Your Sussex Wedding - February/March 2023 (Issue 101)

WIN! £3.55 FEB/MAR 2023 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE Oodles of floral inspiration based on popular wedding colour schemes Pretty palette picks A fairytale escape in Northern Ireland Showstopping gowns Style it out How to accessorise this season’s top bridal looks Striking silhouettes IN WITH THE NEW! 2023 trends special

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: | Visit: 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 from Kelly 8 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 57 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION A fairytale escape awaits at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland CONTENTS FEBRUARY/MARCH 2023 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Uckfield and around 23 THE SUSSEX HOTLIST When it comes to wedding venues, Sussex is a diverse county with something for everyone FEATURES 49 PRETTY PALETTE PICKS Local wedding florists offer oodles of floral inspiration based on popular colour schemes 54 CALLING ALL ANIMAL LOVERS We’ve put together the ultimate guide to pets at weddings to help you create the perfect day 61 SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND Accessorise the latest looks On the cover This issue’s gorgeous cover has been sponsored by Lewes-based Lisa Halls Photography ( who captured this image at the wedding of James and Jade on 20th August, 2021. 13 57 61 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 66 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 69 STRIKING SILHOUETTES Make your entrance in style in a fabulous fishtail dress, a fairytale-inspired ballgown or a slinky little number 74 BRIGHT AND BOLD Bridesmaids will love the colourful dresses and accessories in store this season 80 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with these must-haves for the bride-to-be 85 THE HAIR NECESSITIES Achieve wedding-ready locks with multi-awardwinning celebrity hair stylist and TV hair expert Vicki Lord 86 THE TRUTH ABOUT SUGAR Find your way to wedding wellness by managing that sweet tooth with help from expert nutritionists REAL WEDDINGS 31 WHEN LOVE JUST CLICKS Doris and George’s finishing touches were inspired by their Croatian and Greek heritage 37 ELEGANTLY RUSTIC Jess and Matt chose a blush, sage green and gold palette for rustic nuptials with a touch of class 43 TWO DOORS DOWN Lauren and James added Disney touches to their styling as a nod to their fairytale engagement 31 43 86 54 HONEYMOONS 89 HONEYMOON NEWS The newest openings and honeymoon destinations 92 ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY Sample a taste of the Mediterranean on the dreamy island of Crete 94 THE PERFECT GETAWAY We’ve rounded up some of the best mini-moon destinations in Europe GROOMS 77 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 78 MIDNIGHT MAGIC With celestial-themed weddings becoming all the rage, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite out-of-this-world products 49 4

“Words cannot describe just how perfect the Wickwoods team made our day” - Steve & Clare Vine Our award-winning venue offers a picturesque countryside setting on the outskirts of Brighton, an elegant event space providing everything you need to make your wedding dreams a reality. WWW.WICKWOODS .CO.UK For more information contact or call 01273 857567. S H A V E S W O O D L A N E , A L B O U R N E , H A S S O C K S , W E S T S U S S E X B N 6 9 D Y YourWedding, OurPrivilege EXCELLENT SAVINGS ON PACKAGES NOVEMBER 2023 AND JAN-MARCH 2024* Plus... INTIMATE WEDDING AND EVENTS PACKAGES AVAILABLE ON SELECTED DATES *T&Cs APPLY

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With more and more pet chaperone services emerging all the time, there’s no need to hesitate over including your fur baby. I’m expecting to see lots more woofers at weddings in 2023 and there’ll be no way I can resist including them in the magazine! cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and Well, first things first: Happy New Year. Is it still OK to say that in February? The last time I spoke to you was in December, so I think so! Now, safely in 2023 you’re either on your next milestone to W-day or finally, you’re only months away. And, of course, there are those of you with a shiny, new ring on you finger – massive congratulations to you. Allow me to welcome you to the wonderful world of wedding planning. It’ll be a riot, you’re gonna love it! So, whether you’re putting your best foot forward and making your first tentative steps into the world of weddings, or you’re well on your way and looking to refine the finer points, we’ve got something for you this issue. The region’s wedding suppliers have got their fingers on the pulse of 2023’s wedding trends and have shared their predictions with us in our Hot Topic and Beauty Q&A specials. Plus, if you’ve chosen your dress already you might want to set your sights on the accessories. In which case, don’t miss our jewellery and accessories feature from page 61 where we’ve gathered together some ideas on adding the finishing touches to some of this year’s fashion forward designs. Those who’ve been there, done that and bought the T-shirt never fail to inspire. That’s why we’ve brought you another bevvy of beautiful real weddings to marvel at. Quite apart from the fabulous ideas they’re sure to offer, if you’re anything like me you’ll equally enjoy the genuine love stories they share. They never fail to make me smile. Without any further ado I’ll leave you to dive in to this, our first issue of 2023. I’m incredibly excited to be presenting you with another year of wedspiration. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Onwards and upwards ISSN 1750-3477 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 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 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 Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Sussex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Events & Publishing Ltd. 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. Speaking of 2023 trends here’s one of our own tips for the top! With sustainability a topic on many a couple’s lips nowadays, dried flowers are becoming popular. George’s buttonhole will be something he can keep forever. 97 WIN! Win a fairytale escape at Ballygally Castle in Northern Ireland 37 I am obsessed with the muted tones of this bouquet. It’s pastel but not as we know it! 49 31 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS TOP-NOTCH PAMPERING East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa has been revealed by as Sussex’s top spa, totalling 27.12 per cent of all bookings made in the county this year. In second and third place, situated close by in the same region was Alexander House Hotel Utopia Spa and Chakra Spa at Crown Plaza Felbridge Gatwick; with Ockenden Manor and South Lodge following close behind in fourth and fifth place on the list. So, just why has East Sussex National proven to be so popular with spagoers? All rooms in this contemporary hotel overlook either the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course or the lush green South Downs countryside, setting the scene for a relaxing weekend getaway. To keep in shape, the hotel’s Health Club runs yoga, pilates and studio cycling classes, after which a refreshing swim in the indoor heated pool will be just the tonic. Besides an aromatherapy room and monsoon shower, the main event here is the luxury treatments, which range from an invigorating massage to a relaxing facial. Find out more at and check out for the latest deals. Nearlywed BRIGHTON BELLE Brighton Perfume offers a window into real vegan perfumery. Having developed a new, contemporary way of making plant-based perfumes, its vision is to revolutionise the industry. Born out of the ideology of the 70s and 90s fashion and music scene the local brand aims to create a new golden age of perfume. The business’ founder created a machine to spin vegan elixirs in oil, not alcohol, eliminating the need to filtrate using animal products and leaving no wastage. The brand has recently launched 22 new vegan perfumes in three collections, which although forward-thinking recognise the fact that scent is nostalgic, bringing back memories that make you feel alive and connected. So, relive your wedding-day memories again and again with a local, cruelty-free signature scent and check out WHERE THE WILDFLOWERS GROW Launching in May is Emma Dodi Cakes’ new Wild Flowers macaron collection, featuring hand-painted designs inspired by the great gardens of Sussex. Paying homage to local glorious gardens such as Great Dixter, Glyndebourne, Charleston and Gravetye, this stunning collection celebrates the delicate beauty of English wild flowers in summer. Emma Dodi, who lives part time in Camber Sands, was inspired by a recent visit to Great Dixter, with its wild and almost untamed elegance. The Wild Flowers collection is filled with delicious summer flavours including rose, orange blossom and elderflower ganache. Priced at £32 for a box of six and £64 for a box of 12, they can be purchased from Monday 1st May at 8

PAST MEETS FUTURE On Sunday 26th February, 2023, the magnificent Michelham Priory House & Gardens near Hailsham in East Sussex will be throwing open its doors from 11am to 3pm to host a Sussex Wedding Showcase. We reckon it’s an event not to be missed with hand-picked, preferred suppliers from across the county; a chance to visit the historical house, barn, moat and grounds; plus opportunities to meet specialist wedding experts. Set within the Priory’s Grade II listed Tudor mansion and Elizabethan Great Barn, the Showcase offers you and your entourage wedding inspiration aplenty. The Prior’s Chamber in the house will be themed for winter weddings on the day, while in the Elizabethan Great Barn, the focus will be on summer weddings. You’ll receive a welcome drink on arrival and a free goodie bag to take away. The event is free to attend, but reservations are required. You can book your spot online at WHERE DREAMS BECOME REALITY Whatever your wedding dreams, the team at The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne take great care to ensure every detail is just how you imagined. On a day when only the very best will do, where could be better to celebrate than one of the South Coast’s most iconic and historical hotels? Now you have the chance to see how stunning your big day could be when you attend the Hotel’s inspiring and illuminating Wedding Showcase on 5th March 2023, 11am-3pm. The venue caters for a multitude of wedding styles and all of its celebration rooms will be on view with a wide variety of wedding suppliers in attendance. The Grand’s wedding coordinators will also be on hand to answer any of your big-day questions and to show you around this one-of-a-kind five-star venue – no formalities, just a friendly welcome and some special offers on the day. Admission is free and to book your tickets head over to For more information on the venue see LOCAL NEWS 9

SKY’S THE LIMIT Your Sussex Wedding editor Kelly Andrews caught up with Lydia Champion, event sales manager at the Brighton i360 ( to find out what a typical day looks like for her. When a couple books their wedding day at Brighton i360, what’s next for you? It’s great to meet them and find out exactly how they envision their big day. From there, I can offer recommendations and feedback. As a group, we tour the site and discuss the style and design that will bring their vision to life. Planning a wedding from an events point of view involves so many steps from outsourcing suppliers and entertainment, to creating a menutasting session and looking at aisle music. We have great connections with our recommended suppliers and hotels, so we support local businesses where we can. For many of our clients it’s their first wedding, so we even advise them on the small things such as sending out save-the-date cards. It’s a really exciting time for the client and it’s great to be a part of that. What does a wedding day at the venue look like for you? We have two licensed event rooms including the giant glass pod that showcases unfolding views of Brighton as it travels to the grand height of 450ft. Plus, our event rooms open onto West Beach and our glass capsule sits above the iconic seafront, so thanks to our stunning location, a wedding at Brighton i360 captures that vibrant Brighton vibe in all its glory. We also have a huge upper deck, which is fantastic in the spring and summer months for pre- and post-ceremony drinks. I’m always really busy making the day perfect to suit the brief, whether that’s dressing the room or glass pod, or meeting and greeting guests. What’s the highlight of the job for you? Being able to provide couples with the wedding of their dreams and seeing their excitement ahead of and then throughout their wedding is so joyous. I love being creative and offering my recommendations for design and colour schemes. It’s great taking a theme and watching it come to life. I also love seeing the excitement of the guests as they travel to 450ft – which for many is the first time they have experienced the pod. The excitement really adds to the atmosphere! What are your wedding trend predictions for 2023? Couples are looking for different experiences for their big day, something to make their wedding stand out and leave lasting memories for their guests. Backdrops are so important, which is why many people choose to marry in the clouds. © Brighton i360 DATES FOR THE DIARY While you’re planning your 2023 diaries, we recommend popping in some time to visit local wedding fairs. They’re a great way to meet potential suppliers and start assembling your W-day team. Here are our suggestions to keep you busy for the next few months! FEBRUARY 2023 19th | 11am-2pm Avisford Park Hotel Wedding Fayre 26th | 11am-3pm Michelham Priory Wedding Showcase MARCH 2023 26th | 10am-2pm Manor Barn Spring Wedding Showcase APRIL 2023 16th | 11am-3.30pm County Wedding Events Signature Wedding Show signature-wedding-show-mercedes-benz-world MAY 2023 21st | 11am-3pm PMN Fontwell Park West Sussex Wedding Expo 5 minutes with... © Brighton i360 © Brighton i360 10

Cottesmore Hotel Golf & Country Club, Buchan Hill, Pease Pottage, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 9AT T: 01293 528256 E: W: Ceremony Room, Reception Rooms, Enclosed Courtyard, Outdoor Ceremony Space, Lakes, Bar & Restaurant, 26 Hotel Rooms, 7 Self-Catering Lodges, Health Club, Swimming Pool, Beauty Salon & 27 Holes of Golf Brand new function rooms and romantic outdoor ceremony space nestled within a tranquil tree lined glade licensed for up to 150 guests Photography by The perfect country wedding venue set within 247 acres of stunning Sussex countryside

0794 119 1194 National Highly Commended Wedding DJ of the year 2019 Winner, Wedding DJ of the year 2019, South East region Winner, Wedding DJ of the year 2018, South East region The Wedding Industry Awards weddingdjbrianmole topweddingdj TopWeddingDJ djbrianmole Based in the heart of West Sussex, Caritas Cake Design offers a bespoke design service for your wedding cake, to make it unmistakably perfect for your big day. Our focus is quality, and attention to detail. Your cake will be delivered on the day, fresh and delicious, to beautifully compliment your style. WWW.CARITASCAKEDES IGN.CO.UK 07793 678187 | | @caritascakedesign N A T U R A L , R E L A X E D W E D D I N G P H O T O G R A P H Y Based in Hailsham, Sussex offering affordable packages from £450. | 07738 024486

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN ENTER ONLINE VIA OUR WEBSITE WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING WIN! A ROMANTIC COUNTRY ESCAPE Baliffscourt Hotel and Spa in Climping, West Sussex, offers the ultimate country escape. Thirty-nine beautiful bedrooms and suites, some with open fireplaces and four-poster beds, are scattered throughout the Medieval-style house, thatched houses and cottages all set within 30 acres of private gardens and parkland. What’s more, there’s plenty to enjoy as you take a stroll around the grounds with a moat, small streams and an abundance of wildlife all leading to the unspoilt Climping Beach. A few steps from the hotel you’ll find the luxurious and contemporary spa with facilities including indoor pool and outdoor heated infinity pool, hot tub, fitness suite, relaxation lounge and six treatment rooms. Plus, there’s even more to keep you occupied during your stay with a croquet lawn and tennis courts also on site. The gardens also boast an original and pretty 13th-century Norman chapel. With all the appearance of an ancient manor house, Bailiffscourt’s best-kept secret is that until 1927 it didn’t exist. Designed for Lord Moyne, then Walter Guinness of the brewing family, original stone, woodwork, doors, windows and fireplaces were sourced to create the Medieval-style country house and park we see today. Walking into the hotel is like stepping back in time. Sumptuous, timeless and inspiring today Bailiffscourt offers an elegant setting with a romantic ambience for your big day whatever the time of year. We’ve partnered with this local lovely to offer readers the chance to win a romantic one-night stay for two at Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa worth £550. The prize includes overnight accommodation for two people in a romantic room with four-poster bed, a delicious three-course dinner in the Tapestry Restaurant, a full-English breakfast, and full use of the awardwinning spa facilities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Enter online at by 31st March, 2023. Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs WIN A TEAM HEN BUNDLE Fresh to Team Hen’s digital shelves are these new bride-to-be must-haves. The new Bride Make Up Bag (£14), complete with gold and chenille sewn-on patches, is ideal for stashing all those daily make up essentials in – and will look pictureperfect in the getting ready snaps on the big day! The matching Bride Weekend Bag (£38) is your new go-to holdall for both the hen do and honeymoon and can be paired with the coordinating Bride Travel Pouch (£16). All of the items are available to order in the brand’s blue Wifey design too! Check out County Wedding Magazine readers have the chance to win a Team Hen Bride bag bundle including a make up bag, weekend bag and travel bag worth £68! Freebies &OFFERS FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 26TH FEBRUARY, 2023 WEMBLEY STADIUM, 8TH OCTOBER, 2023 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 16TH APRIL, 2023 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2023 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the festive period. 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 nearlyweds to our events and help plan their wedding day. 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. Couples will need to pre-register in advance for an allocated arrival time, although on the day visitors are always welcome, and attending our shows are free! For more information, 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 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, call 01376 514000 or visit WORK WITH US ESSEX LONDON SUSSEX EAST ANGLIA SUN 26 MAR HAYCOCK MANOR Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6JA SUN 16 APR SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL 12PM-4PM SUN 19 FEB MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 14 MAY 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 12 MAR LAYER MARNEY TOWER Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2023 ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated

• Free entry • First 100 couples receive a free wedding journal keepsake • Goody bag for each couple • Up to 200 stands • Bridal fashion shows • Huge number of wedding specialists including venues • Demonstration areas • Competitions • Entertainment • Refreshments • And more... Pre-register and attend the show to have a chance to win a fabulous spa break worth £250 courtesy of Pre-register at Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2023 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2023 | 11AM - 3.30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM Sponsored by

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 in our East Barn and outside in the beautiful ‘Glade’ for up to 120 day guests and up to 200 evening guests. Tel: 01903 899638 C I S S B U R Y B A R N S Main photo: Flashback Photography. Bottom: le , Jacques Lloyd Photography; right Jordan Mans eld Photography. RUBY ROUX PHOTOGRAPHY

UCKFIELD AND AROUND Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot TRADING BOUNDARIES 01825 790 200 | Established 27 years ago, Trading Boundaries is one of the UK’s leading importers of Indian furniture, award-winning live music venue, fully-licensed cafe-bar and the world’s first fine art gallery dedicated to the work of iconic album design artist Roger Dean. This luxuriously refurbished Grade II listed Georgian coaching inn is situated in stylish surroundings with vistas of fields and woodlands set against landscaped grounds providing a stunning heritage location for your countryside wedding. THE “I DOS” The venue is fully licensed for ceremonies, but can also offer celebrant-led ceremonies in the bespoke Indian Marquees, Indian Temple Trellis or out under the canopy of 200-year-old oaks on the landscaped lawns. For indoor “I dos” the venue is able to offer use of the charming, atmospheric restaurant that can accommodate up to 180 of your loved ones. It features elegant Indian decoration, fairylit archways and glorious Georgian details. If you prefer a church wedding however, Trading Boundaries is located within four short miles of seven popular local churches. DINE UNDER CANVAS Designed by the venue’s team and handcrafted in India, the two marquees offer enchanting spaces for mingling with guests and enjoying the wedding breakfast. They feature gold block-print ceiling linings and an abundance of voile curtains, Jodhpur tassels, carved wooden finials and charming decorative hand-printed patterns. The marquees can be decorated individually and divided with panels for extra atmosphere or left open to create a single event space. Depending on the weather, you can leave the sides to float in a gentle breeze or have them open. Both are weatherproof and well-lit in the evenings. Each marquee offers comfortable seating for up to 90 loved ones and together host up to 180 including the top top table. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The newly renovated restaurant is sprinkled with fairylights and beautifully decorated Indian archways, providing intimate and enchanting surroundings for your evening reception for up to 180 guests. With dedicated bars run by friendly and knowledgeable staff, a sunken fairylit dancefloor, and a stage area with theatre-quality sound and lighting, you’ll want for nothing on the night. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD There are eight boutique hotel rooms on site for you and your guests to stay in over the course of your wedding. Set in the grounds each room is en-suite and delightfully decorated in fusion Indian style. © Oli Clifford LOCAL VENUES 19

BUCKHURST PARK 01892 770 220 | With its spectacular views of Buckhurst Park, as well as its gardens and lakes, the manor house is the beautiful ancestral home of William Sackville, the 11th Earl De La Warr and his wife Anne. A much-loved family residence, historical yet intimate and welcoming, Buckhurst provides the ideal combination of grandeur and romance for your wedding day. This exclusive-use venue hosts just six weddings per year running May to the beginning of September. THE “I DOS” The nearby Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels in Withyham, a beautiful and historical church with ancient ties to the Sackville family, is available for your ceremony should you wish. Alternatively, the team are happy to provide a blessing in the grounds if you prefer. CELEBRATE AL FRESCO At Buckhurst Park, wedding parties or receptions are held in marquees in the gardens with a maximum of 250 guests. The venue works with superb caterers and marquee companies who can take the worry and hard work out of your arrangements. Although there’ no on-site accommodation at Buckhurst Park itself, Lord De La Warr’s pub at the bottom of the drive, The Dorset Arms, has a cottage with nine beautiful rooms available on a bed and breakfast basis. The bride will also have access to a bedroom in the house on the wedding day. BLUEBELL RAILWAY 01825 720 800 | This is the place for all you vintage-inspired couples out there. Restored to its former glory of the 1930s Southern Railway period, Horsted Keynes wedding room offers an impressive and charming backdrop for your special day. You can even enjoy a steam journey through the beautiful Sussex countryside. Jack Boskett Photography BUXTED PARK 01825 733 333 | This impressive Grade II Georgian country house boasts a host of period features including huge fireplaces, elegant cornicing, crystal chandeliers and sash windows. It also offers the most picturesque of backdrops for that special day. 20

Whatever your wedding dreams and style, The Grand Hotel takes care to ensure every detail is just how you imagined it. When only the very best will do, where could be more romantic to celebrate a wedding or civil partnership than in one of Sussex’s most beautiful wedding venues? See how stunning and romantic your wedding day could be, make sure you attend our inspirational and illuminating Wedding Showcase on Sunday 5th March, 2023. To book your complimentary tickets to attend the showcase visit WEDDING SHOWCASE OPEN DAY Sunday 5th March | 11am to 3pm To enquire at the Grand Hotel, please call our Events Team on 01323 412345 or email | Photos by Samantha Pells Photography

For more information and a price list, please contact us on 07793 462427 or email Chapel Barn is a stunning 6oo-year- old Grade II listed barn, full of character and rustic resplendence. Set on a beautiful farm in the heart of the countryside. With its original features beautifully restored. Chapel Barn showcases high vaulted ceiling with amazing oak beams and a stunning hand built wooden bar, making it a wonderful venue for any occasion. A magnificent blank canvas for you to make your own, ensuring your day is exactly as you dreamed it would be. Turn ing your Vi s i on into Re a l i t y CH A P E L B A R N G A R S TO N S FA R M C H A P E L R OA D B O L N E Y WE S T S U S S E X R H 1 7 5 N E

Ultimate elegance WICKWOODS COUNTY CLUB HOTEL & SPA 01273 857 567 | Located among 22 acres of West Sussex woodland in the South Downs National Park, Wickwoods Country Club Hotel & Spa has been welcoming couples for the wedding of their dreams since it was established in 1979. Nestled amongst mature fir and oak tree woodland, Wickwoods offers an idyllic setting for photography, creating lasting memories. And no matter the weather, guests are still able to enjoy the views from the large covered terrace with outdoor seating and heaters. THE “I DOS” Gorgeous civil ceremony room, The Glass House, adorned with crystal chandeliers, is licensed to seat up to 80 loved ones. Bathed in natural light thanks to its impressive glass roof and floor-to-ceiling windows, it lets the outside in and allows you to enjoy views of the woodland and landscaped gardens. After the “I dos,” the bi-folding doors open out onto an all-weather terrace, lawn and the gardens. CELEBRATE IN STYLE The Glass House can also host an intimate dining reception for up to 60 nearest and dearest, or for greater numbers The Garden Room can seat up to 120 for a reception and can offer an evening party space for up to 160. Alternatively, the two rooms can be amalgamated creating The Garden Suite. This becomes the venue’s largest room suitable for a sit-down reception with up to 160 guests, depending on table layout, with an evening bash capacity of 180. A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD Included in the wedding package are six en-suite double bedrooms for your friends and family, including the bridal suite. When you book your ceremony at Wickwoods, you’ll receive a complimentary two-night stay starting the night before your wedding. Prepare for your special day in the large bridal suite, a spacious room with king-size bed, large windows and double doors opening out onto a large balcony. HOTLIST The Sussex When it comes to wedding venues, Sussex is a diverse county with something for everyone, whatever your style or vision TOP VENUES 23

Glorious gardens BIGNOR PARK 07798 807 043 | The 1,100-acre, privately-owned Bignor Park Estate is situated in stunning surroundings at the foot of the magnificent South Downs. Weddings at here are family-run and limited to 12 couples per year, so the team will go the extra mile to make sure your planning and day run smoothly, while you and your guests are relaxed and excited to have a great time. What’s more, you’ll have access to the venue two days before your wedding, so everything can be just how you want and there’s no rush to get things ready. THE “I DOS” The venue is licensed to hold ceremonies and partnerships outside in the romantic Greek Loggia. This is a roofed, stone porch beneath which you can exchange your vows. Your 150 guests will be seated on the lawn in front surrounded by the beautiful gardens. Alternatively, the Coach Store of the Stables provides the ideal setting for those choosing an indoor ceremony, with space for 80 nearest and dearest. AL FRESCO CELEBRATIONS Bignor Park has several options available for hosting receptions. The South Lawn provides a gorgeous backdrop for wedding photos and reception drinks, with unrivalled views of quintessential West Sussex countryside and the South Downs. The spacious lawn delivers a relaxed and welcome change of pace to your day post-ceremony or on arrival from church. The Stables are a charming, rustic complex of rooms dating from the late 18th century that have been lovingly restored to their original condition. The five rooms are situated around a large cobbled courtyard on one side, and on the opposite side the Coach Store opens out through French doors onto the Quadrangle – a secluded walled garden providing an indoor/outdoor space for dining, drinks or evening relaxation. The Croquet Lawn is deceptively large, so if you’re planning a tipi tent or marquee wedding reception this is the hidden gem you need. It can accommodate up to 250 guests under canvas from one of the venue’s trusted marquee suppliers. Historical gem ALL SAINTS THE OLD CHAPEL 01323 643 181 | All Saints Chapel is a beautiful and rather well-hidden venue. Situated close to the sea in the picturesque ancient village of Meads, Eastbourne, this is a majestic English architectural masterpiece designed by Henry Woodyer in 1874. The All Saints Grade II listed Old Gothic chapel is deconsecrated and fully-licensed for civil partnerships, events and functions. SETTING THE SCENE The venue boasts four parts. First, the entrance reception, which is a modern, light and airy addition where your reception drinks are served. Next is Harriot’s Hallway, an ancient cloister named after the founding and selfless Sister Harriot Byron Brown. It’s used as the pre-nuptial area for the bride and her bridesmaids to relax, hidden from view, before their grand entrance. You then find yourself in the open area of the stairwell complete with wrought iron bannisters and gothic windows. You’re free to add your own personal touches anywhere you wish, but this is the perfect area to go to town! Finally, The Great Hall. Here the Minton-tiled 60-foot aisle awaits with ever-changing bejewelled light flooding in. An elegant bar area stands beside hand-carved pew ends in the near corner of the banquet hall tempting guests to sample some of the 25 different gins on offer. WHERE TO WED Both ceremonies and celebrations take place in The Great Hall, which can accommodate 120 seated and 200 standing. While the team expertly turn the space around from one use to the other you and your loved ones can enjoy canapés and prosecco in the garden and reception area. Scan to view video 24

A L L S A I N T S T H E O L D C HA P E L AWA R D W I N N I N G V E N U E New landscaped gardens, adding to the beauty of this enchanting venue. A L L S A I N T S C HA P E L E A S T B O U R N E . O R G Instagram & Facebook: allsaintstheoldchapel Call or text for more information 07885 548227 Email: Dates still available for 2023 & 2024 Contact us today! h o l d s u p t o 1 2 0 g u e s t s s i t d own & b u f f e t o p t i o n s own b a r & f a c i l i t i e s l a r g e c a r p a r k The Ladi es Mi l e F UNCT I ON HA L L Located on the outskirts of Brighton in Patcham Wedding Recept ions at c o n t a c t g a y l e t h e l a d i e s m i l e , m a c k i e a v e n u e , p a t c h a m w w w . t h e l a d i e s m i l e p u b . c o . u k 0 1 2 7 3 5 5 4 6 4 7 P a u l , G a y l e a n d t h e a m a z i n g t e a m a t t h e m i l e a r e a t h a n d t o m a k e s u r e y o u r d a y i s a s s p e c i a l a s c a n b e ! TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR ON OUR WEBSITE In the heart of rural West Sussex, surrounded by acres of countryside, lies Brookfield Barn. This exclusive-use wedding venue offers stunning and unique spaces with spectacular views, making it the perfect venue for a wonderfully unique wedding in any season. | 01403 900606 | Let Brookfield Barn capture your heart and imagination © Kit Myers Photography

10 UP TO % @hilton.b.metropole @hiltonbrightonmetropole AT HILTON BRIGHTONMETROPOLE Weddings 10% off Ceremony Room Hire until the end of 2023. For more information & to book email: OFF The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux, East Sussex BN27 1RN | | 01323 832731 Celebrations under the stars, amongst our historic telescope domes. Offering a unique experience with total flexibility. contact us to book a viewing. LOOK I NG FOR T H E P E R F E C T WE DD I NG V E NU E ? BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. PLEASE VISIT: Chat with our amazing suppliers, have a glass of fizz and explore the possibilities for your wedding. • • Located between Pulborough & Arundel in the South Downs. Spring Showcase BURY MANOR BARN � SATURDAY 11TH MARCH � 11.30AM TO 4.30PM

Hotel hotspot ILTON BRIGHTON METROPOLE 01273 445 732 | Hilton Brighton Metropole is located in the heart of one of the UK’s most iconic seaside towns. Its classic Victorian elegance and convenient, vibrant location make it an ideal spot for you and your loved ones to get together to celebrate in style. WHERE TO WED The impressive and recently-refurbished Clarence Suite was originally built in 1819 as a chapel in the grounds of the Hotel. It boasts a high, vaulted barrel ceiling with three grand central chandeliers. The room can hold up to 120 guests for the vows. The Regency is a spacious room offering the ideal setting for larger wedding parties. It also has an adjoining suite, perfect for reception drinks. Maximum capacity is 250. Similarly, the Ambassador Suite also on the ground floor with adjoining room for drinks, has recently been refurbished. With an arched ceiling incorporating central dome feature it can host 96 loved ones. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Ambassador, Clarence and Regency can also accommodate your wedding reception with space for 100, 120 and 250 guests respectively. The venue’s maximum capacity for the evening do is 300. You’ll be offered a menu tasting for two when you book your wedding here, as well as a complimentary bedroom for the night of the wedding. One of a kind THE OBSERVATORY 01323 832 731 | The Observatory is a unique venue set in the heart of the East Sussex countryside. Formerly the home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, it now operates as an attraction with extensive science exhibits and charitable status – promoting sciences for all! The six iconic telescope domes offer an unforgettable setting for couples looking for something completely different and unconventional. The venue can even offer stargazing or planetarium experiences to add to your day’s entertainment. Set in the picturesque village of Herstmonceux, the grounds certainly have the wow-factor. As you approach The Observatory you can’t help but be intrigued by the other-worldly green domes emerging from the horizon. THE “I DOS” The domes offer a choice of two spaces for your vows. Telescope Dome E is licensed for ceremonies and features an amazing historical telescope at the room’s centre. There’s space here for 60 of your nearest and dearest. The Geodesic Dome is perfect for larger ceremonies, seating 100. The unusual shape and opportunities for decoration give you plenty of flexibility and the permanent geodesic marquee can be used too. CELEBRATE IN STYLE Receptions also take place in the Geodesic Dome, which offers a blank canvas to decorate as you wish. Alternatively, The Big Space (the main marquee), which can seat the same number, is practical and spacious. It’s light and airy with a large decking area, and is ideal for a sit-down wedding breakfast or something more casual. For receptions the venue can host 104 for a seated meal or 150 plus for buffet-style dining. The spaces can also accommodate more than 150 for the evening do. 27 TOP VENUES

Cool and quirky THE BELL IN TICEHURST 01580 200 300 | Set in the heart of the historical village of Ticehurst, The Bell is at once welcoming to you and your guests. Its design is fabulously eclectic and features wallpaper especially designed for the venue by Hastings artist Melissa White. You’ll love the illuminated “I Will Always Love You My Friend” sign in the Stable. Plus, the Love Nest, the round bridal suite, comes complete with copper bath, double shower, wood burner and roof terrace. The Bell’s gardens were designed by Chelsea Gold Medallist Jo Thompson, and the firepit there is a popular place for guests to gather to toast marshmallows. There’s also a fabulous double-sided sculpture representing romance and marriage. CEREMONY TO CELEBRATIONS Ceremonies take place in The Assembly Room on the first floor with a capacity of up to 90 guests, or out of season in The Stable with room for up to 20 nearest and dearest. If the vows are hosted in the former space, typically guests will then retire downstairs to The Stable, where the happy couple are welcomed as they walk along the red-carpeted solid oak table. Speeches tend to follow this wonderful piece of theatre, during which time the Assembly room is re-configured to facilitate the wedding breakfast. The rural idyll HE OLD TOLLGATE HOTEL & RESTAURANT 01903 879 494 | Lying quietly in the small, sleepy village of Bramber in the shadows of Bramber Castle, in West Sussex, is The Old Tollgate Hotel and Restaurant. From your very first conversation with the team right through to your big day, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing that your wedding coordinator will be taking care of every detail, whether it’s a traditional reception, civil ceremony, or partnership. The Old Tollgate has a reputation for outstanding customer service, exceptional food, and a place memories have been made for more than 50 years. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the South Downs, close to the River Adur, the location offers the best of the magnificent Sussex Coast. AS THE DAY UNFOLDS You’ll begin your wedding day at The Old Tollgate with your ceremony, which can be performed in the Hotel itself or within the beautiful gardens. Then, your wedding breakfast will be set out in one of the private dining areas, allowing you and your loved ones to party the night away with an evening reception for up to 100 of your nearest and dearest. Your day can be tailored to you as there are plenty of extras to choose from such as LED dancefloors, photo booths and more. The venue’s exquisite menus cater for all dietary requirements using locally-sourced Sussex produce wherever possible. The team also take great pride in serving guests an extensive drinks menu, including a selection of local beers and wines. You’ll end the day with a complimentary night in the bridal suite including breakfast the next morning. The Hotel also has an additional 38 bedrooms available with preferential rates for your guests. 28

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