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Wedding flowers at Firle Place in Sussex

A beautiful venue we decorate for weddings often is Firle Place in the heart of the South Downs.


It may look familiar without you realising where you have seen it.

It has been featured in many a film (recently Jane Austens' Emma 2020 ) and TV (Bake off The Professionals 2022) to name just a few.

From the minute you enter the winding drive up to the Georgian mansion, you know you have found somewhere truly special.

Firle Place offers a range of locations within its grounds for your wedding from the sheltered Courtyard and The Great Hall to The Riding School for larger weddings and the grounds if you prefer a marquee wedding reception.

Firle Church is within walking distance too, if you fancy a Church wedding first, with further TV fame, as the Vicar Peter Owen Jones often features on BBC historical documentaries.



Gate into the Courtyard entrance at Firle Place
Gate into the Courtyard entrance at Firle Place

The Courtyard itself offers a very intimate private space behind the blue doors for your wedding vows.

The Courtyard Firle Place
The Courtyard Firle Place

Recently we had the pleasure to decorate this setting for a couple who wanted a riot of colour. the two free-standing columns were created on-site and framed the entrance to the Blue Doors.

Deconstructed floral  archway at Firle Place
Flowers by Chirpee.Deconstructed floral archway at Firle Place

Close up of floral columns at The Courtyard Firle Place
Close up of floral columns at The Courtyard Firle Place

Columns around the barn door. Styling by Anemone.


The Georgian Riding School itself features many interesting original features from the original stalls to exposed beams.


It holds up to 250 guests but is often screened for smaller events.


Decoration-wise - the iron arch which leads into the School is perfect for a garland or two or a burst of colour to welcome your guests.






Firle Place Riding school entrance
Firle Place Riding school entrance

Firle Place Riding School entrance
Firle Place Riding School entrance. Flowers by Chirpee

Inside the School - some couples choose to drape the ceiling and walls to make the space feel more intimate. (BTW - The 6 x faux foliage chandeliers are part of the room)

Wedding at Firle Place Riding School
Wedding at Firle Place Riding School

Others prefer the open beams but choose elevated stands with floral arrangements on top to soften the room.


Elevated stands for the tables create a spectacular look
Elevated stands for the tables create a spectacular look

For past decorations, for a couple who wanted a sustainable wedding, we filled the room with fresh living trees and planted personalised wooden crates for the tables.


For the entrance wooden door, we have created free-standing deconstructed archways that frame the door - if you have your top table in front of the doors it looks amazing with structure behind.

The venue has two large olive trees which we have decorated with fresh flowers often.


Olive trees at The Riding School
Olive trees at The Riding School


Table flower arrangements for this colourful wedding at Firle Place
Table flower arrangements for this colourful wedding at Firle Place

The Riding school can take a LOT of decoration -our advice is that tables need to be as full as possible to create an impact, whether you choose a multitude of different size bottles and jars filled with wildflowers or more structured designs, choose to go maximalist in this setting, is our best advice, or everything will look a little lost in this large space.

We suggest a bowl of flowers or at least 3-5 jars and bottles per place setting for 4 people.

Alternatively full foliage garlands with spaces for candles and flowers.



Riding School with fairy light curtain and small posies on tables
Riding School with fairy light curtain and small posies on tables


Staring to set up for a wedding at Firle Place Riding School
Starting to set up for a wedding at Firle Place Riding School

The wedding bouquet that accompanied this colourful wedding at Firle Place
The wedding bouquet that accompanied this colourful wedding at Firle Place

Here's what our lovely couple Lucy and Edward thought of their colour-filled wedding flowers.

" We were blown away by the beauty of the arrangements, it's a fine line creating flower designs with a lot of colours they can easily look tacky, but you used your expertise to make our vision come to life. Thank you so much! Lucy & Edward"


Firle Place grounds from the air
Firle Place grounds from the air


For further information on this venue call Bryony at Blue Door wedding who manages bookings for this venue - click here for their website. Blue Door are also expert on what does and doesn't work for this venue.


Contact asap to book your wedding flowers - dates are limited for 2023.


01273 951745 (Office hours)

Email chirpeeflowers@gmail.com (24 hours)


We look forward to hearing from you!


Steph & Tim x

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