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Wedding Flowers Before and After at Highley Manor

Updated: Oct 31

Floral Ideas from a Master Florist Steph Willoughby @ chirpee.net


Behind the scenes decorating a local wedding venue...



Highley Manor is a wonderful 19th Century Manor House located near Balcombe, Haywards Heath, in Sussex. They offer civil ceremonies for up to 80 guests and evening receptions for up to 200. You may have spotted it on TV, when they first opened, being filmed for an Interior Design Challenge with Alan Carr. Check out the amazing bedrooms!


It has a fascinating history....the original Manor was home to the Poet Shelley.


It's bigger than it looks at first sight - there's actually 7 acres of land and their grounds have views across the Sussex countryside and a stunning Ceremonial arch to get married under in the warmer months, a beautiful spot to say, "I do!"


Areas to decorate at Highley Manor can include the outdoor Ceremony area - it's where your marriage will take place after all so needs to look beautiful.


Here are a few "Before" and "After" Images...





Floral cascade arrangements for Ceremony at Highley Manor
Simple Floral cascade arrangements for Ceremony at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee

Moongate decoration for Abi and Dan
Moongate decoration for Abi and Dan at Highley Manor 2022. Flowers by Chirpee

Highley Manor has a pretty garden swing next to the Arch - perfect for photos and also perfect for decorating... country-style garlands for example.


Outside the main entrance are 2 lovely Urns - have a floral arrangement to welcome guests - or you could choose Pedestal style arrangements or Free-standing columns (see below for example) on either side of the Front door. These could be moved to your Ceremony nearer the wedding time, or to your Top Table by your Bridesmaids or Groomsmen.



Free-standing columns of flowers
Free-standing columns of flowers


Inside the Manor, the main entrance has a Grand staircase, perfect for your "first look".






Recently decorated and modernized since the image below, the entrance is now sparkling white with gorgeous new dark blue sofas.









Here are some "After" images of recent staircase decoration


Simple bannister decorations at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee
Simple bannister decorations at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee

Luxe staircase decoration at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee
Luxe staircase decoration at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpees

Fresh dark ivy and lanterns at Highley Manor. Design by Chirpee
Fresh dark ivy and lanterns at Highley Manor. Design by Chirpee

After your magical entrance - your Indoor ceremony can be decorated in many ways.


Chair posies for the aisle, flower petals, lanterns, and a centerpiece for your registry table.


We love how fresh flowers create a magical atmosphere, the smell and the sight of fresh flowers are like nothing else but did you know -we also offer faux, dried, and preserved flowers - a few examples can be found in our brochure - email us for a downloadable version.






Ceremony table flowers with Pedestal arrangements at Highley Manor
Ceremony table flowers with Pedestal arrangements at Highley Manor

Summer Ceremony table flowers at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee
Summer Ceremony table flowers at Highley Manor. Flowers by Chirpee

Colourful full length top table decoration at Highley Manor
Colourful full length top table decoration at Highley Manor


Gothic design at Highley Manor October 2022
Gothic design at Highley Manor October 2022

For your reception, you will need to consider whether you would like long or round tables according to how many guests are attending.


Discuss with the Highley Manor wedding coordinators the best layout for your number of guests. They are super friendly experts who will help you with your wedding and will suggest ideas for you.


If you prefer a traditional floral look, choose structured bowls or tall elevated stands of flowers.

Here are a few examples of Guest table floral designs created at Highley Manor recently.

Round bowls of Summer Flowers at Highley Manor
Round bowls of Summer Flowers at Highley Manor

Room ready and waiting...

Gypsophila and foliage garlands
Gypsophila and foliage garlands



Low bowls of flowers for guest tables at Highley Manor
Low bowls of flowers for guest tables at Highley Manor

Floral rings with Hurricane Vases @Highley Manor
Floral rings with Hurricane Vases @Highley Manor

Please note: We have been advised that real candles are not permitted at Highley Manor, due to the Historic nature of the building - but LED candles or twinkly fairy lights can be very effective in floral designs.


Personalised wooden boxes for you or your guests
Personalised wooden boxes for you or your guests

Gold stands with flowers at Highley manor
Tall "Stand" centrepieces

Tall stands always create a wonderful "WOW" for your guests (we have a range of dull gold, rose gold, and perspex ) to choose from in our workshop/showroom in Hassocks - call to make an appointment).


Don't believe what you've been told - your guests can still see each other... they are 80cm high and designed especially to be above eye level.



Fancy something alternative - we create bespoke designs for you
Fancy something alternative - we create bespoke designs for you!


What else might need decorating? See our Wedding flower Checklist here for suggestions.


The coffee tables in the Entrance hall are sometimes overlooked - a pretty jar of flowers or a design with impact - you choose. You may like to re-purpose your Bridesmaid's or Groomsmaids' flowers here - we can provide vases for you.


The Fireplaces are also lovely spots to put candles or twinkly lights, flowers, and lanterns all entwined with foliage garlands.


If you fancy a dramatic floral statement - we can provide an overhead canopy for your Top table or Ceremony.


Recent wedding at Highley Manor
Recent wedding at Highley Manor

Rachels wedding bouquet...flowers by Chirpee
Rachels wedding bouquet...flowers by Chirpee

It's also a nice touch to put fresh flowers in the Ladies' loo of course.


Depending on your allocated budget of course - an average spend is around 10-15% of your total wedding budget on flowers.


Whatever you are comfortable spending we can help with ideas and suggestions or you may already have a complete vision of what you would like.


Next steps?



To go to Highley Manor's website - click here for further information



Steph & Tim x


Photo credits: John Scofield





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