Updated: Mar 8
This week I was lucky enough to be invited to Bignor Park, for a tour of their beautiful wedding venue. The first thing that struck me as I drove up the long private drive, is just how ‘Sussex’ the estate is. You are greeted with rolling hills, wild deer and the most incredible views of the South Downs – it is absolutely picture perfect.
I was met on arrival by Louise, who having worked at Bignor Park for 12 years, is a complete expert when it comes to pulling off sensational events. There really isn’t anything she doesn’t know!
An outdoor ceremony in the Greek Loggia and wedding breakfast set ups in the stable courtyard.
Beautifully styled by Three Wild Flowers.
Bignor Park boasts an impressive manor house set within 1100 acres of privately owned parkland. Weddings take place in the original 18th century stable block and adjoining courtyard garden, both of which have been lovingly restored in recent years, creating an intimate event space for year-round weddings. Louise showed me photos from past weddings, and each is totally unique – there is so much scope here to pull off a one-of-a-kind wedding, with lots of personal touches.
The exclusivity offered at Bignor Park is what really makes it such a special venue. When you book your wedding here, you have private use for 3 days, allowing you to take your time setting up the day before your wedding, and also reliving it all the day after your wedding. There aren’t many venues that offer this and I think it would really add to the experience of your special day.
As we wandered round the gardens, I kept spotted amazing locations where I could display my wedding cakes at Bignor Park. From the formal gardens and antique greenhouse, to the Greek Loggia and cobbled courtyard. The possibilities are endless! I am already dreaming of a cake cutting photo, with the wedding cake beautifully assembled on the fallen oak tree on the South Lawn, being cut in the late afternoon ‘golden hour’ overlooking the South Downs. I think it would be simply breath taking.
The antique greenhouse, formal gardens & South Lawn make ideal locations for photographs and drinks receptions.
I felt like Louise and I could have chatted for hours about weddings, and the exciting news is that after viewing my cakes and trying some samples, I have been invited to become the recommended cake maker for weddings at Bignor Park. I use lots of local Sussex ingredients in my wedding cakes, which ties in seamlessly with the ethos of the estate and their focus on conservation and the local environment. I can't wait to work at this incredible venue soon.
If you are getting married at Bignor Park (or anywhere else in Sussex, Surrey or Hampshire), and would love to find out more about my beautiful wedding cakes, please do get in touch, so we can start designing something incredible just for you.
Wedding Cake: Wiggle Cakes
Venue: Bignor Park
Florist: Three Wild Flowers
Photography: The Curries