We do love a Village Hall, and this one set in the pretty village of East Dean is right up there amongst our favourites.
Holding a wedding in a local Village Hall is always going to be a considerably cheaper option than a wedding venue. To us it’s a no-brainer as you can decorate it how you want, choose the wedding services that you want, and not have to pay thousands for it.
There always seems to be a community spirit to Village Hall weddings too, everyone getting involved to get the place how the bride and groom want it, and this was no exception. When we arrived to set the tables on the Friday there was a whole team of friends and family, moving furniture, sorting out the drinks in fridges, climbing up ladders putting fairy lights in place, girls making paper pom poms – a real hive of activity!
And with so many helpers on hand, we had the tables clothed, laid and decorated in no time! By the time we turned up the next day to get cooking the room had been completely transformed and looked fantastic with so many lovely touches. And they’d even put some space hoppers outside (probably for the amusement of guests and those slightly younger than ourselves, but nevertheless we were very amused by them and had a quick go before they got back!)
The couple got married at St Mary’s Church in Hailsham and had tea and cakes after the ceremony before making their way over to East Dean. After a glass or two of Pimms and Lemonade the guests took their seats in the hall and sat down to a Wedding Breakfast that consisted of Chicken Breast stuffed with Feta and Sundried Tomato wrapped in Bacon, served with New Potatoes and a medley of Summer Vegetables.
This was followed by the ever-popular Trio of mini desserts, whereby the couple choose their three favourites and have a littler version of each. Perfect if you can’t decide on just one. Hannah and Kieran chose Strawberry Pavlova, Chocolate Brownie and Zesty Lemon Pots.
After the meal, several additional guests arrived for the evening entertainment which was a barn dance. Even those who don’t think they like a barn dance find themselves getting stuck in sooner or later, and there was certainly no shortage of participants wanting to show off their Dosey Doe!
With guests hungry again after the dancing, they enjoyed a simple but satisfying spread of cheese and biscuits, sliced Gammon, and a Platter of Smoked Salmon with fresh Prawns.
Hannah and Kieran and all their guests certainly had a fun-filled day and it was a pleasure to hear all of the wonderful comments throughout the day about our part.
We wish Hannah and Kieran all the best for their future together.