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Gildredge Manor Wedding Venue

Gildredge Manor is a privately owned Georgian Manor House used for weddings and events. It's located within Gildredge Park in Eastbourne Old Town.


exterior of gildredge manor wedding venue in eastbourne


Getting Ready


There are a few rooms upstairs available to use for getting ready. The room in the photos below is ideal for photos of the bride and their wedding party getting ready as there's lots of natural light and pretty decor. Having a space to get ready in the venue is great as it allows you to relax more in the morning, you won't have to worry about getting to the ceremony on time.


There is also the Gentleman's Library downstairs which can be used for the groom and groomsmen's finishing touches. This is also where the couple will meet with the registrars before the ceremony.



bride having her makeup done at gildredge manor wedding venue

bride holding her flowers in the getting ready room in gildredge manor

brides first look with her dad at gildredge manor wedding venue


Ceremony


Gildredge Manor has two rooms licensed for legal ceremonies; The Garden Room and the Long Gallery. The photos below show a ceremony in The Garden Room which is a lovely space with bright decor and plenty of natural light. It's downstairs and leads out onto the garden so after the ceremony your guests can line up outside ready to throw confetti. You can use biodegradable paper confetti here which floats way better than petals, check out Flutter, Darlings! or Proper Confetti.



the ceremony room in gildredge manor eastbourne

bride and her dad walking her down the aisle at gildredge manor wedding venue

bride and groom during wedding ceremony at gildredge manor eastbourne

bride and groom exiting ceremony at gildredge manor eastbourne

bride and groom confetti exit at gildredge manor


Drinks Reception


If you're lucky enough to have nice weather on your wedding day then the garden at Gildredge Manor is the perfect place for your drinks reception. The garden is a large grassy space with bushes around the sides separating it from the park. They have seating, tables, umbrellas, a ping pong table, and space for garden games. They also have lots of indoor space if the weather isn't great which is really important when looking for a UK venue. Just inside the main doors you have the Double Drawing Room one side which is where the bar is and the other side is a room with a few sofas where the cake and gifts table usually is.



the garden at gildredge manor wedding venue eastbourne
the bar room at gildredge manor

little girl playing dominos at gildredge manor wedding
kids playing ping pong at gildredge manor summer wedding


Locations for photos


At Gildredge Manor you have the gardens and some lovely rooms inside the venue you could use for couple photos but as you're right in Gildredge Park why not have a little walk around? There are plenty of nice spots in the park perfect for couple portraits and sometimes it's nice for the couple to be away from the wedding for a few minutes just to be together. Also, the venue allow well behaved pets so if you wanted to bring your dog along for some photos you can!



bride and groom with their dog at gildredge manor wedding

bride and groom walking down steps in gildredge park Eastbourne

bride and groom sitting on a bench at gildredge park Eastbourne


Wedding Breakfast


You have the option of two rooms for your wedding breakfast; The Long Gallery (seats up to 100 guests) and The Garden Room (seats up to 60 guests). The Long Gallery is a bigger space and it's upstairs so it separates up the day nicely. It has lots of windows which fill the room with natural light. As it is upstairs it doesn't have disabled access.


Gildredge Manor have a list of caterers they work with so you'll need to speak with them to help you chose the best caterers for you.



wedding breakfast reception room at gildredge manor wedding venue

bride listening to speeches at gildredge manor wedding


Evening Reception


The evening reception takes place downstairs where you've got the bar and games room, the ladies morning room where you can cut the cake, and the garden room where your band or DJ will set up ready for the first dance. If you have a summer wedding and it's still light outside, the garden is a nice area for your guests to relax.



fun bride and groom wearing heart sun glasses at sunset at gildredge manor

cutting the cake at gildredge manor wedding venue

bride and grooms first dance at gildredge manor

dance floor at gildredge manor wedding


Parking and Accommodation


As the venue is located inside Gildredge Park there isn't any on site parking but there is lots of free parking on the surrounding roads, I usually park on the A259 (The Goffs) just past Waitrose. If you're getting the train to Eastbourne Station then you can get a short 6 minute bus up to Waitrose and then you walk up the steps to the park and you should see the venue. The buses to get would be the 12X coaster, 1, 1A or 4. There is no accommodation at Gildredge Manor but there are plenty of hotels in Eastbourne on the seafront.





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