Why a unique venue is crucial for the perfect Sussex wedding

While every person’s concept of the perfect Sussex wedding will differ from one individual to another, the vast majority of brides and grooms would prefer their celebrations to be at least a little out of the ordinary.

Imagine attending six weddings in a year, and then in December you struggle to remember any one of them being any different from all the others.

For many, it’s so important to add at least a degree of uniqueness, and there are plenty of ways to do that, especially if you choose a venue that’s adaptable to individual requirements.

Needless to say, if you’re planning your upcoming nuptials, you can look at various ways to make the day extra special. You could go a little over the top with the floral splashes. Or offer something a little different when it’s time to sit down and eat. Fish and chips from a van? Absolutely. A barbecue in the great outdoors? Why not? Hog roasts, buffets and picnics are all examples of thinking outside the box, and they can all work very well. The choices you have available all help to make the planning process so enjoyable.

Having said all of that, it’s worth remembering that the food is only a part of the day. No matter how far you think outside the box, it’s just an aspect of a much bigger picture.

The best way to embrace the unique, and to therefore make the day utterly unforgettable, is to choose a venue that has the ability to cater for all tastes. The choice of setting, if you think about it, has a bearing on the whole event, from the first canapé to the last glass of port.

A couple kissing at Michelham Priory, a beautiful place for a barn wedding in Sussex

The ultimate Sussex wedding venue

Here at the lovely Michelham Priory, we’re all too aware of the rich history and the iconic heritage of our idyllic venue. There’s more than 800 years of splendour ready and waiting to be explored here, all set on an exceptionally pretty moated island.

There’s a medieval gatehouse, an impressive watermill and two superb locations for a wedding that will never be forgotten. You can look all over the county and, put simply, you won’t find another Sussex wedding venue quite like it.

And there, in a nutshell, is the reason why Michelham Priory needs to be on your radar.

The food, the music, the flowers and such are just some of the ingredients that combine to make a wedding special, but it’s the venue that holds it all together. Everything else might be bricks, but the setting is the mortar.

You could have the most unique food choices of them all – think Japanese wagyu steaks sprinkled with truffle oil and gold leaf – but if you and your guests are eating it in the local hotel’s function room how special would it be?

This is why the venue is key to the perfect Sussex wedding.

Sussex wedding venue - Michelham Priory

Picture your wedding at Michelham Priory

As well as the idyllic setting and the ideal layout for wedding celebrations, Michelham Priory has more photo opportunities than you can shake a selfie-stick at.

The priory building itself. The sweeping moat terrace. The medieval gatehouse. The Elizabethan Barn. The historic Prior’s Chamber. The picturesque gravel driveway, All provide plenty of scope for official photographers to create images that will be absolutely breath-taking.

And in addition to Michelham Priory, we also offer the splendour and spectacle of Lewes Castle, and the deliciously intimate Anne of Cleves House.

When we say our options are unique Sussex wedding venues, we really mean it. They are the perfect settings for the perfect Sussex wedding.

A perfect Sussex Wedding Venue - the Elizabethan Barn at Michelham Priory

Our Sussex wedding venues

Looking for a unique Sussex wedding or reception venue? Choose between our three beautiful historic sites

Wedding at Anne of Cleves House

In the Sussex sun surrounded by the South Downs at Lewes Castle

Exchange your vows in a medieval castle. Treat your guests to panoramic views at one of Sussex’s few outdoor wedding venues. Book this romantic ruin fast – there’s only a limited number of exclusive use slots each year.

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Under Tudor beams at Anne of Cleves House in Lewes

Tie the knot under exposed beams and fairy lights in this charming timber-framed medieval house, fit for a Queen. This intimate venue with historic gardens is steeped in history. It’s ideal for smaller weddings that want the wow factor.

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A perfect barn wedding on your own private island at Michelham Priory

Dance the night away under bunting and beams in our spectacular Elizabethan Great Barn. Set on its own private island, this spectacular Sussex wedding venue has a moat and romantic waterside gardens, plus a playground for children to let off steam.

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