Your Sussex Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 107)

TRADING BOUNDARIES 01825 790 200 | Established 27 years ago, Trading Boundaries is one of the UK’s leading importers of Indian furniture, an award-winning live music venue, a fullylicensed 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 venue is fully licensed for ceremonies, but can also offer celebrantled 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. 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. 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. 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. WINGROVE HOUSE 01323 870 276 | Wingrove House is a 19th-century colonial-style country property, nestled in the picturesque village of Alfriston, East Sussex. Offering exclusive-use weddings, it provides you with an intimate venue where you and your guests can relax and enjoy the serenity of your very own country house. Wingrove House overlooks the beautiful Parish Church, also known as the Cathedral of the Downs. Accompanied by stunning views of the South Downs National Park, surround yourself in lush greenery and have this idyllic backdrop for those all-important photographs. The venue offers total exclusivity from 1pm through to 11am the following morning. The bright and spacious restaurant will be set up for a three-course wedding breakfast, and will later be transformed into a space where you can dance the night away with your loved ones. The beautifully-furnished lounge area complete with open fire during the winter months, is perfect for welcome drinks and canapés. Plus, there’s a gorgeous outdoor terrace for al fresco drinks and socialising. In-house catering is provided by the venue’s talented team of chefs, who pride themselves on creating spectacular dishes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. What’s more, all 16 bedrooms are available for you and your guests on the night of the wedding, allowing you to make a weekend of it. Indeed, there’s one very special room at Wingrove House, reserved exclusively for the two of you on your wedding night – The Churchill Room. © Oli Clifford 29 CHARACTERFUL VENUES