Winter weddings are becoming very popular, with rich seasonal colours making this a great season to get married.
As we hit November it has me thinking how idyllic The Pilgrims Rest is for a winter wedding. A Wealden hall house dating back to circa 1420, with three beautiful reception rooms - the Great Hall, the Dining Room, and the Webster Room all boast inglenook fireplaces. With endless historic features from ancient beams to linenfold doors, witch’s marks to ward off evil spirits and a secret tunnel hidden under the Great Hall fireplace that runs beneath the Abbey walls, The Pilgrims Rest is a truly unique winter wedding venue.
The Pilgrims Rest is an exclusive use venue licenced for weddings and civil ceremonies. There are no corkage charges and no hidden extras. We have designed our venue to be a wonderful backdrop for your winter wedding – one that you can stamp your own personality on without the hassle and expense of furnishing an empty venue.
So, stoke up the fires, light some candles and watch as The Pilgrims Rest sparkles into life…
For more information on holding your winter wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact Amy on email@example.com or call on 07552873448.
We are holding open days throughout the winter months, our next available open day in Sunday 26th November. Please contact us to arrange a time to see the venue.
There are many types of wedding venues - ones that offer a wealth of different packages to suit your budget and others that offer an empty field for your marquee. Some venues have a style of wedding that must be adhered to with preferred caterers and suppliers; Others are essentially a completely empty venue needing everything brought in from furniture, lighting, catering tents and port-a-loos.
So, what if you want something else? The Pilgrims Rest is an exclusive use venue licenced for weddings and civil ceremonies. There are no corkage charges and no hidden extras. At The Pilgrims Rest we have designed our venue to be a wonderful backdrop for your wedding – one that you can stamp your own personality on without the hassle and expense of furnishing an empty venue.
We have carefully sourced furniture and accessories from lime-washed trestle tables to vintage decanters, ceremony chairs to pewter candlesticks. We have created a bridal dressing suite so that the bridal party can get ready on site complete with panelled drawing room for pre-wedding photographs.
At The Pilgrims Rest we give couples choice and flexibility to make their day their own. Whether you choose to have a vintage tea or a Game of Thrones banquet it is all possible in this incredible 600 year old building.
We have a list of wonderful local suppliers that we can share with you – people we know and trust to help make your day just how you want it. If you would prefer to do it yourselves, then bring your own food, set up your own bar and pick some posies from your garden – the choice is yours!
We are holding an open day on Sunday 22nd October. If you would like to book an appointment to meet Amy and discuss options then please contact us on 07552873448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily’s Mixing Bowl has been on board with The Pilgrims Rest since we launched as a wedding venue. Emily has been a great support to us supplying wedding cakes for photo shoots and fairs and now for our lovely new couples.
Emily’s love for baking is clear and coupled with her amazing talent for sugar craft flowers it is a winning formula. We interviewed her last week to find out how her business began and how her love for baking came about…
After doing an art foundation at college I went to Central Saint Martins in London and gained a degree in graphic design. Whilst studying for my degree I worked in a restaurant making desserts which I loved. On returning home to Sussex I decided to work full time as a pastry chef. It seemed like a crazy thing to do at the time but the perfect foundation to becoming a wedding cake designer.
How did you get into wedding cakes? I started making wedding cakes for close friends and family, this then turned into friends of friends, friend’s sisters, and work colleagues. The word spread and with such a demand it almost got out of hand. I found myself often baking into the wee hours which is when decided it was time to start up a cake business full time. I have always had a passion for creativity, design and baking so it felt like a natural progression and the perfect combination of my two loves.
What do you think will be the wedding cake trends will be for 2018? Wedding cake trends in 2018 is a move away from the rustic cakes we have seen a lot of over the past couple of years with more elegant botanical influences coming in. Rose gold is already a huge trend which personally I love. I think we will see that change into 2019 with more jewelled tones. We have seen a lot of marble cakes over the last year which I think will be replaced by a more whimsical boho vibe. Iced cakes will take over more from the naked style, which are delicious as there is only a thin layer of icing with chocolate ganache underneath...gone are the days of birthday cake icing that guests pick off when they think nobody is looking!
Is there a wedding you have done recently that really stood out for you and why? Every wedding I do is exciting and unique to the couple I'm working with. It is an absolute delight walking into the room to set the cake up the morning before the wedding and see all the hard work having paid off with the beautiful decorations and flowers. There's something very still and magical about it and I always feel very privileged to be there before the crowds of guests, complete with their tears and laughter arrive.
What are your top tips for Brides planning choosing their wedding cake and planning their day? Firstly, choose the right suppliers - just because one supplier comes in a bit cheaper doesn't mean they are the right one. Ask your venue - they have seen the supplier’s work first hand. You need to like their style and feel comfortable around them so that you don’t need to stress about the day itself.
Secondly, try not to be too rigid with what you want; you will always get a better result from your cake designer, florist or photographer if you let them use their creativity (within reason). It is fine to show people Pinterest boards for inspiration but if you like someone's work you will always get the best out of them if you give them a reasonable amount of freedom. After all, it is their job to get to know you and your wedding. Let them create something personal and unique to suit you!
Please visit Emily’s Mixing Bowl for more information- www.emilysmixingbowl.co.uk
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact us on 075528873448 or email email@example.com.
Brides Magazine have launched their ultimate guide to wedding trends for 2018. One of these trends is cutting the guest list.
“Weddings are getting smaller. With couples opting to leave off relatives they haven’t seen for years, choosing more intimate gatherings with the people that matter most. This also cuts the wedding budget considerably, meaning extra cash saved to afford everything you really want.”
So take a good look at your guest list. Ask yourself if second cousin Sally, Great Aunt Agnes, that colleague from work you didn’t want to offend - will make your wedding day a better one. Maybe they will but more often than not having those you really love and who really love you is all you need. What is better is that you actually get time to spend time with them on the day.
The Pilgrims Rest is an intimate wedding venue with no hidden extras, no corkage charge offering flexibility and choice. If you are looking for somewhere more personal where you can be surrounded by your nearest and dearest then call today and come and see the venue for yourself.
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact us on 07552873448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The image below was taken at one of our weddings back in the summer and beautifully captures the importance of inviting guests who are important to you. Photograph taken by the very talented Photographer, Georgina Piper.
Photography by Georgina Piper - www.georginapiperphotography.com
There are many elements to a great wedding from the ‘I Do’ to the wedding breakfast however once all the formalities are over it’s all about letting your hair down and having a great party. A great party needs a great DJ which brings me on to Dean at Kestrel Events.
Dean, where did your love for music and becoming a DJ come from?
Music has been a huge part of my life from a very early age. This has helped me to appreciate many different genres, bands, and artists. The love for the eclectic side of music has stayed with me and it's an artform that I produce in my DJing. I've been entertaining partygoers at various venues in Sussex, Surrey, and London and the surrounding areas for over 15 years.
What do you love most about being a DJ?
For me one of the most satisfying achievements as a DJ is the crowd reaction as music connects with many memories or feelings. The greatest effect is when the track is unexpected. I love being able to create those great memories on the dancefloor. A proactive approach to song selection comes only from years of experience of reading the crowd.
What is your top tip to for creating a great party atmosphere on the dancefloor?
The most important tip for couples is creating a playlist that reflects them and their guests. I work closely with my couples making sure we put a playlist together that brings back memories plus creating memories. I play a vast selection of music, selecting the songs you want to hear and most of all avoiding the ones you don’t want to hear. I want to ensure your party experience is delivered your way.
Recently, Kestrel Events played at The Pilgrims Rest and was fantastic. The dancefloor was always full and the atmosphere was electric all night. Please visit www.kestrelevents.co.uk for more information.
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact us on 07552873448 or email@example.com.
DIY weddings can be a lot work on the day, when all you really want to do is enjoy the day yourself. We have put some useful tips together that if followed will allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy your wedding day.
KEEP FOOD SIMPLE
Stick to simple food such as rustic buffets or sharing boards where you can prep and plate food before the big day and put it in the cold room ready for serving. This will save time on the day and stop you being stuck in the kitchen when you should be sipping bubbles and mingling with your guests.
PREPERATION IS KEY
If you have dietary requirements make sure these are plated and labelled prior to the day so they can be given to the correct guests.
DECORATING THE VENUE
Decorating the venue can take a long time. To save getting stress, keep decorations simple… as they say, ‘less is more’. Try to come to the venue with all the decorations made, so you can just put them straight out, rather than making it at the venue. This will save time and enable you to spend the night before with your bridesmaids, having a fun evening rather than worrying about being ready for the big day.
It’s important to allocate jobs to people prior to the day and make sure everyone is clear on what and when they are doing their jobs. This will save a lot of questions and confusion.
If you can hire a couple of young adults to work on your wedding day. They can make sure drinks are ready for when the ceremony has finished plus put the food out ready for guests to tuck in. If you would rather your family help then make sure you spread the work load and don’t just expect one or two members to do everything. Assign specific jobs to each member and make sure timings are clear. This allows family, friends and most importantly yourselves to enjoy the day without having to worry.
There are many companies that hire out crockery, glassware, and cutlery and the best part they take it away dirty, so no washing up! Hurrah!!
If you would like to know more about holding your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest then pop along to DIY Wedding Event on Sunday 10th September between 12pm-3pm. Please register with us today at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the event.
It’s been a busy August at The Pilgrims Rest, with our first three gorgeous weddings taking place. All three weddings opted for the DIY wedding but each with a different twist.
Vintage Tea Wedding
On 31st July, we celebrated Laura & John’s beautiful vintage tea wedding. Laura & John collected all their own vintage crockery from local antique shops, charity shops and boot fairs. They created a stunning archway that was placed in the Great Hall which formed the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony. Full of green foliage and decorated with fairy lights, mini vintage tea cups & polaroid photos, it was a great personal touch. The weeks leading up to the wedding Laura was very busy making her own bunting that covered the beams in the dining room. Both Laura and John worked so hard to create their dream wedding and what a fabulous vintage day it was.
Stephanie & Owen’s wedding was next on 28th August. The sun shone brightly for their magical pagan ceremony in the walled courtyard of The Pilgrims Rest. Stephanie and Owen used dried flowers from peonies to lavender to decorate the venue. Rows of hops hung from the beams of the dining room to the stairs and fireplace in The Great Hall. The hops looked incredible and added to The Pilgrims Rest rustic charm. Stephanie & Owen continued the Pagan Beliefs throughout and created an enchanting day.
A Rustic & Homegrown Wedding
Finally, Jo & Matthew’s stunning rustic wedding on 31st August. Everything homemade or homegrown from garden flowers to vegetables. Homemade rustic sour-dough bread presented on slate boards. Herbs from the garden such as fennel, rosemary and sage used as decoration and centre pieces for the day. The day was elegant and relaxed with a great atmosphere. All the best things are kept simple… ‘less is more’.
We are delighted that our three couples shared their day with us at The Pilgrims Rest and it was so lovely to see The Pilgrims Rest open her doors to these beautiful weddings.
Huge Congratulations to you all! X
Wedding photos coming soon... we can't wait to share these on our website.
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact us on 0755287448 or email@example.com.
According to the recent Bridebook survey the average wedding in the UK is now £11 shy of £27,000; the same as the average annual wage. A very scary and sobering thought for anyone about to pop the question to their loved one. Young couples often have to make the decision between buying a home or having a wedding day.
But getting married doesn’t have to be quite so financially daunting – there is another way!
The Pilgrims Rest is a licensed, Grade 2* listed, East Sussex wedding venue that looks to make a wedding day both affordable and at the same time aspirational. We charge a fixed amount to hire the venue for the day with no corkage charges or hidden extras. You can choose your own caterers or have a complete DIY wedding. You can have a cash bar or set up a DIY cocktail bar if you prefer.
We have designed The Pilgrims Rest so that it needs little decoration. The 600 year old vaulted Great Hall with inglenook fire comes with lime-washed chivari chairs and iron chandeliers. The dining room is furnished with beautiful rustic tables, benches and furs. You can use our vintage decanters and pewter candlesticks - we even provide the wood for the fires and candles for the tables. All at no extra charge.
The Pilgrims Rest is a wedding venue that gives you the opportunity to have a wedding that reflects you and your personality without breaking the bank. Quite simply, we want to make it possible for you to tie the knot without tying yourselves in financial knots in the process.
So forget that average wedding cost, restrictive wedding packages and crazy corkage charges. The Pilgrims Rest is the other way…..
Contact Amy on firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to view The Pilgrims Rest.
In the last month, we have been exploring the DIY wedding and how to achieve significant savings when it comes to venue hire and avoiding drinks packages. We thought we would take it a step further and produce a wedding guide on how to keep wedding costs down.
The Wedding Dress:
Every girl dreams of their wedding dress however the dream dress does not have to cost the earth. Many large charity shops now offer a bridal range which includes second hand wedding dresses priced 75% less of what you would normally pay for a brand-new dress. When visiting The Cancer Research Shop in Eastbourne and the Delmeza Shop in Canterbury, we were so impressed by the quality and the designer dresses we found.
The Guest List:
Stay true to the saying, ‘As you get older you can count your true friends on one hand.’ Try to keep the guest list to close family and friends. Use Phillipa Middleton’s rule…no ring no bring! If you can, keep the children at home, it’s a nice treat for the parents to have a child free weekend and let their hair down.
In our last blog, we spoke about the lovely Caroline & Kate who own Sussex Cutting Garden. They offer the DIY service. You can buy 100 stems for £55.00 for a selection of home grown flowers and foliage and create your own table centres and bouquets.
Keep the catering simple and relaxed. Create large sharing platters, cold buffets, or a simple BBQ. Everyone loves good wholesome food at a wedding. Keeping the food simple and delicious creates a great atmosphere amongst guests. Use big wooden or slate boards to present the food plus creating a beautiful table centrepiece at the same time.
Avoid the expensive drink packages. At The Pilgrims Rest we do not charge corkage and are happy for you to bring your own alcohol and drinks. Create a fun bar with all your favourite drinks and cocktails. Personalise it to you and your party. Keep an eye out for the great deals in the supermarkets.
Bake your own wedding cake or if you’re not that great in the kitchen, Marks & Spencer’s have a wide range of plain wedding cakes available. Just add your own personal touch such as fresh flowers.
Weddings can become expensive but there are plenty of ways to make sure you have the best day without it costing a fortune. At The Pilgrims Rest we have tried to eliminate these costs by offering a dry hire price but with a great deal of extras. With exclusive use, no corkage charge and no hidden extras, our unique, licensed venue gives you choice and flexibility to create your perfect day. Whether you choose a DIY wedding, a fully catered wedding (or anything in-between) we offer flexibility in a stunning building.
To find out how you can have your exclusive venue and enjoy significant savings, please contact us on 07552873448 or email@example.com.
A month ago, we had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Caroline & Kate of Sussex Cutting Garden who grow their own seasonal flowers from their base in Hellingly in East Sussex.
Offering a variety of beautiful home grown flowers plus a range of services from DIY to the full service, Caroline and Kate are the ladies to call if you fancy creating your own bouquets and table arrangements.
So ladies, where did your love of floristry and flowers come from?
It comes from our love of the outdoors and all things seasonal and natural. We have both worked for several years professionally gardening and growing and wanted to continue our careers in this field of expertise.
We decided to start looking for an area of land to grow flowers on and started cultivating it 6 years ago. We realised that there was a huge trend towards home grown flowers for weddings and decided to put our knowledge of floristry to use. We had trained in this field but to be honest most of our experience has come from experimenting with our flowers to see what works best where and how.
What are your favourite flowers and why?
We both love sweet peas and roses as the scent from them is so lovely.
What do you think are the wedding trends for 2018?
Wild looking bouquets and arrangements - informal with foliage, berries, and seed head, also a large bright focal flower in the bouquet is very on trend.
What are your two top tips to brides when they are choosing flowers?
We grow to order and our dates during the busy wedding months get booked up well in advance so do come and see us early.
There are so many varieties of flowers and foliage available so keep an open mind. All our bouquets are individual as every year the flowers we put together are grown with mother nature having the final say, so no two bouquets are ever the same. Individual bouquets add to the bespoke look that we offer.
At The Pilgrims Rest we are constantly searched out inspiring and passionate suppliers to lend a helping hand on your wedding day. We are delighted to be adding Sussex Cutting Garden to our little black book of amazing Sussex suppliers.
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact us on 07552873448 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sussex Cutting Garden please visit www.sussexcuttinggarden.co.uk