Things to Consider When Choosing a Venue to Hire in West Sussex

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a work Christmas party or your friend’s 30th, there are lots of things to consider when choosing your perfect venue to hire in West Sussex. We love this area so much that we opened The Maple Manor Hotel in Crawley, so we’re here to show you why you should come and visit us…


Making sure to balance the accessibility of a venue with its beauty is particularly important in larger events like weddings where your guests may be travelling from far and wide. We’re just a few miles south of Gatwick, one of the UK’s largest airports, which makes getting here easy. Despite the county’s close proximity to Gatwick and London, West Sussex is surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful rural landscapes, which means you’re never short of places to hold a picturesque event.

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For your guests who aren’t flying in and are instead arriving by car, you’ll need to choose somewhere with ample parking. This will also make the process of arriving and setting up yourself much more simple. You’ll be pleased to know that here at The Maple Manor Hotel, we offer ample parking. Plus when booking a wedding at The Maple Manor Hotel, we’ll even give you complimentary airport parking so you can go straight to enjoying your honeymoon knowing your car is in a safe place until you return.


Unless you’re holding a daytime event or your guests are local to the area, you’ll most likely need to find somewhere to stay the night. Instead of booking a venue and finding accommodation elsewhere, keep it simple and find somewhere with rooms you can reserve for your guests. Here at The Maple Manor Hotel, for particularly large events, you can rent out our entire venue – including the hotel rooms!

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It’s easy for your event budget to feel restricted, so making budget-friendly decisions from the beginning can help you achieve something fun and fabulous without cutting corners. Whilst London itself can be a great place to hold an event – whether because it’s an iconic city, local to you or easy to get to for your guests – it can be expensive. West Sussex is close to England’s capital and easy to access, whilst also being a much cheaper alternative.


Is your event going to involve a sit-down meal for your guests, or a more casual drinks-and-canapes experience? When choosing a venue, make sure they can cater for your wants and your guests’ needs, including dietary requirements and preferences. Discuss what you’re looking for with any prospective venues, especially for large events like weddings. Our team at The Maple Manor Hotel love creating new and exciting menus from fresh, local ingredients, and can provide anything from afternoon tea to buffets and three-course dinners.

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When planning an event in the UK, we’re all conditioned to take possible rainy days into account – especially if we want something outdoors! West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, so it’s your best bet for a full day of sunshine. The Maple Manor Hotel has a beautiful outdoor area for you to enjoy the weather in, complete with a wood-fired pizza oven which provides an al-fresco alternative to your normal wedding breakfast!


A guest list is always prone to fluctuation in terms of the total number of guests you’ll be expecting at your event. Always go for a venue which can hold your maximum number of guests with room to spare, to ensure you can cater for any last-minute additions as well as making sure you all have plenty of room to enjoy the event. The Maple Manor Hotel is the perfect venue for small to medium events without feeling too crowded or too sparse. Our Maple Room is licensed for civil ceremonies of up to 40 people, making it the perfect venue for your wedding day.

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Have We Managed to Convince You Yet?

Whether your heart is now set on a West Sussex venue for your event, or you still have some questions, get in touch with us today! Alternatively, find out more about our wedding venue and other events at The Maple Manor Hotel. You can also give us a call on 01293 223939 to discuss your plans in more detail – for weddings, parties and events, our in-house planner is always on hand.

West Sussex is the perfect place for a romantic wedding, an intimate party or just a good old family get-together. You can arrive and depart quickly from Gatwick Airport a few minutes away, or extend your stay and fully explore the wonderful countryside West Sussex has to offer.

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