Location: West Sussex
Venues Wakehurst
Wakehurst
  • Glorious Elizabethan mansion
  • Modern glasshouse containing the biggest seed collection in the world
  • Stunning croquet lawn for marquee weddings
  • Each location hired on an exclusive-use basis
  • Set within 500 acres of world class botanic gardens, lakes and conservation woodland, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Nestled within the magical Wakehurst gardens is a gorgeous Elizabethan mansion, that's full of historic character. When you enter the stunning Gallery, or beautiful Dining Room, you will feel as though you've been transported into a wonderful, regal Elizabethan world. The nearby Croquet lawn offers a flawless space on which to hold a sunny marquee wedding.

If you're planning a more modern celebration, then 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! You can take a walk through the magnificent 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 years the building has been significantly altered, but does still contain some Elizabethan woodwork. The gardens themselves were designed and maintained by Gerald Loder who spent 33 years working on this beautiful space. Finally, 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

This historic mansion offers couples the chance to celebrate both within its stunning interior and outside on the dramatic lawn. You can hold your evening reception celebrations at the Mansion with an exclusive booking!

Exclusive-use capacity - 180 guests

The Gallery

The Gallery is a bright, spacious and airy room, with huge windows that will flood your celebration with natural sunlight. The room's white colour scheme and simple d├ęcor provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding, allowing you and your guests to shine in all photographs. This room is excellent for sunny celebrations as The Gallery offers direct access to the Mansion lawn.

Formal ceremony capacity - 80 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 80 guests

Dining Room

Detailed wooden panels and enormous historic windows give this room an unexpected brightness that exudes a warmth that couples fall in love with.

Formal ceremony capacity - 60 guests

Wedding breakfast capacity - 60 guests

Mansion Lawn

For summer weddings, the Mansion lawn makes for a perfect spot for truly romantic ceremonies using the Mansion porch for the formal legalities. Guests enjoy the ambiance of sitting in the sun on the flawlessly trimmed lawns. The far reaching linear pathways provide your 'aisle', giving your wedding photographs the most dramatic of looks.

Formal ceremony capacity - 140 guests

The Croquet Lawn

The expansive Croquet Lawn is an excellent place to erect a marquee. You and your guests can enjoy views of the equally beautiful 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

Reception capacity (standing) - 300 guests

Millennium Seed Bank Glasshouse

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

Wedding breakfast capacity - 150 guests

Reception capacity (standing) - 200 guests

Ceremony Only Packages

The Wakehurst team know that their venue is perfect for ceremonies and so, offer couples the option to hold a beautiful 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 room in which to change if you should need this.

Catering

Choose from their list of recommended caterers when planning your wedding breakfast.

Accommodation

While Wakehurst doesn't offer accommodation, there are several hotels, B&B's, etc. in the surrounding area.

If you would like to know more and/or want to make an appointment contact Susan using the contact buttons listed above or 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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