Oh how I love this time of year! Autumn is slowly creeping in with leaves and bracken turning from green to shades of orange, making the rolling views of the Sussex countryside prettier day by day. The morning sunlight catches the mist nestled in the valleys and there is nip in the air reminding us that winter is on its way.
After a summer to die for, there is something about the prospect of evenings in front of a fire, period dramas and long Sunday lunches with friends and family that we actually look forward to. The Danes call it Hygge, the Scots “Coorie”. In England we don’t have an exact word for it - some might say cosy or snug is the closest description but really it is a feeling -almost a feeling of coming home.
In the world of weddings more informal, smaller weddings have become increasingly popular with winter weddings high on the wish list. More and more couples are searching for a wedding venue that is cosy and friendly; one where they feel completely at home and can spend their day surrounded by people they love, with whom they can laugh (and cry) and be completely at ease.
Couples are looking for more than just a beautiful venue these days - they are searching for a venue that also has that certain feeling - a feeling of coming home. Finding the right venue can tricky; there are plenty of beautiful venues out there to choose from but some can be lacking in soul or need huge amounts of decoration to bring them to life. The search for the perfect, intimate venue can be tricky indeed…unless you know where to look!
The Pilgrims Rest is a 600 year old wedding venue in the heart of East Sussex. Full of rustic charm, this grand old lady also has historic soul. Over the centuries she has hosted medieval banquets to Victorian tea dances with numerous flagons of ale and glasses of champagne consumed beneath her eaves. Designed to need little decoration. The Great Hall with its huge inglenook fireplace and vaulted ceiling is furnished with benches and furs; The Dining Room comes with lime-washed trestle tables wide enough for sharing platters and en-famille dining. With three inglenook fireplaces with crackling fires, candlelight in the dining room and a suite of bridal changing rooms to get ready, The Pilgrims Rest is a truly magical venue.
There are no corkage charges and no fixed suppliers. Instead their friendly wedding co-ordinators can make suggestions and introduce you to their tried and tested Sussex suppliers. If you prefer to have a DIY wedding and rope in the family, then you are more than welcome. The Pilgrims Rest offers you the choice and flexibility to have your wedding just how you want it and is perfect for weddings all year round. When the sun shines your guests can flood out into the pretty walled garden; as the evening draws in the fires are stoked, the candles lit and this grand old lady literally sparkles into life…
Join us next Sunday 7th October for our Autumn wedding showcase. For more information or to make an appointment to view the venue contact Amy today on 07552873448.