In the middle of a British heatwave thoughts of shorter days and darker evenings seems almost impossible to imagine. As much as we love the balmy summer nights when the leaves on the trees turn orange and start to fall, we wrap up warm, hunker down and snuggle up in front of a fire.
So with this in mind, choosing a summer or winter wedding can be a difficult choice. There is something about the idea of a winter wedding that makes you feel cold, yet cosy at the same time. However, it is not so much a winter wedding you are looking for but rather an image - the warmth of an open fire, the light of flickering candles, family and friends, happiness and joy. We have no exact word for this feeling, but the Danes do: ‘Hygge’. The Danish nation is the happiest in the world and Hygge has much to do with it.
Creating a Hygge wedding is more than just styling candles and pine cones. It is something that involves many parts coming together in the right place, at the right time. Picking the right venue is key - follow your heart; you will know the moment you walk in when you have found your Hygge venue. Next is candles - you simply can’t have a Hygge wedding without candles (the Danes burn more candles than any other country) so hunt for one that allows naked flames and has some open fires.
A true Hygge wedding is about enjoying the good things in life with good people. Keep your guest list to those you really love and who really love you. Enjoying the day together is what it is all about. There will be a moment during the day when you will pause and look around you; surrounded by your friends and family, their smiling faces lit up by candlelight, you will know when that is a true Hygge moment - a true Hygge wedding.
In your hunt for the perfect Hygge wedding venue The Pilgrims Rest might be just what you are looking for. Full of rustic charm and historic soul The Pilgrims Rest is the perfect spot for your Hygge wedding. For more information please go to www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or contact Amy on 07552 873448.
Two brides’ alarms go off promptly at 7 am. Both brides are tying the knot at 2pm that afternoon. Both have similar plans for their weddings but different venues.
The first bride yawns as she rolls out of bed, checks the time and already starts to panic - she has to be at the venue no earlier than 10 am to set up the wedding, sort out the decorations and seating plans before having a shower, washing her hair and having her nails and make up done before getting into her wedding dress.
She hurriedly gets dressed before gathering everything she will need, checking her endless list of last minute jobs. Her bridesmaids and family are already downstairs in a similar state. Cries of “Have you remembered the veil, have you remembered the seating plan” bellow around the house. Finally, with check lists ticked the family load up the cars and head off to the venue.
The function room now looks as though it needs rather more decoration than they remembered and suddenly the bride starts to well up, worried that it won’t look as good as she hoped on the day. There won’t be enough time to make any last minute changes. Wedding nerves have set in and a melt down is imminent. Her bridesmaid spots the tell tale wobble of her best friend’s bottom lip and cheerfully tries to reassure her as they start laying up the tables and arranging the place names.
The bride has had some lovely ideas to decorate the tables for the wedding but each detail seems to be taking an unpredicted lengthy amount of time. Tying the place names onto the napkin with a ribbon, a bow and a pine cone seemed like such a good idea at the time but now it seems tempting to forget the ribbon and possibly the pine cone altogether! Who would have thought it would all be so fiddly?
Finally, the decorations are in place. They scan the room; it all looks beautiful. The bride sighs with relief and checks her watch - it is has taken nearly three hours to set up the venue and she still needs to shower and have her hair and make up done before getting into her dress. How on earth are they going to fasten 40 covered buttons up the back of the wedding dress with nail polish that apparently doesn’t want to set? Her lip begins to wobble once more as her bridesmaid grabs her hand and pulls her up the stairs to change.
A few miles away a second bride yawns, checks the time and rolls over. Her venue let them set up the day before. Everything is done - ribbons cut and place names and pine cones tied; her wedding dress hanging in the bridal changing room at the venue. After another little snooze, she has a long shower and some breakfast before heading off to the venue with her family and bridesmaids. When she arrives she is greeted with a chilled bottle of bubbly and relaxes while the make up artist works her magic. As she calmly raises her champagne glass to her lips there isn’t a wobble in sight.
If you are looking for a wedding venue that lets you set up the afternoon before and pick up your things the morning after, The Pilgrims Rest wedding venue might be just what you are looking for. Full of rustic charm and historic soul, The Pilgrims Rest is a stunning wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. For more information go to www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or call Amy on 07552873448.
We have had an unusually good bout of weather in June compared to previous years when it has rained every single day. When the sun is out day after day it is easy to forget how the weather in England can throw a spanner in the works out of the blue. A sunny Spring and Summer can also be a double edged sword. The sun brings buds and then the buds bring the pollen…
Hay fever and weddings are not a great combination. Itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing can make for a noisy and uncomfortable ceremony – whether you are getting married yourselves or just a guest. A few sniffs from the mother of the bride is one thing; half your guests blowing their noses and itching their eyes is quite another.
When deciding on the time of year you want to hold your wedding, bear a little thought for guests who can find an outside event in the Spring and Summer months about as appealing as pulling teeth. Hay fever is on the rise with new victims to this irritating allergy popping up as quickly as daisies. So, why not create a hay fever reduced wedding? Your friends and family (and maybe you) will be able to enjoy the whole day without their mascara running down their cheeks and noses that would give Rudolph a run for his money being in the forefront of all the wedding photographs.
Firstly, look for a venue where you or your guests can find shelter from the pollen with a little outside space for those who want it. A venue that needs acres of flowers to look pretty or a full festival wedding is not the best idea. Instead, look for a venue that needs little decoration but has beautiful features of its own. For a stunning venue full of rustic charm, look no further than The Pilgrims Rest in East Sussex www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk.
Green botanical weddings look like they will remain fashionable for the foreseeable future. Being less expensive, but just as effective as flower arrangements, your guests will be wowed and grateful at the same time. Maybe look at buying some realistic silk flowers that can be woven in to the greenery and re-used in a vase or two in your marital home. For hand painted silk flowers go to Neptune www.neptune.com.
Finally, choose a really good waterproof mascara or consider having semi-permanent eye lash extensions fitted. Imelda Leahy at www.brightoneyelashsalon.co.uk is the place to go for natural-looking extensions. If the hay fever doesn’t get you then the emotions might!
It’s great to receive feedback from all our lovely couples who are getting married or have got married at The Pilgrims Rest. Most recently one of our Brides, Gemma who is getting married next December has written about her first impressions of The Pilgrims Rest. We loved it so much we thought we would share it on our website too.
Thank you, Gemma, for your kind words.
Wedding Venue Review - The Pilgrims Rest
June 7, 2018by Gemma Humphrey || www.gemmahumphrey.com
Have you ever just walked into a place and known, instantly, that it was going to be something special? I don't mean special as in impressive or unusual or remarkable. I'm talking about a feeling of rightness. Of knowing that a place will be part of your future and will mean something to you for the rest of your life.
That was what I felt as Andy and I walked through the door of The Pilgrims Rest in Battle.
I knew it was going to be good. The website and the photos we'd seen had done a good job of convincing us it was one of the better options we were considering, but we'd been burned before (Missed that post? Find it here!) and I held my breath as I walked through the door....
... and then let it out in a rush.
It was perfect. Magical. Every high-ceilinged, wooden-floored inch of it - and, after a moment of stunned (and relieved!) gazing about, I looked to Andy, and could see he felt the same way.
Let me talk you through it.
Once inside the entry, you step through another pretty wooden door into the Great Hall. This is where the ceremony will take place.
And what a Great Hall it is! (honestly? The photos don't do it justice).
Incredibly high ceilings, that beautifully aged wood, those hanging chandeliers - and look at those windows! (Andy LOVES the windows!)
There's a beautiful staircase on the opposite wall (that leads to a storeroom, so isn't usable, but it will look so pretty once decorated!) and did you check out that inglenook fireplace???
On a practical note (probably the only one you'll read here!) we'd been having trouble finding smaller venues, and The Pilgrims Rest is a really good size for us. Its capacity is only sixty guests, which is perfect since we plan on having a grand total of seventeen guests to our ceremony (as few as I could get away with given my general social awkwardness (Yes, I know they are my family and they won't care if I nervous-laugh my way through the vows. I care and it's MY DAY!!!)
OUR day. It's OUR day.
ANYWAY, back to the tour....
There are three doors leading out from the Great Hall. One leads to the courtyard garden, which I've not really paid attention to (since winter weddings and the great outdoors don't often play well together) Another leads to the dining Hall, the other to the Bar.
The dining hall is my favourite.
Then, as if ALL THAT wasn't enough, there is a private space upstairs for the bride and her party to get ready first thing. It has a bathroom, a little kitchen, a gorgeous dressing room with a vanity table and a huge, vintage mirror, and a beautiful little room with (yet another!) fireplace in it, perfect for those Bride-only shots before the Ceremony. (There are photos of these rooms, but since they all have brides in them, it feels a bit weird to use them. If you want to take a peek, you can via the Gallery on the website.)
Now tell me - don't you just love it? Isn't it the BEST WEDDING VENUE EVER CREATED?
Now, we really tried to play it cool when speaking to the (lovely and friendly) venue manager, Amy. We really did. But I'm pretty sure she knew we were sold.
We asked her to hold our preferred date just in case, and said we'd get back to her after we'd visited the four other venues we had booked in to visit...
...and then we left. Oddly quiet. Both excited, but unable to really voice how we felt.
It was only in the car on the way home that we finally admitted it. We didn't want to look at other venues. We didn't want to pretend to consider different options just because we felt we should.
We got home and immediately cancelled all the other viewings, and I emailed Amy to confirm our interest.
24 hours and a 50% deposit later, and The Pilgrims Rest was ours....!
Stay tuned for more wedding stuffs, coming soon! (I might manage to squeeze in some non-wedding related posts somewhere too!!)
To read more and follow Gemma’s wedding plans, check out her website at www.gemmahumphrey.com
If you, like Gemma are looking for that "something special" in your wedding venue then contact Amy and her team today on 07552873448 or email email@example.com arrange a viewing at The Pilgrims Rest.