Your Sussex Wedding - Decmeber 2022/January 2023 (Issue 100)

SANDMAN SIGNATURE LONDON GATWICK HOTEL 01293 561 186 | 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 | 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. 32