Wedding Receptions

Celebrate your wedding day in style at the award-winning West Dean Gardens, a beautiful wedding reception venue in West Sussex. Marquee/tipi receptions for up to 200 guests are held on the picnic lawn or front lawn and the features of the Gardens offer idyllic photo opportunities.

Guests will have full access to explore the Gardens including the Walled Kitchen Garden and Victorian Glasshouses, the award-winning Sunken Garden and the stunning 300ft Edwardian Pergola.

Our experienced wedding team offer a bespoke service to help you plan your special day.

Award winning - we're delighted to have been recently awarded two awards in the LUXlife 2020 Global Wedding Awards, for the Best Wedding Reception Venue 2020 (West Sussex) and the Wedding Photography Venue of the Year 2020 (South East England).

West Dean Gardens is also included in The Telegraph's ‚Äč'best gardens for weddings in the UK and abroad', and Guides for Brides recognised West Dean Gardens as a top wedding venue in Sussex.

Enquire today - email or call 01243 818258

Marquee and Tipi Receptions

For a marquee or tipi wedding reception in a stunning location, the Picnic Lawn in West Dean Gardens is the perfect spot. Outdoor receptions can accommodate up to 200 guests and they will be wowed by the beautiful gardens and parkland views.

Wedding table at West Dean Gardens. Image credit Helen Cawte

Personal Service

We want to help make your day as special as possible and our dedicated Wedding Coordinator is on hand to discuss ideas and answer any questions you may have.

For availability or to arrange a viewing, please get in touch and we will be happy to show you around. Please note viewings are by appointment only.

Email or call 01243 818258

Engagement Photoshoots

Celebrate your engagement by having your engagement photos taken in the beautiful West Dean Gardens in the South Downs countryside.

This country estate exudes historic character and charm and offers the perfect picturesque backdrop to capture such a memorable time.

Cost £99 - includes champagne and entry to the Gardens (during normal opening hours) for you both and your photographer. Please contact us to make arrangements in advance.

Please note: all engagement photoshoots need to be authorised and booked in advance.

"Not willing to settle on one kind of garden for your wedding photos? These gorgeous grounds offer everything."

The Telegraph, April 2018


"Upon discovering West Dean Gardens after viewing venue after venue across Sussex and Surrey, this breath-taking venue instantly clicked for us. We were looking for something very beautiful with a laid back charm and just enough formality to feel special for the blessing. The sunken garden and pergola delivered this in spades with a real sense of romance, and worked perfectly with the informal lawns rolling down to the meadow and stream providing the perfect relaxed backdrop to the reception. There were also ample photo opportunities among the orchards and glasshouses in full bloom close by - they truly made our pictures!

While West Dean Gardens was our absolute dream location in terms of its romantic and informal beauty, there is nothing more crucial than having a friendly, supportive and flexible team to help you realise your visions, and the team at West Dean were nothing short of exceptional at every stage of planning, we can’t thank them enough for all their support!"

Justine & Cesare Cornelli

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we get married in West Dean Gardens?

We are not currently licensed to offer a legal wedding ceremony. We are however able to host blessings on site and offer a stunning setting for your wedding reception.

How many guests do you cater for?

Our marquee receptions can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Is your wedding venue exclusive?

The gardens will be open to the public until 5pm. There may be other events taking place within the College and grounds after this time, however, we have found people are very respectful when weddings are taking place. We only do one wedding per weekend, and the lawn area you hire is exclusively yours. 

Can we have a rehearsal dinner onsite?

West Dean College offers private dining in our three main state rooms, from a drinks reception with canapés, to a three course lunch or dinner. Should you wish to arrange to have lunch or dinner with your family and friends the day before your wedding, please get in touch so we can discuss the range of options with you. Read more

Can we come and visit your venue?

We will be delighted to show you around, please call us on 01243 818258 to arrange an appointment. Please note viewings are by appointment only.

Please get in touch for more information and further FAQs. 
Email or call 01243 818258