Weddings in the Wakehurst Mansion

The Wakehurst Mansion and its grounds provide a beautiful setting for weddings all year round.

Bride and groom walking towards the Mansion at Wakehurst

Our Elizabethan Mansion is an intimate venue set at the head of formal lawns which span out into a more relaxed wild botanic landscape. It's a perfect setting whatever the season. 

The moment you step through the heavy oak door of the Mansion you'll be immersed in its impressive history.The view from the windows are across the Mansion Pond, its border overflowing with ornamental trees, plants and shrubs. 

The Mansion has three reception rooms - giving you flexibility over how you wish your wedding to flow.  The Dining Room, Gallery and Library are connected by a charming entrance foyer with sweeping staircase, which is a perfect backdrop for both formal and more relaxed photography. 

Outside, the photo opportunities are endless - from wild meadows, lush woodland, a Himalayan Glade, Walled Garden, Iris Dell and a newly designed Winter Garden.

Your wedding ceremony 

Wakehurst provides a choice of locations for you to exchange your vows.

For a summer wedding you can say ‘I do’ with up to 140 guests on the smooth, manicured lawns outside the Mansion – cocooning you in a historic garden setting. 

Alternatively, you can choose the Library inside the Mansion for your ceremony, with its magnificent fireplace and high sculptured ceilings. It can accommodate up to 80 guests. 

Your drinks reception 

Guests can enjoy champagne and canapes outside on the lawns overlooking the enchanting Mansion Pond. 

The adjoining bright Mansion Gallery provides an indoor alternative for your drinks reception. 

Your wedding reception 

Continue your celebrations in the Mansion Dining Room, with charming historic features including panelled walls and an ornately carved wooden fireplace. 

With the flexibility to set your room with round or long tables you can design your own seating requirement for up to 60 guests. Party the night away in the connecting Mansion Gallery with your chosen entertainment, a fully staffed bar and evening catering.

Essential information 


  • Ceremony: 80 in the Library or Gallery, 60 in the Dining Room, 140 outdoors
  • Seated dining: 60 in the Dining Room, 80 in the Gallery, or 140 across both rooms
  • Standing reception: 180

Perfect for 

  • Intimate ceremonies and receptions, outdoor summer weddings, cosy winter weddings.


  • Licensed until midnight
  • Licence extension until 1am available for £500 + VAT


Our dedicated in-house caterers, Graysons, put creativity, inspirational menus, and excellent service at the heart of everything they do.  Their passion to deliver exceptional events will make your experience at Wakehurst a truly memorable one. 

Whether a formal sit-down wedding breakfast or something more relaxed, Graysons will work with you to individually tailor a wedding that reflects you as a couple.  Whether its Pimms on the lawns and garden games or mulled wine and mince pies, we can enable you to embrace the best of any season.

    A bride in a white dress and a groom in a blue suit dance in a garden © Tom Cullen Photography
    A bride and groom in the Wakehurst grounds © Tom Cullen Photography


    If you'd like to find out more about weddings at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, or discuss your requirements, or discuss your wedding requirements, please contact our Venue Hire Team.

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