We all dream about our wedding day - from making bridal boxes as
children to creating Pinterest boards full of inspiration. When the time
comes, suddenly dreams become reality and what started out as a fun
and exciting process can quickly become a stressful and expensive one.
From being a fairly relaxed, happy person we become the bridezilla of all
bridezillas; we start to organise things down to the tiniest detail and walk
through our wedding days a thousand times before it happens to make
sure the day will run perfectly. At this point we need to stop, take a deep
breath and really think...who are you actually planning this wedding for?
For you and your fiancé or everyone else? If you have to pause to think
about this then stop, take a bigger breath and think again. It is your day -
have a wedding that you will actually enjoy organising and more
importantly you will enjoy on the day.
Less is more is a good mantra when planning your day. Reducing your
guest list means your close friends and family will be your guests so
there should be nobody to impress and nobody to judge (or so we would
hope!) Your wedding day should be full of fun, laughter and love. Think
about if you were attending your best friend’s wedding - would you judge
them if they decided not to spend hours making tiny pots of jam as
favours? Probably not. If this is the case, then do yourself a favour (rather
than making them) and keep it simple.
This is where we step in. The Pilgrims Rest in East Sussex is a 600 year
old, licenced wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. We have
designed and furnished it so that it needs little decoration. With vintage
decanters and wine buckets,and stands for your wine; wood for the fires
and pewter candlesticks and candles for the lime-washed trestle tables;
Chivari chairs for dining and benches and furs for the ceremony we have
tried to think of everything to make your day as simple and affordable for
you as possible.
Our design team creates stunning seasonal looks in the building with
plenty of pea lights to help your wedding budget. You just need to add
your own personal touches or even nothing at all. The building looks
pretty magical either way!
We do not charge corkage so that you can have great wine and your own
bar if you choose. We offer couples the flexibility to have a wedding just
how they want it and the choice to make it their own. We work with some
amazing local caterers but if you have your own then bring them with
We can give you a list of our tried and tested suppliers (we are pretty
ruthless about who we add), or you may have your own suppliers you
wish to bring. Importantly our friendly and professional team will be there
on the day, keeping you and your guests safe and ensuring your wedding
goes without a hitch.
With less stress, less cost and less hassle, your wedding will be more
relaxed, more enjoyable and more fun. When it comes to planning your
wedding - less really is more.
If you would like to come and view The Pilgrims Rest please contact The
Pilgrims Rest team on email@example.com or call 07552
873448 to arrange an appointment.
Photography by Georgina Piper Wedding Photography
Dreaming of a last minute wedding?
Planning a wedding can be daunting and time consuming. The average time to plan a wedding is 18 months. Some couples plan their wedding day three years in advance and others - just a couple of months.
Last minute weddings happen for a multitude of reasons whether relocating for a new job; unexpected news that a baby is on its way, or just an urge to “Go for it"! Whatever the reason, organising a last minute wedding can be much easier than you might think. There is absolutely no reason why a wedding planned in a few months won’t be incredible - you just have to find the right venue...
The Pilgrims Rest is 600 years old Wealden Hall House right in the heart of East Sussex. Essentially a dry hire venue but one with a big difference. Rather than offering a blank space where everything needs to be hired in, The Pilgrims Rest has been beautifully designed and furnished with antiques and vintage accessories creating a wedding venue that is aspirational but also affordable.
Everything you see when you visit the Pilgrims Rest is included in the venue hire making the stress and expense of organising, and decorating an empty venue disappear. With a choice of faux furs or bohemian rugs for the ceremony benches; lime washed trestle tables and Chivari chairs; acres of pealights and candles; vintage decanters and champagne buckets - every detail has been considered. Our styling team even decorates the venue with stunning seasonal looks, so you don’t have to.
There are no fixed suppliers, no corkage charges and no hidden extras giving you the flexibility to choose your own suppliers. We also have a list of tried, tested and trusted suppliers to make your life even easier. The Pilgrims Rest is an multi award winning venue with an unbeatable wedding team; there to give you advice, hold your hand, and be there on the day to ensure your wedding runs seamlessly.
We have a number of weekdays available over the next few months so if you are looking for the perfect venue for your intimate and last minute wedding and you find yourself dreaming of throwing caution to the wind; saying “ I do” in front of roaring fires and flickering candles, then our team are here to help make that dream come true.
For more information, give our friendly team a call at 07552873448 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Photography: Jenny Appleton Photography
Close your eyes and imagine the warmth of an open fire; the light of
flickering candles; the company of your nearest and dearest; happiness
and contentment. Do you have a picture in your head? Can you describe
it in one word? The closest we could come up with was “cosy” but it
doesn’t quite hit the mark. In England we have no singular word that can
truly sum up this picture but if you were Danish it would be simple -
‘Hygge’. Hugely important in Danish lives, this little word has much to do
with why the Danes are the happiest nation in the world.
You might have seen Hygge Pinterest boards or interior design articles but
bear in mind that Hygge is much deeper than simply styling candles and
pine cones. Hygge is not just a look, but something that involves many
parts coming together in the right place, at the right time. Essentially, it is
about enjoying the good things in life with good people.
If it makes the Danes happy then what better than applying this little word
to your own lives and even your wedding plans to help you have a happy
wedding day. So, how do you go about it? Firstly, keep your guest list to
those you really love (and love you back!). Secondly, pick a venue that fits
your guest list - you can’t feel cosy in a half empty space and follow your
heart - you will know the moment you walk in whether you have found your
venue; it should feel just like coming home.
A venue that allows candles on your table and wood fires are pretty vital to
create a true Hygge feel on your wedding day. The Pilgrims Rest is 600
years old and has three working fireplaces. One in the Great Hall where
you make your vows; one in the dining room and the third in the bar.
The Pilgrims Rest is a totally unique, exclusive use venue that comes fully
furnished, and with professional designed seasonal looks included. With fur
clad benches to twisted willow entwined with pealights, this is a true Hygge
The Pilgrims Rest needs little decoration but gives you the opportunity to
add your own spin. There are no restrictions on suppliers and no corkage
charges, leaving you to choose who helps you on your wedding day.
Getting married should be the best day of your life so always remember -
good things and good people. Speaking of good people, one of The
Pilgrims Rest wedding team will be there to hold your hand, offering help
and advice in the run up to your wedding day. On the morning of your
wedding, they will be the first to arrive and last to leave, ensuring your day goes without a hitch. If your wedding nerves kick in, you will find a
reassuring smile and a little “Hygge” to help you on your way.
Photographer Jessica Bevan Photography