Your Sussex Wedding - June/July 2024 (Issue 109)

THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE 01323 412 345 | Affectionately known as The White Palace, The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne exudes five-star luxury and 19th-century elegance throughout its 152 bedrooms and array of celebration spaces. The Hotel is located a mere pebble’s throw away from Eastbourne’s beach and boasts splendid views out to sea and along the coast. The Princes Lawn in the hotel grounds is the ideal spot for an al fresco drinks reception. Built in 1875, a time when the upper classes ruled the land and took their holidays by the sea, the Hotel has welcomed a galaxy of the great and good including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Arthur Conan Doyle and King Constantine of Greece. The largest of the ceremony spaces here is the Princes Room, which can seat 120. The high ceilings and twinkling chandeliers create a true sense of romance, while the delicate palette of golds and creams means it will suit any theme. The Dukes room can host 80 loved ones. Originally the hotel library it offers a real sense of sophistication. Meanwhile, the Arundel Room can seat 60 nearest and dearest and offers the perfect spot for intimate ceremonies or elopements. It boasts wall-to-wall windows, a neutral colour scheme and stunning chandeliers. For al fresco “I dos,” the Hotel can now host ceremonies on the Princes Lawn for up to 120 guests. There’s a myriad of reception spaces here at The Grand. Ranging in capacities from 16 in the Gallery Suite to 192 in the Compton Ballroom for the wedding breakfast. Boasting ornate plaster work, vast ceilings and a sprung dancefloor, The Compton Ballroom is the ultimate setting for a wow-factor wedding. It can accommodate 250 for the evening. A further highlight is the Arlington Room, which can host 55 for the wedding breakfast and 70 for the evening. This fairy tale of a room with wrought iron moulded fireplaces dominating each end is arguably one of the most romantic rooms in the Hotel. To find out more about the wealth of other spaces available to you, be sure to check out the venue’s website. Suite dreams We’ve rounded up some of the county’s finest hotel venues HOTEL VENUES 25