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.
We believe a wedding should be a relaxed, fun and, above all, happy day. A wedding is about two people telling the world they love each other and want to be together for the rest of their lives. Sadly, at times the most important part of saying “I do” can become a side-line in what becomes a very expensive and time-consuming event leaving couples relieved when it is all over.
The Pilgrims Rest is an historic wedding venue full of rustic charm in the heart of East Sussex. We have designed the interior and thoughtfully furnished it create a beautiful, yet affordable wedding. We include many extras from wood for the three open fires to vintage decanters; pewter candlesticks to pea-lights and garlands over the fireplaces.
We want you spend your wedding day smiling, happy and relaxed and enjoy it from start to finish which is why we include a member of our wedding team to hold your hand and ensures the day goes without a hitch.
To keep costs down we do not restrict you to in house catering. If you want to do your own catering and have a DIY wedding, use your own caterer or one of our recommended local caterers. From fine dining to hog roasts - the choice is entirely yours
If you like to bring your own alcohol you will be glad to hear we do not charge a corkage fee. In fact, there are no hidden extras or sneaky added fees. Everything you see in the building comes included on the day giving you the flexibility to choose your own suppliers. To make life easier we have a list of tried and tested talented suppliers from florists to photographers who we can introduce you.
At The Pilgrims Rest we don’t offer packages or restrict your creativity. We love seeing how couples add their finishing touches from jugs of garden flowers to a sprig of rosemary on the tables. Less, as we have discovered when it comes to wedding planning, is often more - more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable.
If you would like to visit The Pilgrims Rest and see how we can help you have a beautiful, yet affordable wedding, please call our wedding manager Amy on 07552873448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Jackson & co www.jacksonandcophotography.com