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 when you have found your venue; it should feel just like coming home.
A venue that allows candles and fires is pretty vital to create a true Hygge feel on your wedding day. The Pilgrims Rest is just such a venue in the heart of East Sussex. 600 years old with three working fireplaces. A unique, exclusive use venue that comes fully furnished, and with seasonal looks included if you choose. With two beautiful dressing rooms, the vaulted Great Hall to make your vows, candles on the tables and furs on the benches, there is a great deal included.
The Pilgrims Rest needs little decoration but gives you the opportunity to add your own finishing touches. Even better, 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.
If you would like more information about holding your wedding at The Pilgrims Rest please contact the team on 07552873448 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography by Jessica Bevan