‘Greatest support’ for ‘stunning’ South Downs wedding venues as they prepare for summer reopening

Wedding venues across the South Downs are preparing to reopen this summer as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Andrew Griffith, MP for Arundel and South Downs met virtually with several owners to find out more about their preparations.

He hosted a roundtable event after what he said was a ‘very difficult’ time for the sector.

Andrew added: “I am grateful to all the wedding venues and wedding suppliers who joined me for the roundtable.

Andrew Griffith MP at Pangdean Old Barn

“It is a privilege to represent Arundel & South Downs which has so many stunning venues for couples to choose from.

“There has been a lack of certainty for businesses and their clients for so long, but I hope the clearer way ahead will encourage couples to book with confidence.”

Weddings of up to six people have been allowed from March 29. From May 17 weddings with up to 30 people will be allowed with the hope full size weddings can return from June 21.

Attendees represented at Andrew’s roundtable included iconic West Sussex wedding venues such as Cissbury Barns, Great Betley Farmhouse, Farbridge Wedding Venue, Pangdean Old Barn, Sullington To the Barn, Amberley Castle, Arundel Town Hall, The Norfolk Arms Hotel, Wiston House, Bignor Park, Long Furlong Barn, Fitzleroi Barn, Avisford Park Hotel and Tottington Manor. Important suppliers such as White Mischief Bridal, Angel Like Flowers, Tents n Events, Bus and Bug Vintage Cars and Place Settings also joined the meeting.

Andrew gave his reassurance that the Government is committed to the date of June 21 to end restrictions. Forward planning is an important factor for the industry which has a large and extended supply chain to consider, including florists, caterers, marquee and equipment hire, musicians, beauticians, hairdressers, photographers and firework companies.

Andrew said: “The wedding industry supports thousands of West Sussex jobs, from event staff to florists, photographers, hire companies, photographers and dress makers and many of these businesses are keen to start recruiting in readiness for the new wedding season.

“They have my greatest support as we move through the next few months.”