Wedding Receptions in West Dean Gardens

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 ​'best gardens for weddings in the UK and abroad'.

Enquire today

Call 01243 818258

Special offers

Don't miss our fantastic offer!

We have a selection of 2020 dates we are now offering a reduction of £300. In addition to this, Beautiful World Tents are offering a 20% discount off tipi hire.

The dates are:
6 June
5 September
26 September

Don't miss out! If you are interested in any of these dates, get in touch with our team ASAP.

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.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we get married in West Dean Gardens?

We are not currently licensed for civil ceremonies but 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?

We only hold one wedding reception at a time so our team can be dedicated to you and your guests. West Dean Estate is home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and West Dean Gardens and there will be other visitors onsite. However, we have found people are very respectful when weddings are taking place.

Do I have to use certain suppliers?

No, we are happy to work with whichever suppliers you prefer.

Can we have a rehearsal dinner onsite?

The grand state rooms in West Dean College are perfect for a pre-wedding dinner with family and friends before your big day. We can also help arrange a brunch or lunch after your wedding. Read more

When 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.

Can cars be left at the venue overnight?

Cars can be left overnight with prior permission from West Dean College. All cars must be collected by midday the following day.