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Brighton and Sussex wedding planner/ The best Brighton wedding venues

February 4, 2011
Brighton is a fantastic place to get married, with the beach on your doorstep for photos and the seaside atmosphere lending a relaxed informality to any celebration.
We’ve put together a selection of our favourite Brighton wedding venues but if you need more help finding the perfect location for your special day, why not take a look at our venue finding service, starting at just £250. Using our expert local knowledge and contacts, we can help you find the Brighton or Sussex venue of your dreams.
On a budget
Hangleton Manor

For a beautiful venue on a tight budget, you can’t get much better than Hangleton Manor in Hove. It’s a bit off the beaten track, but in exchange you get a stunning 15th-Century flint manor house and gardens for your special day. The venue, which is now a pub/ restaurant, can accommodate up to 80 guests for the ceremony and private reception and does fantastic pub food to boot, all for the bargain hire price of £400.

Pros: The gorgeous setting and the price!
Cons: Some distance from central Brighton and the beach, the pub section stays open for regular customers so you don’t have the whole place to yourself.

For large weddings
Brighton College

Getting married in a school isn’t the most obvious choice, but Brighton College is one of the most spectacular licensed venues in Brighton. Gather up to 100 guests for an intimate civil ceremony and then move on to the Chapel for a traditional blessing. Choose to dine in either the vaulted Dining Room or grand Great Hall and take advantage of the exclusive use of the grounds for your photos.

Pros: Range of rooms and settings to suit your wedding, can accommodate large wedding parties all day, free parking for guests overnight.
Cons: It’s a school, so some of the fixed signage/ decor may not fit in well with your wedding theme.

For intimate weddings
Brighton Bandstand

What could be more romantic than getting married in the open air, overlooking the English Channel and the ruined West Pier, surrounded by your family and friends? Recently restored to its original Victorian splendour, this venue offers an intimate and unique setting for your special day. The fabulous La Fourchette own the cafe beneath, and can provide beachside drinks and canapes for your guests after the ceremony.

Pros: Amazing setting for photographs, informal and relaxed feeling.
Cons: The seafront is very busy in summer so be prepared for spectators! Bad weather could play havoc with your ceremony, dress and photos.

For something completely different
Brighton Ballroom

For a wedding with a vintage twist, look no further than the Proud Brighton Ballroom, a retro supper and burlesque club in the heart of bohemian Kemptown. Your guests can sip cocktails in the magnificent 1920s-style domed bar which has been at the heart of Brighton for more than 200 years, transforming from a mausoleum, high-class gentleman’s club and even an air-raid shelter in World War II.

Pros: Unique, glamorous and sophisticated venue, just a stone’s throw from the beach.
Cons: Limited natural light and outside space makes this venue best for grown-up winter or evening celebrations.

Photo credits: Hangleton Manor – The Gourmet Society, Brighton College – Wedding Venues, Brighton Bandstand – Urban Projects, Brighton Ballroom – My Daily


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