TO HAVE AND TO HOLD: THE WEDDING EDIT
Weddings are big business these days, with costs averaging between £20,000-£30,000, it is not hard to see why. When it comes to inspiration for the wedding of your dreams, preparation is the trick to a flawless day. Simple suggestions such as an ultimate checklist or a party planner would ensure that your big day screams sophistication but runs like clockwork. However, new studies have shown that the new breed of bride prefers to oversee every aspect of tying the knot and with the internet and social media channels providing a wealth of wedding planning, there has never been a more exciting time to get hitched.
There are simply so many things to think about when considering a wedding from the flawless dress to the perfect venue, the must have photographer or delicious catering, things can get a little… well, overwhelming.
When it comes to planning a wedding, the devil is in the detail. Ensuring everything is well thought out and executed will combat any nerves or stress. The easiest way to do this is to start with a budget and then move on to the venue, visit as many as you can to obtain your definitive vision. Once you have decided on the venue the rest is easy in comparison. Do your research on suppliers and look for good reviews. Another suggestion would be to decide on your theme organically, while leopard print bridesmaid dresses may look great on the cover of OK! Magazine, those colours don’t necessarily suit a mainstream wedding. Simplicity is key! Everything is about highlighting the beautiful bridal gown and making certain everyone enjoys themselves.
Here in Sussex we have an abundance of amazing suppliers to guarantee that you have an incredibly unique day. Below we have collated a list of the very best that Sussex has to offer, including gorgeous bridal boutiques and stunning venues to delicious bespoke chocolate favours and impeccable locally sourced wine & spirits.
The family run florist, with the lavish reputation. Spriggs will bring a floral elegance that with guarantee your foliage is the talk to the town. The team’s creative know-how will ensure that any wedding style can be created and executed without a hitch.
All arrangements are hand made by their experienced team of creative florists, under the expert guidance of Matthew Spriggs.
Lancaster Hose, Golden Square, Petworth, GU28 0AP
Tel: 01798 343372
Clementine Bridal Boutique
If you’re looking for the ultimate bridal experience, visit us at our newly opened boutique in Westerham. Our collection includes creative couture and winning styles from some of the most exciting designers in the bridal industry: Aire Barcelona by Rosa Clara, Andrea Hawkes, Rembo Styling, Savin London and Stephanie Allin.
Our team has over 20 years’ experience styling brides - Margaret and Liz previously worked at the popular Secret Dress House Bridal Boutique in Reigate. We aim to ensure that choosing your wedding dress will be an amazing experience and remain a life-long memory.
We look forward to meeting you!
The Wedding Boutique
Here at the Wedding Boutique we want our brides to shine. We’re situated on the South coast in Worthing, just a short drive from Brighton. Perfect for those searching for an on-trend wedding dress or prom dress boutique in Sussex. Our main aim is for brides to enjoy their dress shopping experience and to make it fun, relaxed and friendly. Our approachable team will listen to you and help you find ‘the’ dress.
We stock a range of show stopping wedding dresses and offer classic, couture and on trend styles from Martina Liana, La Sposa by Pronovias and Sophia Tolli. Our wedding dresses are selected for their exceptional style, cut and fit. We believe choosing your special wedding dress should create a lasting memory.
Situated in the heart of the historic town of Petworth lies New Clarity, the bespoke jeweller with a twist.
During business hours, New Clarity showcases some exceptional jewellery, offering pieces to suit clients sporting the humblest of budgets all the way to the more prestigious of price tags. Owner and designer Sam New is also highly skilled in offering a bespoke design service using the latest in Computer Aided Design technology. This program allows for real-time designing (and re-designing) before your eyes.
But New Clarity doesn't just offer breath-taking jewellery. This boutique also has a hidden gem in the form of transforming itself into a Yoga studio after hours, run by girlfriend Lilly. So whether you're looking for diamonds or downward-dogs, New Clarity has you covered.
New Street House, New Street, Petworth, GU28 0AS
Tel: 01798 368309
Ashdown Park, East Sussex
Stunning Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club in the heart of Ashdown Forest provides the perfect setting for a country house wedding. The historic neo-gothic converted chapel with ornate Harry Clark-designed stained-glass windows and a working bell tower has the classic atmosphere of a church for your celebrations. Alternatively, the picturesque Summerhouse overlooking the lake is a striking location for an idyllic outdoor wedding, with an array of stunning settings for photography throughout the grounds, including woodlands and a secret garden.
Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa
Bailiffscourt is set within 32 acres of parkland, English gardens and a rose-filled courtyard. A garden path leads past a moat, small streams and wildlife down to the unspoilt Climping Beach. Narrow passageways lead you through a series of intimate rooms decorated with antiques, gothic mullioned windows, tapestries and beautiful fresh flowers. Open fireplaces give a warm and cosy feeling throughout the year. With 39 bedrooms and suites – the Baylies suite is perfect for Honeymooners with His & Hers classic roll-top baths and a huge four poster bed.
There are plenty of stunning backdrops for photographs, with striking stone walls, English gardens, a rose-filled courtyard, 13thcentury chapel set in the grounds and the West Sussex countryside.
Maximum capacities for ceremony: 40 seated and 60 standing
Wedding breakfast: up to 80 in the main house or 300 in marquee.
Reception: For exclusive use weddings the hotel can accommodate up to 120 guest in the main house. For marquee receptions up to 300.
Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa
Ockenden Manor is a tranquil Elizabethan Manor House tucked away down a lane in Cuckfield, one of the prettiest Tudor villages in England. Ockenden’s main Elizabethan Manor house has an elegant sitting room, wood panelled bar and Michelin-starred Restaurant, which overlooks the hotel gardens and offers stunning views of the South Downs National Park. The 28 suites and rooms also include six contemporary rooftop terrace spa suites. Additional features include a dining room in the Merrick Suite and a private staircase in the Elizabeth Room.
Maximum capacities for ceremony: 150
Wedding breakfast: 96 (Exclusive use on request)
Reception: 150 (Exclusive use 550 with marquee)
Pangdean offers an intimate and exclusive wedding venue set against the rolling South Downs. Get married in our 300yr old Sussex barn under the magnificent oak beamed roof, filled with hundreds of fairy lights. Or have your ceremony in the beautiful orchard garden next to our ancient mulberry tree.
“Pangdean really is the most magical place to get married. They made our planning effortless. On our special day, every guest fell in love just like we did. The food was exquisite and their attentiveness priceless. This place is one of a kind. We never wanted to leave!” Joelle & Nicole
The Grand, Eastbourne
Affectionately known as the ‘The White Palace’, The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne is the ideal location for couples looking for the formality of a hotel wedding with the uniqueness of the great British seaside. Overlooking the iconic Eastbourne seafront,The Grand boasts three licensed reception rooms catering for parties of up to 250, each beautifully decorated. If you’re looking to add a real sense of grandeur, The Grand promises to be a romantic and glamourous backdrop to your special day.
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa
The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the market town of Midhurst and is one the oldest coaching inns in England, dating back in parts to the 15th century. On the doorstep of the South Downs National Park and nearby Chichester and the South Coast. The Spread Eagle has a sweeping driveway and Jacobean lawn garden, with the surrounding greenery echoing the West Sussex countryside.
Every room is different, with intriguing antiques and treasures, roaring log fires, stained glass windows and cosy nooks. With 39 guest rooms and suites – the Queen's Suite is said to have accommodated Elizabeth I when she visited the hotel in 1591. A sentried hallway leads to the historic candlelit restaurant, complete with inglenook fireplace.
Maximum capacities for ceremony: 120
Wedding breakfast: 130 with marquee
Reception: 200 with marque
South Street, Midhurst , West Sussex, GU29 9NH
Tel: 01730 816911
The Chilgrove Clinic is the culmination of over 30 years' experience within the beauty and aesthetics sector. We have a passion for skin and body improvement at all levels, whether that's helping younger clients with concerns such as acne, through to advanced non surgical procedures for tightening and lifting skin, or correcting conditions like pigmentation and red veins, using the latest, most advanced treatments currently available. We pride ourselves on experience and professionalism; it's important to us that clients are treated with the utmost care in a safe and comfortable environment, by fully qualified and insured practitioners.
The Chilgrove Clinic, Chilgrove Park Road, Chilgrove Business Centre, Chilgrove, West Sussex PO18 9HU
Skin Booster Sussex
Skin Booster Sussex are leading massage and well-being experts with 25 years’ experience in reviving muscles and soothing souls with their exclusive range of face and body treatments. Based in Hove and Haywards Heath, Skin Booster Sussex’s treatments include;
An amazing deep massage on the face with a bespoke blend of oils to lift, tone and sculpt your skin to revive, refresh and rejuvenate your face. It also includes a head, neck and shoulder massage.
This skin-rejuvenation treatment helps to boost cells with collagen and decrease fine lines and wrinkles, with brilliant results.
Treatments for men and women using Neal’s Yard products to cleanse, tone, massage and exfoliate your skin until it looks and feels clear and refreshed.
A full-body treatment using essential oils to relax tired, stressed and tight muscles. Uplifts and clears the mind too, leaving you ready to face the world once again.
Skin Booster Sussex was founded by Lucinda Jones, who has built up a loyal client base in Sussex and London over the past 25 years.
For further information on treatments look at website skinboostersussex.co.uk
Brilliant Gin Bar - Itchenor
Brilliant Spirits is soon to launch its brand-new vintage ‘Brilliant Bar’. As with all Brilliant Gin's unique ideas, this is a real corker! The story of their Brilliant Bar started last summer when they became the Gin sponsors for Cowdray Park Polo. After renting an airstream for the summer to run the bar from, Gail and Graham decided that it was time to commit to a new project and design their own unique bar.
Far from being 'just another gin bar', Brilliant Gin knew that they wanted a seriously- smooth looking masterpiece and opted for a vintage caravan style in their brands’ unique hue of blue. The bar will be available for product launches, weddings and in fact all kinds of events. The result is just bursting with Brilliantness!
Fitz Wine Bar
Rulers breed rebels!
When the guys at Fitz decided to make sparkling wine, they wanted to produce something different, something edgy and completely diverse from the current brands that are on the market. Most sparkling wines are made using the traditional champagne method of production, but not Fitz. They have decided to use the Charmat method, this gives the wine a fresh, clean and fruit driven taste.
Their first offering has taken the UK by storm and will be followed up in the next two months with a Rosé and 1 or 2 more exciting variants to the brand. To make events really special, they have an amazing horsebox wine bar that can be hired out.
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Noble and Stace Chocolatiers
“From a dedicated chocolate studio just outside Midhurst, Noble and Stace Chocolatiers can create a wide range of bespoke wedding favours for your special day. Mike combines award winning Sussex ingredients such as small batch gin, local sparkling wines, freshly roasted coffee and even stout into chocolates that are like little works of art! Or for a more traditional after dinner chocolate experience, a hand dipped fresh cream truffle is sure to impress your guests. You can even choose the colour and style of the packaging and add customised ribbon for that extra special touch. To find out more visit www.nobleandstace.co.uk or find them on social media.”
Joanna Zara Millinery
If you love hats, you need to know about award-winning Brighton and Hove milliner Joanna Zara. Joanna designs and creates beautiful hats - from fabulously glamorous bespoke pieces for weddings and the races, to luxurious everyday winter hats and summer straws (she specialises in custom Panamas). Contact Joanna for a no obligation consultation about your bespoke hat or visit the website and browse beautiful made to order styles in her online shop.