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10 top tips for visiting a wedding venue


Advice from the team here at Priston Mill in Bath, Somerset

It has been known that some couples that visit our wedding venues in Bath first, book straight away, but we have found that the majority of Brides and Grooms will visit a handful of wedding venues around Bath and Bristol before confirming a date, and we totally understand that. After all, hunting for venues for weddings is all part of the fun and excitement of the wedding planning process.  As a newly engaged couple, why not indulge yourself and take the opportunity to look around beautiful wedding venues? We would certainly encourage you to try on a selection of wedding dresses, so why not look at a few different wedding locations as well!

Here are our top tips and what to ask when visiting wedding venues:

Do Your Research

wedding ceremony in the watermill gardens at Priston Mill

Have an idea of time of year for your big day before you look at locations, and when you do always look online. At Priston Mill in Bath, we have the most beautiful hardcopy brochures that we love sending out to newly engaged couples. It is so nice to have something in your hand to look through in the comfort of your own home. Most websites these days are a great source of information, and give a good idea of what kind of wedding venue you are looking it. Take your time and look through social media sites, read reviews and check out any videos.

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Be Visit Ready

Before you arrange your visit or virtual tour, make a call to the wedding venue and collect all the information that you need at that stage. We love to have a good chat with our couples prior to their visit, to get an idea of what they are looking for so that we can tailor the venue visit to your needs. If you have decided on a specific date in advance, make sure that it is available. If your wedding venue must have disabled access, a late license, or a team who will decorate for you, ask those questions. Before you visit somewhere, it is always good to know their stance on minimum numbers, catering options, access and finish timings and availability.

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Don't Rush It

During your visit, don’t rush through. This is a huge decision and one you should enjoy making, so don't be afraid to ask all of your important questions, and even ask to take another wander around on your own through to ensure you get a real feel for the wedding venue. Be sure to make notes, and ask all the questions you have prepared. Feel comfortable when it’s finished that you have a good idea of the venue space, location, and the people in charge. There are acres of countryside to explore around Priston Mill so feel free to bring your walking boots if you fancy an adventure!


Trust Those In Charge

At Priston Mill, our countryside wedding venue in Bath, we pride ourselves on our experienced team, and the service that they offer. We believe every single wedding is as important as the next, and must be treated as such. We take time to get to know each couple, see their vision and understand their wants for the special day. This is your wedding, you must feel comfortable putting your trust into those who are leading the charge. We are always more than happy to answer any queries, by email or phone call, remember, there are no silly questions! 

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Top 10 Questions to ask wedding venues

·         What time do we get access to the venue?

·    What is included in the venue hire and are there any extras we should know about?

·         Do we have to use your recommended suppliers?

·         Who does the catering and what are our food and drink options?

·         Are there any restrictions, or anything that we can't do?

·         How many guests can you accommodate for both the ceremony and reception?

·         What are our options for music during the day and evening?

·         Will your staff be involved in setting up and breaking down the décor?

·         Can I see the chairs and tableware we will be using?

      ·        How long can I provisionally hold a date for?


It is also completely understandable that you may feel out of your depth, and a little overwhelmed, especially at such an uncertain time that we find ourselves in. We are here to help you. Just call or email, we would love to hear from you and book you in for a tour. Email the team on, or call the office on 01225 423894.


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