The Absolute Guide to Getting Married in Sussex
Tying the knot? Congratulations! Now, the fun of wedding planning begins! If you’re in need of inspiration, or just haven’t got a clue where to start, shop or find your all-important big day suppliers – relax, we’ve put together our definitive guide to saying I Do in stunning Sussex!
Deciding where to host your romantic vows and celebratory wedding reception, is always one of the things best to tick off your wedding planning to-do list first as it provides inspiration for what your wonderful wedding day could be like – after the venue, everything else can become so much clearer! The hardest thing is choosing which one though, as you’ll see, we’re rather spoilt for choice!
Long Furlong Barn
Located in the South Downs National Park, Long Furlong Barn is a dream day venue for couples looking for a rustic, romantic and rural wedding. The restored barn has been designed specifically with wedding ceremonies and receptions in mind and balances the traditional olde worlde barn details, with chic modern facilities. It is even fully heated, so unlike other barn venues, can be used all year round – winter wonderland wedding, anyone?
On your big day, the magical venue will be exclusively yours and can host between 60 to 150 lucky guests for both civil ceremonies and partnerships, making it a great, adaptable choice, whatever your specific requirements.
Take full of advantage of the Barn’s enclosed landscaped courtyard garden and location in the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty, for your wedding photographs, which no doubt will have the wow-factor, thanks to the stunning scenery! Then return indoors to enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast prepared by one of the venue’s trusted suppliers, before dancing the night away on the dance floor! Couples can also hire a marquee, if they would like to make their big day even bigger!
Long Furlong Barn, Long furlong, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3XN.
http://www.longfurlongbarn.co.uk Fontwell Park Weddings
Fontwell Park (in the picturesque village of Fontwell, West Sussex) boasts three beautiful wedding venues to choose from, all situated within 65 acres of stunning grounds. Whether you are planning an intimate celebration or a larger gathering, Fontwell Park certainly has some stunning options for you!
Fontwell House is a traditional venue that can seat up to seventy people in its licensed civil ceremony room, whilst the Paddock Suite – a marquee – is a gorgeous and elegant blank canvas that can be transformed into your dream wedding reception venue. If you are looking for something a little more contemporary, opt for the Premier Suite! This is a recent addition to Fontwell’s plethora of sumptuous suites and is a stylish, modern and cool option for chic wedding receptions.
Before your big day, Fontwell Park’s dedicated wedding coordinator will work with you to ensure that you have a fuss-free wedding, with every detail taken care of. From the mouth-watering food, delicious drinks and venue set up, you can be assured that at Fontwell Park – your wedding day will be exactly how you’ve always imagined it to be.
Fontwell Park, Fontwell Ave, Fontwell BN18 0SX
http://www.fontwellpark.co.uk The Old Tollgate Hotel & Restaurant
Nestled in the pretty village of Bramber in Steyning, West Sussex, and in the shadows of the breath-taking Bramber Castle, the Old Tollgate Hotel and Restaurant is a popular Sussex wedding venue – and we can certainly see why!
The passionate and professional team are experienced at providing a personal and attentive service fit for royalty and clearly thrive on helping couples create those special touches which will make memories!
Regardless of whether you require a civil ceremony, partnership or a reception-only venue, you will be in good hands, thanks to the help of your very own dedicated wedding co-ordinator, who will help you every step of the way. Being a prestigious hotel means that the Old Tollgate have 38 en-suite guest rooms (including the beautiful bridal suite, complete with four poster bed), available for the wedding party to stay in and continue the celebrations into the next day! However, if guests don’t want to stay, the venue’s convenient location (just eight miles from both Worthing and Hove, and eleven miles from Pulborough) and ample car parking works brilliantly too!
BEST WESTERN The Old Tollgate Hotel & Restaurant, The Street, Bramber, Steyning, West Sussex BN44 3WE
Always wanted to be king or queen of the castle? Well, what better day to do it than on your wedding day! The historic Amberley Castle could make all of your fairy-tale wedding day dreams come true with its magical atmosphere and stunning setting.
Located on the doorstep of the South Downs National Park, with all of its rolling countryside and ancient woodlands, Amberley Castle has become a favoured venue with royalty, politicians and VIPs alike, throughout its extensive history.
The Castle is completely enclosed by a high stone wall, giving you and your guests a sense of exclusive privacy, as well a beautiful medieval backdrop for those wedding photographs. It is also set in twelve acres of lush, landscaped gardens – roamed by two resident peacocks!
Inside the venue itself, you’ll be welcomed by over nine hundred years of history, with suits of armour, intricate coats of arms and stonework, along with fabrics and antiques, really adding to that historic atmosphere. Amberley Castle can provide a one-of-a-kind setting to any wedding, big or small and can accommodate weddings with two right up to two-hundred-and-fifty guests.
Amberley Castle, near Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT
Pelham House is a beautiful wedding venue located in the heart of history-steeped Lewes. The elegant 16th century town house, surrounded by mature walled garden, provides a secluded and romantic venue.
The hotel is licenced for weddings and can host both smaller, intimate celebrations and big parties.
If you and your beau are keen foodies, Pelham House could be your perfect venue – as their head chef, Oliver Pink has created a special seasonal menu for newlyweds and their guests to enjoy, using fresh, locally sourced products, where possible. This combined with the gorgeous hotel’s attention to detail, guarantees to make your day one to remember.
The period property offers thirty one romantic bedrooms, which have a contemporary feel, but still keep their historic features, for the bride, groom and any guests wishing to stay over! Some bedrooms even have views of the stunning South Downs National Park too, so you can wake up married in serious style!
Pelham House, St. Andrews Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UW
Fancy a boutique Brighton wedding? Then Blanch House, a Grade II listed regency town house, just a stone’s throw away from the beach in cosmopolitan Kemptown, could be your ideal venue!
The chic boutique hotel is perfect for intimate ceremonies, where you’re surrounded by up to forty of your closest loved ones. Following your vows in the Belle Epoque Function Suite, indulge in a champagne reception in their exclusive champagne and reception bar, before returning to the transformed suite to enjoy an elegant reception. As the award-winning beach is so close by, you can also pop over the road and have romantic photographs taken as the sun sets.
During your wedding, you and your guests will be the only ones residing in the hotel’s twelve unique guest rooms too, adding to that intimate, family-feel. For your first night as a married couple, Blanch House has something very special instore for you, in the form of their luxurious Perrier Jouet Suite – the jewel in the hotel’s crown. Take a splash in the roll-top bath, whilst sipping Perrier Jouet Champagne, looking at the seafront, as you reminisce about your big day’s most memorable moments.
Blanch House, 17 Atlingworth Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1PL
The Stanmer House team pride themselves on creating “your wedding, your way,” through their love of attention to all the little details that make your wedding day completely unique. Set in 5,000 hectares of pretty parkland, just a few miles from central Brighton and its bustling streets, Stanmer House is a stunning wedding venue, which feels like a breath of fresh air.
The 17th century House has a country manor feel, with period charm and homely, yet elegant furnishings. If you’re a fan of olde worlde charm, look no further. From the grand entrance hall to its large, luxurious rooms, the House retains all of its original features and is a wonderful option for big and small weddings alike.
For sunny days, the large outdoor area is perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying a spot of alfresco wedding day dining, whilst for cooler days, the beautiful indoors, with its relaxed atmosphere will be sure to wow your guests, but still have them feeling right at home.
Speaking of dining, the award-winning chefs can create a delicious wedding breakfast – be it a formal three course meal, afternoon tea or something completely different, all made with locally sourced, fresh quality ingredients.
Stanmer House, Stanmer Park, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9QA
British Airways i360
Looking for a truly unique venue? The British Airways i360 on Brighton beach will be just that, when it opens later this summer! From September, couples can take a ride and say I Do 450 feet above the beach, overlooking 26 miles of Sussex’s stunning coastline.
The world’s tallest moving observation will be one of the UK’s quirkiest wedding venues, with its pod hosting up to 198 people for civil ceremonies and partnerships. The unrivalled panoramic 360 degree views will definitely get your guests talking and be a memorable experience for all lucky enough to attend. To toast your celebrations, the on-board Sky Bar will be open to get the champagne flowing and once you are announced husband and wife, your flight will descend slowly into the Beach Building, where the fun can continue.
As well as getting married on the i360 itself, ceremonies can also take place in the 1866 West Pier Toll Booth or beachside event space. Both have their own private terraces, with views of the iconic West Pier, Brighton beach and out to sea.
It’s not just the venues that will have you spoilt for choice, but the food options too! Opt for a traditional three courses, a BBQ and bowl food or for that special touch, book talented chef duo Josh Stanzl and Steven Edwards (Masterchef winner 2013). All menus will use the finest local ingredients, from Sussex and the South Downs.
British Airways i360, Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN
Hotel du Vin
With its exquisite private rooms, sumptuous suites, delicious dining and your very own wedding coordinator, marrying at Brighton’s Hotel Du Vin, just seconds away from the seafront and minutes from the pier is an elegant affair.
The peaceful venue has two rooms available for private hire; the Dome (a breath-taking room with airy domed ceiling and out-of-this-world chandelier, created with wine glasses) which seats up to 85 dining guests and 120 evening reception guests and Hush Heath. This sophisticated room is perfect for more intimate gatherings of up to 48, with French doors, bespoke pieces of art and an adjoining doors to the hotel’s bistro, providing newlyweds with a gorgeously private venue.
There’s also The Gallery (an open plan area with exposed beams) and Pub du Vin (a British pub with that du Vin chic twist!), for smaller weddings or for those couples looking for a relaxed, yet elegant vibe for their wedding day.
After the celebrations, retire to your unique suite to send the day out on a high! Hotel du Vin has forty nine bedrooms, with eight suites, including the Cristal, with its luxurious 8ft bed, twin roll top baths and balcony overlooking the very heart of Brighton – the perfect end to the most wonderful of days.
Hotel du Vin 2 Ship St, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1AD
Offering panoramic sea views and located right on Brighton’s pebbly shore, opposite the West Pier, Alfresco is a beautiful wedding venue that is completely adaptable – whatever your requirements or the season!
Their stylish rotunda restaurant can host memorable civil ceremonies and partnerships, or if saying I Do with the waves crashing around you floats your boat more; Alfresco can even organise a wedding on the beach!
After your vows, head inside the bar and restaurant for your wedding reception, with a whole host of wedding packages for all tastes and budgets – from wedding banquets to buffets and BBQs!
As a family-run business, you can be assured that the family will be hands-on, helping you every step of the way when planning your dream day!
Al Fresco, The Milkmaid Pavilion, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2LN
Nestled amongst 40 acres of countryside, lies Ghyll Manor – a 17th century country house hotel and picturesque wedding venue. The magnificent Manor has a pretty Tudor exterior, which would be a truly beautiful back drop for those wedding photos.
The period property boasts 29 individually designed bedrooms, blending together historic charm and modern day elegance. These are available for guests to stay in, should you want to party right into the night/ save on organising transport home!
During your wedding day, the manor will be exclusively yours to enjoy, so if you’ve ever wanted to be Lord or Lady of the Manor, this would provide the perfect opportunity! Each wedding is tailor made, depending on a couples individual requirements, wishes and wants and you’ll have your very own wedding co-ordinator who can help you plan your perfect day! The team also have a plethora of recommended suppliers to use, to help your wedding run to perfection.
Just like every other aspect of your Ghyll Manor wedding, your menu will also be bespoke. Indulge your guests (from intimate parties up to a lively 120) in a delicious menu devised by you and created by the country house hotel’s award-winning restaurant, and make your first meal as a married couple truly unforgettable.
After your meal, take time to explore the majestic gardens and grounds – giving you plenty of further gorgeous photo opportunities.
Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant, High Street, Rusper, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 4px
Set within 20 acres of beautiful Brighton countryside and with stunning views over the English Channel, Brighton Racecourse is a unique and fabulously adaptable venue to celebrate your nuptials in!
Whether you’re looking to host 40 or 500 guests, the historic racecourse (which held its first meeting in 1783), has the experience to put on one helluva ‘do! There’s plenty of amazing venue options to choose from too, with eighteen suites, plus picnic lawns and outdoor space – all with that beautiful backdrop of Sussex countryside and coastline.
The professional team will even help you with other areas of planning your big day, through arranging entertainment, assisting with seating plans and offering valuable advice, along the way.
Brighton Racecourse Freshfield Rd, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion is one of the most iconic buildings in the seaside city and unsurprisingly, is a regal wedding venue favoured by so many couples for their big day – from Brighton and beyond!
The Pavilion which dates back to 1787, has been hosting weddings for twenty years and its experi-enced team will be on-hand to help and advise throughout the wedding process.
Choose to hold your sophisticated ceremony in two breath-taking historic rooms; the intimate Red Drawing Room, which holds up to 44 people and the Music Room, an impressive state room with chandeliers and canvases, which can be hired for magical evening ceremonies, for up to 90 people.
Then, after photographs in the gardens and beautiful building itself, make an entrance as a married couple into your reception venue. The King William IV Room is ornately decorated with beautiful hand-crafted wallpaper, in a light and airy Chinese style and can be hired for post-ceremony celebrations, during the day or evening, whether you choose to marry in the Pavilion or elsewhere. Opt for a three course feast, a buffet or a canapé and drinks reception to toast married life in style!
The Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE
With this ring, I thee wed…
Choosing your wedding ring (i.e. the one thing that you will wear forever!) can be an overwhelming task for many couples, when wedding planning, but fear not – Sussex has plenty of jewellers who will make this experience an exciting one! Many even offer bespoke create-your-own designs too!
L. Guess Jewellers
L. Guess Jewellers are a family owned company with two Sussex stores – one in Rustington and another in Littlehampton. With over sixty years of jewellery experience, the jewellers are passionate about giving their customers quality, service and care.
As well as selling well-known brands such as Lovelinks, Hot Diamonds and Sekonda (and second-hand watches from prestigious companies, including Rolex, Omega and Cartier – the perfect something old addition to your big day!), couples can peruse their stunning selection of gold, silver and diamond jewellery; including beautiful wedding rings. All of their amazing diamond ranges (a girl can never have too much sparkle on their wedding day, can she ladies?) have been designed with glamour in mind.
The knowledgeable L. Guess team can guide you through the diamond buying process, ensuring that the ring you choose not only suits you, but your budget also.
L. Guess Jewellers, 56 High Street, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5EA/ 18 Churchill Parade, Rustington, West Sussex, BN16 3DE
T.H. Baker Jewellers
Founded in 1888, the family jewellers now have thirty stores spanning the Midlands and South of England. With over 125 years of creating and selling jewellery (from necklaces to watches and wedding rings), along with stocking famous brands like Pandora, Links of London and Guess, the jewellers have the know-how and experience to assist you with choosing not only any gifts or jewellery for your wedding day, but with that all-important ring too.
T.H. Baker, 63 Churchill Square, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2TB/ 49 West Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1PP
Gold Arts Jewellers Gold Arts first opened its doors in Brighton’s bustling Lanes over 35 years ago and now, the Sussex-based family business also have branches in Eastbourne, Worthing and Chichester – providing couples along the coast with professional customer service, designer jewellery and dazzling diamonds!
The bespoke jewellers are certified diamond merchants, who specialise in white and coloured diamonds. Each of their boutique stores offer a unique range of exclusively designed diamond rings and jewellery, created by hand using the highest quality gold and platinum. The Brighton store is the place to go for breath-takingly beautiful diamond rings, necklaces and other special jewellery to shine on your wedding day, however, each store does have a design workshop, where you can create your very own rings and bespoke commissions!
Of course, if you’re looking special gifts (perhaps for the mums, the bridesmaids, or as a keepsake for each other), Gold Arts has plenty of choice from designer names such as Links of London, Thomas Sabo and Lalique to find that perfect, memorable, present.
Gold Arts Jewellers 7 & 8 Brighton Place, The Lanes, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HJ / 150 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3AN / 20 Montague Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3HA / 1 East Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1HE
Established in Worthing in 1909, Pressleys Jewellers have remained a family-run businesses and now have three stores (including the branch where it all began, in Worthing’s South Street) and two Pandora shops, all in Worthing and Chichester. Make a trip to a Pressleys store and over a glass or two of bubbly, discuss and gain inspiration for your wedding jewellery and rings! The expert team will go through all you need to know about choosing a diamond and explain why it’s not all about the size of a diamond, but that wow-oh-wow sparkle, most importantly!
46 South Street, Worthing, BN11 3AA/ Butter Market, North Street, Chichester, PO19 1LQ
Brighton’s Kellerwood Jewellers (located in the iconic Lanes) are renowned retailers of fine jewellery, stocking an impressive range of jewellery and swoon-worthy gemstones, which have been crafted by designers from all over the world. They also take commissions to create bespoke pieces, to suit your requirements – perhaps you’d love an extra special necklace to give your dress an added statement or a delicate pair of earrings that will dazzle for years to come and remind you of your wonderful wedding – whatever you have in mind, the skilled team can help make it a reality.
Kellerwood’s wedding rings are also handcrafted and made in the UK by professional craftsmen. Rings are handmade in a choice of platinum or palladium, or yellow, rose and white gold. But, if you just can’t decide on which metal to choose, two-colour wedding rings can be created, especially for you. All rings can be viewed in the Brighton store and then your ring will be commissioned, using the material of choice, to create your personal wedding band.
Kellerwood Jewellers, 12D Meeting House Lane, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1HB
Finding The One
No, we’re not talking about the man or woman you’ve chosen to marry, we’re talking about that dress and that suit! One of the most exciting parts about wedding planning is trying on a range of dresses (or suits for the boys!), with your nearest and dearest and imaging how beautiful you will look on your big day! Here’s just a few bridal boutiques and suit stores to start that search to find The One…
Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique
Located in the heart of historic Arundel in West Sussex, Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique aims to help you find that dream fairy-tale dress. Brides-to-be from both East and West Sussex visit the beautiful boutique, for a personal service, which most of the time sees the bride and her party, have the bijou store entirely to themselves, with owner Catherine and her friendly team on-hand to ensure that the bride finds her perfect dress.
Each dress has been hand-selected by Catherine, for their look, quality and value and mixes both traditional and contemporary styles – meaning that there’s a stunning gown for every bride-to-be, regardless of their personal style or budget!
The boutique stocks a range of dresses, from the who’s who of wedding gown designers, including Justin Alexander, Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa, along with accessories such as shoes and veils and bridesmaids dresses.
Catherine Francis Bridal Boutique, 16 The Old Printing Works, Tarrant Street, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9JH
Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique
Just a stone’s throw away from Brighton city centre, nestled in the leafy streets of the Montpelier area, lies Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique. The stylish boutique offers a one-to-one experience in their contemporary showroom, so that all attention is focused on finding your dream day dress! Working on an appointment-basis, brides have hands-on time with one of the boutique’s experienced and highly skilled consultants, where you can talk about plans, inspiration and most importantly, swish around in stunning dresses until you find the right gown for you!
Leonie Claire stocks the finest bridal couture designers; from Rue De Seine to Catherine Deane, Halfpenny London to Sassi Holford to Pronovias…the list goes on. Prices range from £1300 to £3250.
Leonie Claire, 46 Upper North Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3FH
White Mischief Bridal Boutique
Situated in the heart of Sussex, in the pretty village of Henfield, White Mischief Bridal has a cutting edge selection of wedding dresses and accessories – personally selected by the team.
The bridal boutique, which is just ten miles from Brighton, boasts designs from Augusta Jones, Jenny Packham, Naomi Neoh, Suzanne Neville, Olvi’s Trend and Rembo Styling. This eclectic collection of well-known designers ensures that you have complete versatility when creating your individual look.
On top of beautiful wedding dresses, the boutique also stocks a whole host of wedding accessories (including tiaras, veils and bridal underwear) along with outfits for your whole wedding party. So, as well as the bride, the mother of the bride/ groom, grandmother, aunt and other guests can enjoy the same special experience finding their wedding day outfits too!
White Mischief Bridal, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9HP
Walk in Wardrobe Walk in Wardrobe on Western Road, Brighton is an Aladdin’s cave of amazing occasion dresses to buy and hire. Whether you’re searching for bridesmaid/ mother of the bride dresses or fancy an unusual or quirky wedding dress, with added va-va-voom, add Walk in Wardrobe to your list!
Established in 1997 by Katherine Tanswell, a dressmaker unable to find one-of-a-kind garments that fitted her perfectly, the boutique stocks creative and wearable dresses, suits and cover-ups (all in sizes 6 – 18), that it’s unlikely any other wedding attendee will be wearing! For special events, your dress details can even be logged to ensure that the same outfit won’t be duplicated, if booked through them.
There’s also the opportunity to buy second-hand, beautifully cared for designer pieces too – just a thought if you’re looking for your something old…
Walk in Wardrobe, 31 Western Road, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AF
Renowned for their unique, quirky and striking prints, Gresham Blake is the suit destination for suave grooms looking for something extra special and with an injection of their personality! The design-led tailors have over fifteen years’ experience and two shops – one in London, the other in the hub of Brighton’s North Laine. Combining their traditional skills with contemporary techniques, the team are able to create suits, shirts and other garments, which will be completely you. The creative team at Gresham Blake pride themselves on only using the best cloths from British mills and even weave their own in house fabrics, meaning that these fabulous designs aren’t able to be bought from anywhere else – so your suit will most certainly delight and surprise your guests!
Passionate about getting the right fit and perfect personal suit, the Gresham Blake tailors take their time to create a unique outfit, just for you. And, if you’re worried about your vision being too ‘out there’ or not matching your theme perfectly, the team will liaise (discreetly!) with your bride-to-be to make sure that the suit complements her dress and the overall look of your wedding day!
Gresham Blake 20 Bond Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1RD
As well as offering wedding suit hire, Moss Bros have a varied selection of ready to wear suits for the whole wedding party and also offer a bespoke service too, for grooms looking for something unique.
Established in 1851, the suit experts have been creating suits, accessories and other garments for over 165 years and thrive on giving grooms in-depth knowledge and sharing their expertise, in order to get the whole look just right! Whether you need suits for the groom, best man, ushers or father of the bride, Moss Bros have beautifully made two and three piece suits available to buy or hire in a range of styles and colours. To make it even easier to see how handsome you’ll look on your big day, there’s a variety of shoes and accessories within their wedding range, which will no doubt add character and create a bespoke look.
The company have four stores throughout Sussex and a considerable number of branches throughout the country, this could prove very useful if you have members of the wedding party that don’t live locally. Using the groom’s choices and preferences, the best man/ ushers/ father of the bride can visit the store most convenient to them to get measured, suited and booted!
Moss Bros 134-140 Church Rd, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 2DL/ Unit 45, County Mall, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1FF/ 1 Sterling Buildings, Carfax, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1DR/ 11 South St, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1EH
Are you thinking about wearing or re-working a family or vintage wedding dress? Perhaps you need a dress you’ve bought altered slightly? Or maybe your suit trousers need shortening? Whatever your needs, the ZipYard, with stores in Brighton and Haywards Heath, can help you perfect your wedding day outfit with their services.
Offering re-sizing, re-styling, minor repairs, tapering, zip replacement and more; the ZipYard’s highly trained seamstresses and tailors are your go-to guys, should you need to improve any big day garment!
The ZipYard 29 Queens Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XA/ Unit 3, Chelsea Arcade 8 – 14 Broad-way, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3AP
So now you’re full of inspiration for your wedding venue and outfit, it’s time to start thinking about those extra little details that really add the wow-factor to your wedding! We’re thinking amazing accessories, delicious catering, fabulous flowers, beautiful big day hair, décor dressers and fantastic photographers…
Brighton Flower Company
Formally known as Flower City, the Brighton Flower Company are an independent, Brighton-based florist who deliver stunning floral creations to weddings across Brighton, Hove and beyond!
The friendly company have three packages: Budget Essentials, Wedding Belle and Floral Extravagance, created using seasonal and favourite flowers suitable for brides on a budget, right up to those wanting a full-on floral explosion of bouquets, centrepieces, buttonholes and more. Or, if you’d prefer opt for a personalised package, by chatting through your ideas with the knowledgeable team.
The Brighton Flower Company, 102 Western Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2AA
A Touch of Class Catering
Whether you’re looking for someone to fully cater for you and your hundred wedding guests, require a mouth-watering wedding buffet or just need help providing a delicious dessert, A Touch of Class Catering, will plan your wedding food to perfection, leaving you free to enjoy your day.
The Worthing-based caterers have over 25 years’ experience in providing quality catering. Your personal event manager will work with you closely to make sure all your ideas and needs are catered for. ‘We keep one step ahead by enrolling on courses , visiting exhibitions demonstra-tions and cookery days. We think that our personal touch is our biggest asset next to our food, we try to accommodate all budgets and according to our testimonials we succeed on all of these After all there are only two things that the guests at a wedding remember The Brides Dress and secondly the food’
Ps, Worried about clearing up? The team offer free delivery and clearing, after you’ve eaten, so you and your guests can sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of your special day.
Fabricate are a creative draping and styling company, beautifying weddings in Brighton and Sussex.
The bespoke wedding décor service will transform your venue – be it if you’re opting for a barn, ballroom or back garden, with their extensive collection of drapes, fabrics, lighting and expertise in styling.
Using silks, voiles, velours and organzas, Fabricate can create soft ceilings, pleated walls and stylish swags, accompanied with mood lighting and styling to complete your dream ceremony and reception venue/s.
In the past, they’ve created a romantic ambience for evening receptions, complete with classic drapes, lit with twinkling fairy lights and added full on glitz and glamour to wedding venues throughout Sussex. Whatever your vision, the team would love to turn your Pinterest inspiration into a reality!
Fabricate, 40 George Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1RJ
Feathered Fantasy is the beautiful creation of Brighton fashion designer Ellie Kay. Ellie’s contemporary head wear pieces combine traditional millinery techniques with show-stopping new designs and are stunning wedding accessories.
Feathered Fantasy have created head-turning hair accessories to complement wedding dresses and outfits, from delicate designs to the ultimate statement piece. All are handcrafted in their Brighton studio and the striking visual shapes that form the basis of all designs, combine thought, imagination and whimsical dreaminess.
Colours, textures and fabrics are all carefully thought out and sumptuous trimmings and intricate details are added. Ellie’s main inspiration derives from nature and the natural, and all pieces have a truly unique look. Feathered Fantasy offer off-the-shelf pieces and a tailored, bespoke head wear service.
Photographer Robin Bradshaw is the man behind Bullit Photography; who specialises in natural documentary and reportage-style wedding photography with a relaxed yet stylish feel.
Robin’s work regularly features in a range of publications (from The Times to OK Magazine) and he is a passionate photographer who loves capturing all of those, small but memorable moments.
Based in the Cotswolds, the wedding photographer has travelled all over the world to photograph 400 stunning weddings, in just nine years, and is available for Sussex weddings too.
One of the things he says he enjoys most about his vocation is that each wedding is a blank canvas – completely unique, filled with surprising moments to capture for couples to treasure forever. Robin thrives on working with couples and ensuring that their wedding images completely reflect their personalities.
Ollie Cunningham is one of the South of England’s ‘must see’ colourists. As well as been the go-to-guy for many an A-lister, Ollie holds the prestigious Colour Specialist Degree from L’Oreal and is a graduate from the Wella Professional Master Colour Expert Programme – the highest colouring accolade available.
The stylist has over 15 years’ experience and has worked as Head of Colour for plenty of well-known London salons, such as Nicky Clarke, Trevor Sorbie and Daniel Hersheson. He has also worked on editorial shoots and TV programmes, as well as taming the tresses of clientele from the media, music, fashion and television worlds and Hollywood royalty.
On your wedding day, Ollie can beautify your big day hair in your hotel, in the privacy of your own home, or in a discreet salon near Brighton.
Lipstick & Gunpowder
Based right in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, the recently opened Lipstick & Gunpowder salon offers an experience, like no other. The professional stylists specialise in cuts, colours, nails and makeup, making it a one-stop-shop for all your bridal hair and beauty needs!
The team pride themselves on being different – and this shows. In their funky New Wave-style salon, you are welcomed and treated like a star for the day, by time you leave, you’ve been primped and pampered and feel the best version of yourself, ready for the biggest day of your life so far and all of those wedding photos!
Lipstick & Gunpowder, 7 Kings Road, Brighton BN1 1NE
Freelance hair stylist Samantha Stockton has had an impressive career, so far. The Sussex hairdresser, who is available to style bridal and bridal party wedding hair, qualified by time she was just 17 and has spent time working on luxury cruise liners and working in one of Worthing’s top salons for over 11 years, before branching out on her own. Samantha has gained a vast amount of experience, working on the Clothes Show Live, London Fashion Week and numerous editorial shoots, including our Next Hot Model shoot, where her ‘dos graced our front cover. Her beautiful bridal hair creations have staying-power, guaranteed to last all day and all night, even as you’re dancing the night away. She understands the importance of you looking and feeling your best all day, not only for your photographs, your partner or your guests, but for you!
Samantha will come to you to style your wedding hair (and the bridesmaids, mother of the bride/ groom too) either at your home or getting ready location, giving you one less thing to worry about, as the excitement for your ceremony builds! Tel: 01903-231557 / Mob: 07765311931
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