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On Hitched.co.uk since 2022

Last update: December 2023

The White Swan is a small hotel and pub wedding venue located in the historic town of Arundel in West Sussex, South East England. Couples seeking a charming and relaxed setting for their special day will delight in this unique destination. The expert staff looks forward to making your vision a reality at their traditional and refined venue.

Facilities and Capacity

The White Swan is home to several event spaces that can accommodate between 30 and 150 guests. This boutique pub and hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies, so you can say "I do" by the garden gazebo or in your choice of elegant suites. The Terrace Room, with its light and airy feel and direct access to the terrace, is ideal for intimate receptions with up to 30 guests. Alternatively, it can be used for welcome drinks for larger parties with a reception in The Sussex Suite. The Sussex Suite accommodates up to 90 guests for a sit-down meal and 150 for an evening reception. The stylish space boasts a private bar and double doors leading to the garden with its stunning countryside views. Between exchanging vows and enjoying a sumptuous feast, you can take the opportunity to snap some photographs against the beautiful backdrop of the garden. Modern amenities and convenient facilities available at this pub venue include 100 car-parking spaces, WiFi, and wheelchair accessibility.

Services Offered

You can arrange a venue visit with a member of the events team at The White Swan. In-house wedding coordination is included in your venue hire, so you can look forward to detail-oriented planning assistance. Head chef Gary leads a talented culinary team who is on board to design personalized menus to suit your tastes and themes. Your menu can be paired with a selection of beverages to complement your finalised menus.

Accommodation

This elegantly-appointed wedding venue also has sixteen double rooms and four twin rooms, so you can simply head upstairs as the celebration comes to an end. Each ensuite room features crisp white sheets, fluffy bathrobes, and complimentary toiletries. You and your loved ones can enjoy a restful and luxurious stay, surrounded by magnificent countryside views.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Historic
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities
Outdoor fireworks permitted

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Pet-friendly
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4.7 out of 5 rating
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100% Recommended by couples
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Brian Sent on 31/03/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Exceeded our expectations!

We had the most amazing wedding at The White Swan and can’t recommend it enough.
Joe and her team were fantastic from the start, showing us around and being incredibly flexible so we could create a wedding suited just for us.
The White Swan are experts when it comes to weddings, providing us with all information needed before we even knew we needed it!
We were full of confidence that our wedding was in great hands. Many of the suppliers/companies we chose to use for our wedding were already familiar with the venue which was very reassuring.
On the day Joe went out of her way to ensure the day went smoothly and we were incredibly pleased with her attention to detail.
The rooms were made available for our guests only which made booking easy.
We loved the fact that we could spill out into the pub space providing us with a quiet area for our guests when needed.
Joe took care of everything leaving our family members able to enjoy the day.
Thank you so much! It was a perfect day!
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Tara Sent on 27/02/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Our perfect day

We fell in love with The White Swan Hotel as soon as we walked in. We loved the cosy feel of the pub, and that we could have the whole wedding day there, and guests could stay too.

Joe and her team were super helpful from start to finish, and were very quick to respond to any questions I had along the way.

The food was delicious - even our fussiest guests enjoyed their meal!

In the evening we had a band playing, and the turnaround to get them set up was very smooth. What we liked most is that our guests could go and sit in the bar area if the evening entertainment got too much for them, or just wanted some quiet space for a while (also great for me and my husband when we wanted to have a little breathing space during the day!).

The hotel rooms were spotless, very clean and tidy. The only couple of niggles we had was that the bridal suite was the furthest room away, and the smallest room, and check in time clashed with our ceremony start time. Because of this a lot of the guests disappeared to their rooms after the ceremony, and missed out on some photo opportunities.

Other than that, our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and all our guests commented on how nice the venue and the day was. We will definitely be back for a coffee and dinner soon!
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Anonymous Sent on 25/02/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Day

From the first visit to the White Swan and meeting Joe the wedding co-ordinator we found everyone very friendly and helpful. No matter how many questions we asked we were always put at ease.
The food and location were both fabulous. All our guests commented on how lovely the food was , even the hard to please vegan and vegetarians. so no one went home hungry. We did our own room/table decorations, but had a beautiful backdrop from Tinsel Twist to complete the effect.
The room looked magical.
Thankyou everyone at The White Swan for making it a day to remember.
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Anonymous Sent on 20/08/2016
5 out of 5 rating

11th June 2016

We had our ceremony and reception at the white swan, with the help of Joe the event organiser we ended up with the best day ever, We had good weather so quests were able to sit out under the newly built pergola overlooking the south downs. All our guest's complimented on the food and how much there was, we had a set meal for the wedding breakfast and a buffet in the evening.
We used the disco which the white swan uses for a lot of its events and they were good. The service given by the staff was fantastic .We used final touch to decorate both rooms who again were very helpful, this took a lot of pressure of the day.
All in all we had a day to remember along with our quest's thank you White swan we would recommend.
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Mr&Mrs Sent on 06/05/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our wedding 16 April 2016

Right from when we booked the venue a year before our wedding date Joe and the team were great. Any questions we had were answered quickly and we had regular contact with Joe all the way up to the day.
We managed to get into the ceremony and reception rooms the Friday afternoon before the wedding on the Saturday to set everything up as we were doing most of the decoration ourselves but Joe and the staff were there to help us.
The day of the wedding went without a hitch and Joe was on hand for anything we needed.
We had the buffet food and it was perfect. Very nice food and more than enough to go round.
In the evening we had a DJ booked by the hotel and he was brilliant. We had the bacon and sausage baps and potato wedges for food and again lovely and plenty of it.
We can't thank Joe and the team enough for all their help on the day and running up to it.
All in all a lovely venue with great staff and good accommodation. Would highly recommend.
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Anonymous Sent on 02/05/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

We had our wedding at here in March of this year and it was so fantastic. The place looked amazing, the staff were brilliant and the food was fantastic and we couldn't of hoped for a better day. Everyone one commented on how great everything was. Our day came together so much better than we ever imagined and we can't thank The White Swan and its staff enough, especially Joe!
J
Julia Sent on 08/06/2011
5 out of 5 rating

My wedding weekend was perfect!

we held our wedding here,the staff were so friendly,helpful &made us feel very welcome.All our guests felt the same.The food for our buffet reception was excellent as were our meals in the restaurant on the fri &sun.The rooms were excellent too.We would like to thank everyone involved for making our wedding weekend a relaxed & happy experience.We would recommend as a
perfect venue for a wedding.
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Mr&Mrs Sent on 03/10/2009
4 out of 5 rating

Fun,relaxed,best day ever!

we had our wedding breakfast and evening reception at the white Swan on August 29th 2009,the whole day went to plan and everyone at the venue was organised and very efficent,especially Sam! This venue is really good for anyone wanting a relaxed day and the real truth is its really good value for money!!the food is really good too and plenty of it! we had the best day ever and we are really glad we chose the White Swan....
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Mrs Sent on 03/01/2008
3 out of 5 rating

Fond memories and we are very excited about the refurb too!

We held my eldest daughters wedding at The White Swan 5 years ago and I came across their entry on Hitched while looking for a venue for my youngest daughter. We had a fabulous time and the service and food were great, however the hotel was starting to look a little tired 5 years ago so I am delighted it is having a total refurb.
Maybe I can convince my youngest to make it a double at the new look White Swan!
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16 Chichester Road BN18 0AD Arundel (West Sussex)
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