Worthing Dome is a charming, unique and iconic wedding venue just a pebble’s throw from the beach. The team at Worthing Dome are seasoned wedding experts and will work with you to ensure that your dream day is planned to perfection and runs super smoothly. From your ceremony right through to your evening celebrations.
The Dome itself is a stunning example of Edwardian opulence and splendour and is extremely instagrammable, you and your guests will just love it.
Talking of swoon worthy photos, the beach is just a few steps away and absolutely perfect for those tender shots of you and your partner as a newly married couple. Or why not take your whole wedding party down to the beach with you for some fun shots. Then pop back to the Dome to celebrate in style. With a choice of dining options from the traditional to something more informal that will encourage your guests to mingle, everything’s then set for dancing the night away.
We’ll hand you over to the enthusiastic wedding team now to tell you more about their awesome venue.
Tell us about your venue
The Dome is a Grade II* listed building situated on the Sussex coastline. Built in 1911, this Edwardian building is one of the first cinemas built in the country, and it still maintains many of its original features.
We have two ceremony spaces, The Main Lounge with it’s five iconic south facing arch windows. And the Whispering Gallery, a mezzanine space with 360-degree vistas. Both have stunning views overlooking the sea and are beautiful light spaces perfect for you to add your own personal touch.
Do you offer civil marriage and civil partnership ceremonies?
Yes, The Dome is licensed for all forms of ceremonies and we also welcome Celebrants.
Do couples & their wedding party have exclusive use of your venue?
Our private rooms are housed within a working cinema.
Venue capacity – How many guests can attend the day ceremony, if applicable, wedding breakfast & the evening reception?
The venue can hold 150 guests for ceremony & wedding Breakfast with a further 40 guests for the evening reception. We have two rooms of different sizes, both licensed for ceremony and suitable for receptions.
We have no minimum guest requirements – your wedding can be as intimate as you like.
Tell us just a little about any wedding packages you offer
Every couple is unique. We offer venue hire and full catering, allowing clients to bring in suppliers that they feel fits their taste. Mid-week weddings have become increasingly popular and we now have packages to entice.
Do you have in-house catering, or preferred suppliers or are couples free to choose their own caterers?
All Catering is in-house. We have a range of menus, from the traditional 3-course wedding breakfast to informal Hot Fork Buffets. We are also very happy to work with our couples to design their perfect wedding menu.
Can couples supply their own alcohol for the evening? Is there a corkage fee?
All alcohol is supplied in house. We are always happy to source a drink at our clients request.
Are couples completely free to choose their own wedding entertainment & do you have a specific sound system?
Couples can choose their own entertainment, be it DJ or burlesque performance. We have a wireless Sonos sound system for Ceremony & background music.
Do you offer accommodation on site? If so, for how many guests?
We do not, however there are numerous hotels within walking distance.
Do you have an in-house wedding co-ordinator?
Our experienced in-house team is available to co-ordinate your day.
How far in advance can couples or their wedding stylist, florist etc have access to the venue in order to decorate it?
Couples can usually decorate the day before. In cases were this is not possible, we will assist with the decorating.
Do you have gardens or an outdoor area for wedding photographs?
We have a wonderful large balcony at the front of the building, overlooking the sea. The beach is a stone’s throw away and perfect for those outdoor wedding shots. There are also lovely gardens a short walk from the venue.
What’s your best advice to couples when choosing their perfect wedding venue?
Choose a venue that gets you the most excited!!! And remember it is the team at the venue who will be managing your day – be sure to choose a venue as passionate about your wedding as you are.
Any finally, what are your favourite moments from previous wedding you’ve been involved with?
When guests really participate it is always fantastic. We’ve had couples clapped and cheered as they walked together down the aisle. We’ve had a New Year’s Eve wedding that turned into a fancy-dress party – with amazing costumes. And we have had crazy sing-along sessions during receptions. We find that it is the guests that make a great wedding.
All images courtesy of Worthing Dome