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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Where Love Blossoms

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We cannot absolutely guarantee sunshine for your wedding day. However, a little rain can conjure the most beautiful blooms and our gardens are testament to that.

With the ever-changing weather we’ve had so far this year, we’ve been blessed with an early blossoming of the most gorgeous garden flowers – a perfect backdrop for photographs on your special day.

With this in mind, one of our top tips to save a few pennies is to use flowers which have been locally grown, rather than imported, for your bouquets and bunches. These ‘Garden flowers’, freshly picked and in season, are especially popular at Priston Mill. Although we are only 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bath here you feel wonderfully remote from the hustle and bustle of the city. For this reason arrangements and bouquets made with seasonal flowers blend perfectly with the rustic charm of the venue and the surrounding Somerset countryside.

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What about a Winter Wedding?

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It may seem strange to be thinking of Winter when we finally have a glimpse of sun, but for those who plan to marry among the robins and red berries, Winter is very much on the mind!

We have a fabulous Winter Wedding Offer from November to March* which lowers the venue hire considerably and includes our ceremony charge (where applicable). You are also welcome to a complimentary reception drink per person!

Why not take advantage of the cold and enjoy a mulled wine, or Winter Pimms before sitting down to a seasonal 3 course dinner. Then into the night when you’ve danced up an appetite, you could bring in a little alpine chic and serve a Tartiflette.

We do have availability in both The Tythe Barn and The Watermill from November 2016 to March 2017, so it is not too late to book!

*Terms and Conditions apply

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Photos from Christine Hopwood @ Priston Mill & Belinda McCarthy