Planning your wedding in West Sussex

Often at the heart of foreign invasions of Britain, be it the Roman or the Norman invastion, it's quite a beautiful county for anyone to visit first. Chichester doesn't often receive the credit it deserves for what really is a beautiful city. The rolling hills of the South Downs act as a stunning backdrop for any wedding and there are an abundance of fantastic wedding venues to choose from across the county.

Where to start?

1 You can't get far without first working out your wedding budget. Try and get a rough idea of what you can afford. Put this number into our handy, free budget calculator to get a guide on how this might be split.
2 Now that you're all set with your budget, it's time to get an idea of the guest numbers. You may need to go back and revisit your budget depending on numbers. Our free guest tracker in the planning tools section will help you store all names and details.
3 Next, it's time to find your dream venue. There's plenty of choice across West Sussex. From quaint Chichester to iconic Lewes there's something for everyone. You may need to book a separate venue for the ceremony.
4 Finding the dream wedding dress can take a while and there's no need to feel rushed. Check out our wedding dress section to browse 1000s of designers and styles. Get an idea for what you like and then see which boutiques near you stock the designs you like.

West Sussex wedding venues

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Thank you for the most amazing wedding. The Cowdray team were fantastic and we couldn’t have wished for a better wedding
Mr & Mrs Rochford

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First things you need to do when planning a wedding

Free planning tools
5 Now that you've booked your venue it's time to find your other suppliers. We recommend starting with local, West Sussex-based photographers. They might be a bit pricier than you'd expect but they're well worth it!
6 If food and drink is not in the venue package and this is something you need to source separately then it's worth getting your catering sorted. Plus, you get to enjoy all the tasting. Fortunately, West Sussex has plenty of great culinary options for you to choose from.
7 So you know the date of your West Sussex wedding! It's time to send save the dates to all your guests. If you're sending physical save the dates then check out our fantastic stationery section for some great suppliers and designs.
8 Entertainment! Want to have the ultimate party? 82% of our couples say they are most looking forward to the band and the dancing at the wedding. This is often the most memorable part of the wedding for your guests and there are plenty of great musicians across Sussex.


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How to make ordinary - extraordinary? A genuine smile, happy eyes, a romantic sunset, jump of joy... there is beauty around us.
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9 West Sussex has an abundance of fantastic local florists. Can you get them to incorporate some locally grown violets of the valley in the flower arrangements? It's always fun to include something that's sourced nearby.
10 Hair and makeup just for the bride or your bridesmaids too? Get your trial booked in so you've got an idea of the whole look on the big day. Hair and makeup artists are usually willing to travel so may worth looking at suppliers in Surrey or East Sussex too.
11 Lots of yummy cake makers in West Sussex and just like the catering before, this is your chance to get stuck in with the tastings. Find a local Sussex-based supplier to ensure your cake doesn't have to travel too far.
12 While we've only picked a handful of supplier categories above, we recommend you use our checklist planning tool to make sure you have everything ticked off. Remember, you'll also need to look at attire for the groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids along with Venue styling decor and favours.


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For a further breakdown of local suppliers, we suggest that you search for venues and suppliers in the following regions:

Worthing, East Grinstead, Balcombe, Bury, Itchenor, Horley, Rusper, Hickstead, Chichester, Donnington, Kirdford, Copthorne, Sharpthorne, Horsham, Crawley, Haywards Heath, Cuckfield, Goring-by-Sea, Arundel, Findon, Fontwell, West Chiltington, Handcross

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