Stop by for a visit

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Here at Priston Mill one of my highlights is meeting new couples and showing them around our gorgeous venues. The venues have become so familiar to me now it is nice to be reminded of their beauty through fresh eyes. It is so easy to forget how impressive the high ceiling is in The Tythe Barn, or how special it is to see a working watermill lit up beautifully.

Here are some key things we suggest you look for when visiting your future venue:

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First impressions

Every couple is different but for whatever reason your venue should make you smile from the moment you arrive at its doors. Here at Priston Mill we have a very talented team of gardeners and maintenance who make sure that as soon as you turn the corner you’re blown away.

Can you visualise your day?

As you walk around can you see yourselves and your families at your wedding? At Priston Mill we almost encourage you to have a wonder around on your own, to allow you time and space to picture how your day could look. Without realising it, if it’s right, you will be able to picture your walk down the aisle in The Tythe Barn or your crazy Uncle dancing the night away in The Watermill.

Think of the logistics

We understand how romantic and lovely it is to be engaged but at some point you are going to have to take off your rose-tinted glasses and ask the technical questions. If in doubt, look out for the * symbol! At Priston Mill we aim to be very open and honest about any immediate and future costs. Our venue hire includes all crockery, cutlery, tables, chairs, linens & staff.

How does it feel?

It may sound a little silly, but you do get a feel for a place as soon as you walk in the door. Almost like buying a home, you can feel if it is the right fit almost instantly. On your wedding day it is important you feel relaxed, comfortable in your surroundings. We take this into consideration and use what we can to make sure Priston Mill is special but not intimidating.

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At Priston Mill we are open for visits Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and the occasional Sundays & Mondays. We would be more than happy to meet you for an informal chat and walk around our venues. To book an appointment do call on 01225 423894 or email admin@pristonmill.co.uk

 

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/

http://martindabek.com/

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