Close your eyes and imagine the warmth of an open fire; the light of
flickering candles; the company of your nearest and dearest; happiness
and contentment. Do you have a picture in your head? Can you describe
it in one word? The closest we could come up with was “cosy” but it
doesn’t quite hit the mark. In England we have no singular word that can
truly sum up this picture but if you were Danish it would be simple -
‘Hygge’. Hugely important in Danish lives, this little word has much to do
with why the Danes are the happiest nation in the world.
You might have seen Hygge Pinterest boards or interior design articles but
bear in mind that Hygge is much deeper than simply styling candles and
pine cones. Hygge is not just a look, but something that involves many
parts coming together in the right place, at the right time. Essentially, it is
about enjoying the good things in life with good people.
If it makes the Danes happy then what better than applying this little word
to your own lives and even your wedding plans to help you have a happy
wedding day. So, how do you go about it? Firstly, keep your guest list to
those you really love (and love you back!). Secondly, pick a venue that fits
your guest list - you can’t feel cosy in a half empty space and follow your
heart - you will know the moment you walk in whether you have found your
venue; it should feel just like coming home.
A venue that allows candles on your table and wood fires are pretty vital to
create a true Hygge feel on your wedding day. The Pilgrims Rest is 600
years old and has three working fireplaces. One in the Great Hall where
you make your vows; one in the dining room and the third in the bar.
The Pilgrims Rest is a totally unique, exclusive use venue that comes fully
furnished, and with professional designed seasonal looks included. With fur
clad benches to twisted willow entwined with pealights, this is a true Hygge
The Pilgrims Rest needs little decoration but gives you the opportunity to
add your own spin. There are no restrictions on suppliers and no corkage
charges, leaving you to choose who helps you on your wedding day.
Getting married should be the best day of your life so always remember -
good things and good people. Speaking of good people, one of The
Pilgrims Rest wedding team will be there to hold your hand, offering help
and advice in the run up to your wedding day. On the morning of your
wedding, they will be the first to arrive and last to leave, ensuring your day goes without a hitch. If your wedding nerves kick in, you will find a
reassuring smile and a little “Hygge” to help you on your way.
Photographer Jessica Bevan Photography