team are on hand to help you bring your vision to life and can introduce you to their trusted suppliers. With private facilities you’ll feel happily enclosed in your own bubble. PLUS... Here, you can make the most of your celebrations and invite your guests to stay overnight and benefit from special accommodation rates. Each of the Hotel’s 151 bedrooms has air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, flat screen LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. BURY MANOR BARN 01798 831 791 | www.burymanorbarn.co.uk Bury Manor Barn is a Tudor structure set in the picturesque rural village of Bury, near Pulborough in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The barn and its idyllic surroundings are in the grounds of Dorset House School, one of the oldest prep schools in the country. Steeped in history, records of the Manor date back to the Domesday Book. The grounds boast several distinct areas including an amphitheatre with lighting, extending the time guests can spend outside; a walled garden; covered terrace with elevated views of Amberley Castle and the South Downs; a woodland area; and a magical pond and jetty with weeping willow. Picture-perfect spots every one! THE “I DOS” Ceremonies with 120 guests take place in the inner barn with stunning views across the Wildbrooks and River Arun. There’s also scope across the venue for church, civil or humanist ceremonies. THE CELEBRATIONS The 16th-century barn is divided into two distinct areas by a pretty glazed wall and there’s ample freedom to decorate however you wish. The barn has also retained its original wooden beams, which you’re free to dress adding to the overall look. There’s even a superb state-of-the-art LED lighting system available for your use. Here, you can seat 140 at trestle tables or 120 at banquet rounds. Capacity for an evening do is 228. Alternatively, once your ceremony is complete in the Inner Barn, the space can be transformed into the perfect party space with room for a band and dancefloor. Or, if you’ve said your “I dos” elsewhere, it can also be used to seat 108 around banquet rounds for a wedding breakfast. PLUS... The venue offers generous time for set-up and collecting belongings after the big day. You’ll be offered a complimentary wine tasting with Digby Fine English in its beautiful wine-tasting room in Arundel. www.mundialphoto.co.uk www.mundialphoto.co.uk www.peter-atkinson.co.uk 32