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 in the glorious 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.

Marquee weddings

If your heart is set on an outdoor wedding, you can hire the Picnic Lawn for a marquee wedding 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.

Personal Service

At West Dean we want to help make your day as special as possible. Our dedicated Wedding Coordinator, Emma is on hand to discuss ideas and answer any questions you may have.

For availability or to arrange a viewing, please contact Emma, who will be happy to show you around. Please note viewings are by appointment only.


Can we get married at West Dean?

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 and 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.

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. All cars must be collected by midday the following day.

Contact us

For availability or to arrange a viewing, please contact Emma, our Wedding Coordinator by calling 01243 818258 or emailing

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.

Find out how you can help support us