Wagner Hall – Striving for Zero Waste

September 20, 2019 | News

Exciting things are happening at a new wedding reception venue right in the heart of Brighton…

Wagner Hall offers a blank canvas for creative folk looking for a city-centre venue with a garden. The industrial-style space comprises high ceilings, a beautiful wooden-floored stage and shiny new catering kitchen. Outside, the Fig Tree Garden is adorned with coloured festoon lighting and has room for a tipi. You’d never know you are minutes away from the registry office, the seafront and the hustle and bustle of central Brighton…

Kelly Wickson, one of the venue managers, has been in the wedding industry for over 10 years having previously run a wedding transport company as well as hosting wedding fairs throughout Sussex. She has lots of knowledge and is armed with a trusty list of recommended suppliers.

(Note: Kelly and I go way back and you can listen to an interview with her on my podcast, episode 7)

Kelly and her business partner Penny Parker (who ran events at The Brighton Centre for a mere 17 years) have created something special at Wagner Hall. Their vision for wedding receptions, and all events in their fabulous venue, is to achieve zero waste. This means your suppliers will be partners in their green dream; you won’t be able to leave any food, so you’d better provide doggy bags!.. (Talking of doggies, this is Wagner’s resident pooch Ted with Kelly).

The central position of the venue means you have to end the party at 11pm but Kelly suggests if you want to carry on celebrating with your dearest-dancing-pals, you book a VIP area in one of the many clubs and bars in the area, and wave goodbye to those guests who need to head to bed in one of the fabulous nearby hotels or B&Bs. You can even be on a train within 15 minutes, so all bases are covered.

Within a few weeks of being open, we already had a wedding booked for August 2020, and lots of enquiries from curious couples. We have something unique here and I just know that creative couples are going to see the amazing potential of the space.

Kelly and Penny can only book six wedding receptions a year, so you know what that means, you need to enquire now… or even yesterday!


Photos: Jessica Milberg

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