The Pilgrims Rest is 600 years old this year. Rather like a ship we refer to our wonderful building as a “She”. Much more than just bricks and mortar (or in her case, sandstone, lathe and plaster), The Pilgrims Rest has a real soul and, although this might sound strange, it is true; you can literally feel if she is happy or sad - as if she is taking on the spirit of her visitors. This is why weddings bring out the very best in this grand old lady and she comes to life when laughter and happiness floods through her walls.
It is true to say that she has seen more than her fair share of life over the centuries - good and bad. Visitors have come and gone, from the original pilgrims to Battle Abbey in the 15th century, right up to brides and grooms in the 21st. She has hosted gatherings from medieval banquets to 1920’s tea dances with tankards of ale and glasses of champagne happily consumed beneath her eaves.
Her doors have been temporarily closed in the last few months but seeing as she was around during the black plague and Spanish flu I doubt this is for the first time. We are just a small part of her history - a chapter - and in centuries to come another custodian of The Pilgrims Rest may well write about the time when COVID-19 meant she had a little rest for a few months.
During this time her gardens have been tended and she has been fluffed and polished. The time for resting is over and although weddings are not yet taking place, couples are still getting engaged and planning their wedding days. Countless weddings this year have been postponed and, with our 3d virtual tours well under way new bookings for 2021 and 2022 are still coming in. It seems that nothing can stand in the way of true love. As they say, “You can’t keep a good man (or woman) down” which seems particularly true of engaged couples.
So, we are waking up our old lady and re-opening her ancient doors for appointments. Come and see for yourself why The Pilgrims Rest is such a unique venue and become another chapter in her history…
For more information please email email@example.com or call 07552873448
We all love to have something to look forward to, whether a summer holiday or the perfect wedding day. Whatever the dream, it is the planning of, and the run up to it, that is all part of the fun. In recent weeks, people have seen their holidays cancelled and wedding plans ruined. For couples who have saved for months and even years, they have had to watch their wedding days come and go; the doors to their venues closed, wedding rings still in their boxes and not a trace of confetti blowing in the wind.
Across the country, thousands of weddings have been postponed over the last few months with couples and venues like ours finding new dates to hold weddings. Happily, with a new wedding date planted firmly in the diary, previous disappointment can quickly evaporate and excitement resumes - a new wedding dream shining brightly at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel.
With a new date can come new ideas - both creative and practical. It is easy to get swept along in the wake of Pinterest weddings so, for those who have nagging doubts about their initial choices, this is their chance to take a step back, carefully reflect and decide what is really important on their day.
Small weddings have always had an appeal for some, but “Micro” weddings are now gaining increasing popularity. Lockdown has made couples realise whom they have missed and are now radically cutting their guest lists. Fewer guests means you are able spend the day with the people you really love rather than those you feel you ought to ask. An added bonus is that smaller weddings simply cost less, freeing up more budget to spend on something totally extravagant or not spend at all.
Some wedding dates have been postponed to a different season and it is great to see so many couples embracing the chance to have some fun with decoration and colour - peonies are being swapped for pumpkins; cherry blossom for twigs; bunting for baubles. Your wedding plans may have changed a little but change is often as good as a rest.
Talking of rest, The Pilgrims Rest is a venue unlike any other. Beautifully furnished and with two separate dressing rooms, it includes seasonal decorations in the venue hire. From furs for the benches to pea-lights and wood for the fires, all you need to do is add your own personal touches. 600 years old this year, The Pilgrims Rest is truly magical and perfect for weddings all year round.
We now offer a 3d personalised virtual tour and will be opening our doors for booked individual appointments. For more information please call The Pilgrims Rest team on 07552873448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs by Tali - Photo & Film
What is a “Micro Wedding”? Essentially it is a smaller wedding, although the actual numbers differ. Sometimes described as one with less than fifty guests and at other times no more than twenty, there is one thing that wedding blogs all agree on - done right, there is nothing small about a micro wedding.
Seen as a new trend stemming from a reaction to Covid 19, the simple truth is that smaller weddings have been an organically growing trend for some time now; one that simply makes perfect sense for some savvy engaged couples - both financially and logistically.
Couples choosing the smaller wedding route do so for a number of reasons; whatever reason, the truth of the matter is that shrinking your guest list means you can spend more money elsewhere - maybe on the perfect wedding dress or even vintage champagne? Either way, a smaller wedding means that you are able to say your “I do’s” surrounded by your absolute nearest and dearest - and what could be better start to married life?
So, the decision to have a more intimate wedding has been made; the next step and possibly most important decision, is to find the perfect venue. Look for one that still feels cosy with fewer guests. The last thing you want is to be sitting in a cavernous space with no atmosphere; forget Pinterest wedding favours and flip flops in baskets, creating a truly memorable wedding is all about the atmosphere.
Next, the food; it is likely you will put more emphasis on what you eat when you hold a more intimate wedding, so choosing a venue that doesn’t restrict your choice of caterers and one that gives you total flexibility is vital. Unless brown and wrapped up in copious amounts of string, ditch those wedding packages - a smaller wedding means you can get more creative so take this chance to have fun with your culinary decisions. You might hanker after a mountain of canapés served on frozen ice or a gastronomique eight course tasting menu. Perhaps a less formal enfamille meal might be your bag? Whatever you choose, make sure it really is your choice.
The Pilgrims Rest has been ranked by Bridebook and WedInspire in their top intimate and small wedding venues. 600 years old this year, this ancient gem is a wedding venue unlike any other. Offering exclusive use with no fixed suppliers and no corkage charges, The Pilgrims Rest is the perfect venue for couples looking to hold a small but perfectly formed wedding.
Now offering personalised 3d video tours you can come and have a good look around from the comfort of your sofa. If you would like more information or want to book a tour please call 07552873448.
Photography: Georgina Piper Photography
One of the joys of England is it's change of seasons. Who doesn’t love seeing Spring blossom blowing in the breeze and the crunch of Autumn leaves underfoot? But Summer, with its hope of balmy, warm days and rose filled gardens is still the wedding season choice for many.
May to September is known as “Wedding Season” - a time when many venues come to life with green, rolling lawns, glistening lakes and Pinterest ready wooded glens - perfect when the sun is shining but what if the weather refuses to play ball?
In the last few weeks venues across the country have been postponing wedding days to different months, seasons and even years. It has been a stressful time for all concerned and safe to say that tears have been shed. At the same time, a new date has also given couples reassurance that their wedding day will still go ahead and many are embracing the idea of their new seasonal wedding; seeing it as an opportunity to have something even better than before.
Those who have chosen venues that shine no matter what the season, could never have forecast what a lucky decision they made. For couples recently engaged during lockdown, a venue that is stunning (and open) all year round has crept to top of their wedding wish list.
Situated in the heart of East Sussex, The Pilgrims Rest is just such a venue. More than just a beautiful building, this grand old lady has hosted celebrations - from Medieval banquets to Georgian balls; Victorian luncheons to Edwardian tea dances for more 600 years. Over the years, flagons of ale, goblets of wine and flutes of champagne have been consumed beneath her eaves, with laughter echoing through her walls.
The Pilgrims Rest needs little added decoration but is still one you can make your own. With no corkage charges and no fixed suppliers this is a truly unique wedding venue - beautiful yet affordable; aspirational yet relaxed. Always twinkly; always magical; always shining - every season is wedding season at The Pilgrims Rest.
We can’t meet you in person right now but if you would like more information or perhaps book a one to one 3d show round of our beautiful Pilgrims Rest please email us at email@example.com Or call us on 07552873448
Photography: Sarah Rook Photography
Cake: Bonney's cakery
Photography: Tali - Photo & Film