Sussex is a fabulous county – we live here so we are a bit biased! – and in the last few years Barn weddings in Sussex have soared in popularity. With its tranquil surroundings, countryside views, atmospheric beamed interiors and vast photography opportunities, it’s no wonder couples are choosing Sussex for their big day.
So why choose a Sussex barn wedding?
Sussex is famed for it’s rolling hills and lush countryside but it’s close proximity to London makes it an appealing choice for city dwellers, and in the height of English summer nothing beats enjoying a post-ceremony chilled glass of Pimms while gazing out across idyllic fields. Of course rural locations make the perfect backdrop for wedding photography too!
A mini holiday
Many barns have additional accommodation on site with many couples choosing to hire the venue for their entire wedding weekend so that family and friends can all stay together, relax and extend the celebrations over a few days.
Most barns will allow you to add your own decorations and customization to the venue (within reason!) so you can really make your wedding your own – ideal if you’re a more creative type. We’ve photographed some fantastic barn weddings where couples have made their own outdoor party games with coconut shy’s, welly throwing and hook a duck, along with play zones to keep children entertained.
Ok, not the most thrilling topic but nothing annoys a wedding guest more than having to park miles away from the wedding/reception or pay extortionate amounts in parking fees. The benefit of a rural location is that most barns will have an abundance of free parking on site, ideal if you have elderly guests, those with prams and buggies (or guests with very high heels!).
Not weather dependent
Even the best party planners can’t guarantee sunshine for your wedding day and most savvy barn venues have options for indoor and outdoor ceremonies/receptions, so even if it does bucket down on your big day your celebrations won’t be affected.
Over the years we’ve photographed some beautiful barn weddings across East and West Sussex so here is a list of some of our favorites to inspire you: