Andrew Griffith, MP for Arundel and South Downs, virtually met with several property owners to learn more about their preparations.

He organized a round table event after a “very difficult” time for the industry.

Andrew added, “I am grateful to all of the wedding venues and wedding providers who have joined me for the round table.

Andrew Griffith MP in the Pangdean Old Barn

“It is a privilege to represent Arundel & South Downs, which has so many stunning couples venues.

“There has been a lack of security for businesses and their customers for so long, but I hope the clearer path will encourage couples to book with confidence.”

Weddings of up to six people are allowed starting March 29th. Weddings of up to 30 people are allowed starting May 17th with the hope that full size weddings can return by June 21st.

Participants at the Andrews Roundtable included famous West Sussex wedding venues such as Cissbury Barns, Great Betley Farmhouse, Farbridge Wedding Venue, Pangdean Old Barn, Sullington To the Barn, Amberley Castle, Arundel Town Hall, Norfolk Arms Hotel, Wiston House and Bignor Park, Long Furlong Barn, Fitzleroi Barn, Avisford Park Hotel and Tottington Manor. Important suppliers such as White Mischief Bridal, Angel Like Flowers, tents and events, bus and bug classic cars and place settings also attended the meeting.

Andrew assured that the government has a duty to end the restrictions by June 21st. Planning ahead is an important factor for the industry, which has a large and extended supply chain to consider, including florists, caterers, marquee and equipment rentals, musicians, beauticians, hairdressers, photographers and fireworks companies.

Andrew said, “The wedding industry supports thousands of jobs in West Sussex, from event workers to florists, photographers, rental companies, photographers and dressmakers. Many of these companies are keen to prepare for the new wedding season.

“You have my greatest support as we move through the next few months.”

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