Brides Magazine have launched their ultimate guide to wedding trends. One of these trends is cutting the guest list.
“Weddings are getting smaller. With couples opting to leave off relatives they haven’t seen for years, choosing more intimate gatherings with the people that matter most. This also cuts the wedding budget considerably, meaning extra cash saved to afford everything you really want.”
So take a good look at your guest list. Ask yourself if second cousin Sally, Great Aunt Agnes, that colleague from work you didn’t want to offend - will make your wedding day a better one. Maybe they will but more often than not having those you really love and who really love you is all you need. What is better is that you actually get time to spend time with them on the day.
The Pilgrims Rest is an intimate wedding venue with no hidden extras, no corkage charge offering flexibility and choice. If you are looking for somewhere more personal where you can be surrounded by your nearest and dearest then call today and come and see the venue for yourself.
To find out how you can have your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest, please contact Amy on 07552873448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Jessica Bevan
Venue styling by The Pilgrims Rest
One of the many great things about an autumn wedding is being able to forage for colourful foliage to decorate your venue from gardens and hedgerows. As the Autumn light changes, the colour of the leaves merge from yellows to burnt oranges; plums to deep reds. With rose hips and berries, dried honesty and oak leaves, the world, when it comes to decorating for an Autumnal wedding, really is your oyster. With the right venue and a little imagination, a stunning Autumn look can be achieved easily and inexpensively. At The Pilgrims Rest we set about creating an Autumn look that is just so…
Being situated in the heart of East Sussex, The Pilgrims Rest is well located for foraging; so we set about collecting hazel branches and wove in copper wired pea-lights before putting them in large glass vases filled with fallen oak leaves. We raided a local charity shop and built little piles of old red books adding tea-lights and baby pumpkins and topped them off with Virginia Creeper and oak leaves to make a cosy aisle arrangement.
At The Pilgrims Rest we are always adding and improving our wedding venue to make life as easy and inexpensive for couples as possible. In the summer we made and arranged garlands, woven with pea-lights over the fireplaces and staircase, to which colour can easily be added to suit a chosen theme. With autumn in mind, we decided to include pops of burnt orange and red which look stunning. We arranged flickering candles, pumpkins and Virginia Creeper up the ancient staircase to create warmth and atmosphere. Coupled with the fur topped benches and the fire in the inglenook fireplace, the vaulted Great Hall is a pretty special place to make your vows.
Autumn doesn’t always mean oranges and reds - often there are shades of soft pinks and mauves in the countryside. So, in the dining room we opted for a more faded, vintage feel. As the hydrangeas in the garden were beginning to turn in early September we picked, and dried some. We then added these to our fireplace garlands and arranged them in some of our old glass decanters. The colours go beautifully with our lime-washed trestle tables, Chivari chairs and pewter candle sticks.
We never underestimate the beauty, and smell, of fresh flowers and really enjoy working with some amazing florists. As with all our suppliers, we are constantly seeking out new and young talent to add to our tried, tested and trusted list. Hastings based Laura at Bly Rose Flowers, created some beautiful table runners using natural foliage, berries and bay leaves coupled with dried thistles, honesty and hydrangeas adding to our faded, vintage theme.
A bay leaf tucked under some elegant place names created by Lynda Loves tied in nicely with the runners. Lynda has been with us since we launched as a wedding venue has made some wonderful stationery for some of our couples. So too have local catering supplier Abbey Catering, who kindly loaned us their crockery, cutlery and dove grey napkins for a few days.
To really capture the autumn look we asked local photographer, Jessica Bevan to come and take some photographs. Jessica is a young, Sussex photographer we met recently, having shot a wedding at The Pilgrims Rest this summer. We had been really impressed with how well she captured the feel and warmth of The Pilgrims Rest at the wedding. We think you will agree she has done an amazing job.
The Pilgrims Rest is a 600 year old Wealden Hall house in the heart of East Sussex. Full of rustic charm and historic soul, this is a wedding venue unlike any other. If you would like to arrange an appointment to view the venue please contact Amy on 07552873448 or email at email@example.com.
Venue decor and styling by The Pilgrims Rest: www.pilgrimsrestbattle.co.uk
Photography by Jessica Bevan: www.jessicabevanphotography.com
Table flower garlands by Laura Bly: @blyroseflowers
Wedding stationery by LyndaLoves: www.lyndaloves.com
Tableware by Abbey catering: www.new.abbeycateringservices.co.uk
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