Priston Mill Watermill in landscaped gardens

Royal Wedding Countdown

Here at Priston Mill, our two unique wedding venues in Somerset, we are very excited about the Royal Wedding. Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle on Saturday 19th May, at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle.

As you can imagine all of us at Priston Mill love weddings as they bring us a huge amount of joy and anticipation. However, there is something rather special about one that grips us, the nation and people right across the world. Ever since they announced their engagement there have been stories and speculation in the world’s media about, for example, what Meghan might be wearing, how Harry will look, who will be invited. Sadly, our invite must have been lost in the post! A lack of attendance however will not dampen our patriotic (and romantic) spirit. Did you know Priston Mill lies on Duchy of Cornwall land? Such affiliation surely makes us a shoe-in for the evening reception at least?

It may surprise you to know that the Priston Mill team never looses interest at looking at beautiful wedding dresses. We have yet to be within sight of any royal dresses and so must rely on the trusty internet to feed that fascination. Here are a few of our favourites so far…

 Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip in 1947.
Her dress was made from ivory silk and adorned with over 10,000 pearls. As they were married only two years after the war, Queen Elizabeth paid for her wedding dress using ration coupons. In total the gown took 350 women over seven weeks to create.

Princess Dianna
Princess Diana became a part of the royal family in 1981. This dress is probably the most iconic of all the royal wedding dresses, with a 25-foot flowing train. In the months leading up to her big day, Princess Diana lost so much weight the designers made a total of five different bodices, and ultimately she had to be stitched into the final bodice on the day itself.   

Most recently Prince William married Katherine Middleton, 2011.
Sarah Burton designed this beautiful dress, using traditional craftsmanship dating back to the 1800’s to represent ‘something old’. Kate’s veil was crafted at The Royal School of Needlework and measured nine feet (considerably shorter than her late Mother-in-Law’s!).

As well as witnessing many weddings, we also of course get to see some stunning floral arrangements. Neither of the Priston Mill wedding venues needs a huge amount of decoration, as the Tythe Barn and Watermill are so interesting and full of charm themselves. A few seasonal flowers on the tables, or dotted along the window sills can look both simple and elegant.

Here are some of our favourite flowers that royal brides have chosen for their special day:

Kate and bouquet
Kate Middleton chose a very simple and elegant bouquet of lilies, hyacinths and ivy.

For Kate and William's wedding ceremony a most beautiful aisle was created in Westminster Abbey, using an abundance of trees.

Trees inside the Tythe Barn
Since their wedding we have seen this idea developed to suit the Tythe Barn at Priston Mill with great effect. As we are so lucky to be surrounded by such stunning countryside, it works really well when our couples bring ‘the outside, in’.

When Zara Philips married Mike Tindall she went for neutral colours, which included thistles, Scotland’s national flower. The whole arrangement was softened with lilies and hydrangeas.

 Peter & Autumn
When Peter Philips wed Autumn Kelly at St Georges Chapel, Windsor they had the entrance adorned with the most opulent floral display. The grandeur mixed with the simple colour palette made for a very classy, eye-catching entrance.

Still the questions remain surrounding May 19th 2018. Luckily, we only have a few sleeps to go before we find out.

Our team here at Priston Mill would be delighted to talk to you about your own wedding requirements - whether you’re a member of the Royal family or not!

Please call us on 01225 423894.

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