We all dream about our wedding day - from making bridal boxes as children to creating Pinterest boards full of inspiration. When the time comes, suddenly dreams become reality and what started out as a fun and exciting process can quickly become a stressful and expensive one. From being a fairly relaxed, happy person we become the bridezilla of all bridezillas; we start to organise things down to the tiniest detail and walk through our wedding days a thousand times before it happens to make sure the day will run perfectly. At this point we need to stop, take a deep breath and really think…who are you actually planning this wedding for? For you and your fiancé or everyone else? If you have to pause to think about this then stop, take a bigger breath and think again. It is your day - have a wedding that you will actually enjoy organising and more importantly you will enjoy on the day.
Less is more is a good mantra when planning your day. Reducing your guest list means your close friends and family will be your guests so there should be nobody to impress and nobody to judge (or so we would hope!) Your wedding day should be full of fun, laughter and love. Think about if you were attending your best friend’s wedding - would you judge them if they decided not to spend hours making tiny pots of jam as favours? Probably not. If this is the case, then do yourself a favour (rather than making them) and keep it simple.
This is where we step in. The Pilgrims Rest in East Sussex is a 600 year old, licenced wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. We have designed and furnished it so that it needs little decoration. With vintage decanters and wine buckets and stands for your wine; wood for the fires and pewter candlesticks and candles for the lime-washed trestle tables; Chiavari chairs for dining and benches and furs for the ceremony we have tried to think of everything to make your day as simple and affordable for you as possible.
We do not charge corkage so that you can have great wine and your own bar if you choose. We offer couples the flexibility to have a wedding just how they want it and the choice to make it their own. We work with some amazing local caterers but if you have your own then bring them with you! As well as caterers we have a tried and tested list of amazing Sussex suppliers - from florists to photographers, D.J’s to harpists. Importantly our friendly and experienced team will hold your hand on the day ensuring your wedding goes without a hitch.
With less stress, less cost and less hassle your wedding will be more relaxed, more enjoyable and more fun. When it comes to planning your wedding - less really is more.
If you would like to come and view The Pilgrims Rest please contact The Pilgrims Rest team on email@example.com or call 07552 873448 to arrange an appointment.
Photography: Jess Bevan Photography
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
It’s a kind of magic….
In the little medieval town of Battle in the heart of East Sussex you will find The Pilgrims Rest. Nearly 600 years old, this beautiful old Wealden Hall house is full of rustic charm and historic soul - a unique and truly magical wedding venue. As well as being a stunning building with its medieval vaulted Great Hall, The Pilgrims Rest boasts three working inglenook fireplaces, ancient beams, linenfold doors and oak floors.
With all the cost advantages of a dry hire venue (with no fixed suppliers, no corkage charges and the choice to have your own bar) The Pilgrims Rest is as far removed from “dry” as you could possibly want; designed and furnished to need little extra decoration and a member of our wedding team available for advice and a little hand holding.
In the morning you can both get ready in the stunning Fitzherbert and The Bryant Rooms - two beautifully designed and furnished changing rooms. The Bryant Room also has a panelled sitting room which is perfect for pre-wedding photographs.
The Great Hall - furnished with benches topped with a choice of furs or boho rugs for the ceremony. Lanterns and safety church candles line the aisle. You can say your “I do’s” with the fire burning in the huge inglenook. After your meal the benches are cleared making way for dancing.
The Dining Room with its wide, lime washed trestle tables - perfect for en-famille dining with Chivari chairs comes with pewter candlesticks (with real candles), vintage decanters and wine buckets and has a second inglenook fire to keep your guests cosy.
The rustic Webster Bar complete with open fire, pea-lights and hops has champagne baths, a drinks fridge and drinks dispensers for Pimms or fresh lemonade. It goes without saying that there is plenty of wood for all three fires.
At The Pilgrims Rest we hope to make a stunning wedding possible without too much hassle and expense. With this in mind we seasonally decorate the building (which can be used or stored away if you prefer), designing a backdrop for couples to add their own finishing touches, helping create a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune.
Best of all we do not charge corkage and have no fixed suppliers, but a book of tried, tested and trusted suppliers if you need help. At The Pilgrims Rest we offer the choice to have your wedding just how you want it - with a little added dusting of magic!
If you would like to make an appointment to meet one of The Pilgrims Rest team then please email email@example.com or call us on 07552873448.
Photo by Katie Rogers Photography