Dominating the promenade at Eastbourne since 1875, this majestic five-star hotel epitomises the Victorian seaside resort in all its grandeur. Part of the Elite Hotels group, The Grand has three spaces that are licensed for civil ceremonies. Our pick is the wood-panelled Dukes Room. For receptions, the ornate Compton Suite makes the most of its Victorian architecture, with floor-to-ceiling windows, ornate plasterwork and chandeliers. Both the hotel’s in-house restaurants have received numerous awards: afternoon tea here is quite an institution, and can be arranged for weddings. The nearby Western Lawns are another draw – they make a great spot for photos. A selection of classic suites and bedrooms – many with sea views – make this a popular spot for honeymoons.
The Grand Hotel Eastbourne opens its doors for a wedding open day on 22 September, where you can see all four of its spaces set up as they would be on your big day, and meet the in-house wedding coordinators. The fair takes place from 11am–3pm and if you require any further details, you can calll the hotel on 01323 412345.