Venues Wakehurst
Wakehurst
  • Historic country house wedding venue
  • Glorious late Elizabethan mansion
  • Set within 500 acres of wonderful grounds
  • Gardens, lakes and conservation woodland
  • Managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
  • Spectacular modern botanical glasshouse
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 300 guests
  • Stunning croquet lawn for marquee weddings
  • Can be hired on an exclusive-use basis

Nestled within the magical Wakehurst gardens is a gorgeous Elizabethan mansion, full of historic character. When you enter the stunning Gallery or beautiful Dining Room, you will feel as if you've been transported into a wonderful, regal Elizabethan world. The nearby Croquet Lawn presents a flawless space to enjoy a summer marquee wedding.

If you're planning a more modern celebration, take a look at the 21st-century Millennium Seed Bank Glasshouse. This unusual building is the setting for the biggest plant conservation project in the world! Take a walk through 500 acres of gardens and woodland; numerous couples have found beautiful spots for treasured wedding photographs.

History

The Culpeper's acquired Wakehurst in 1464, and the mansion itself is thought to have been finished in the late 16th century. Throughout the intervening years the building has been significantly modified, but does still contain some Elizabethan woodwork. The wonderful gardens were designed and maintained by Gerald Loder who spent 33 years working on this beautiful space. More recently, the mansion was owned by Sir Henry Price, before being leased by the National Trust to the Royal Botanic Gardens in 1965. The estate now functions as a gorgeous wedding venue.

Facilities

The Mansion

The historic E-shaped country house offers couples the opportunity to celebrate both within its stunning interior and outside on the dramatic lawn. You can host your evening reception party at the mansion with an exclusive booking.

Evening Reception Capacity - 180 Guests

The Gallery

The Gallery is a bright, spacious and airy room, with huge windows that flood your celebration with natural sunlight. The white colour scheme and simple décor provide the perfect backdrop to weddings, allowing you and your guests to shine in all photographs. Excellent for sunny celebrations, The Gallery offers direct access to the mansion lawns.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 80 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 80 Guests

The Dining Room

Highly-detailed decorative wooden panelling and enormous mid-16th-century mullioned windows give this grand chamber an unexpected brightness, generating a warmth and an intimacy that couples regularly fall in love with.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 60 Guests
Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 60 Guests

The Mansion Lawn

For summer weddings, The Mansion Lawn makes for a perfect spot for truly romantic ceremonies with the entrance porch used for the legal formalities. Guests enjoy the ambience of sitting in the sun on the flawlessly trimmed lawns. The far-reaching linear pathways provide your 'aisle', lending your wedding photographs the most dramatic of looks.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 140 Guests

The Croquet Lawn

The expansive Croquet Lawn is an excellent place to erect a marquee in which to host your formal reception and evening party. You and your guests can enjoy the equally beautiful views of the Mansion and Lawn, as well as the surrounding botanic gardens. The Wakehurst team will provide the spacious marquee required for your reception.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 300 Guests
Informal Reception Capacity - 300 guests

The Millennium Seed Bank Glasshouse

This contemporary structure, which contains the biggest seed collection in the world in vaults beneath, really has the 'wow' factor. Its glass-domed ceiling will be remembered by your guests in years to come. The wonderfully light and airy space is filled with tropical plants, creating a brilliantly exotic feel, particularly striking during summer receptions.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 150 Guests
Informal Reception Capacity - 200 Guests

Ceremony-Only Packages

The Wakehurst team know that their venue is perfect for weddings, so offer couples an opportunity to have the ceremony followed by a light afternoon tea. Choose from their various ceremony-only packages which include:-

  • A range of tasty treats
  • Gold Cheltenham chairs with sage green seat pads
  • 3ft round cake table
  • 4ft Registrar's table
  • Immaculate white linen

Free parking is also available, as well as a separate dressing room in which to change should this be necessary.

Catering

Couples are invited to choose from a varied list of recommended caterers when planning their wedding breakfast.

Accommodation

While Wakehurst doesn't offer accommodation, there are several hotels, guesthouses and B&B's in the local area.

If you would like to enquire further, simply get in touch with Susan using the contact buttons listed below.

Address
Wakehurst
Selsfield Road
Ardingly
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH17 6TN

Reviews

  • Toby and Inga - 06/2016

    Our wedding day was wonderful. The venue and gardens are lovely. Many thanks to all the staff at Wakehurst who really went above and beyond before, during and after our big day.

  • Uni and Dan - 09/2016

    Our whole experience at Wakehurst was exceptional. From first enquiry right up to our most wonderful wedding day, nothing was too much trouble and we felt so reassured knowing that we were in very safe hands on the day.

  • Nick and Fliss - 04/2016

    We couldn't be happier with our choice of Wakehurst Place for our Wedding Reception. Wakehurst looked beautiful and all the staff went above and beyond to make our day run as smoothly as possible. We would like to make a specific mention to the two stewards who were friendly, thoughtful and helpful right to the end of the evening. All our suppliers were brilliant and made our lives incredibly easy throughout the whole process. We would definitely recommend Wakehurst as an excellent Wedding Reception Venue.

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