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

CLASSIC WEDDING PACKAGE  
£5999 for 65 Guests
Includes:
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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How to create your perfect wedding gift list

As you plan what may possibly be the most unforgettable day of your life, it’s easy to focus primarily on the core elements. These include your wedding gown, venue, guest list, cake, flowers and transport options. It may not be until someone asks you, or one of your relatives or friends, what might be an appropriate wedding present that you realise there’s yet another task to complete. Your job is to create a wedding gift list that’s right for you as well as your other half. If you’re struggling and don’t know where to begin, here are a few tips that might help.

Make an early start

Aim to put your gift list together as soon as possible after you send out invitations to guests (or ideally at the same time). That is because guests will begin to ask about presents straight away. Generally, people like to know what items you will value most, so creating a list with a single supplier, such as a department store you love, is often a good idea. If you hastily put together a wedding gift list as an afterthought, and decide not to use a single supplier, you may well find yourself confronted with identical gifts, which is a waste of everybody’s time and money.

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Wedding budget 101: Money saving tips for your big day

If you’re planning your wedding, but your budget is tight, you may be worried that you can’t have the magical day you’ve always dreamed of. Well, that’s just not true!

Many brides are planning their big day based on a smaller budget than what their parents had, but thanks to varying trends and shifting traditions – weddings are much more flexible and that means, so is the cost!

Here you’ll find a few helpful tips and a little food for thought on how you can save money on your wedding and still have the one you’ve always dreamed of.

Catering

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Food and Drink For Your Wedding – What Should Be On Your Menu?

At any wedding, catering is right at the top of the list of priorities. Your guests need to be fed and watered, but you don’t want to break the bank at the same time. Here, we take a look at what should be on your wedding menu.

Food 

Finger food – All parties, never mind a wedding reception, benefit from finger food that guests can help themselves to. Pizza slices, sandwiches and oriental bites are all party favourites that can be tailored to everyone’s specific tastes and dietary requirements.

Something sweet – Obviously the cake is the main attraction of any wedding reception, but you can never have too much of the sweet stuff when there is cause for celebration. Chocolate delights, such as a chocolate fountain where you can dip marshmallows and strawberries, as well as sweets are sure to go down well with adults and children alike.

Vegetarian options – With lots of guests at your reception, there is a good chance that there will be the need for a vegetarian option. Make sure to provide meat-free alternatives and check out any special dietary needs your guests may have.

Main course – As it is your wedding, what is on the menu is completely up to you, but try to ensure that there are plenty of options for those fussier eaters. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to boast the fanciest menu at your wedding – in fact, fish and chips and street food vans are growing in popularity when it comes to wedding catering options. If you are looking at how you can keep costs down to a minimum, because we all know that weddings are expensive, consider steering clear of that over-the-top menu. 

Drink

Champagne/Prosecco – Your guests will be wanting to toast the happy couple and, to do this, they require a glass of bubbly. In an ideal world, champagne and prosecco would come out of a tap instead of water, unfortunately that isn’t the case and the price of a bottle certainly isn’t cheap. For many, it just isn’t financially feasible to have numerous bottles on the go throughout the evening, so only look to provide enough for a glass or two per person for the toasts.

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Make your big day extra special with these wedding entertainment ideas

With Christmas and New Year celebrations a distant memory, and with the end of the winter (finally) in sight, we can all start looking forward to the first flowers of spring, the warmer months and those long summer nights!

One thing that the spring/summer months also bring is the wedding season! I’m lucky enough to be on the guest list for a couple of weddings this year, but one thing my bride and groom-to-be friends tell me is that the entertainment aspect of their wedding is a bit of a sticking point.

Many head down the traditional route with a DJ and some special lighting effects, many others take it up a notch and hire a high-class wedding band like Vibetown to get everyone up on their feet. But others want something a little different, but aren’t sure what to look into.

Well, here you’ll find a few wedding day entertainment ideas that will add an extra special touch to your big day.

Bring all the fun of the fair

Why not introduce a country fair or village fete theme to your wedding as part of the entertainment? If you’re already hiring a marquee then why not step it up a gear? Be generous with traditional style bunting and then add some fresh flowers to give it all an authentic look. Hire some small traditional style stalls and create a coconut shy, a hoopla game, tin can alley or even darts!

Outdoor games

If a village fete style wedding doesn’t do it for you but you’re still having your wedding outdoors, then why not consider some giant outdoor games? Outdoor skittles, a giant snakes and ladders game, a huge chess game, connect four game or jenga? These are brilliant for keeping your younger guests entertained too.

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2017: 6 Sussex weddings you really need to see again!

2018 may already be well underway, but on this grey January day; we’re hankering after a nice cuppa and feasts for the bridal eyes, so put that to do list down and join us for a few minutes reminiscing about 6 of 2017’s weddings that really made us smile.

In March, we headed to two of our fave Sussex wedding destinations: beautiful Brighton and wonderful Worthing with Natalie and Ocean’s ship-shape wedding at Brighton Registry Office and then Coast Café on Worthing beach! This cool couple (who were together 13 years before saying I do) based their theme around their love of the sea (they also live on a houseboat – told you they were cool) and it was all hands on deck to create a fun day combining all things nautical. Check it out on our big sister website Wow Our Wedding.

The beach theme certainly stayed popular (who wouldn’t want a wedding by the sea, especially as we live so close to the coast!) and played a big part of Vicki and David’s stunner of a summer wedding in Worthing. After a lovely, traditional ceremony at St John the Baptist’s Church in Findon, the loved-up couple hopped in a VW campervan to their seaside celebrations at Worthing Sailing Club. We fell hook, line and sinker for this wedding, not only because Vicki and David planned it in just six months (yep, you read that right: SIX MONTHS! Amazing!) but because of the heart-warming personal details – including Vicki’s super-talented mum making the gorgeous bridal gown and the bridesmaids dresses too. Take a peek at it here!

As flower-lovers, we’ve always wanted to see a florist tie the knot. And boy-oh-boy, did Juliet and James’ bloomin’ beautiful big day delight us! Not only were the flowers to die for (Juliet is one green-fingered goddess!), but their relaxed ‘do at Farbridge Barn was a real family and friend affair, which continues to make us smile. If you’re a fan of foliage, fun and rustic barn weddings; you really need to feast your eyes on this swoon-worthy Sussex wedding pronto.

Hands up who gushed over the above fab photo by Neil William Shaw? We did exactly that when it landed in our inbox earlier this year. Then when we spoke to the amazing Amanda, who planned her big Brighton ‘do with hubby Sim, in just three months; we knew we’d remember this very Brighton wedding for a very long time. And with pom-pom decorations (and a pom-pom fight!), a tea drinking ceremony and games on Palace Pier, we think you will too! Get ready to smile here.

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