Your Sussex Wedding - December/January 2023/2024 (Issue 106)

WIN! A mini-moon in Rhodes Palettes, props and styling LOCAL LOVELIES Eastbourne to Rye venues In vogue 2024’s bridalwear trends WHAT THEMES ARE MADE OF DEC 23/JAN 24 £3.55 Love is in the air Photographers show us the look of love SUSSEXWEDDING

The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1NP Email: Tel: 01903 446401 Discover... Stunning wedding gardens Outdoor and indoor ceremony options A range of package and venue hire options Dedicated wedding co-ordinators Exclusive sole caterers To find out more or arrange a showround please visit or email Our stunning, national award-winning venue is the perfect setting for your wedding day, whatever the time of year you choose. Our gardens have been purposely designed and built to be beautiful in any season. With a range of package and venue hire options available, we’d love to hear from you and find out how our award-winning team can make your dream wedding a reality.

REGULARS 7 EDITOR’S LETTER A warm welcome from Kelly 9 NEARLYWED NEWS Catch up on news from around the county 13 FREEBIES & OFFERS Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs 70 HOT TOPIC: WINTER VIBES Local experts offer stellar advice on creating your own winter wonderland wedding 97 COMPETITION Win a mini-moon in Rhodes worth £1,300 CONTENTS DECEMBER 2023/JANUARY 2024 VENUES 21 SPOTLIGHT ON... Eastbourne to Rye 27 COMFY AND COSY ARE WE We round up the county’s cosiest venues, each one a dream for a winter wonderland wedding FEATURES 51 THE HEART OF SUSTAINABILITY This gorgeous shoot was created to show how you can create an ultra chic, ever-popular rustic wedding day with sustainability at its heart 55 DANCES WITH WOLVES A haunting yet dreamy bridal shoot set in the beautiful Two Woods Estate 61 LOVE IS IN THE AIR Local photographers show us the look of love captured in their favourite shots 67 WHAT THEMES ARE MADE OF We delve into the world of palettes, props and more to help you style your dream wedding On the cover This issue’s cover was captured by VP Photography ( Check out the full shoot, wolves and all, from page 55. 61 51 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 72 FASHION FOCUS The latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 73 IN VOGUE These model looks showcase the hottest bridal trends for 2024, with delicate details, texture takeovers and playful shorter styles 78 BEAUTY Q&A Look and feel your big-day best with help from the professionals 81 WELL GROUNDED If wedding planning stress is getting the better of you, take this time-out with Ground Wellbeing’s Peigin Crowley 82 BEAUTY BUZZ Get the look with the latest must-haves 84 BEAUTY QUEEN We chat to Hannah Martin about her new book, Makeup, and all things bridal beauty REAL WEDDINGS 32 COULD IT BE MAGIC? Grace and Mark styled their day with a gorgeous dusky blue and gold palette, and nods to the Wizarding World 39 HOME SWEET HOME Nicholas and Michael’s love bloomed over a series of DIY and home improvement projects 45 TOGETHER FOREVER Natalie and Josh tied the knot at Tottington Manor on 7th October, 2023 32 39 70 67 HONEYMOONS 90 HONEYMOON NEWS Our travel editor reveals the newest openings and honeymoon essentials 92 AN ICONIC ISLAND A honeymooners’ paradise, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Montego Bay have it all 94 THE ITALIAN DREAM Discover the delights of Sardinia with a stay at the impressive Forte Village 96 WHAT A TREAT! The stylish Retreat at Elcot Park is country-house comfort at its best GROOMS 86 GROOMS’ NEWS The latest best buys and product launches 88 DRESSED TO KILL Channel your inner James Bond with these black-tie options for the groom-to-be 92 4

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

32 HEART OF THE MATTER Afraid of missing out on the action during the ceremony, little Oakley stayed by her parents’ sides for a front row seat as they said “I do.” cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Well, here we are at the end of the another year. Is it me, or did 2023 fly by faster than usual? Mind you, with the pandemic growing more and more distant in our rear view mirrors as weddings embrace a sense of back to normality, it’s no wonder really. The highlights for me were the Coronation and Carlos Alcaraz’s brilliant win at Wimbledon, as well as getting to see some more of Europe and, of course, celebrating Your Sussex Wedding’s shiny new website! When you’ve read this issue, why not have a look around? There’s plenty on offer to keep you ahead of the curve with your wedding planning. Autumn was unseasonably warm, so I have everything crossed from some chilly weather this winter; especially for those of you with cosy December or January nuptials in store. Summer’s all well and good, but the time comes when it’s great to just snuggle up in your favourite jumper and curl up with your spouse-to-be in front of your favourite Netflix show, or better still, with your tablet and favourite wedding magazine! This issue we go all out on the romance front as local photographers show us the look of love. Meanwhile, if themes and palettes are on your mind, turn to our annual venue styling feature, where you’ll find all the inspiration you’ll need fresh from our lovely local suppliers. Finally, for a touch of winter magic, check out our Hot Topic pages where Sussex’s experts tell us how to bring the joy of the season to your nuptials. So as ever, enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, editor Winter warmers ISSN 1750-3477 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. 39 A GRAND ENTRANCE Nick rolled up at his wedding in a white Rolls Royce Ghost showing off his chic Christian Louboutins as he stepped out. The red soles of the latter caused quite the stir among the venue’s ducks during the ceremony! 97 WIN! A honeymoon in Rhodes ADVERTISING Account Manager Lorraine Whitehead | 01376 535 607 @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @countyweddingmagazines Visit us online at and DESIGN 01376 535 616 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 MANAGING DIRECTOR Sarah Ellis | 01376 535 602 EDITORIAL Deputy Managing Editor Kelly Andrews | 01376 535 611 51 THE BIG GREEN YONDER Designed to show you how to create a chic yet sustainable wedding this stunning shoot elevates the rustic look to the next level. EDITOR’S LETTER 7

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Catch up on the latest from around the county NEWS THE GRAPE ESCAPE Groups of eight or more can now enjoy the Gallivant x Gusbourne ultimate English wine experience. Whether you’re looking to gather with hens, stags, family or all three, each booking can be created bespoke to suit your requirements. Arriving at Ashford station in Kent, groups will be personally welcomed and taken via private transfer to Gusbourne Estate while your overnight bags go on to The Gallivant in East Sussex ready for the evening. You’ll be poured a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival before setting off on a vineyard walking tour with a stop for canapés and wine pairing. Then, you and your group can enjoy an exclusive winery tour experience and tasting from tank and barrel, tutored tasting of limited edition wines, and a bespoke wine paired lunch. It’s then on to The Gallivant, tucked behind the steep sand dunes of Camber Sands. Come evening, you’re invited to a cocktail reception with canapés in the bar before indulging in a three-course dinner cooked and introduced by executive head chef Nico Fitzgerald and paired with a selection of Gusbourne wines. After dinner, cosy around the firepits on the winter terrace or in the snug on more blustery evenings, as you enjoy hot toddies and toasted marshmallows together. From £635 per person for groups of 12 or more, add £155 per person to include exclusive hire of the Gallivant available for groups of 16 of more. Check out to find out more. Nearlywed THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Tottington Manor, set in the stunning South Downs, has been selected as a finalist in the Wedding Venue of the Year category of the Beautiful South Tourism Awards, and is in line to win either a gold, silver or bronze award at the ceremony. Located a mere 15-minute drive from Horsham, Brighton & Hove and Worthing, the venue is a well-kept secret with great hospitality, food and drink. The wedding team here know how to listen to and understand your vision for your dream day, and are there to make it a reality for you. No two weddings are the same and the team offer flexibility to suit your timings, preferences and budget. We hope you’ll join us in wishing the team the very best of luck for when the winners are announced, and to find out more, head over to THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, near Horsham, has launched a new all-inclusive, three-day wedding experience, allowing couples to celebrate their marriage amid the beauty and splendour of this iconic West Sussex estate. The new wedding package features all the essentials for an effortless and indulgent wedding weekend. For three days, Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens becomes a private romantic hideaway, with exclusive use of the gardens when they’re closed to the public outside of normal opening hours. The festivities start on Friday afternoon with wedding guests arriving to enjoy leisurely strolls through the Grade I listed gardens before a chilled glass of estate sparkling wine on the terrace. In the evening, the two of you can host cocktails in the bar before an intimate multi-course dinner in the restaurant, offering a taste of the gourmet meals to come. After retiring to the ten elegant guest rooms, you and your overnight guests will wake up on Saturday morning to breakfast hampers left at your doors, filled with pastries, fresh fruit and other delicacies. These can be enjoyed in your rooms or while meandering through the tranquil gardens. Then, the main event begins with your personalised wedding ceremony and catering set against the idyllic backdrop. As the afternoon reception flows into the evening, the on-site bar will stay open for drinking, dancing and celebrating beneath the stars with close family and friends. Begin your first day as a married couple with a delectable cooked breakfast on Sunday morning before a leisurely noon checkout. You’ll bid Leonardslee goodbye for now but with a lifetime of precious memories made within the gardens’ romantic confines. Leonardslee’s dedicated wedding coordinator will be there every step of the way to tend to every detail, allowing you to simply relax, soak in the beauty around you, and cherish each joyful moment. From Michelin Star cuisine to the warm hospitality and sheer beauty of the gardens, Leonardslee promises a wedding weekend like no other. Discover more at Scan to view video LOCAL NEWS 9

DRESS TO IMPRESS Vanity Flair, a preloved boutique opened recently in the heart of Ferring Village in West Sussex. Stocking preloved as well as new, never-been-worn wedding dresses, it offers exceptional quality at affordable prices taking the stress out of planning the attire for your special day if you’re working to a strict budget. Alongside its stunning collection of wedding dresses, the boutique also stocks veils and accessories. It’s open by appointment only ensuring every bride receives that special experience, with a personal fitting without feeling rushed. Find out more at and call 01903 249 201 to book your appointment. WINNING WAYS If you’re looking for a talented photographer to capture your big day, have we got news for you! The exceptional Andy Kerr Photography has been on fire this year, winning no fewer than three prestigious awards (International Wedding Awards – UK winner, Luxlife’s Best Emotive Wedding Photographer in London and the Home Counties, and Prestige Business Awards UK Wedding Photography Company of the Year). Andy says, “I’m beyond thrilled to be acknowledged by these awards. This is due to my passion for giving couples incredible, magazine-worthy images that are authentic, dynamic and emotional memories, allowing them to relive the excitement of their day every single time they look at them.” As well as the quality of the photography itself, the judging panels also recognised the Andy Kerr Experience that all couples receive. He elaborates: “We believe the experience should be as memorable as the images themselves, and as special as the couple. From the first point of contact through to the wedding, and afterwards, we offer our couples a wonderful customer service – a stress-free journey that they thoroughly enjoy and remember forever.” As one couple recently pointed out: this was the highlight of their wedding planning. Find out more at or call 07580 772 299 NEW IN TOWN De Havilland Memories is open for business! Owner Florence Warrener says, “I’m excited to say that we’re up and running in the UK after a stint abroad and are now taking bookings for 2024 and 2025.” Florence creates bespoke designs just for you, ensuring your personality shines through your invitations. She’ll guide you through every step of the way, incorporating your style into your dream wedding invitation suite, which is then carried on throughout your day, onto menus and place cards, and beyond to thank-you letters. “I love working one-to-one with my couples to make sure that this part of your planning process is as easy, stress-free and seamless as possible,” she continues. As De Havilland Memories only takes on a few customers per month, now’s the time to get in touch for your dream wedding stationery. Discover more at COME ON IN! Previously an online-only retailer, the UK Flower Girl Boutique will be throwing open its doors to the public from mid-January 2024. Fittings, photography, and dress walks will all be available, along with prosecco or salted caramel cappuccinos for the grown ups. The team will also be streaming live on social media twice a week, bringing the gorgeous dresses from their stock straight to you, if you’re unable to visit in person. “We have been asked consistently for the past two years if we can open to the public and have finally found the perfect location in gorgeous Sussex,” says owner Lorna Bott. “We can’t wait to open our doors to you.” Find out more at 10 @vanityflair_boutique Vanity Flair We are a New and Preloved bridal boutique in Ferring Sussex. Size 8-24 in stock. Prices start from £200. Please book an appointment by calling 01903 249201 Nestled in the beauty of Shropshire’s rolling countryside, the Apley Estate proudly presents Stockton House, our stunning 18th century grade II listed venue. STOCKTON HOUSE, NORTON, SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE, TF11 9EF With it’s stylish Georgian design, walled garden dining room, elegant bar and spacious terrace, it has been lovingly restored with guest comfort in mind. WHAT’S INCLUDED • Exclusive use of the whole house and grounds including seven luxurious bedrooms • A breath-taking wedding suite • Civil ceremony facilities for both indoor and outdoor weddings • Full use of our walled garden dining room • A complimentary menu tasting with your own personal chef • Breakfast the next day for the happy couple • Tables, chairs and linen laid to your chosen wedding breakfast floor plan • Crockery, cutlery, table wear and glasswear • A dedicated wedding planner 01952 730894 @stockton_house

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Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs HERE COME THE GIRLS Based in Sussex, UK Flower Girl Boutique has long been nurturing an enviable reputation as a top place to shop for flowergirl dresses and occasionwear. Being named 2023’s Most Unique Flower Girl Dress Supplier by the acclaimed Good Web Guide is further testament to this. From baby to toddler and children’s attire, not only for flowergirls but also for pageboys, this local lovely has everything you could need for the littlest members of your wedding party. We’ve partnered with UK Flower Girl Boutique to offer Your Sussex Wedding readers a complimentary VIP booking and fitting service. To claim simply print this page and present it at your appointment. This offer is available by prearranged appointment only, and is not available elsewhere. Offer ends 31st January, 2024. To book your appointment, get in touch via WIN TWO STRIKING ACCURIST WATCHES WORTH UP TO £538! County Wedding Magazines has teamed up with British heritage watch brand Accurist to offer readers the chance to win this ultimate prize package for nearlyweds. Brides-to-be have the choice of a stunning set from Accurist and Sarah Alexander collaboration ( Priced from £209 to £289. This curation of nine unique giftsets, combines Sarah Alexander jewellery with Accurists best-selling, vintage-inspired Rectangle and Jewellery collections. All gift sets have been hand curated to showcase a coordinated look, featuring bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces with a wide variety of unique gemstones such as Rose Quartz, Mother of Pearl and Blue Kyanite − winners will be hard-pressed to choose! Grooms-to-be have the tough choice of selecting a dashing watch from one of Accurists men’s collection ( Priced from £119 to £249. Whether you go for a 1950s-inspired ‘Classic’ collection or the bold design of its ‘70s bestseller ‘Origin’ collection, all of Accurists’ collections have taken inspiration from 77 years of British watchmaking. Each watch comes with quick-release interchangeable straps, a five-year extended warranty and unique features in each collection. What’s more, whether you require the above two sets, or two brides or grooms, both come presented in Accurists watch roll gift packaging and can be personalised with engraving on the case back − perfect for the happy day. Check out Enter online via the website by 31st January, 2024. Terms and conditions apply. Freebies& OFFERS ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Lambert’s White Dove Release, based in Brighton, supplies two doves in a beautifully decorated cage for you to release at a meaningful moment on your big day. Plus, up to three more arrive in a heart-shaped basket to represent those who are watching over you, there with you in spirit. Seeing all five soar and circle above you offers a wonderful moment of completion to set you out on married life together. The team have received many glowing reports from previous happy couples. For example, Mr & Mrs Worrall say, “To celebrate our love and commemorate the loved ones who were sadly not with us on the day, we had a dove release to show how much we love them, miss them and will never forget them. It was the most wonderful experience! The doves were impeccable, so amazingly displayed and so calm, warm and angelic. Owner Viv was absolutely amazing throughout and we can’t recommend Sussex Dove Release highly enough. It brings the most magical, soul-touching moment that you’ll remember forever.” We’ve partnered with Lambert’s White Dove Release to offer readers a 10% discount on wedding releases booked in 2024. To claim, contact Viv via and quote “Your Sussex Wedding.” Offer ends 31st January 2024. FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

SUN, 25 FEB 2024 CAVE HOTEL Brickfield Lane, Boughton, ME13 9AJ 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. WEDDING SHOWS SPRING 2024 KENT SUN, 4 FEB 2024 PENHURST PLACE Penshurst, TN11 8DG SUN, 3 MAR 2024 BRADBOURNE HOUSE New Rd, East Malling, ME19 6DZ SUN, 12 MAY 2024 FRASERS ColdHarbour Farm, Barhams Mill Road, Egerton, TN27 9DD

SUN, 14 JAN 2024 ORSETT HALL Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS ESSEX SUN, 7 JAN 2024 HEDINGHAM CASTLE Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3DJ SUN, 21 JAN 2024 PRESTED HALL Feering, Colchester, CO5 9EE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LAYER MARNEY Layer Marney, Colchester, CO5 9US SUN, 11 FEB 2024 CRONDON PARK Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9DP SUN, 24 MAR 2024 VAULTY MANOR Osea Leisure, Goldhanger Road, Heybridge, CM9 4SA SUN, 14 APR 2024 THAT AMAZING PLACE Hubbards Hall Farm, Harlow, CM17 0NH SUN, 21 APR 2024 CHANNELS ESTATE Belsteads Farm Lane, Little Waltham, CM3 3PT SUN, 14 APR 2024 HOUCHINS Houchins Lane, Coggeshall, CO6 1RT SUN, 28 APR 2024 OLD ESSEX BARN Cranes Lane, Kelvedon, Colchester, CO5 9AX SUN, 12 MAY 2024 BRAXTED PARK Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, CM8 3EN 12pm-4pm Fashion Show

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SUN, 21 JAN 2024 SANDON MANOR Sandon Bury Farm, Buntingford, SG9 0QY HERTFORDSHIRE SUN, 14 JAN 2024 MICKLEFIELD HALL Sarratt Road, Sarratt, WD3 6AQ SUN, 25 FEB 2024 AUDLEYS WOOD HOTEL Alton Road, Basingstoke, RG25 2JT HAMPSHIRE 12PM-4PM SUN, 14 APR 2024 RACKLEYS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, HP14 3PP BEDFORDSHIRE SUN, 17 MAR 2024 LUTON HOO Estate Office, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, LU1 4LF BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SUN, 3 MAR 2024 WARE PRIORY High Street, Ware, SG12 9AL SUN, 18 FEB 2024 RUSHTON HALL Desborough Road, Rushton, NN14 1RR LEICESTERSHIRE SUN, 28 JAN 2024 STAPLEFORD PARK Stapleford, LE14 2EF NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 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

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Pre-register for all of our events at ASCOT RACECOURSE, 7TH APRIL 2024 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 28TH APRIL 2024 X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Spring 2024 wedding show season – perfect for all those couples that got engaged over the Summer 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... GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Balcombe Place is a shining example of a large country house set within stunning grounds with far reaching views of the Sussex Downs. Balcombe Place is a property to be envied and desired and available for your exclusive use. We are opening our doors on the 3rd March 2024 for our Balcombe Place Wedding Showcase 11am-4pm, please contact us to reserve your space. | | 01444 811167 photo credit: hayley savage photo credit: voyteck photography 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: Available for hire between 1st April and 31st December 1 Peelings Farm Cottages, Hankham Road, Hankham, Pevesnsey, East Sussex, BN24 5AP

EASTBOURNE TO RYE Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot THE GEORGE IN RYE 01797 222 114 | The George in Rye is located in the heart of the beautiful and romantic town of Rye. Among its meandering cobbled streets and pretty halftimbered houses, in the heart of the town’s citadel is where you’ll find this gorgeous venue. Effortlessly warm and welcoming, the hotel is part-medieval with later Georgian additions. Lovingly restored in 2022, it offers an eclectic mix of quintessential English and contemporary elegance. St Mary’s, the parish church of Rye, dates back to the 12th century. Located at the highest point of the town, it’s just around the corner from The George presenting a memorable ceremony option for you. Alternatively, The Georgian Town Hall, with its distinctive facade is just up the hill from The George and within easy walking distance. The town crier, in his ceremonial robes will greet your guests on arrival before escorting you to the main building’s chamber for your ceremony. Afterwards, once he’s delivered the wedding cry announcing your marriage, he’ll lead you and your party down the hill to The George. Should you prefer to tie the knot at the venue itself, the magnificent Georgian Ballroom is available to you and 100 guests with its handpainted Chinoiserie panelled walls, minstrel’s gallery and large bar area. In the evening, it’s transformed for dancing and entertainment. The Long Room is both elegant and intimate and offers space for an unforgettable ceremony with up to 60 loved ones. It has soft lighting and a small balcony that opens out onto the front of the hotel. Later it can host 30 for a wedding breakfast. For al fresco vows The Courtyard is for you. Bathed in warm and bright light it can accommodate 100 loved ones. It’s also the ideal spot for welcome and reception drinks. The venue’s wedding packages offer a range of inclusive services and weddings are bespoke, tailored to your requests. LOCAL VENUES 21

DEANS PLACE, ALFRISTON 01323 870 248 | Deans Place Hotel is a four-star country house hotel surrounded by four acres of beautiful gardens. Nestled in the historical village of Alfriston, on the banks of the River Cuckmere in the South Downs National Park, its idyllic location offers a wonderfully picturesque backdrop for your wedding. The venue’s exclusive packages give you the run of the house for the day, with its cosy bar and lounge, a gorgeous restaurant and two bright function rooms offering views of the surrounding landscape. Following your ceremony, you can leave guests to enjoy drinks on the lawn, while you head off to seek some of the endless photo opportunities within the grounds and nearby. In the warmer months you can marry beneath the Wedding Garden Gazebo, surrounded by glorious gardens and views of the South Downs. There’s space here for 120 guests to join you The Alfriston Suite can also accommodate 120 and is the hotel’s largest function room. With oak wooden floor, oodles of natural light and stunning views, it’s a lovely option at any time of year. The Garden Suite is a more intimate ceremony spot for 75 nearest and dearest. A bright and airy space it too offers panoramic views of the South Downs. The two suites can also host your reception. The Alfriston Suite is neutrally decorated to suit any palette or theme. It can seat 120 guests at round tables or long banqueting tables for the wedding breakfast. For the evening this space transforms into your party room with wooden dancefloor and in-room bar for up to 200 guests. The Garden Suite, again ideal for more intimate celebrations, can seat 45 to join you for your first meal together as newlyweds. For the evening do, guests can move through to the Alfriston Suite. The venue offers a menu tasting for you both, bedrooms for the night before and morning of to get ready, a bridal suite for the two of you on the wedding night, all complimentary, as well as the services of a professional toastmaster on the big day. THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL 01323 725 174 | The Lansdowne Hotel is located on Eastbourne seafront opposite the Western Lawns and benefits from far-reaching views. The beach is accessible directly outside the front of the Hotel and offers some great photo opportunities with the sea, pier and South Downs as your backdrop. The property is family owned and run, boasting 102 bedrooms, large lounges and function rooms. The Martello Room is licensed for civil ceremonies with up to 70 guests. This contemporary space includes original features, muted tones and large windows complete with sea views. The Lawns Room, adjacent to The Martello, can accommodate up to 70 for a wedding breakfast. It features large bay windows for maximum daylight also allowing you to enjoy the impressive sea views. This space features the same muted tones able to complement any theme or palette you choose. The Jevington Room, located on the lower ground floor, is perfect for your evening reception, featuring a private bar, large dancefloor and buffet area. The Hotel offers a range of bedroom types that include cosy, standard, sea view, executive and family, so there’s something for any guest’s requirements. Plus, the two of you will be offered a complimentary sea view superior or executive bedroom for your wedding night. These both offer plenty of space and make a fantastic room for the bride tribe to enjoy getting ready on the big day. The Hotel will hold a number of bedrooms for your wedding party enabling you to allocate these to your guests. Subject to availability more bedrooms can be provided. 22

THE WALLED GARDEN COWDRAY Tel: 01730 814522 Riverground Stables, Cowdray Park, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9AL The Walled Garden at Cowdray is a country garden wedding venue like no other. Nestled in the grounds of one of England’s finest former country houses in the West Sussex countryside, The Walled Garden is an enchanting and stunning wedding venue to say ‘I do.’ 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 CISSBURY BARNS Credit: Beunveiled Wedding Photography Credit: Jacques Lloyd Photography Credit: Jamie Williams Photography Credit: Jacques Lloyd Photography

Weddings at The Observatory 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. Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel | 18-23 Tinsley Lane South | Three Bridges | Crawley | West Sussex | RH10 8XH | 01293-561186 | For the most important day of your life, look no further than Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel. We know that your wedding day is the realisation of your dreams, so let us tailor-make an event so it is as individual as you are. Our beautiful Vancouver Suite is the perfect place to say ‘I do’ with a license to welcome up to 150 special guests to watch you become legally married. We welcome you to the Canadian Suite, our wedding receptions space. Adjoining a private pre-event area including a full bar it’s the perfect place to celebrate your love and dance the night away. We ing Ca iage Hire MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL AND MEMORABLE. With a wide selection of carriages in different styles, and beautifully groomed carriage horses, we provide the perfect bespoke service. WHY CHOOSE MAPLE LEAF? • Elegant horse drawn carriages - single horse, pairs or teams • A stunning turnout, with full livery • A well established, family-run business • We have a lifetime of experience working with horses • Both open and enclosed carriages available • A choice of beautiful horses Contact us on: | 07736 184 909

ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL 01424 445 544 | The Royal Victoria Hotel, built in 1828, is situated in a prime position on the seafront of St Leonards-on-Sea. As soon as you step through its revolving doors, you’ll realise you’ve arrived somewhere special: a hotel with both character and warmth. Following a typically genial welcome by the reception team, the rare charm of the period marble staircase will catch your eye as it leads up to the Piano Bar and Lounge with its panoramic seafront views. Due to the Hotel’s enviable position on the seafront, guests will be able to enjoy panoramic coastal views from any of the function rooms and bedrooms. Plus, the beautifully restored St Leonard’s Gardens, located directly behind the hotel, are a popular spot for couple shots. When it comes to saying your “I dos,” choose from the Burton Suite and the Victoria Suite. The Burton can host up to 90 loved ones theatre style, and is a large ground floor function room with its own bar. The Victoria on the other hand is a more intimate space on the first floor, capable of hosting 30 nearest and dearest. The Sea Terrace Restaurant (90 guests banqueting style) is available for receptions either on its own or paired with the adjoining Albert Suite (50 banqueting style) if required. The latter is ideal for additional seating, buffet dining options, and/or entertainment, including dancefloor. The Piano Bar and Lounge also adjoins it. The Burton Suite on the ground floor is available for receptions too seating up to 50 guests banqueting style. THE VIEW HOTEL EASTBOURNE 01323 433 903 | The View Hotel is a contemporary hotel venue located directly on Eastbourne’s seafront, just a short drive from the South Downs National Park. As well as ensuring no two weddings are ever the same, the Hotel boasts outdoor terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Eastbourne’s idyllic backdrop. For vows, the Horizon Suite can seat 100 guests (120 for the reception) and is located on the mezzanine level. Ceremonies take place in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows with Eastbourne’s iconic Pier and seafront in the foreground. Complete with its own bar, dancefloor, ceiling fairylights and mood-lighting the suite is also ideal for the reception. For smaller gatherings, the first-floor Martello Suite, suitable for 80 guests day and night, also boasts stunning views to the west of the seafront and Wish Tower. It offers its own private bar and a dancefloor made for celebrations. Finally, for intimate nuptials, Pier Suite 2 (45 guests) is also on the first floor, with views to the pier. When tying the knot here, you’ll benefit from a menu tasting, and complimentary overnight accommodation is included in a number of packages along with discounted room rates available for guests. © Evoke Pictures Corporate Photography LOCAL VENUES 25 | 01323 870248 | ~ Exclusively Yours ~ A beautiful country house hotel located in the historic village of Alfriston, set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Exclusively yours for your special day, you can make the most of the picturesque surroundings for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Selected late availability offers available for Winter/ Spring weddings from February - June 2024 Contact us today on 01323 870248 for a copy of our brochure or to meet with our events team to discuss your special day. Bury Manor Barn NEW YEAR SHOWCASE Chat with our amazing suppliers, have a glass of fizz and explore all the opportunities for your dream wedding at our unique barn and gardens overlooking the River Arun & South Downs! Sat 27th January 2024 - 11.30am to 3.30pm Booking is free. Register at - or email the team. Email: Tel: 01798 831791 Bury Manor Barn, Church Lane, Bury, West Sussex. RH20 1PB

THE BELL IN TICEHURST 01580 200 300 | The Bell in Ticehurst is a gorgeous sixteenth century inn set in the beautiful East Sussex Countryside. The ambience at The Bell in Ticehurst is distinctly laid back, a little bit quirky and definitely not run of the mill. It’s the perfect place to celebrate life, love and happiness. Wedding guests will delight in the quirkiness of this historic pub – it’s a treasure trove of goodies and basically just very, very cool. Although The Bell is located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, it still has great road and rail access, with Brighton only an hour away, and London 90 minutes. The opulent Big Room can accommodate up to 90 guests seated, and 120 for your evening celebrations. The distinctive wallpaper and grandiose collection of chandeliers offer you and your guests a unique space to celebrate your partnership, enjoy a beautiful meal and party the night away. Downstairs in the historical Stables you can celebrate your nuptials with your very own red carpet walk, which is rolled out just for you along the exceptionally long wooden table. Enjoy drinks and canapes from your personal bar. Under the pink neon, ‘I will always love you my friend’ is the perfect place for speeches, offering a more informal approach to the tradition. Wind down and toast marshmallows at the end of the night by the warming firepit, before retiring to the amazing Love Nest for a beautifully restful night after a full day of celebrations. Comfy and COSY ARE WE We round up the county’s cosiest venues, each one a dream for a winter wonderland wedding WINTER VENUES 27

DUKE OF YORK’S 01273 054 160 | The Duke of York’s Picturehouse is celebrating 113 years of being an iconic part of Brighton’s history. With many of its original features still intact, the cinema boasts a vintage style, exuding an atmosphere of the golden age of the silver screen. It’s a story as rich as you would imagine, ranging from bingo nights, wrestling nights, weddings and even unauthorised punk concerts. In 2023, the venue is still going strong, having been run by Picturehouse since 1994. The gorgeous auditorium offers a stunning space to hold your ceremony in with the opportunity for you to show your videos and photographs on the big screen. Have your names displayed on the traditional readograph as you walk down the red carpet and your guests are treated to prosecco and popcorn in the retro foyer, bar and terrace areas. The team want to make sure your day is exactly how you’ve dreamed it, so they aim to deliver bespoke ceremonies of which no two are ever the same. Once all guests are assembled in the auditorium (up to 271), the wedding party will head down the aisle. In fact, due to the nature of the building there are two aisles, so usually one family will walk down one and the other down the second. The two of you will then join each other on stage for introductions, readings, exchange of vows and the ring exchange. Wedding drinks receptions for 271 guests can take over the whole building. After the ceremony, the space is held for an hour-and-a-half for everyone to celebrate. The bar and kiosk are opened up, alongside the balcony and auditorium for guests to purchase drinks and gather to wish you both well. SOUTHEND BARNS 01243 641 247 | Set on a working farm in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, Southend Barns is surrounded by stunning landscaped gardens and ample outdoor space with a picturesque courtyard that lies at the heart of the venue – safe for children and the perfect spot for reception drinks and garden games. As evening falls, the gardens are lit with romantic up-lights that highlight the fantastic flint and log walls of the wedding barns. Here guests can gather in the relaxing and sheltered Collecting Yard with its sumptuous sofas, fire pit and al fresco bar to enjoy a truly magical evening setting. The Dairy Barn has been lovingly restored with rustic charm and romantic touches and can host 120 loved ones for a ceremony. With a wonderful sweeping 22-metre aisle, exposed wooden beams and benches made of sweet chestnut, it’s an idyllic setting to tie the knot. Southend Barns also has a fully licensed outdoor ceremony area known as The Secret Garden, which can accommodate up to 100 guests. This enchanting garden is nestled in a tranquil spot between the resident alpacas’ field and the flint walls of the Dairy Barn. Post-vows, dine and dance the night away in the magnificent 220-year-old Threshing Barn, which is full of warmth and character with its authentic wooden beams and wrought iron chandeliers. Large windows provide spectacular views of the landscaped gardens and sunsets over the surrounding countryside. The Threshing Barn can seat 120 diners, and 200 guests can attend the evening reception. When tying the knot here, there’s also on-site accommodation with a luxurious shepherd’s hut and large bridal suite that comes with everything you could need. Southend Barns has its own in-house catering team known as Roots. Offering mouth-watering and innovative menus using seasonal and fresh produce, sourced from local suppliers or grown on-site in the venue’s kitchen garden, Roots runs special menu tasting events for couples. 28

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CASTLE GORING A venue like no other Set in the South Downs National Park on the outskirts of Worthing, this stunning Grade I listed Castle was described as “The most romantic Castle in the Land,” by the Great Romantic poet, Lord Byron. The Castle has many magnificent areas that can be used to stage your fairy tale day, including the grand State Rooms and State Dining Room with the table formerly used at Buckingham Palace. The Castle’s famous horseshoe staircase, installed by Queen Victoria’s Equerry, is one of the most popular settings for wedding party photographs. We offer two stunning locations to hold your Ceremony, the beautiful Ceremonial Hall with its double height ceiling, or on the South Lawns with the fabled Greco- Roman façade as your backdrop or alter. Combined with our award-winning catering, Castle Goring provides one of the most breathtaking wedding venues anywhere. Two unique ceremony locations... of the UK’s best-kept secret Wedding Venues Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3UN For a brochure or to arrange a tour contact: • Telephone: 07791 673070 CASTLE GORING A venue like no other CG A4 Summer Wedding ad.indd 1 08/ AWARD-WINNING CATERING Wedding Breakfast from £59pp Sole use of this unique and historic Grade I listed Castle and its magnificent State Rooms from only £2340 Hardings are a family run bespoke catering business based in Sussex who specialise in weddings, private and corporate events. We pride ourselves on our exceptional service and strive to help our clients to create bespoke packages to suit all requirements, tastes, and budgets which will ensure that your event runs with seamless precision. 01903 212 869

CISSBURY BARNS 01903 899 638 | 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. Brick and flint walled gardens surround the barns and your guests are welcomed either through the secret garden with its living handmade rustic doorway or from the top entrance into the large imposing courtyard complete with its own petanque court. What’s more, the enclosed ceremonial and patio walled gardens offer attractive and relaxing space for friends and family to mingle and enjoy the tranquillity of being hidden away in the South Downs. Ceremonies take place in either the East Barn or the wooded area known as The Glade, both with capacity of 120. The former offers flowing white voile drapes, elegant lime-wash chairs and bespoke rustic wooden furniture, which all combine to make it a naturally romantic place to say “I do.” Meanwhile the venue’s newest addition, The Glade, offers a magical outdoor ceremony experience overlooking the Estate. The West Barn has 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 and your 120 guests for the wedding breakfast and will be ready for you to enjoy. Large double doors either side of the central barn allow oodles of light to flood in. The fabulous bar, which was once the lambing pens, is reached through the main barn offering an additional spot for relaxing throughout the day and evening alongside the gorgeous festoon-decorated stretch tent. The venue can play host to 200 evening guests. TOTTINGTON MANOR 01903 815 757 | Set in the beautiful farmland and fields of the South Downs National Park, Tottington Manor is in the heart of the Sussex countryside. With amazing views as the backdrop to your day, it’s hard to believe it’s just a 15-minute drive from Horsham, Brighton and Hove, and Worthing. What’s more, the team are on hand to turn your W-day dreams into a reality, offering flexibility and a bespoke approach. The Downs Suite is suitable for up to 100 guests for the ceremony and reception (180), it’s a beautiful space with classically elegant dècor and French doors spanning the length of the room overlooking a private garden and the South Downs. If you dream of an al fresco wedding, the Downs Suite Garden can accommodate up to 100 loved ones for the day and night-time festivities (180). When tying the knot here, you’ll benefit from a complimentary menu and wine tasting, use of the honeymoon suite, and the services of a professional toastmaster. 31 WINTER VENUES