We all love wedding photographs which is why finding a great photographer is a must for many couples. The right photographer will capture emotion, joy and fun on your wedding day so it is a good investment but can also be an expensive one. What can really push up the price is the need for two photographers shooting at two different locations for the pre-wedding photographs.
If your budget cannot run to a second shooter only one part of the morning is recorded. What often happens is that while a bride or groom is getting ready, their future spouse has no one taking professional photographs of them; no one to capture their pre-wedding nerves, their families looking so proud; their best man or bridesmaid straightening their tie or fluffing their dress.
Some venues have dressing rooms but rarely two. Wanting to get ready together but still keep the element of surprise as your walk down the aisle is something many couples are looking for; this is often difficult to find.
At The Pilgrims Rest we are always looking to help couples have a wonderful day and keep their costs down. So with this in mind, we have been working hard to create a second dressing room for grooms and brides; all under one roof but still quite separate. We have designed our new room to be the perfect backdrop for pre-wedding photos. Rich, cosy and quintessentially British, we absolutely love it and so do photographers.
But what to call our new dressing room? The bar and our original dressing room are named after families who once lived at The Pilgrims Rest but not this time. Instead we have called it The Fitzherbert Room for all the Mr Darcys and Bridget Joneses out there looking to tie the knot. And let’s face it, who can’t say it without thinking of that famous scene from the film and still keep a straight face?
The Pilgrims Rest is nearly 600 years old. Full of rustic charm and historic soul, this is a venue quite unlike any other. To book an appointment to meet a member of our wedding team and see what else we include please contact Amy on 07552873448 or email email@example.com.
Photograph by Georgina Piper at www.georginapiperphotography.co.uk
When engaged couples are looking at planning their wedding they can become frustrated with some venues being very restrictive in what they allow (and don’t allow) them to do. For some, venues that promote a “blank canvas”can seem like a breath of fresh air but beware - this can become a costlier route than you might think.
Often these venues really are what they say - blank and also completely empty. Barns especially can be dark, cavernous spaces until cleverly lit, furnished and decorated. It is easy to spend thousands of pounds of a wedding budget turning a blank space into a spectacular one. To re-create that Pinterest wedding you have been hankering after takes a great deal of time, money and effort. If you can afford a venue dresser that can be a great solution, but this does come at a price. If your budget does not stretch to a venue dresser you will probably be relying heavily on friends and family to help you achieve your dream.
So what if you could find a wedding venue that doesn’t need lots of decorating to make it sing? One that has been thoughtfully designed and furnished to make life as easy as possible? One that provides lots of added extras to keep costs down for their couples? So where, I hear you ask, can you find such a place?
The Pilgrims Rest is a truly unique wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. You won’t need to pay for a venue dresser here. In fact, many couples end up bringing almost nothing at all. Not only a stunning 600 year old venue with a vaulted Great Hall and three working inglenook fireplaces, but one that has been thoughtfully designed and furnished. Full of rustic charm and historic soul The Pilgrims Rest is a wedding venue unlike any other. The team at The Pilgrims Rest create beautiful seasonal looks and continually source decorative accessories that couples can use at no extra charge but can also be packed away if not required.
From vintage dressing tables, full-length mirrors and chaise longues in the bridal changing room to fur topped benches in The Great Hall with safety wax candles for the ceremony, every detail has been considered. The Dining Room comes with beautiful limewashed trestle tables, wide enough for sharing platters and Chivari chairs. A cake table and stand, wine buckets and garlands wrapped in pea-lights as well as pewter candlesticks, candles for the tables and vintage decanters are all included. The cosy Webster bar has a rustic bar, drinks fridge, drinks dispensers and champagne baths - all ready for you to use. Don’t forget the piles of wood for the fires! To top it off you can set up the afternoon before, and collect anything left behind the morning after the wedding.
Neither an empty dry hire venue nor one that is restricted to packages, The Pilgrims Rest offers couples the flexibility and choice to have their weddings just how you want, with no fixed suppliers, no corkage charges and no hidden extras. Bring your own caterers or have a DIY wedding if you choose and, if you want more help, The Pilgrims Rest team have a little black book of all their trusted Sussex suppliers. Importantly, a member of the wedding team will be there on the day to hold your hand and ensuring the day runs smoothly, leaving you, your family and your friends to relax and really enjoy your wedding day.
If you would like to book an appointment to see this stunning Sussex gem then call Amy on 07552873448.
Finding a truly magical wedding venue....
Are you looking to have a magical wedding where you can tie the knot with fires crackling and fairy lights twinkling in the background? If so, then you may well fall in love with The Pilgrims Rest, a beautiful Wealden Hall house nestled next to Battle Abbey in the heart of East Sussex. Nearly 600 years old, The Pilgrims Rest is full of rustic charm and historic soul.
As well as being a stunning building with its medieval vaulted Great Hall, it also boasts three working inglenook fireplaces, ancient beams, linenfold doors and oak floors. With all the advantages of a dry hire venue (with no fixed suppliers or corkage charges) it is about as far removed from an empty building as you could find.
The Pilgrims Rest has been designed to need little extra decoration; The Great Hall is furnished with benches and furs for the ceremony alongside safety church candles; the Dining Room with wide, lime washed trestle tables and Chivari chairs. You will find a selection of pewter candlesticks on the tables (with real candles) and plenty of wood for the fires. Vintage decanters, wine buckets, a cake table and rustic stand are there if you would like to use them.
The bridal changing rooms with its vintage dressing tables and chaise longues are perfect for pre-wedding photographs (a further changing room will be completed by the end of February). The Webster Bar has another huge open fire with pea-lights and hops and the rustic bar comes with champagne baths, a drinks fridge and drinks dispensers for Pimms or fresh lemonade.
The Great Hall staircase and fireplaces are decorated with elegant garlands and pea-lights (which can be used or stored away if you prefer). At the beginning of each season, our design team adds a new seasonal look. In October we chose a cosy Autumnal feel with elements of burnt orange, dried oak leaves and vintage books; in December we foraged and decorated hazel twigs, hanging them above the tables with pretty decorations and tea-lights.
We have found that couples add small, finishing touches to make it their own. Many choose to add nothing at all. Either way it means that having a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune is a possibility and alleviate some of the trials and tribulations of organising a wedding. No matter what the season, The Pilgrims Rest is a perfect all year round venue for your wedding - we just like to help you make it a magical one.
Our next viewing day is Sunday 3rd March from 10am until 4pm. Call The Pilgrims Rest team today to make an appointment on 07552873448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a kind of magic….
Christmas really is a magical time to propose, with fires crackling and fairy lights twinkling - what better time to pop the big question? Over the holidays there have been engagement rings wrapped in tiny boxes tucked under the tree; popped inside Christmas crackers or simply presented on one knee. There have been unplanned proposals with Haribo rings standing in until the real thing has been chosen. Shrieks of surprise and excitement, tears and happiness have been heard in homes across the country.
Whether it is just the two of you or surrounded by family or friends, a Christmas proposal is quite frankly magic. It therefore comes as no surprise that creating a magical wedding day is often top of a “want list” for many couples after their Christmas engagement. So, with ring fingers sparkling - or perhaps a little sticky from a jelly ring - the hunt for the perfect, magical venue begins…but where to look exactly?
In the little medieval town of Battle in the heart of East Sussex you will find The Pilgrims Rest. Nearly 600 years old, this beautiful old Wealden Hall house is full of rustic charm and historic soul - a unique and truly magical wedding venue. As well as being a stunning building with its medieval vaulted Great Hall, The Pilgrims Rest boasts three working inglenook fireplaces, ancient beams, linenfold doors and oak floors. With all the cost advantages of a dry hire venue (with no fixed suppliers no corkage charges and the choice to have your own bar) it is as far removed from “dry” as you could possibly want.
The Pilgrims Rest has been designed and furnished to need little extra decoration; The Great Hall is furnished with benches and furs for the ceremony and safety church candles. You can say your “I do’s” with the fire burning in the huge inglenook.
Off the Great Hall to one side is The Dining Room comes with wide, lime washed trestle tables and Chivari chairs. A selection of pewter candlesticks on the tables (with real candles), vintage decanters Vintage decanters, wine buckets, a cake table and rustic stand are there should you wish to use them. Another fireplace keeps the Dining room cosy for your guests. On the other side of the Great Hall is the cosy Webster Bar complete with huge open fire with pea-lights and hops. The rustic bar comes with champagne baths, a drinks fridge and drinks dispensers for Pimms or fresh lemonade. It goes without saying that there is plenty of wood for all three fires.
In the morning The Bryant bridal changing rooms with its vintage dressing tables and chaise longues and panelled sitting room are perfect for pre-wedding photographs and getting ready (a further changing room will be completed by the end of February). A member of the wedding team will be there on the day to hold your hand.
The Pilgrims Rest is decorated with elegant garlands and pea-lights (which can be used or stored away if you prefer), essentially designing a backdrop so that couples to add their own finishing touches making a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune a reality. At the beginning of each season, the creative team designs a new seasonal look. Last October, burnt orange, dried oak leaves and vintage books gave a pop of Autumnal colour. In December, the team were found foraging and decorating hazel twigs, hanging them above the tables with pretty decorations and tea-lights. It goes without saying that ideas for the Spring look are already in the air…
If you are looking for a unique wedding venue with a little added dusting of magic and would like to make an appointment to meet one of the wedding team at one of the wedding open days then email email@example.com.
Photography by Jessica Bevan.