Wedding Venues Sussex.
Choosing a wedding venue in Sussex for your big day extravaganza will probably be your first move. “Enjoy your engagement before you get stuck in to the planning” the magazines say. Pah I say, the wedding planning is the fun bit! This blog is going to look at wedding venues in west Sussex where we travelled to recently.
A quick aside on choosing your venue. There are so many choices and you’ll already have an idea I’m sure of whether you want an ancient pub, vaulted barn, flower-filled field, modern swish hotel or crumbly aristocratic house. The venue really does make the mood and will determine how much extra work you will do re decoration which is important to consider immediately as regards the all-important budget.
Farbridge Barn, Chichester
We love Farbridge barns for example because it’s filled with Sussex flint and high beams. All it needs are a few accents here and there rather than a full scheme. Not to say you wouldn’t then splash the cash on a wonderful florist and (if you’re anything like me) months of collecting DIY bits here and there but it is beautiful even if you manage to ignore your inner magpie and do none of that. Needless to say Pinterest is brilliant for sussing out the various looks (though can lead to budget bending and big dreams) but this is also a brilliant way of finding your photographer – one of our recent brides pictured below found us after searching for images of Farbridge to refresh her excitement after her venue visit.
Do also bear in mind the exclusivity of your venue. The barns listed here offer this but venues like hotels and large country houses may not.
Today we’re going to briefly review the most popular barn venues in the area, but do cast your eye over the beautiful houses, hotels and other non-barn venues Sussex has to offer.
Our recent wedding at Farbridge Barn, Chichester
With its gorgeous Sussex flint walls, converted stable block, neighbouring sheep, tiny river and rolling rustic Sussex Downs surroundings, you’ll be head-over-heels upon stepping out of the car. When you visit you walk into the main high-beamed barn, with a bar to your right and the tiny chapel-like ceremony space in front. Through the barn you can either go into the sweet cottage garden and then into the exquisitely styled bridal suite, or into the walled courtyard, surrounded by converted stables, country gates, and that stunning landscape.
One of my favourite surprises about Farbridge was the farm buildings hidden over the hill. Some of our best photos of the portrait session are those of the couple in the stark agricultural setting. My god the light, very Scandi-Noir.
Southend Barns, Chichester
One of the lovely things about getting married in barn venues is that it combines portrait photography with landscape photography. Southend barns is much like Farbridge in that the beautiful barn speaks for itself. It’s perfect for a relaxed bride who is happy to let the surroundings speak for her. Southend is a stunning barn with an ancient feel, set in manicured lawns and backing onto a large lake. Plenty of potential for beautiful portrait sessions. The barn also comes with a fire-pit for evening marshmallow roasting sessions, dreamy.
Upwaltham Barns, Chichester
Upwaltham Barn is a traditional Sussex flint barn, set in the quintessentially British Sussex countryside. One of my favourite features of this lovely venue is the fabulous Moroccan snug tucked into their truly beautiful gardens. And speaking of gardens, Upwaltham is literally full of flowers, absolutely stunning on a summer’s day.
Now you might think that one barn set in the Sussex countryside is much like the other. But you’d be amazed at how the little subtle differences influence you. Plus the more significant differences, such as price-tag, caterers, and option of on-site accommodation. Like renting or buying a house, it is location location location with wedding venues. You’ll know when you’re in the right spot.
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