Speech! Speech!

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There are many aspects to a person’s wedding that people look forward to; the dress, the food, the music and inevitably the speeches. Many of us are guilty of inflicting our previous experiences of speeches, on those about to speak. Perhaps we expect the address to seemingly last forever or hope that it lasts a short sharp 5 minutes filled with laughter and tears.

There can be such expectation on the speeches that it is important to us at Priston Mill they happen in a way that makes those participating feel confident and comfortable.

Traditionally the speeches happen after the main meal before tea and coffee is served. This does mean that your guests have been wined and dined, making everyone a little more relaxed and appreciative of your words.

However on some occasions people are particularly nervous and would prefer to ‘get it out the way’. In which case you can opt to have the speeches before you start the wedding breakfast. If doing so we would suggest you time the speeches carefully so that when our chefs present your delicious starter it is still delicious, and not compromised by a speaker over-running.

In our experience we have found speeches last between 5 & 10 minutes. It may not sound like a long time, but better to be short and sweet!

If one or all of your speakers are especially anxious, we have a PA system & microphone available for hire. However the acoustics in our old, majestic venues are amazing, so it is very rarely required.

You may have heard of a Master of Ceremonies; a person who makes the introductions and announcements. On occasion the Bride & Groom will hire or appoint such a person. However, if you would prefer our Events Managers are more than happy to make these announcements for you.

Photo from West Photography

 

View from a Somerset window

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What seems like a very distant 50 years ago, a young boy once stood for the very first time at the south-facing bedroom window of the Priston Mill farmhouse, gazing in wonder at the bucolic scene spread before him like a banquet, drinking in the sights and sounds of what was a busy farm way back then. He was there as a guest of Peter Hopwood, a school chum from Taunton School where they were both boarding, and invited for the short Easter hols as his own parents lived on the other side of the world, in Iran. Today, that same boy, long since grown into a man, stands again at that very same window, looking out over fields of harvested gold as if Priston were a time-machine – a Tardis capable of compressing half a century into two delicious moments. The surrounding fields appear to be quite the same in this charming, rustic corner of Somerset, little-changed down the centuries and so very far from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring towns which lie at the distant end of a meandering maze of country lanes and bye-roads dotted with sleepy hamlets, church spires and patchwork fields. Bath and Bristol are both nearby but might easily lie hundreds of miles away from this enchanted countryside cocoon. And yet, on closer inspection, much has changed because, today, Priston is now one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the area offering both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.The herds of dairy cattle and arable pursuits of yesteryear have long given way to a highly efficient infrastructure for hosting weddings in what has remained one of the most beautiful settings imaginable – the very same one that stole the heart of that young boy all those years ago. The historic water mill has been refurbished, its olde worlde charm now the backdrop for stylish weddings where guests can enjoy a full range of modern amenities and of course the mill’s manicured gardens, recreation area for children, pergola & pagoda – all fringed by a gurgling stream and framed by the timeless beauty of the countryside. On the other side of the gardens, the old Tythe Barn has magically risen like a new Phoenix, casting a spell that marries the rustic charm and beauty of a bygone era with the ability to cater for around 160 guests in a refined, elegant ambiance. As I turn away from my time-warp window, I can’t help reflecting on all the magic that has been woven here since I was that young lad still in school and on the way that Priston Mill has embraced a wonderful new future while at the same time remaining faithful to its past. I am convinced this is the secret of its success and I am sure that the young boy standing beside me at the window on the other side of time, would agree.

Glynn Burridge

Author, Freelance, Copywriter, Seychelles Tourism Board Consultant