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weddings around lewes

On 22 Jul 2009 at 4:55pm confetti wrote:
lewes is such a beautiful town to get hitched in.
where in lewes is ideal for a wedding reception for around 110?
or are there nice settings that we could put up a marquee for our special day
On 22 Jul 2009 at 5:44pm Ed Can Do wrote:
My sister had her reception at Shelleys and that was very nice although it was back in the days of the old management before they cut all the trees down. There's a ton of nice country house type places and hotels in the countryside that'd cater for that many people but you might not find anything in Lewes itself. Powdermills in Battle is particularly nice.
On 22 Jul 2009 at 5:52pm Keeley wrote:
The Grange or the Priory is nice for an outdoors wedding reception if you wanted a marquee...
On 22 Jul 2009 at 8:06pm steve watts wrote:
Until recently i used to organise weddings at Anne of Cleves House and Lewes Castle and after witnessing hundreds in my opinion you cant beat a wedding at the top of the castle followed by a reception in the Gun Garden, you would need to provide a marquee but well worth it. Weddings at the top of the castle are stunning in their beauty.
On 22 Jul 2009 at 8:42pm huw wrote:
I've done it twice now and would say that Lewes is a wonderful place to get married.
You can't have a long reception in the Grange, but you can time it so you have the last slot before lunch, which gives you an extra hour in the gardens.
Wouldn't recommend the Shelleys, it's in administration now and couldn't guarantee it will be open or be able to provide any level of service.
For 110 people, you might struggle in Anne of Cleves or the castle, but Steve will know better.
The town hall is a nice venue, and probably the only one that could comfortably handle that number, but elements of it can be school hall without a LOT of decoration.
Ask in the tourist information, wedding shops, florists, basically anywhere that provides services for weddings, they should have a good idea.
Venues will charge a lot more for a wedding than any other function, and with that number you are looking at a lot of money. You have to make the choice of how much you are willing to spend, who are necessary guests and what you want to provide them with (sit down meal, buffet, free drinks, nothing). Might be an idea to split the day, but I'm sure you'll have thought of these things already.
Just remember, have fun. It's your day, do it your way.
On 23 Jul 2009 at 11:56am Ed Can Do wrote:
When Bradsy got married the reception was all evening in the Grange so unless they've chaged their policy in the last couple of years, you can have a long reception there. Not in the registry office, in the main building bit. Like I say though, that was a good five years ago so they might have changed their policies.

The last wedding I went to was at Barnsgate Manor, just the other side of Uckfield. That was really nice and not too hard to get to at all. The problem with having a reception in town is that you have to all shut up and go home by 11 which is generally when the party's really getting good, especially if you have some people only invited for the evening. If you're having it out in the countryside somewhere you can inevitably go on a bit longer.

Another good spot is Dairy Farmhouse in Firle. They can set up big marquees in their grounds and have a bar too. I've been to a couple of weddings there with more than 100 people and they've been great fun.
On 29 Jul 2009 at 1:04pm Commuter wrote:
I'm planning my wedding at the moment and my fiance and I both love Horsted Place near Uckfield. Pellam House in Lewes looks very nice, but the view from the gardens is not!

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