Weddings at West Dean

With award-winning gardens and a stunning backdrop, West Dean College in West Sussex is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. Escape to this country estate and celebrate your day in style.

Whether you'd prefer to have your wedding reception in the main house in all its grandeur or in a marquee in the glorious outdoors in our Gardens, we are sure you will fall in love with West Dean.

We are delighted to have recently been included in the Telegraph's list as one of the world's most romantic gardens. Find out why.

Weddings in the house

Host your wedding reception in West Dean House where you and up to 90 of your guests can soak up the elegance and charm of this historic mansion.

Enjoy drinks on arrival in the Oak Hall or outside on the West Lawn, before making your way to the state rooms. After speeches and bubbles, guests will be shown through the enchanting gardens to your evening reception where you can dance the night away!


Complete your day with an overnight stay in our bridal suite in the main house. Kick back and unwind as you reminisce about your day.

The Old Vicarage offers accommodation for your friends and family with 10 en-suite bedrooms. In the morning indulge in a hearty breakfast around the grand Victorian table in the Old Dining Room.

Marquee weddings

If your heart is set on an outdoor wedding, you can hire the Picnic Lawn for a marquee reception accommodating up to 200 people. Your guests will be blown away by the stunning parkland views and beautiful garden surroundings, which make for unforgettable photographic opportunities.


Can we get married in West Dean House?
We are not currently licensed for civil ceremonies but offer a stunning setting for your wedding reception.

How many guests do you cater for?
The house can accommodate up to 90 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 100 guests for your evening reception. Marquee receptions can accommodate up to 200 guests.

Is your venue exclusive?
We only hold one wedding reception at a time so our team can be dedicated to you and your guests.

West Dean House is home to West Dean College and Gardens and there will be other visitors onsite. However, we have found people are very respectful when weddings are taking place.

When can we come and visit your venue?
Our dedicated team will be delighted to show you around. Please call 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. All cars must be collected by midday the following day.


For availability or to arrange a viewing, please contact Emma, our Wedding Coordinator who would be happy to show you around the House and grounds and discuss ideas with you for your perfect day. Please call 01243 818258 or email Please note viewings are by appointment only.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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