Amy & Elliot – Wedding at East Dean Village Hall

Amy and Elliot chose East Dean Village Hall for their wedding reception; a lovely spacious hall in a pretty setting with a kitchen, garden, parking and a separate room for a bar. A real gem in the village of East Dean, just a stone’s throw from the church.

After the ceremony at Simon & St Jude’s Church in the village, the guests made their way to the hall, resisting the temptation to slip into the Tiger Inn for a swift half.

Amy and Elliot hired a bar company to take care of the welcome drinks. East Dean Village Hall is well appointed with an adjoining room in the hall that leads out to a small garden area; it’s the perfect place to set up a bar.

Once seated the guests enjoyed the menu Amy and Elliot had chosen from our Traditional Standard Menu.


Homemade Carrot & Coriander soup served with bread roll & butter

Garlic & herb sautéed mushroom bruschetta

Chicken liver parfait with red onion marmalade & toasted focaccia


Roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding

Bacon wrapped chicken breast

 Filo basket with mushroom & spinach ragout on bed of sweet potato mash

Mains served with potatoes & seasonal vegetables


Rhubarb & ginger crumble

Zesty lemon pots with fresh raspberries

Sticky toffee pudding with warm toffee sauce


Amy and Elliot had a budget to stick to so by having no drinks and canape reception and no evening food they managed to still have the food and service they wanted with all of the guests they wanted without overspending. In an independent venue such as a village hall it’s perfectly acceptable to take care of your own drinks and evening food, leaving the professionals to concentrate on the main Wedding Breakfast.

Also, choosing a village hall such as East Dean is a huge factor in making the budget go further. Most halls charge in the hundreds, rather than the thousands – enabling you to spend the money on the many other aspects of the wedding such as the food, drink, honeymoon etc.

East Dean Village Hall also has a kitchen so additional hire in equipment is kept to a minimum.

If you need tips on keeping to a budget get in touch and see what advice we can give – ideally before you’ve even booked the date. There are savings to be had there too, with many venues offering reductions for weekdays and Sundays.

Sometimes choosing your venue, caterer and other main suppliers before setting the date makes more sense. Then you can bring them all together to see what date everyone can do.

If you’re wedding-savvy there’s no reason why you can’t have it all on a budget: lovely venue, great food and wine and your ideal guest list.

Amy and Elliot managed it perfectly and had a fantastic day.