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Just Engaged? Here’s the top 12 questions you need to be asking your venue…

We know how daunting it can be when you first begin to look at wedding venues. There are SO many different things to consider, location, season, guest number and most importantly the catering! We deal with these sorts of logistics every day, and thought it might be helpful to share a few of our frequently asked questions, with answers from our wonderful Event Manager Georgia.

1. Are Cutlery, Crockery, Glassware and Table Linen Included in the Venue Hire Price?

All of the above is included in your wedding venue hire when you book either our Tythe Barn or Watermill, along with the beautiful Chiavari chairs and our round banqueting tables. Everything you will need to host your wedding with us, minus the decorations.

 Table decorated for the wedding breakfast in the Tythe Barn

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2. What Time Will Our Evening Reception Need to Finish?

Suppliers will have access to the venue from 9am to set up, and our event finish time is 12 midnight with most guests departing the venue by 12.15am.

3. How Long Can I Provisionally Hold a Date For?

You can hold a date of your choosing for a period of 7 days, free of charge, no strings attached. This will give you some time to discuss with friends and family about your decision to book your wedding with us and how wonderful it will be.

4. What time should we tell guests to arrive prior to the ceremony?

We will be seating guests approximately 15 minutes prior to the ceremony so we recommend to ask them to arrive between 1 hour and 30 minutes before the start of the service.

5. Do we need to book a master of ceremonies?

Your dedicated wedding planner will be quite happy to guide the guests to where they need to be and at what time. This then allows you to enjoy your day with your loved ones without ever checking your watch! Alternatively, if you would rather a groomsman or other member of the wedding party take on this role, we are happy to assist them.

6. Do we have to set up and take down all our decorations on the day?

Where possible, if there is not a wedding or event taking place the day prior, you are welcome to come in and decorate between 11am and 3pm at no extra cost. Alternatively, where this is not an option, you can drop decorations to us the week of your wedding on a pre-arranged day with your Event Manager and we will get everything set up on the morning for you. We will then pack everything away for you at the end of your event and pop it in our collection store to be collected by 11am the following morning.

 View of the Tythe Barn through the floral display

Image by Aga Hosking.

7. Do you have any decorations we can hire from you?

You will have use of our easel; cake stand and cake knife for your Wedding Day at no extra cost. However, we do not have any decorations available to hire.

8. How do I organise my confetti shot?

You can absolutely have confetti after the ceremony. It is totally your choice if you would rather have this coming down the aisle or outside along our pathway for that iconic confetti shot! Either way your Event Manager will be on hand, alongside the Registrars who will happily help you get that perfect photo!!

Confetti being thrown outside the barn at Priston Mill 

Image by Jodie Hurd.

9. Can we leave our cars overnight in the car park?

You and your guests are welcome to park over night, the cars will simply need to be collected by 11am the following morning.

10. Do you have a microphone?

In our larger Tythe Barn venue we do have a microphone that you can use for your speeches, although it won’t always be necessary, it’s always an option. In our smaller Watermill, there is no microphone, however with the smaller room, and great acoustics, this is not necessary.

 Bride giving a speech in the barn at Priston Mill

Image by Brad Wakefield.

11. Do You Offer a Menu Tasting?

We are very proud of the wonderful feedback that we receive from our couples and their guests about their dining experiences at Priston Mill. Our events team, along with our chefs, have extensive knowledge of our menus and are more than happy to assist with any questions that you may have to ensure that you and your guests have a menu that you will all love. We find that chatting through your options with our very experienced Events Managers at your planning meeting or before, can be extremely useful and therefore alleviate the need for a food tasting. Why not head to our recent reviews to hear what our lovely past couples have said about the food and drink at Priston Mill.

 A view of out Banquet menu being served

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12. Can I bring my dog?

You are welcome to invite your furry friends to be part of your big day. We have recently written a doggy blog about exactly this. - 4 Top Tips for including your dog at your wedding! 

 dogs watching the wedding ceremony in the Tythe Barn, Priston Mill

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If you’re recently engaged, then Congratulations! We know it can be a little daunting navigating your wedding plans, with so much to consider… If you need any help at all, we’d love to chat with you and help you create the wedding of your dreams.

We are open 7 days a week between 9am and 5pm, so feel free to give us a call on 01225 423 894, or simply drop us a line on

We look forward to hearing from you.

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