A Grand Hotel Brighton Wedding Full of Vintage Seaside Charm (Part 1)

Today we are featuring our first Grand Hotel, Brighton wedding. We love a seaside wedding here at Love Sussex Weddings and Sukhey and Jamie’s vintage and seaside inspired Brighton wedding is a beaut!

Sukhey and Jamie got married on the 23rd June this year in The Grand’s Regent Room (and held their wedding reception in the Charlotte and Pavilion Suites there as well). They also had a Sikh ceremony in Berkshire the following week.

The fabulous photos today are by lovely Sussex photographer Sara Reeve.

We are handing over to Sukhey for all the details about planning their big day….

“We were on holiday in Dubai, when Jamie proposed. I had no idea of his intentions at all, even when my friend who lives there sent me an email asking me what ring size I am!

The penny finally dropped when Jamie said that he wanted to go for a wander along the beach before dinner. He spends all day walking as he’s a Post Man, so normally any suggestion of a walk is met with a firm ‘no, I couldn’t think of anything worse. I spend all day walking!’.

After meticulous planning with my friend Bansri, (the proposal was meant to coincide with sunset), Jamie eventually proposed on the beach in complete darkness, with us barely being able to see each other (none of them realised that the sun set on the other side of the island!) It was still romantic though!

For my hen night we saw The Lady Boys of Bangkok in Brighton. Which was great fun and also slightly embarrassing (the being dragged up on stage to sing YMCA part!). We then moved on to Funky Fish nightclub, where we partied away to the early hours!

We got married in Brighton because it has been our home for around eight years now and it has a mixture of the classical and quirky in it’s culture (plus Jamie is an avid Brighton and Hove Albion fan!).

As we were having a Sikh ceremony, a week later, in my home town in Berkshire, it seemed apt that our western wedding was held in Sussex, where Jamie’s side of the family is mainly based.

The venue seemed to take forever to find to be honest! We had considered the Grand Hotel originally but initially dismissed it as it seemed beyond our budget. So, as a result we looked at a house in Seaford that overlooked The Downs. However, this particular venue was too small to accommodate the number of guests we wanted to invite. Also, Jamie was worried by the amount of travelling our guests would have to do to reach Seaford.

So, after looking at a couple of rather ropey hotels in Brighton and feeling a little disheartened, I thought that it could do no harm to contact The Grand and to see if they could work within our budget after all. To our joy, they said yes!

I found inspiration for our wedding online. I am known for liking a wedding blog (or ten!). Also, sites like etsy are great and notonthehighstreet.com, as they feature lots of vintage and quirky style decorations and accessories.

I didn’t attend any wedding fayre’s, I must admit, nor did I buy a single bridal magazine, but I guess we already had a pretty clear idea of what kind of wedding we were going for and didn’t want to be panicked with too many ideas.

With regards to my dress, I suppose I always knew that I was going to buy it from the White Leaf Boutique. I have walked past the shop on many a weekend, and found myself looking at the gorgeous dresses in it’s window (despite not even being engaged then!).

Although blue was featured quite heavily in the wedding, we didn’t want to go down the route of using just one colour as we felt that would be a rather clinical look for us. So pastels it was, as they tied in nicely with the whole vintage look (we went for a vintage seaside look and feel).

My mum walked me down the aisle as it was mainly her that bought me and my siblings up.


My advice for other Sussex brides and grooms would be, don’t be afraid to ask suppliers to work within a particular budget….if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

Take friends and family up on their offers of help. Jamie’s brother made our wedding cake. My bridesmaid Alex helped to make the table plan, flower centerpieces, and to set up the ceremony and reception suites with my brothers, and my other bridesmaid Bansri. She also arranged for her brother to take Jamie and his groomsmen to the hotel, in his gorgeous car. My very generous brother-in-law did all the printing for our Save the Dates and Invitations, and finally, my very talented and good friend Angie made our ‘Just Married’ bunting and card box.

We also had an Aunt Sally cut out at the reception, for the guests to use and to take piccies of, to tie in with the whole seaside theme!”

To be continued. . . 

Team Weddings:

Wedding and reception venue: The Grand Hotel Brighton
Photographer: Sara Reeve, Sussex
Wedding dress: White Leaf Boutique, Brighton
Bride’s Shoes: Rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: White Leaf Boutique, Brighton
Bride’s hair: Bridalhaircompany.co.uk
Bride’s makeup: Grace Benson Make-Up
Bridesmaids outfits:Nicholas Millington via very.co.uk (pastel blue dresses) and www.janenorman.co.uk (dark blue dress), hair flowers H&M
Groom’s outfit: The Italian Suit Company (ISC), 7-8 Regent Arcade, Brighton
Groomsmen’s outfits: Formally Yours
Rings: Etsy (bride), Sanjeev Jewellers, 19 King Street, Southall
Flowers: Miss Moles Flower Emporium
Entertainment: Tom Stannard Entertainment
Stationery: Extremeprints.co.uk
Wedding favours: Brighton Rock Shop
(More suppliers will be listed in part 2.)

Thanks to Sara Reeve for sending this wedding over to us and to Sukhey and Jamie for sharing their beautiful big day with us.

It’s such a pretty wedding with so many cute seaside inspired details. We love the Hove beach hut table plan, the seashell on Sukhey’s pretty bouquet and the Brighton Rock wedding favours. Sukhey’s Brighton hen night sound like a right laugh too. And everyone looks amazing, love Sukhey’s dress and Jamie’s dapper suit and colourfull pocket square and tie.

Loads more coming up in part 2 from Sukhey about their Brighton wedding too (and a peek at their beautiful Sikh wedding ceremony too), so watch out for that too.


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