Northease Manor – wedding venue open day

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If you’re on the hunt for a stunning Sussex wedding venue then make sure you keep the 27th October 2019 free.

The lovely team at Circa Events are opening the doors to the beautiful Northease Manor for an open day and all you need to do to bag your spot is email the Circa team on

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Gote Barn Open Day

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On the lookout for some rustic romance for your Sussex wedding venue? Then make sure you don’t miss the Gote Barn open day. 

Circa Events are opening the (barn) doors to this stunning East Sussex wedding barn on 20th October 2019.

You can read more about Gote Barn on Love Sussex weddings here.

For further information contact the lovely Circa team on

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Gote Barn Wedding Venue, East Sussex

Today we are handing over to the amazing Circa Events to tell us all about their newest venue, Gote Barn, and what a stunning venue it is! Bursting with a rustic charm and elegance.

Sussex wedding photographer extraordinaire Sara Reeve has shared some of her fab photos with us of Suzie and Ben’s beautiful Gote Barn wedding. So you can see the barn in its full wedding glory! Have a peek at just how amazing this rustic East Sussex venue is. (We’ll share more from Suzie and Ben’s wedding in the coming weeks too, so stay tuned for the full wedding!)

We’re delighted at Circa Events to announce the opening of our newest venue, Gote Barn, located just outside Lewes in Sussex. Nestled away in the heart of the East Sussex countryside, it would make a truly idyllic venue to host your wedding day.

Gote Barn, owned and run by the Craig family for over 75 years, specialises in unpasteurized milk from their herd of Friesians and excellent, naturally-reared, lamb both grazed on the meadows near Glynde, at the foot of the Downs.

The Grade II Listed barn itself, with high vaulted ceilings, has been around since around the 1600’s with many of the barns original features still intact. Situated right in the heart of the Downs in the beautiful Sussex countryside, part of the Glynebourne Estate, Gote Barn is 5 minutes from Lewes and 20 minutes drive from Brighton.

Perfect for a beautiful countryside wedding, with the barns rustic and original charm as the background for your big day, the venue has a capacity for up to 180 seated guests for the day and up to 250 in the evening.

With a lawn for drinks & canapes, and even fire pits to keep you warm in the evening, the barn is perfect if you are looking for a venue to personalise and bring to life once again! 

Venue Hire includes 6ft Round tables & Chivari chairs, brand new toilet building, wooden bar, raised stage, car parking facilities, outdoor drinks reception space, and fairy lights decoration.

This venue is really special and as its newly opened as a wedding venue, you’ll have exclusive hire and the chance to hold your wedding at a really unique and charming venue none of your guests would have been to before! [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Humble Pie Co.

Today we’re handing over to local and lovely Toby and Alex to tell us about their amazing Sussex based pie company. If you’re after some tasty treats for your Sussex wedding read on!

There are a lot of pies out there these days but few have that home cooked feel about them, with our thick suet crust pastry, fresh vegetables and top quality local Sussex meat & game, Humble Pies are the real deal; how we think a home cooked pie should taste.

About us:

Toby & Alex started working together in 2009 as Alex took the Head Chef’s position at Toby’s restaurant in the heart of the Sussex Countryside. A good friendship was born and also a real passion for the Great British tradition of pie!

After selling the restaurant in 2011 Humble Pie was born and we embarked on a mission to create pies using only the most local, fresh ingredients from the Sussex countryside. All the meat is Organic and sourced from the doorsteps of our kitchen at Holmansbridge Farm near Lewes.

Over the last few years we have travelled the country catering events, weddings, festivals, street fairs, super clubs, corporate events & celebrations.

We only make our pies using the best seasonal ingredients from the Sussex countryside and as the seasons change so do our pies.  We create an amazing range of scotch eggs, sausage rolls, arancini, stuffed sourdoughs & humble crumbles.

For more information about our products, menu ideas or any other pieformation please check out our website:

Humble Weddings and Special Events 

Whatever the event may be, we enable you to do it your way.  We find it’s so much easier to just say YES!  [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Picking out a Great Guest Outfit for a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are becoming more popular, and we can see why! Getting married at this time of the year has some handy advantages. For example, reception venues tend to charge less in the winter and wedding guests are often more likely to be free to attend.

But, winter weddings do create a few challenges too. So, today we’re helping wedding guests to choose the right winter outfit. [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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Long Furlong Barn, Sussex Wedding Barn

Looking for a beautiful wedding barn for your Sussex wedding? Then you’re in luck!

Yours exclusively when you hire Long Furlong Barn, which has had the privilege of hosting over 200 weddings since 2013. Situated in the Sussex countryside steeped in history, our licensed wedding venue really speaks for itself and always delights and inspires our couples when they see our facilities for the first time.


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Showstopping Sussex Wedding Bands

Planning a music-filled Sussex wedding? Lucky you! With the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (aka BIMM) on your doorstop, you’ll have the choice of the brightest new things when it comes to live wedding music. Plus all the artists we feature on our website have been vetted by us, so you know you’re getting the best. To ensure the quality that comes with experience, we’ve selected ten of Alive Network’s finest Sussex wedding bands who we know will give you a night to remember for all the right reasons. Our top ten features ladies first (of course) with our female-fronted bands, then three-, four-, and five-piece bands. So peruse, view them in action and enjoy shortlisting your faves!

The Leading Ladies

  1. Party Starters

They do exactly what they say in their name…! Party Starters are a fresh, female-fronted four-piece who know how to bring the party to your wedding, keeping the dancefloor pumping all night. Their sets are exciting and energetic, performing contemporary pop and rock, Motown, soul or special acoustic and solo singer sets – everything from The Beatles and Stevie Wonder to Bruno Mars and Rudimental, and more!

“What an amazing band! They played at our wedding… and totally ticked every box. Amazing acoustic set during the service. Lovely attention to detail. Super friendly, but the evening sets were rocking. Everyone got up on their feet, so much fun and dancing had by all. Highly recommend! You will not be disappointed! …you made our day even better than we could have imagined!”

Vicko and Sharon, Alive Wedding Clients


  1. JukeBossa

Inject the exotic into your wedding vibes with JukeBossa’s fusion of modern hits in a Latin style, creating the most infectiously happy dancefloor you’ve ever seen! Graduates of BIMM, this fab four-piece have experience working with Chase & Status, Jamie Cullum, and Chaka Khan, as well as performing at weddings across the UK. Think palm trees, Copacabana beach, caipirinha cocktails, and the sunny shores of Brazil – the irresistible beat will just compel your guests onto the dancefloor!

“JukeBossa played our wedding this summer in Cornwall and were absolutely fantastic! Professional and fun, their fusion style was spot on and got everyone dancing the night away. They a very talented bunch of musicians with a great variety of songs – we really couldn’t recommend them more.”

Piran, Alive Wedding Client

See JukeBossa in Sarah & Jim’s real wedding blog

The Three-Piece

  1. Press Play

This charismatic trio of BIMM virtuosos have played on festival stages including at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight. Covering current chart toppers, like Pharrell, Daft Punk, and James Bay, to musical masterpieces from Bowie, The Beatles, and MJ, Press Play’s repertoire is jam-packed with awesome tracks to kick-start your party.

“Brilliant… song choices were a perfect mix of older/newer and [their] performance was excellent. Some of the guests thought the covers were better than the originals! They made the whole night… I would recommend to anyone.”

Peter, Alive Wedding Client


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Ghyll Manor Hotel and Restaurant

Ghyll Manor Hotel and Restaurant nestles in the heart of the stunning Sussex countryside. This elegant 17th-century country-house hotel brims with character and style, the traditional oak-beamed building gazing out over acres of gorgeous private gardens, including a lake and pretty summerhouse.

Ghyll Manor is fully licensed to hold civil ceremonies, so we can host all of your special day. It is also available just as a wedding reception venue – we have a number of lovely rooms available to suit your style and guest list length.

Hunsdon Hall

A magnificent hall with a high vaulted, ancient oak ceiling, twinkling fairy lights and gilded chandeliers, with a real sense of drama and occasion. On a balmy summer evening, after your reception, your guests can also relax in the courtyard just outside.

Terrace Room

For an intimate gathering, the Terrace Room is the perfect choice. Its rich gold colours and original fireplace give the room an understated yet expensive feel, and elegant patio doors open onto beautiful gardens and rolling lawns.

The Conservatory

A modern, light and airy space with a dramatic black and white colour scheme, striking black piano and stunning art. This room is available as a reception venue.

We don’t just cater for large weddings at Ghyll Manor. Many people want their marriage or civil partnership to be a more private affair, to accommodate this we also specialise in smaller, more intimate weddings. So, if you’d prefer to tie the knot in peace and quiet, we can take care of all the details – from witnesses to flower arrangements – to make your day a truly wonderful experience.

We also offer the facility for larger wedding parties to arrange their own marquee within the grounds. This option is perfect for parties of 120 or more guests, and for those who have always wanted a marquee wedding.

Below are more details on the capacity and pricing for Ghlly Manor:

Guest Capacities                      Breakfast                             Ceremony                                                                        

Hunsdon HallUp to 120Up to 120
Terrace RoomUp to 85Up to 40
Summer HouseUp to 120Up to 10
The ConservatoryUp to 100Up to 50

Wedding Packages

£5999 for 65 Guests
Exclusive Use of Hunsdon Hall, Terrace Room, The Conservatory
or The Summer House for your civil ceremony
Two glasses of sparkling wine for each of your guests
Three course wedding breakfast with tea, coffee and mints
Half bottle of house wine per person
A glass of sparkling wine for each of your guests for the toast
An evening finger buffet for up to 100 guests
Operational Manager to act as ‘Master of Ceremonies’
Personalised place cards, table plan and menus
Silver cake stand and knife
Four poster bedroom for the Bride & Groom
Complimentary “Mini Moon” First Year Anniversary DBB for Bride & Groom

Children £25 per child under the age of 12
Additional guests charged at £79, Additional evening guests charged at £15

Yours for the night:
As part of the wedding package you will receive a complimentary Bridal Suite as our gift to you on your wedding and a room allocation up to 14 rooms with special rates for your guests at £125 B&B

Sunday to Friday 20% discount equivalent to £1,200
October to April 20% discount equivalent to £1,200
October to April, Sunday to Friday discount 30% equivalent to £1,800

Terms and Conditions
This offer is subject to availability, valid for new bookings only and not available in conjunction with any other offer.
Standard terms and conditions apply. **Group bookings Terms and Conditions apply.
Room allocations and complimentary bridal suite will be date dependent and minimum room numbers may apply.
Room rates are based on two people sharing a standard room and include breakfast.
Ghyll Manor Hotel~The Perfect Venue To Say “I DO”!!

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The Truth About Wedding Bands and Wedding DJs

The entertainment industry has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, due in no small part to revolutionary breakthroughs in technology – and, as such, the wedding entertainment business has evolved with it. But in such uncertain times, and in such a competitive climate, it’s easy to be fooled by untruths and lies. Are wedding bands becoming redundant thanks to the infinite number of tunes a wedding DJ can access at a fraction of the cost whilst using a fraction of the space, and with a lot more control over volume? Are DJs actually necessary at all, just maintaining a constant flow of pre-recorded music, with none of the magic nor any of the spectacle of a live performance? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding ‘no’ – read on to find out more about what the score really is in the wedding music world:

Live Wedding Bands Are Not Too Loud

Agreed, nobody wants to be sat with their head next to the big bass drum – but a wedding band who knows what they’re doing won’t allow this to happen. Experienced players will know how to pitch themselves in relation to the acoustics of the room they’re in, and will know there’s a high probability of elderly relatives. Amps and PAs can have their volumes turned down to be in accordance with your venue’s sound restrictions and your guests’ aural sensitivity, less aggressive songs can be chosen, and drummers with knowledge and control can use bunch sticks, brushes, electronic kits, cajons or just play quieter.

DJs Aren’t Always Cheaper

DJing is a rich, if relatively recent, art form, with a wide variety of skills and styles involved. And presiding over a roomful of friends and family drunk on love and Prosecco is an art form in its own right. Pro wedding DJs will be aware of the challenges that entertainers face – but will also know how to work the room like a treat. This is what you’re paying for – a fun, memorable evening of music and dancing. And an expensive (and therefore likely experienced) wedding DJ will be well versed in witty banter and know how to handle any request thrown at them, so you’ll be in safe, fun to watch hands. On the other end of the scale, you can often hire yourself a professional solo musician, like a guitarist, pianist or harpist, for significantly less than a top-end wedding DJ – so don’t feel like your choice has to be limited.


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Make your own wedding rings – Brighton photoshoot!

Natalie and Stella made their own wedding rings at Elizabeth Anne Norris’ workshop in Hove. Gemma, Betti Confetti Photography, documented the process, which was topped off with a glass of bubbly and an engagement shoot! Natalie tells all…

First things first, how did you two lovebirds meet?

We met online on OK Cupid and realised we had many mutual friends and had been to a lot of the same events but, strangely, never met before. We had an incredible first date at Patterns, a Brighton nightclub, playing table tennis and drinking cocktails. 

When did you get engaged?

We knew from an early stage that we wanted to build a future together (unfortunately there isn’t a romantic engagement story) we just knew we both felt the same and wanted to get married so began planning. We are currently both starting businesses so have put our wedding back another year. I am building on my events skills and developing a wedding planning business as well as other events and Stella is building her artist brand with her identical twin sister, Two Faced Twins. 

So, how was the workshop?

We both loved the workshop. We had so much fun from start to finish and Elizabeth & Gemma were so great. Stella and I felt that not only was it a jewellery making workshop but a special experience to share together, we felt incredible afterwards.

Why did wanted to make your own rings, versus buying them?

We saw that you could make your own rings at the FairyTale Wedding Fair. By then we had already looked at lots of different rings and nothing really felt like ‘us’ so we thought this was a beautiful idea. We could make our own designs just like we wanted them and doing it together added a little extra romance. 

What were your designs then? And what was your inspiration?!

We made black rings with a rose gold line in the middle. I love the colour black and wanted it to be different than the usual gold wedding bands we often see. We inscribed ‘You’re so cool’ on the inside as we are both really inspired by the movie True Romance and it has been a running theme in our relationship. 


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