Your Sussex Wedding - December 2021/January 2022 (Issue 94)

WIN! £3.55 DEC 2021/JAN 2022 HONEYMOONS, BEAUTY, FASHION, GROOMS, EXPERT ADVICE, FREEBIES AND MORE We round up Sussex’s cosiest venues for winter nuptials It ’s snowtime A mini break for eight in Yorkshire Wedding ONDERLAND Venue styling top tips Awe-inspiring couple shots DRESS UP 2022 bridal wear trends JUST THE TWO OF US

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 all adorned with thousands of fairy lights.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 prereception 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 adorable tapir or the fun-loving meerkats. EVENTS ARENA The perfect location to host a large marquee for your wedding breakfast and evening reception. Measuring more than 1,000 square metres, there’s ample room for extra enter tainment like a band or giant garden games and it is conveniently located next to the evergreen hedge maze where both young and old enjoy finding each other around every twist and turn. Although there’s no guarantee that the sun will shine, we have the advantage of The Barn, which is licensed, so you can choose to move indoors if you prefer. NEWLY L AUNCHED 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 6 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 73 HOT TOPIC Stellar wedmin advice from those in the know 97 COMPETITION Win a fun-filled sleepover for eight guests at Whitley Hall, Yorkshire CONTENTS DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022 VENUES 19 SPOTLIGHT ON... Eastbourne to Rye 25 IT’S SNOWTIME Our winter roundup of Sussex’s cosiest venues FEATURES 30 WED IN BRIGHTON Editor Kelly Andrews spent a night in Brighton experiencing some of its finest wedding venues and wine 49 MEMORIES OF THE MANOR Tottington Manor, Henfield, has had a makeover so this team of Sussex-based suppliers worked together to show it off 53 ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL The vibrant palette used for this shoot created an appropriately joyous setting for a wedding, and certainly brought a smile to our faces 57 IT TAKES TWO The county’s photographers show us their most showstopping couple shots 63 VERSATILE STYLE Boho to classic, this team has you covered 67 FINDING WONDERLAND Your venue’s a blank canvas: what to do? Our experts have the answers On the cover This issue’s cover was captured by at Tottington Manor as part of a gorgeous styled shoot. Turn to page 49 for more. 19 32 3

FASHION & BEAUTY 78 FASHION FOCUS Fashion editor Claire Ridley reveals her latest bridal fashion news, buys and launches 81 DRESS UP Trousers, statement sleeves, sleek A-line silhouettes and voluminous skirts are just some of the styles that brides will be wearing in 2022 86 BEAUTY Q&A Our local professionals solve your problems 88 BEAUTY BUZZ Beauty editor Kelly Andrews reveals all the latest must-haves for the bride-to-be 91 NAILED IT! Team CWM put the latest bridal nail polish shades to the test REAL WEDDINGS 32 OPPOSITES ATTRACT April and Lee said “I do” on 10th October 2020 in the The Royal Pavilion’s breathtaking Music Room 39 SAIL AWAY WITH ME Amy and Niall’s nautically-themed nuptials took place at The Gallivant on 6th August, 2021 45 AN ALL TIME LOVE Xander and Kay are living proof that love comes along when you least expect it HONEYMOONS 94 HONEYMOON NEWS UK special GROOMS 92 GROOMS’ NEWS All the latest best buys and product launches 81 53 67 63 88 4

WIN! A FUN-FILLED SLEEPOVER FOR EIGHT GUESTS AT WHITLEY HALL, YORKSHIRE Join us as we explore some of the county’s cosiest wedding venues, perfect if you dream of tying the knot at Christmastime. cwe COUNTY WEDDING EVENTS Don’t miss fashion editor Claire’s round up of 2022’s top bridal fashion trends. Real bride Amy looked stunning in her Martina Liana gown. @CountyWeddingMagazines @CountyWeddings @cwm_wedding Visit us online at and It dawned on me just recently that I have just six months left until I transform from editor into bridesmaid extraordinaire! Is anyone else freaked out by how quickly time passes en route to W-day? Despite spending my days telling all of you lovely people how to plan, I have very much not practised what I’ve preached and am now panicking about getting into shape. So, it’s a good job indeed that I’m not the bride, who fortunately is literally the most organised person I’ve ever met. That being said, the bride tribe (plus groom) recently decided to hit a wedding show at the venue, hosted by our sister company County Wedding Events, looking for finishing touches and bridesmaid dresses. While I’ve attended many a wedding fair in my time with my professional hat on, nothing beats the excitement of experiencing one from the other side of the fence. So, to help you get the most out of your next visit, I’ve compiled my top three tips. 1. Pre-register. Make sure you sign up on the organisers website. CWE is offering timed entry slots at the moment to keep you all safe and allow you to enjoy your browsing comfortably. 2. Be prepared. Find out who’s exhibiting beforehand and make up a hit list of the suppliers you want to check out. You can usually find this info on the event’s website, but if not there’ll likely be show guide available, so grab one when you arrive and settle down with a cuppa or glass of bubbly before you venture any further. 3. Snap happy. Make sure your smart phone is fully charged and be ready to get as many pics as you can of the things you love. Big events can be a little daunting and the last thing you want is to get home and forget where you saw that incredible cake. And now, without further ado, I bring you the latest issue of Your Sussex Wedding. Check out these pages for my issue highlights to ensure you don’t miss a thing – we have a world of wedspiration waiting for you as always. Enjoy and keeeep planning! Kelly x Kelly Andrews, senior editor It ’s showtime! ISSN 1750-3477 EDITORIAL 01376 535 611 Kelly Andrews | Senior Editor and Beauty Editor Danielle Harvey | Managing Editor, Grooms Editor and Travel Editor Claire Ridley | Fashion Editor Melissa Barker | Contributing Editor DESIGN 01376 535 616 Graphic Designers | Sarah Hill Stephanie Hodder | Vicky O’Connor Production Assistant | Lorna Butcher Digital Marketing Coordinator Katie Laley Web Development Manager Stuart Weatherley ADVERTISING Sales & Events Director Sarah Ellis | 01376 538 490 Account Manager Kirsty Watt-Roy | 01376 538 492 Subscriptions 01376 514 000 ACCOUNTS 01376 535 616 Accounting Manager | Derrick James Your Sussex Wedding is solely owned, published and designed by KD Media Publishing. 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. Subscription rates are £18.20 per annum (incl. p+p). Cheques should be made out to KD Media Publishing and sent to Your Sussex Wedding, c/o KD Media Publishing, Pantile House, Newlands Drive, Witham, Essex CM8 2AP. 97 39 81 25 6

When putting together our real weddings, selecting showstopping couple shots is always by favourite part. This issue, some of the region’s finest share their most memorable. Was there ever a more showstopping wedding venue than The Royal Pavilion? Everywhere you turn you’re walking in the footsteps of King George IV and his royal court. As a history buff, it’s one of my favourite places and I spent hours poring over April and Lee’s wedding photos for their real wedding feature – just a tad envious! I for one would love nothing more than to be presented with a grazing platter like this at a wedding. Absolutely mouthwatering its easy to see why they’re still growing in popularity, and can be tailored with local delicacies to suit the season. I’m a sucker for a stylish table setting. Dressing your tables to perfection can quickly take your venue from zero to hero. Garden games are such a fun, informal and budget-friendly way to keep guests entertained during the drinks reception. Guests aged eight to 80 will love a go at giant Jenga! Kate Lindsey, The Natural Florist says, “Foliage brings so much to any arrangement and eucalyptus is at its best in the winter months.” Check out Hot Topic for more advice on winter florals and festive nuptials. 73 57 32 63 67 49 EDITOR’S LETTER 7

Based in the heart of West Sussex, Carrie’s Party Cakes 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.CARRIESPARTYCAKES.CO.UK 07793 678187 | | @carriespartycakes A pair for the couple plus up to 3 doves free to represent those guests who can only be with you in Spirit Contact Viv 07746 450814 / Photography by BNI Photography Sussex Dove Release

FLORAL CREATIONS Leading Lady Cakes has launched a new subscription box service, called The Sugar Bloom Box. In each monthly package you’ll find the materials and instruction to create a different sugar bloom. With recorded online training available to watch as many times as you wish, you’ll soon be able to make a whole sugar-bloom bouquet. You’ll even be invited to join the exclusive Sugar Bloom Box Facebook community. And don’t worry if you’ve missed a box as previous kits are available to order. The deliveries, which are sent out by the 10th of each month vary depending on the flower, but will typically include paste, cutters, veiners, colour and dust. So, if you love the idea of creating your very own edible flowers to adorn your big-bake bake, check out to learn more. Catch up on the latest from around the county Nearlywed NEWS  INTRODUCING... New to the world of weddings, we bring you Caravents. An unforgettable accompaniment for your big day, the company offers a super-cool 1971 vintage ice cream van, serving all your favourite flavours. The team appreciate that every wedding is unique, so they take pride in creating bespoke packages to suit each and every couple. From an intimate post-ceremony celebration to a memorable wedding breakfast dessert – the choice is yours. Caravents offers an extensive range of locally made artisan gelato, sorbets and vegan gelato for you to choose from, served in either a waffle cone or tub. There’s even a topping station filled with delicious sprinkles and sauces. Find out more at TOTALLY IN TENTS After successfully hosting its first two wedding fairs in a marquee, Tilgate Park Weddings is delighted to announced the purchase of a 24 by 12-metre clear span marquee, which will be available to its wedding couples as their dream reception venue. The marquee will be fully-lined and complete with chandeliers, fairylights, heating and a carpeted hard floor. It will also feature a Zone Array speaker system, which provides fantastic sound on the dancefloor while ensuring guests sitting just a few metres away can still chat comfortably amongst themselves. For further information check out DIARY DATE Southend Barns in Chichester will be bringing back its annual Wedding Inspiration Fair on Sunday 23rd January, 2022. Packed full of ideas and inspiration, there’ll be a whole host of hand-picked suppliers offering high-end and distinctive services that have been tried and tested by many previous couples. The plethora of stands will include florists, photographers, cake makers, make-up artists, stationers, musicians and stylists, to name but a few. There’ll also be the opportunity to take a look around the venue and see the new luxury shepherd’s hut, Mama Lou. What’s more, the team will be on hand to answer any questions and you can also chat to Roots Catering team about all things food and drink. Running with allocated time slots between 10.30am and 3pm entry is free but pre-booking is essential. Find out more at YOUR ESSENTIALS 9

FLAVOUR OF LOVE Horsham-based wedding cake maker Carrie Raymond of Carrie’s Party Cakes is now offering tasting sessions and bookings are being accepted. For a small charge, you can try up to four flavours of cake to help you choose the ultimate big-day bake. You’ll each receive the cake in the actual-size portion it will be served in on the day so you can get an idea of how it will look when cut. During the tasting you’ll have the opportunity to chat with Carrie about everything from décor, colours, flowers and venue, through to what’s important to you, allowing her to design the cake having taken everything into account. Carrie says, “While it’s tempting for couples to scour the internet looking for a cake they like, I often find that it doesn’t work with their venue once set up, or it has a completely different feel to the rest of the styling, looking disjointed. By discussing everything during the tasting session we can make sure that they have the flavours they love in the perfect cake for their day. The result? Photos to die for!” Find out more and book your own tasting session at PLAN B South Lodge, West Sussex, has announced its B Corp certification, as part of privately-owned hotel company Exclusive Collection. The group has been certified by B Lab, the not-for-profit organisation behind the movement, as having met rigorous social and environmental standards, which represent its commitment to goals outside of profit. The certification addresses the business as a whole and each applicant is required to reach a benchmark score of over 80 while providing evidence of socially and environmentally responsible practices relating to energy suppliers, waste and water use, worker compensation, diversity and corporate transparency. Exclusive Collection is the first hotel group in the UK to achieve this certification and with recent media attention on the hospitality sector it’s a notable step. To find out about hosting your big day at South Lodge, head over to LOCAL LUXURY Visitors to Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, near Horsham in West Sussex, can now enjoy a luxury overnight stay after visiting the woodland estate and experiencing the multicourse tasting menu at Restaurant Interlude. Grade II listed Leonardslee House, built in the Italianate style in 1855, features ten newly created and charming en-suite bedrooms. Each bespoke bedroom features the fabric and wallpaper style of a quintessential British interior designer, creating an immersive experience. The owner of the estate, award-winning entrepreneur Penny Streeter OBE, has focused on British-based suppliers, many of whom print their fabrics and wallpapers in the UK, with a strong focus on sustainable and artisan composition. The designers have sourced antiques to reduce any environmental impact and have commissioned furniture suppliers who make their products in the UK. What’s more, the rooms feature superb views over the extensive lawns, down to the 240-acre historical woodlands and across to the South Downs. The ten rooms are priced between £350 and £550 per night. To find out more about spending a special mini-moon here check out 10

YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY! BEAUTIFUL BLANK CANVASVENUEWITH STUNNINGVIEWS TOTHE SOUTH DOWNS, PERFECT FORYOU TO STYLE INYOUR OWNUNIQUEWAY! CALL KIM ON 07899 664070 TOARRANGE AVIEWING | 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 C I S S B U R Y B A R N S


ENTER ONLINE AT WWW.YOUR-SUSSEX.WEDDING Closing date 4th February 2022, unless otherwise stated. Terms & conditions apply. ROLL UP, ROLL UP Acting Moon Events is a one-of-a-kind venue located in the glorious East Sussex countryside of Hailsham. Comprised of two big top circus tents it also includes camping facilities, café, large outdoor performance space and a picturesque setting featuring a pretty lake. The friendly venue staff can also help you with entertainment and with a fully-fitted commercial kitchen on site, catering for events is a breeze. So, whatever your theme there’s space here ready to be spectacularly filled with a range of custom acts, from stunt shows to showgirls. Perhaps you’d like an old-fashioned ball or futuristic disco – anything goes! The larger big top can accommodate up to 700 guests, while the smaller one holds up to 300. We’ve partnered with Acting Moon Events to offer readers £100 off of the cost of hire. To claim, simply get in touch at or on 01323 325 957 and quote Your Sussex Wedding. For further information check out Great giveaways and discounts up for grabs Freebies &OFFERS SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS Meet Carrie Raymond. A professional cake maker based near Horsham in West Sussex. Carrie specialises in bespoke luxury wedding and celebration cakes. Having set out in 2014 to build a sustainable cake business, she focuses on using the highest quality natural ingredients wherever possible to create authentic, delicious flavours without the bitter aftertaste that often results from the use of artificial additives. She strives to use as much fair trade, and responsibly sourced ingredients as she can, and leaves as small a carbon footprint as possible. Using her extensive background in art and design, she’ll design a showstopping centrepiece just for you based on your moodboard, colour palette, your story, even your venue. Simply book a consultation and let the creativity begin We’ve teamed up with Carrie’s Party Cakes to offer readers 10% off wedding cakes booked before the closing date below. To claim get in touch on 07793 678 187 or at and quote Your Sussex Wedding. Also, don’t miss where you can see examples of Carrie’s amazing work. Luxury gifting company is bringing joy to all occasions. Each of its gift hampers is lovingly curated and handpacked in Oxfordshire, with perfectly paired food and drink from carefully selected makers and producers. The team at is giving County Wedding Magazines readers the chance to win a Luxury Food & Wine Basket worth £115. The beautiful wicker basket is packed full of tasty snacks and moreish treats for nearlyweds to share together. The stars of the show are an excellent bottle of Prosecco, and a full-bodied Argentinian Malbec from the Gauchezco Estate, paired with award-winning cheese, hand-baked biscuits, and luxury Belgian chocolates. For your chance to win enter via our website, and for more details about and it’s range of delecatble gifts for the wedding day and beyond visit WIN A LUXURY HAMPER WORTH £115! FREEBIES & OFFERS 13

Pre-register for all of our events at WEMBLEY STADIUM, 20TH FEBRUARY, 2022 MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD, 20TH MARCH, 2022 ASCOT RACECOURSE, 24TH APRIL, 2022 THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE, DATE TO BE RELEASED X Sarah Here at County Wedding Magazines and Events HQ we’re looking forward to kickstarting our Autumn wedding show season. From must-visit local fairs in some of the region’s best wedding venues, to our larger Signature Wedding Shows home to more than 100 exhibitors each, we can’t wait to welcome back our couples and help plan their wedding days. Here’s what to expect when attending one of our events... Whether you’re joyous that restrictions have passed, or are still a little hesitant, couples can rest assured our venues are continuing to maintain some of the government guidelines and measures to ensure everyone can feel comfortable and enjoy the day: • Attendees will need to pre-register to attend events • There will be allocated time slots for visitors • All venues will also have enhanced cleaning procedures, with hand washing and sanitising facilities still available • Spaces between exhibition booths will be maintained to ease congestion • Optional face masks • Anyone with symptoms must refrain from visiting 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, and attending our exhibitions is free! For more information on any of our exhibitions 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

SPRING 2022 WEDDING SHOWS ALL EVENTS 11AM - 3PM unless otherwise stated Pre-register at ESSEX LONDON MORDEN HALL Morden Hall Road, SM4 5JD SUN 3 APRIL BRAXTED PARK Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN SUN 16 JANUARY BERKS, BUCKS & OXON RACKLEY’S CHILTERN HILLS Marlow Road, Cadmore End, Bucks, HP14 3PP SUN 13 MARCH 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.

/CountyWeddingEvents @CountyWedEvent @countyweddingevents 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 KENT WEST HEATH Ashgrove Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1SR SUN 13 MARCH SUSSEX SELDEN BARNS Selden Lane, Patching, Worthing, BN13 3UL SUN 13 MARCH CASTLE GORING Arundel Road, Worthing, BN13 3UN SUN 10 APRIL HYTHE IMPERIAL HOTEL & SPA Princes Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AE SUN 6 MARCH

• 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 Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN DATE TO BE RELEASED SOON THE BRENTWOOD CENTRE London, HA9 0WS SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2022 | 11AM - 4PM WEMBLEY STADIUM High Street, Berkshire, SL5 7JX SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM ASCOT RACECOURSE Brooklands Drive, Weybridge, KT13 0SL SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022 | 11AM - 3:30PM MERCEDES-BENZ WORLD Sponsored by

T H E WA L L E D G A R D E N Located in a historical setting on the Cowdray Estate,TheWalled Garden is an enchanting wedding venue, full of heritage, charm and character. TheWalled Garden is licensed for civil ceremonies.

EASTBOURNE TO RYE Spotlight on... Tie the knot in a local hotspot BRICKWALL HOUSE 07864 794 409 | Brickwall House is a stylish exclusive-use wedding venue in Northiam, East Sussex. The Grade I listed Jacobean manor house, rich in charming period features boasts 17th- and 18th-century interiors. Dating back to 1617 it was the family home of the Frewen family for over 300 years. Conveniently located in the beautiful Wealden countryside Brickwall House is close to Hastings, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells as well as the smaller historical towns of Rye, Battle and Tenterden. The gardens are a real treasure. The site features the oldest walled gardens in Sussex and includes an arboretum and the Lady Frewen bluebell walk. Also to be found is a Jacobean bowling green and topiary chess garden, which backs onto 100 acres of ancient deer park. To the rear of the house are formal gardens where the beds are planted with over a hundred varieties of plant species, providing an array of colour throughout the year. Here, 300-year-old magnolia trees and 400-year-old mulberry trees can be found alongside passion flowers, lavender and roses. The venue is licensed for ceremonies in three areas. The grand and stylish Drawing Room fills with sunlight and looks out onto the gardens. It can seat 90 of your loved ones. Outdoors, you can tie the knot on the spacious south lawns, which are wrapped in the secret walled garden and lined with lollipop trees. There’s ample space for 150 guests to join you as you say “I do.” The Topiary Chess Garden is the third option, it too can host 150 for the vows. The Drawing Room with its opulent chandelier and golden-framed historical paintings, is ideal for intimate celebrations and can seat 50 for the wedding breakfast. For a bigger bash, the Garden Marquee is available and can host 150 diners with more evening guests. A modern space, its panoramic windows fill it with light, and it’s located within touching distance of the gorgeous gardens. LOCAL VENUES 19

LANSDOWNE HOTEL 01323 745 485 | The Landsdowne Hotel is located on Eastbourne’s seafront, oppostie the West Lawns and benefits from far-reaching sea views. The beach is easily accessible from the front of the hotel and offers some great backdrop opportunities that your photographer will be able to make the most of. This family-owned hotel has 102 bedrooms, so there’s plenty of space for you and your loved ones to rest your heads at the end of the fun-filled day. The Martello Room is a contemporary space licensed for civil ceremonies witnessed by 70 of your nearest and dearest. It boasts original features and is decorated in elegant muted tones. Its large windows offer wonderful sea views and it has its own staircase allowing for a grand bridal entrance down from the first floor. The Lawns Room is ideal for the wedding breakfast and it too can host up to 70. The large bay windows allow daylight to flood in and guests can enjoy the sea views as they dine. Decorated in a similar neutral palette to the Martello Room, its easy for you to decorate according to your big day’s theme. The Jevington Room, located on the lower ground floor, is the place to be for your evening revelries. Featuring a private bar, large dancefloor and buffet area, it has everything you and your 100 guests could need. You’ll be allocated a complimentary sea view Superior or Executive bedroom for your wedding night, and the hotel can hold a number of rooms for your wedding party. You’ll also be offered a menu and wine tasting as part of your wedding package. THE GALLIVANT 01797 331 581 | A beautiful beach house in tune with its location and designed to be a home away from home, The Gallivant boasts 20 gorgeous bedrooms. The beautiful Camber Sands is the venue’s front garden and for many of its couples it offers the dream beach wedding without the need to get on a plane. Ceremonies take place inside the bright and airy Dining Room, which can accommodate 80 of your nearest and dearest and leads directly onto the private terrace. After the “I dos” take your guests out onto the beautiful five-mile expanse of sandy beach and enjoy a memorable drinks reception with canapés amongst the towering dunes. It’s also the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Connected to the main part of the hotel is the secluded, decked terrace, which is also a wonderful place for reception drinks when the weather is fine – it links directly to the Summer House event space. While you and 80 loved ones are enjoying your wedding breakfast and speeches in the Summer House, the venue’s team will be busy turning around the hotel ready for your evening celebrations. The 360 bar is positioned perfectly between the Sitting Room, where guests can relax and catch up with each other, and the Dining Room, which by now has been transformed into a spacious dancefloor where all assembled can boogie the night away. What’s more, as the bride and groom, you’ll be invited for a menu tasting with head chef, Jamie Guy and a wine tasting with onsite wine experts. 20


The Boulevard, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 1NP Email: Tel: 01903 446401 Field Place Manor House is an award-winning Grade II Listed Georgian Manor House and historic Barns built in the 1800s. Rich in heritage, it’s a perfect venue for your very special day. This gorgeous setting, nestled amongst eight acres of Green Flag Award grounds, features stunning Wedding Gardens and Bandstand, designed by a Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medallist. With its tranquil backdrop it makes for a truly magical and memorable celebration. Discover our stunning open-air space with Bandstand - allowing for ceremonies for up to 150 guests. Contact our team today for a personalised service, and let us help make your wedding day a day to remember forever. Free Champagne! If you go on to book our venue, we’ll give you a free bottle of bubbly for the bridal party on the big day. Just quote CHAMPERS when you enquire. (Terms and conditions apply).

THE GRAND HOTEL, EASTBOURNE 01323 412 345 | The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne exudes five-star luxury and historical elegance. This 19th-century hotel’s interior was restored in the late 1990s to reflect its rich legacy as the go-to holiday destination for the upper-middle classes. It’s also welcomed many famous figures including Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin, Arthur Conan Doyle and Claude Debussy. All of this makes stepping inside The Grand like stepping into a bygone era, where elegance, style and luxury take centre stage. The White Palace as it’s affectionately known sits proudly opposite the Western Lawns, with its 400-foot frontage standing in prime position facing the English coastline towards Beachy Head. It boasts splendid views out to sea and along the coast with its own beautiful Princes Lawn perfect for an al fresco drinks reception. There are a variety of rooms available for the “I dos.” The largest is the The Compton Room with space for 330 guests. Part of the Devonshire Suite its elegance harks back to its beginnings as the hotel’s ballroom when it opened in the 1800s. Boasting ornate plasterwork, vast ceilings and a sprung dancefloor, the Devonshire Suite is the ultimate setting for a wow-factor wedding. The most intimate of ceremony spaces is the Arundel Room, which can accommodate 60. It offers wall-to-wall windows, neutral colour scheme and stunning chandeliers. Again a whole host of spaces are ready to welcome you for your celebrations, capable of hosting anywhere between 16 to 250. We love the Mirabelle Restaurant, which can seat 50 nearest and dearest for the wedding breakfast. It’s the Hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant. It mirrors the charm found throughout and even has access to its own garden, which can be used for drinks during the warmer months. The Arlington on the other hand is a fairytale of a room with its high ceilings and chandeliers. The muted tones of red, gold and cream ensure that whichever colour palette you choose it’ll be in keeping with the décor. The space benefits from wrought iron moulded fireplaces dominating each end and its floor-to-ceiling windows create a bright and airy feel. It can offer seating for up to 55 guests for a private banquet and 70 for the evening bash. Accommodation is included in all wedding packages, except the Classic and a menu tasting is available too with several of the options. There’s also a discounted overnight-stay rate for your first anniversary. 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 for up to 200 guests. BANNATYNE SPA HOTEL, HASTINGS 01424 851 222 | Deep in the heart of 1066 Country between the historic towns of Battle and Hastings you’ll find Bannatyne Spa Hotel. The picturesque Summer House Pavilion located in the enchanting gardens can host up to 200 for the “I dos.” Inside, the Montgomerie Suite is capable of hosting 300 of your nearest and dearest for the reception and boasts its own bar, stage, surround sound and dancefloor. Also check out... 23 LOCAL VENUES

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

Winter wonderland SOUTHDOWNS MANOR 01730 763 800 | From the romantic gardens to the quintessentially English setting, it’s hard not to fall in love with Southdowns Manor. Set amongst the breathtaking scenery of the South Downs, this historical exclusive-use venue, is a rural retreat offering a tranquil setting for your big day. Whether you’re dreaming of a lavish, formal wedding or a relaxed and intimate celebration, this venue provides a stylish setting. THE “I DOS” The manor is licensed for civil ceremonies and is also situated close to the Grade I listed St George’s Church at Trotton, which offers traditional Anglican ceremonies. The Sussex Room is an informal area with a large bar where guests can meet before your ceremony. It can also be used for “I dos” witnessed by up to 40 loved ones, and is an ideal space for serving canapés and drinks post vows. The Conservatory too can host up to 40 for the ceremony and being a light and airy space makes for a romantic setting. For larger ceremonies, the Banqueting Suite can comfortably seat 150, and with its starlight ceiling makes for a particularly magical setting at this time of year. During the summer you can exchange your vows al fresco on the terrace. Also licensed for 150, it can be used for reception drinks too, where guests can enjoy views across the South Downs. THE CELEBRATIONS You’ll enjoy your big-day bash in the Banqueting Suite, which as the name implies, is perfectly suited for banqueting purposes. It’s a stunning room that really makes for an elegant setting for your wedding breakfast and evening celebrations. It can seat 150 diners and allows you to welcome 200 nearest and dearest for the evening. Our roundup of Sussex’s cosiest wedding venues 25 WINTER WONDERLAND

TOTTINGTON MANOR 01903 815 757 | A beautiful listed manor house at the foot of the South Downs, Tottington Manor boasts 12 guest bedrooms including five suites, seven standard rooms and a choice of two honeymoon suites. The Down’s Suite has its own private garden available for weddings with farm views to one side and an uninterrupted view of the South Downs to the other. Here, you can be sure of incredible backdrops for your photographer to take advantage of with blossom trees, bluebells, Mediterranean planting and of course the impressive Tudor manor all found within the grounds. The venue has its own in-house team of talented chefs and you’ll be invited to a complimentary food and wine tasting prior to your big day. A complimentary dressing room will also be yours to use on the morning of the wedding. THE “I DOS” Ceremonies take place in the Down’s Suite. A beautiful, light room it can seat 96 loved ones and benefits from French doors that allow you to enjoy the wonderful view of the South Downs. There are also chivari chairs available for use, which are included in the wedding package. THE CELEBRATIONS The Down’s Suite is also the place to be for your reception, where capacity can be increased to 200 for the evening with plenty of space for DJs and live bands. The new marble-topped bar stocks a full range of premium beers, wines and spirits. Alternatively, you have the option of pitching a marquee on the Down’s Suite lawn, which makes and ideal addition for your drinks reception whatever the weather. COTTESMORE HOTEL GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB 01293 528 256 | Set within 247 acres of lush, tree-lined Sussex countryside Cottesmore is home to 36 holes of golf with two lakes, a 26-bedroom hotel and seven self-catering lodges. This stylish country venue features function rooms, a farmhouse-style restaurant, health club, swimming pool and beauty salon. The existing club house and hotel forms part of the historical charm and character of the 1884 farm buildings, while the new sections have been carefully constructed to match the original brickwork. What’s more, dark dark grey window frames and panoramic views over the golf course bring a touch of that sought-after contemporary look. What’s more, a complimentary honeymoon room is offered for your wedding night. THE “I DOS” The new outdoor wedding ceremony lawn is nestled in a tree-lined glade and offers peace and tranquillity in a romantic setting. Better for the winter though is the oak-beamed barn room, boasting a vaulted ceiling and elegant lighting. Both spaces have a capactiy of 150. Before you head in to your main celebration, don’t miss out on the opportunity for a champagne reception held in the French-style courtyard with ornate fountain, pretty planters and a French boules court. THE CELEBRATIONS For your wedding breakfast and reception, The Challis Suite has been designed with a contemporary feel. Adorned with mirrors, beams and Antler-chandelier lighting, it has a lightly-hued wooden floor and calming interior. The marble-topped bar completes the space and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard bring in plenty of natural light. Here, there’s space for 150 day guests and a total of 200 evening guests. 26

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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 New Year Showcase LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE? BURY MANOR BARN BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. PLEASE VISIT: HTTPS://WWW.EVENTBRITE.CO.UK/E/NEW-YEAR-SHOWCASETICKETS-211166393367 OR EMAIL THE TEAM TO BOOK YOUR PLACE. CHAT WITH OUR AMAZING SUPPLIERS, HAVE A GLASS OF BUBBLY AND EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES FOR YOUR WEDDING. 15TH JAN WWW . B U R YMANOR B A R N . CO . U K I N F O@B U R YMANOR B A R N . COM L OC A T E D B E TWE E N A R UND E L & P U L BOROUGH , WE S T S U S S E X 2PM TO 6PM New Year Showcase LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE? BURY MANOR BARN BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. PLEASE VISIT: HTTPS://WWW.EVENTBRITE.CO.UK/E/NEW-YEAR-SHOWCASETICKETS-211166393367 OR EMAIL THE TEAM TO BOOK YOUR PLACE. CHAT WITH OUR AMAZING SUPPLIERS, HAVE A GLASS OF BUBBLY AND EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES FOR YOUR WEDDING. 15TH JAN WWW . B U R YMANOR B A R N . CO . U K I N F O@B U R YMANOR B A R N . COM L OC A T E D B E TWE E N A R UND E L & P U L BOROUGH , WE S T S U S S E X 2PM TO 6PM Tours Available! The Ravenswood, Cinder Hill, Sharpthorne, West Sussex, RH19 4HY 01342 810216 The Ravenswood ‘The award winning dream wedding venue in Sussex’ TheRavenswood ravenswoodvenue theravenswoodvenue

ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON 03000 290 905 | This breathtaking former royal Regency palace offers a one-of-a-kind wedding venue in the heart of Brighton and Hove’s cultural quarter. One of the most exotically beautiful buildings in Britain it was designed to entice, enrapture and enchant the great, good and grand of King George IV’s court. The Royal Pavilion’s glorious garden is one of the few fully-restored Regency gardens in the country. Groups of flowers emulate jewels against the flourishing evergreens that frame striking views of the palace, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for images of your wedding day. THE “I DOS” Your ceremony can take place in the Red Drawing Room, which has a maximum capacity of 44. This beautiful room retains much of George IV’s striking 1820s decorative scheme, incorporating the venue’s distinctive dragon wallpaper and palm-tree pillars. Located on the ground floor it’s not open to the general public and benefits from its own private entrance leading directly from the Regency garden and offering the feel of true exclusivity on your special day. For evening “I dos” the dazzling Music Room, one of the palace’s most spectacular state rooms, is available. It has space for 90 loved ones who enter via the Pavilion’s grand entrance and are led there via the exotic, Chinese-inspired Long Gallery. Its extraordinary interior is lit by nine lotus-shaped chandeliers, with stunning walls decorated with rich red and gold canvases in Chinoiserie style, supported by painted dragons. The gilded dome ceiling is made up of hundreds of plaster cockleshells creating the illusion of height. All in all, a truly regal and unforgettable setting to mark the start of your married life. THE CELEBRATIONS The Royal Pavilion can be hired for your reception even if you’re not holding your ceremony at the venue. The King William IV Room, situated on the first floor offers and elegant setting for day and evening. With hand-painted Chinese-style wallpaper and hanging lanterns, it also benefits from a private entrance, its own lobby and a caterer’s kitchen. It can host 80 for a drinks reception, 70 for a standing buffet or 60 for a seated meal. copyright Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust, Brighton & Hove BUXTED PARK HOTEL 01825 733 333 | This impressive Grade II Georgian country house boasts a whole host of period features lending the most picturesque of backdrops to your special photographs. The hotel is nestled amongst stunning Ashdown Forest parkland and is reached by a long tree-lined drive. Built in 1722, it has a wealth of history, having once welcomed William Wordsworth, Winston Churchill and Marlon Brando as guests. THE “I DOS” There are several ceremony spots available, and undoubtedly the cosiest is The Coat of Arms. Found at the heart of the hotel, the lounge features a grand 18th century working fireplace. It can host 120. Nearby and similarly ideal for a winter ceremony is The Library, with room for 50 loved ones. When the weather is warmer, The Coat of Arms Lawn and The Orangery are fine alternatives. There’s even a chapel within the estate’s grounds offering another dimension to your big day. THE CELEBRATIONS Receptions take place either in The Ballroom, for 120, or The Orangery, for 70. The former is the state wedding room and features no less than five Empire chandeliers, complementing the five full-length Georgian sash windows. It also features two ornate fireplaces and access to the balcony. The seven spacious master suites have all undergone a recent refurbishment and use of the bridal suite is included in your wedding package. 29 WINTER WONDERLAND

Editor Kelly Andrews spent a night in Brighton experiencing some of its finest wedding venues and wine Brighton is a place bursting with character and charm, one of the county’s jewels. So, I was thrilled to get the chance to spend a night there sampling some of Sussex’s best produce in Nyetimber English sparkling wine, while enjoying the sights from the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, before resting my head at Malmaison. Click play to join me on my trip, and read on to find out more about hosting your own wonderful wedding day in Brighton. URBAN CHIC MEETS SEASIDE SPLENDOUR The first thing to strike me about Malmaison Brighton was how easy it was to get to. I usually use the park and ride when I head to the city, so wasn’t sure what to expect of its location. Situated by the Marina, it’s simple to bypass the hustle and bustle of the city and head straight there. What’s more, with the neighbouring free public car park, its just a short and very scenic stroll across the Boardwalk, to the hotel’s front door. The super-chic Malmaison has the feeling of a sophisticated urban boutique hotel, while offering all the benefits of being part of a larger group. Our oh-so trendy and minimalist base was a Club Deluxe Sea View room, which afforded us every luxury including a showstopping view of Brighton Marina from the balcony. Indeed, as you’ll see from my vlog, I ed in Brighton 30

struggled to tear myself away from it! Whilst there I had chance to check out the wedding spaces, which have been designed to be as flexible as possible with the perfect spot for every stage of your day. A highlight is the lovely conservatory and terrace where we enjoyed breakfast during our stay. It can accommodate up to 40 loved ones for a seated meal, who can later spill out onto the terrace for al fresco mingling and drinks overlooking the Marina. Alternatively, it can host up to 80 for a drinks reception or barbecue. However, if a completely blank canvas is what you’re looking for the Work + Play rooms are what you need. One big space or split into three individual sections it can be tailored to meet your requirements and you can decorate according to your theme. At its smallest it can hold 30 and at full capacity, fully opened up it can play host to 150. For intimate celebrations The Cage is the ideal area. Positioned in the heart of the restaurant, Chez Mal, this semi-private dining room offers you a dining experience for up to 16. You can also exclusively hire the entire restaurant with everything you need to make your ceremony and celebrations special, when you’ll be accompanied by 140 for wedding breakfast and 250 for the evening. From delicious banqueting options to interactive food stations or afternoon tea, the venue’s chefs offer a range of dining packages to ensure you have your wedding your way. If the delicious three-course meal and cocktails we enjoyed, having returned from the wonderful i360, were indicative of what will be offered for your wedding feast, you won’t be disappointed. HIT THE HEIGHTS To say I was excited to visit the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower would be an understatement. We drove along Brighton seafront, not sure what to expect from a wine-tasting at 450ft, but certain it would be something to remember. The autumnal sea breeze whipped through my hair as I got out of the cab and we passed through security. Uberkeen, we arrived bang on the requested 30 minutes prior to the flight, and had time to admire the surrounding sights of the West Pier at sunset and the quirky Upside Down House. The location is an Insta-paradise! Waiting on the beachfront terrace it was easy to picture a summer wedding drinks reception with wow factor. What an extraordinary place to host a wedding! As the doors to the pod slid open allowing us inside to defrost, I was treated to my first peak at the glass viewing pod – ten times the size of a London Eye capsule and home to the South Coast’s highest bar, The Nyetimber Sky Bar. Here, you can rather spectacularly say “I do” in the sky accompanied by 60 of your nearest and dearest seated theatrestyle. You can then stay for your wedding breakfast or head into one of the venue’s flexible event spaces on the ground, capable of hosting anywhere from 20 for a intimate banquet in the 1866 West Pier Toll Booth, up to 480 for an evening bash in the Attenborough, Birch and Constable suites when joined. The aforementioned beachfront terraces offer stunning views of the sea making an ideal spot for canapés, an al fresco reception or beach barbecue as you take in the sunset together. Wherever you decide to eat though, the venue’s chefs will create your menu according to your personal taste using only the finest seasonal ingredients, many of them sourced locally from the South Downs region. ME AND THE SKY If there’s one thing I can tell you with all certainty it’s that choosing Nyetimber English sparkling wine for your big day will mean you’re in for a real treat. I was lucky enough to sample three of the winemaker’s offerings and each one was more delicious than the last. So, it came as no surprise to me when brand ambassador Zoe, our host for the evening, told us that every single vintage Nyetimber has released since 2006 has won either a gold medal or gold trophy in international competition. In fact, in 2018 head winemaker Cherie Spriggs was honoured with the sparkling winemaker of the year award at the prestigious International Wine Challenge. This is basically the Oscars of the wine world and it was made all the more significant by the fact that she was the first person outside of Champagne to win it, as well as the first ever female. Impressive stuff. Nyetimber (meaning new wood) has six vineyards in West Sussex, two in Hampshire and three in Kent. So, it felt really special to sample quality local produce in such an iconic Sussex setting. Classic Cuvee was the first one I got to try. It’s Nyetimber’s house wine representing 75 per cent of its production. This signature multi-vintage is a classic blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinto meunier, perfect for toasting your nuptials. The Rosé, I understand, flew from the shelves during the last lockdown meaning it’s now in short supply. So, if you can get your hands on a bottle I’d advise you not to hesitate! It’s a delightful bubbly glass full of berry flavours, evocative of the English summer. Finally, my favourite, the Cuvee Chérie. Ideal served with flavoursome food, it would make a wonderful accompaniment to your wedding breakfast. It’s a multivintage with the new identity of the winemaker’s demi-sec, the first of its kind in England. FIND OUT MORE Try the wine-tasting experience for yourself at the British Airways i360 Viewing Tower, book your flight, get some hen or stag inspiration, or find out more about hosting a big-day to remember over at Book your stay at Malmaison Brighton, find out more about their very special suites – a dream for your wedding night, or investigate the wedding packages available at Nyetimber offers a range of wedding wine packages, which are well worth checking out at British Airways i360 Keith Meredith 31 REVIEW