From a rustic woodland setting to romantic seaside retreats, the West Sussex landscape is the perfect destination for any couple wishing to say “I do”.
If you’re planning your own wedding and on the hunt for a quirky venue, or looking for arts and crafts to inspire your decorations and interiors, West Sussex offers some of the most unique businesses that aim to make your day as special as can be.
We’ve hand-picked some of the top wedding businesses and suppliers from the area to help inspire your big day.
Mannings Health is a stunning 500-acre estate comprising a budding vineyard, golfing green and fine dining facilities. Its 100-year-old clubhouse and surrounding grounds make a magnificent setting for your ceremony or reception, accommodating up to 100 seated guests and 180 for an evening.
The beautiful mansion and grounds of Wakehurst Place offer a unique wedding destination, year-round. From the mansion’s library with its high ceilings to the manicured lawns and surrounding gardens, pond and meadows, you’ll have a vast choice of locations for the ceremony and reception.
The Bluebell Vineyard Estate sits on the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting stunning views of the surrounding countryside and wildlife, with ponds, woodland and, of course, the sprawling vineyard as a romantic backdrop for your day.
If you’re keen for a relaxed celebration with a truly natural vibe, the Two Woods Estate is perfect for you. The magical woodland setting includes an intimate redwood enclosure for ceremonies, a 10-acre meadow and fire pit, camping facilities and a luxurious loft to spend the night.
Perhaps you’re looking for something one-of-a-kind to seal your vows? Katherine Lawrie is an independent jeweller based in Steyning who can create bespoke pieces for your special day, including rings, cufflink and hairpieces. For something truly special, why not book onto a wedding workshop with her to design and make your own wedding rings?
If you’re visiting the Pulborough area, be sure to stop by Wild Sussex and explore the variety of local crafts, produce and decorations at The Wood Yard. Passionate about sustainability and conservation, Wild Sussex source products from small producers to support local crafts – you can find a unique variety of furniture, pottery, preserves, candles and carved items to make the perfect finishing touches to your wedding day.
For unique wedding favours or after-dinner delights, opt for individual handcrafted chocolate truffles from Noble and Stace. Using locally sourced ingredients from Sussex producers, your guests can indulge in espresso, cream and local gin-based treats.
We love the variety of breakfast and lunch offerings as well as the delightful hampers prepared by The Sussex Produce Company – and the great news is that they can cater for parties and weddings, too. From antipasti and canapes to fresh salads, cakes and cheese platters, they’ve got your guests’ needs covered.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking the wine at your occasion will be a small decision! Save the trouble of daunting tastings and enlist the help of the Bolney Wine Estate. As well as wedding showcase events with tutored tasting sessions, Bolney’s experts can work with you to choose the perfect wines to complement your food and big day.
We hope this has given you a flavour of just some of the unique businesses that can help to transform your ideas into a dreamy day that you’ll always remember.