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!
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
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. Join us this Sunday 7th October 2018 for our wedding show case. For more information please go to www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or contact Amy on 07552 873448.
Photography by Sarah Williams at www.sarahwilliamsphotography.com
Oh how I love this time of year! Autumn is slowly creeping in with leaves and bracken turning from green to shades of orange, making the rolling views of the Sussex countryside prettier day by day. The morning sunlight catches the mist nestled in the valleys and there is nip in the air reminding us that winter is on its way.
After a summer to die for, there is something about the prospect of evenings in front of a fire, period dramas and long Sunday lunches with friends and family that we actually look forward to. The Danes call it Hygge, the Scots “Coorie”. In England we don’t have an exact word for it - some might say cosy or snug is the closest description but really it is a feeling -almost a feeling of coming home.
In the world of weddings more informal, smaller weddings have become increasingly popular with winter weddings high on the wish list. More and more couples are searching for a wedding venue that is cosy and friendly; one where they feel completely at home and can spend their day surrounded by people they love, with whom they can laugh (and cry) and be completely at ease.
Couples are looking for more than just a beautiful venue these days - they are searching for a venue that also has that certain feeling - a feeling of coming home. Finding the right venue can tricky; there are plenty of beautiful venues out there to choose from but some can be lacking in soul or need huge amounts of decoration to bring them to life. The search for the perfect, intimate venue can be tricky indeed…unless you know where to look!
The Pilgrims Rest is a 600 year old wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. Full of rustic charm, this grand old lady also has historic soul. Over the centuries she has hosted medieval banquets to Victorian tea dances with numerous flagons of ale and glasses of champagne consumed beneath her eaves. Designed to need little decoration. The Great Hall with its huge inglenook fireplace and vaulted ceiling is furnished with benches and furs; The Dining Room comes with lime-washed trestle tables wide enough for sharing platters and en-famille dining. With three inglenook fireplaces with crackling fires, candlelight in the dining room and a suite of bridal changing rooms to get ready, The Pilgrims Rest is a truly magical venue.
There are no corkage charges and no fixed suppliers. Instead their friendly wedding co-ordinators can make suggestions and introduce you to their tried and tested Sussex suppliers. If you prefer to have a DIY wedding and rope in the family, then you are more than welcome. The Pilgrims Rest offers you the choice and flexibility to have your wedding just how you want it and is perfect for weddings all year round. When the sun shines your guests can flood out into the pretty walled garden; as the evening draws in the fires are stoked, the candles lit and this grand old lady literally sparkles into life…
Join us next Sunday 7th October for our Autumn wedding showcase. For more information or to make an appointment to view the venue contact Amy today on 07552873448.
One of my favourite photographs is one taken at my parent’s wedding in 1950. Both of them had lived through the war with Dad fighting in France at the age of 18. They first met at a dance in London; Mum was 17 and Dad was 23. He took one look at her and told himself, “That is the girl I am going to marry”; he was right.
A while later they married on a freezing cold, January day in the same church in where Hugh Grant walks out on “Duck face” in the film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Their wedding guests said it was the coldest wedding they could remember. Being of the “Make do and mend” era, my mother had become a dab hand with a needle during the war years and, coupled with being a broke university student, had made her own wedding dress. At the last minute she borrowed her father-in-law’s large wool vest to keep her warm. After the ceremony, my father held open the car door for his beautiful new wife as the winter wind caught in her veil; the camera clicked and this lovely photograph of my parents, young and happy, was taken.
A few weeks ago my mother, now aged 88, was going through a box of old photographs with my daughter. She picked one out and smiled, “Molly”, she said, “ Try to find a husband like this and you will be happy for the rest of your life”.
If you are looking for a perfect winter wedding venue to begin your happily ever after, then The Pilgrims Rest in East Sussex might be just what you are looking for you. For more information please contact Amy on 07552873448 or email at email@example.com.