Choosing a venue will be one of the first things you’ll be doing when planning your wedding and the venue you pick will no doubt reflect your vision for the day and set the overall theme. With so much on offer for every conceivable type of wedding out there you might feel like you are wading through treacle trying to come up with a shortlist! To help you out here are ten great Sussex wedding venues that I have photographed weddings at and most definitely recommend you check out 🙂
Pelham House is a beautiful 16th century town house hotel, tucked discreetly off the high street and combines elegance and history with a boutique feel. This venue is just right for small or larger weddings, be that just for your ceremony or the full works, and offers overnight accommodation for you newlyweds as well as your out of town guests. A private walled garden leads down from the terrace and makes for a lovely back drop for post-ceremony drinks and photos. See the full Pelham House Hotel wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A classical, elegant, modern wedding.
Set in the restored arches on Brighton’s seafront, Brighton Music Hall is a top venue for a trendy, beachfront bar, wedding reception. There is seating upstairs for a mid-sized do and a cocktail bar downstairs for after hours. See the full Brighton Music Hall wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A quirky, bar wedding with a relaxed seaside vibe
Court Gardens Farm sits in the lea of the South Downs surrounded by fields and boasts an award winning vineyard which also makes for a great spot for photos! The fully restored, split level, 19th century barn is just right for mid sized wedding receptions and it is totally up to you how you want to decorate it. The courtyard is big enough to set up a reasonably sized marquee on for larger gatherings. The catering here is second to none with Ploughman’s teas and hearty desserts the obvious choice for the farm setting. See the full Court Gardens Farm weddings here and here.
PERFECT FOR: A rustic, relaxed, DIY, wedding.
The Walled Garden at Cowdray in Midhurst is, quite simply, stunning. A grade II listed site showcasing the most spectacular walled garden and set in the grounds of Cowdray Park right next to the historic ruins. On sunny days the ceremony and reception can be held outdoors on the lawn under the shade of a tented marquee, surrounded by the scent of a million different flowers and there is (rather lovely!) accommodation a few minutes drive away for the bride and groom-to-be and their guests if needed. See the full Walled Garden, Cowdray wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: An elegant, vintage, garden wedding.
Proud Cabaret in Kemptown is a decadent retro supper club decorated in a luxe, quirky style and always reminds me of nightclub glamour of the 1950’s & 60’s – (think Goodfellas or Ronnie Scotts!) The two hundred year old building just up from the seafront can play host to over 200 guests for both the ceremony and reception and includes organised entertainment from cabaret acts to burlesque dancing. See the full Proud Cabaret wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A glamorous, retro wedding with a bit of an edge
Steeped in history, Buckhurst Park is a grand, stately home dating back some 900 years and is set in beautiful parkland bordering Ashdown Forest. Ceremonies take place in the elegantly appointed rooms inside the house and afterwards marquee receptions can be held on the beautiful lawns overlooking the impressive gardens. Overnight accommodation can also be provided. A truly fab setting for an opulent occasion. See the full Buckhurst Park Wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A grand and romantic manor house wedding
The Gallivant hotel sits right on the doorstep of the magnificent sand dunes at Camber. Great for mid-sized wedding ceremonies and receptions (with your menu sourced from local ingredients) and accommodation provided, The Gallivant with it’s rustic coastal feel is one of my favourite venues for a beach wedding and is now open throughout the off season for cosy winter weddings as well – a must look! See the full wedding Gallivant Hotel Wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A laid back, rustic, beach wedding
The great thing about Pangdean Barn is it’s location. Situated just 10 minutes outside of central Brighton but set against the backdrop of the South Downs, it has a real countryside feel. Available for mid-sized to much larger ceremonies and receptions, the old barn itself has been lovingly restored and beautifully decorated with twinkling fairy lights hanging from the rafters. A garden area makes for a lovely spot for drinks and canapes and in the evening you can retreat to the old stable for a welcome cup of tea and a slice of cake. See the full Pangdean Barn Wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: A classic barn wedding conveniently situated close to town
The Wise Wedding Venue on the Kent/Sussex border is a unique woodland hideaway and offers some fabulously quirky features including swinging sofas, illuminated walkways and wooden treehouses. A tented marquee is available for your buffet style/hog roast reception and there are camping facilities on site for your guests. The ‘bridal suite’ for the night is your very own private treehouse! With acres of space to play with for toasting marshmallows round bonfires, right through to firework finales, this really is the ideal location for your alfresco wedding. See the full Wise Wedding Venue Blessing Ceremony here.
PERFECT FOR: An outdoor, whimsical woodland/festival wedding
I don’t think this list would be complete without mentioning Brighton’s very popular Bandstand! Right on the seafront, this iconic victorian structure is certainly a unique spot to get married and looks out over the remains of the West Pier and the sea beyond. If the weather turns nasty you can move inside at the click of a finger to the cafe downstairs! See this short but very sweet Brighton Bandstand wedding here.
PERFECT FOR: An iconic Brighton, outdoor ceremony