Nick & Jane
Following recent relaxations in the government restrictions for small weddings, we have completely changed our arrangements (other than keeping the two main players the same).
We believe that we have now come up with an all round better solution.
We have booked exclusive use of Southdowns Manor. This lovely venue is set, oddly enough, in the rural South Downs and can accommodate our numbers with ease for both the ceremony itself and for a proper wedding breakfast.
We visited The Manor on 2nd September and can report that you approach it via a country lane to find it set in tranquil countryside, surrounded by hills and downland. Inside, it is well appointed, comfortable and roomy. If it is cold enough in October, there will even be a log fire in one of the lounges (the Sussex Room). There are 14 guest bedrooms upstairs; all with en-suites and available for guests who want to stay. So we look forward to celebrating the wedding with you, relaxing with you in the evening and having breakfast with as many of you as possible on the Sunday morning.
The ceremony will start at 1 pm on Saturday 17th October 2020, although guests can arrive early and wait in comfort. Although we aren’t holding (and couldn’t have held) a traditional evening ‘do’, our party will still have the run of the venue. The Manor is laying on a buffet supper and we look forward to relaxing with as many guests as possible on Saturday evening before we retire to the Honeymoon Suite.
You may well ask, so we thought we should explain the presence of these cute birds.
The story is that Nick proposed to Jane on 13th February 2020 at Bailiffscourt Hotel, during their dinner following the relaxing spa evening they had spent together. Next day, this pair of penguins appeared holding hands on the Valentine's card he gave his newly betrothed.
They turned up again on the wedding invitations for our cancelled May ceremony and we just haven't been able to get rid of them since.