Some weddings run just like clockwork with everything coming together seamlessly. There are, on the other hand, weddings where nothing seems to go to plan. The latter often make the best dinner party stories with tales of marquees collapsing; the overheated bridesmaid who passes out into the flower arrangement; the vicar who uses the bride as a spittoon.
Some events are impossible to control and, if they do happen, it all goes better if a good sense of humour and a ‘C’est la vie’ attitude is the order of the day. Other events can be avoided and this is when a good wedding co-ordinator can really save the day.
Brides and grooms actually don’t want to know that the florist has fallen over the flower bucket and flooded the floor. They also don’t want to know their caterers have turned up late and are rushing to catch up. They particularly don’t want to know that their mother in law has changed the seating plan so Auntie Joan doesn’t have to sit next to Uncle Harry. What they do want to know is that everything is apparently going to plan, that nothing is wrong and that they can sit back and enjoy their wedding morning.
A good wedding co-ordinator will find the florist a bucket and mop, calm the caterers down and suggest the ushers put the table plan back to its original layout. Blissfully ignorant of all the goings on, the bride or groom starts to walk down the aisle. As they look at the smiling faces of their friends and family they are completely relaxed; the day is apparently running like clockwork…virtually seamless…and just as they had planned.
The Pilgrims Rest, full of rustic charm and historic soul, comes complete with a mop wielding friendly wedding co-ordinator with a glass of bubbly on hand to help you on your way up the aisle. For more information please visit www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or call Amy on 07552873448.
In the middle of a British heatwave thoughts of shorter days and darker evenings seems almost impossible to imagine. 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. For more information please go to www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or contact Amy on 07552 873448.
Two brides’ alarms go off promptly at 7 am. Both brides are tying the knot at 2pm that afternoon. Both have similar plans for their weddings but different venues.
The first bride yawns as she rolls out of bed, checks the time and already starts to panic - she has to be at the venue no earlier than 10 am to set up the wedding, sort out the decorations and seating plans before having a shower, washing her hair and having her nails and make up done before getting into her wedding dress.
She hurriedly gets dressed before gathering everything she will need, checking her endless list of last minute jobs. Her bridesmaids and family are already downstairs in a similar state. Cries of “Have you remembered the veil, have you remembered the seating plan” bellow around the house. Finally, with check lists ticked the family load up the cars and head off to the venue.
The function room now looks as though it needs rather more decoration than they remembered and suddenly the bride starts to well up, worried that it won’t look as good as she hoped on the day. There won’t be enough time to make any last minute changes. Wedding nerves have set in and a melt down is imminent. Her bridesmaid spots the tell tale wobble of her best friend’s bottom lip and cheerfully tries to reassure her as they start laying up the tables and arranging the place names.
The bride has had some lovely ideas to decorate the tables for the wedding but each detail seems to be taking an unpredicted lengthy amount of time. Tying the place names onto the napkin with a ribbon, a bow and a pine cone seemed like such a good idea at the time but now it seems tempting to forget the ribbon and possibly the pine cone altogether! Who would have thought it would all be so fiddly?
Finally, the decorations are in place. They scan the room; it all looks beautiful. The bride sighs with relief and checks her watch - it is has taken nearly three hours to set up the venue and she still needs to shower and have her hair and make up done before getting into her dress. How on earth are they going to fasten 40 covered buttons up the back of the wedding dress with nail polish that apparently doesn’t want to set? Her lip begins to wobble once more as her bridesmaid grabs her hand and pulls her up the stairs to change.
A few miles away a second bride yawns, checks the time and rolls over. Her venue let them set up the day before. Everything is done - ribbons cut and place names and pine cones tied; her wedding dress hanging in the bridal changing room at the venue. After another little snooze, she has a long shower and some breakfast before heading off to the venue with her family and bridesmaids. When she arrives she is greeted with a chilled bottle of bubbly and relaxes while the make up artist works her magic. As she calmly raises her champagne glass to her lips there isn’t a wobble in sight.
If you are looking for a wedding venue that lets you set up the afternoon before and pick up your things the morning after, The Pilgrims Rest wedding venue might be just what you are looking for. Full of rustic charm and historic soul, The Pilgrims Rest is a stunning wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. For more information go to www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk or call Amy on 07552873448.