One kind word can warm three winter months ~ Japanese Proverb

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And what kinder 2 words than ‘I do’.

It is still surprising to us here at Priston Mill that Winter Weddings continue to play second fiddle to the Summer events.

Perhaps it is our outlook on what a wedding can mean, but after watching the Bride & Groom exchange vows in a beautiful venue in a beautiful dress, surely it is then all about the eating & dancing!

It is not that we need an excuse, but Winter does seem a little more forgiving to the gluttony of a generous wedding.

Just picture sweeping through the frosted gardens to the warmth of your ceremony, candle-lit and flooded with friends & family. Enjoy a glass of bubbles, or perhaps something warmer for your reception, a Winter Pimms or Mulled Wine would go down a treat when it’s cold outside.

You and your guests can indulge in a delicious 3 course meal with wine. And although sticky toffee pudding is acceptable all year round it does seem slightly less naughty when there’s a chill outside.

The days are shorter so candlelight or fairy lights are a must, which makes everything look so special and sparkly. Your guests will so enjoy attending a wedding ‘out of season’, something to look forward to!

Also it is no secret that Winter in the UK is summer somewhere else, perhaps somewhere tropical? It is then perhaps the perfect time for your dream honeymoon?

We have various dates available Winter 2017/2018 so do give us a call and we can discuss your options.

 

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What an egg-cellent time to have a wedding!

We may be saying goodbye to the daffodils but we are standing with open arms to the tulips and the blossom. The shops are overflowing with chocolate and treats, hot cross buns a plenty and eggs of all shapes and sizes. Easter is here and we are taking full advantage.

Around this significant holiday is such a lovely time to get married. The children are on school holidays so no need to worry if you are a teacher, or you plan on inviting little ones to your big day. The weather is getting warmer and the gardens look glorious.

Here are just a few ideas to inspire your egg-ceptional Easter Wedding.

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Spring into planning your wedding

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Yesterday marked the First Day of Spring in the UK, although you would never have known down our way with the weather. So we have decided that today marks the First Day of Spring at Priston Mill, as the sun is shining and the daffodils are looking especially lovely.

Spring is such a lovely time to get married, as it is all about new beginnings, new blossom, new buds and new romance. Just teetering on the edge of ‘wedding season’ suppliers are more likely to have availability, and your guests will be excited to attend a friends nuptials outside of the Summer heat.

Next month may be too soon for even the most discerning of brides, but we have plenty of availability next Spring, so do get in touch and we can book you in for a visit.

5 minutes with Olivia

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When you discover Priston Mill, it is more than likely that your first port of call will be with Olivia. Responsible for all enquiries, and visits, she is on hand to answer any questions or concerns. Even before she recently got engaged herself, Olivia has always been passionate about weddings. We took 5 minutes of her time to ask her a few questions of our own.

What is your favourite part of showing couples around the venues here?

I love meeting so many interesting people. It is such fun to hear about their plans and how they met. Everyone has different ideas which make each visit totally unique.

Do you think it is important to see various venues before booking ‘the one’?

I think it is important to do your research. There are so many beautiful places these days it could be easy to become overwhelmed. I think it is a good idea to see different styles of venue, such as a barn then a hotel then something out of the ordinary like a zoo! However once you have found the venue that feels right, be brave and book, you could spend months looking otherwise.

What is your top tip when visiting a venue?

Ask lots of questions. Make sure you get across what it is you are looking for, especially when it comes to the food and drink and any decorations. Try to visualise your day there. Without a venue being fully set-up for another event it can be tricky to imagine it all dressed and ready, so you’ll need to go in with an open mind. But if the answers & the people inspire confidence, if it feels right, just go for it.

What is your number one question to ask during a visit?

‘Are there any additional costs?’ It is easy to get swept up in all the romance and ignore the fine print. It is important to think about things like staffing costs, cutlery and crockery. Does the venue hire include a cake stand? Don’t be embarrassed to ask out right as you may be surprised what is or isn’t included.

And lastly, are you getting married at Priston Mill?

I wish I were! I grew up in Herefordshire, so I am going closer to home to get married. We are having a marquee in the garden, which is going to be lovely, but so much work! I’m realising now, that having your wedding at a venue is certainly a lot less stressful than organising your big day from scratch.

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Get me to the church on time!

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It is that time again, this Sunday at 2am the clocks go back an hour to 1am giving us our honorary extra hour in bed. The mornings will be lighter, and the evenings will be darker making for some magical winter weddings here at Priston Mill.

We would like to use this time (how many time references/puns can we fit into one blog!) to look into how the day itself can run from start to finish. Obviously every wedding is totally unique and can be customised accordingly to each couple, but we can offer a guide for timings that we know works well and will keep things flowing.

Often it is a concern of our Bride and Groom that their guests may be left with too much time on their hands. We like to give everyone enough space to chat and mingle, without getting bored or hungry! We would recommend your ceremony start between 1pm and 3pm. See below for an example of what your wedding day could look like…

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2pm

The Ceremony

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2.30 – 4pm

The Reception

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4.00 – 6pm

The Wedding Breakfast

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6.00 – 6.30pm

Speeches

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6.30pm

Tea & Coffee

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7.30pm

Evening guests arrive

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8pm

The Party Starts!

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9pm

Evening food is served

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11.30pm

Bar closes

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12.00

Carriages

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Fall for an Autumn wedding

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Autumn is upon us, the nights are drawing in and the leaves are turning. This time of year is especially magical when surrounded by nature as we at Priston Mill are. The oranges and reds set against a cold cloudless sky can create the most beautiful of days, perfect for a wedding.

Take full advantage of what this season has to offer and bring the outside in with simple but very effective decorations. Mini pumpkins look great and with a simple tea-light inside can sit proudly in the middle of your table or window sill.

With the nights falling darker that much sooner, soft lighting and clever use of candles cast an almost mythical spell. And for something special to serve your guests during the reception, perhaps try our Mulled Cider.

We do still have availability in autumn 2017 and 2018 in both our venues, why not book in a viewing over the next few weeks so you can see how gorgeous your wedding day could be.

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Photo credit

http://www.photographybyjd-weddings.co.uk/

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