Wedding Receptions In Award-winning Gardens

With award-winning gardens and a gorgeous backdrop, West Dean College and Gardens in West Sussex is the perfect venue for your wedding reception. Unique historic character and beautiful surroundings creates a perfect venue set in picturesque South Downs countryside. Escape to this country estate and celebrate your day in style in the glorious Gardens, we are sure you will fall in love with this beautiful venue.

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


Book in 2017 for any of the following 2018 dates to receive a £250 off the venue fee.

  • 14 April
  • 5 May
  • 12 May
  • 19 May
  • 16 June
  • 22 September

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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.

Pre-wedding Dinners

Enjoy your pre-wedding dinner in one of our grand state rooms, the perfect time for your families and friends to relax and spend time together before the big day.

Be wined and dined in the Old Library, Music Room or Old Dining Room or, for larger celebrations, all three rooms are interconnecting. Dinners can be arranged for 10-90 guests. Glittering chandeliers and walls graced with original artwork provide a warm and elegant space with sense of occasion.

Our in-house team of chefs demonstrate great attention to detail with bespoke menus using locally sourced produce. An extensive list of wines is available to accompany your meal.

You do not need to be holding your wedding reception in West Dean Gardens to enjoy a pre-wedding dinner in the state rooms of West Dean College. To arrange a rehearsal dinner in the state rooms please contact our team.

Alternatively, you may wish to hold a brunch or lunch with friends and family the following day, this can also be arranged so please get in touch.

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 idyllic photo opportunities with features such as the Walled Kitchen Garden and Victorian Glasshouses, the award-winning Sunken Garden and the beautiful 300ft Edwardian Pergola. All offer 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.


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