Type of Ceremony
College, School or University
Marquee Site / Rent my Field
1 to 9 guests
10 to 29 guests
30 to 99 guests
Outside Caterers Permitted
One wedding per day
Live music permitted
Onsite car parking
What Our Couples Love
- Wedding Reception Venue
- Marquee Receptions
- Plentiful Parking
- Beautiful Surroundings and Views
- Bespoke wedding menus
- Tipi Receptions
- Country Wedding Receptions
- Engagement Photoshoot
- Rehearsal Dinner
Frequently asked questions
Are you licenced for civil ceremonies?
West Dean is not currently licensed to be able to offer a legal wedding ceremony. We are however able to host blessings on site, and would be delighted to discuss this further with you.
From what time can we get access to decorate the venue?
Your marquee company can set up from the Thursday so that you have all day Friday to get decorating!
What time does the reception need to finish?
Music and Alcohol are to finish at 11pm, for an 11.30pm departure.
Is there accommodation on site?
We do have rooms available on site, which are also used for our short course residential bookings. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements.
Is there additional accommodation nearby?
Yes, there are several options for additional accommodation nearby - we are happy to provide you with a list.
About West Dean Gardens
Award-winning gardens and historic character steeped in creativity make West Dean the perfect venue to hold your marquee wedding reception. Escape to this secluded country estate near Chichester in West Sussex.
West Dean Estate, home to West Dean Gardens, is a historic venue reached by an impressive driveway and stunning views of the rolling South Downs.
If your heart is set on an outdoor country wedding then look no further than a marquee or tipi in West Dean Gardens near Chichester. Our North Lawn or Picnic Lawn is the perfect setting for up to 200 guests. The beautiful gardens and extensive grounds make a stunning backdrop for your big day along with unique photographic opportunities. Guests are welcome to explore the features of the Gardens such as the Victorian Glasshouses and Walled Kitchen Garden, the award-winning Sunken Garden and the beautiful 300ft Edwardian Pergola; they will be blown away by the superb views and peaceful setting.
Our experienced team are happy to discuss your ideas and work with you and your chosen suppliers to make your special day truly memorable. We would love to hear from you, please call or email to arrange an appointment and tour at West Dean.
In addition to wedding receptions, West Dean Gardens is available for engagement photo shoots. If you are looking to host a rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch, the historic state rooms of West Dean College are also available. Please get in touch to find out more.