Venue Spotlight: Priston Mill
It’s high time these guys had a venue spotlight, as they are one of my absolute FAVOURITES to work with. If you are looking for a secluded wedding venue in the Bath countryside then Priston Mill should be high on your list.
I’ve always found the team there to be super professional and friendly – they present like a well-oiled wedding machine! As a popular place that offers a choice of 2 quite different wedding venues in one they have a wealth of experience to offer in helping you plan (and then sit back and enjoy!) your wedding day.
From a photographers perspective the space is great. It has pretty grounds and spacious characterful buildings surrounded by rolling hills. Reached by winding country lanes it is isolated enough to make you feel like you are out in the middle of nowhere when in reality you are only a taxi ride away from Bath city centre.
Should the weather not be on your side both venues also have the all-important indoor space to ensure you’ll still have a great day despite the rain! I photographed a wedding there on the last weekend in June 2015, which turned out very wet (it was Glastonbury weekend so I guess it was to be expected!!) The bride had hoped to use the Pagoda in the ground of the Watermill for her ceremony but sadly it wasn’t possible. When we all woke up to the torrential rain on the morning of the wedding the staff came to the rescue. They set up the ceremony last minute in the space upstairs and it was every bit as beautiful.
As much as you may want a perfect garden wedding it is SO necessary with our English weather to pick a venue with a solid plan B to save your stress levels! After the ceremony people were spread throughout the 4 floors of the venue happily drinking champagne and chatting – there was no sense of being crammed in that so often happens on a wet wedding day. Towards the evening there were breaks in the downpour and we still had plenty of time outside to take pictures.
Another thing I like about Priston Mill is their openness when it comes to costs – it’s something that is very important to me for my own business. Most wedding venues and suppliers do not list prices online and I find that a little off putting. Like me they also offer a sizeable discount for weddings held during the week. This is something that I see more and more of my couples plumping for – it’s no longer necessary to get married on the traditional Saturday – why not choose a Friday so you can save money AND give everyone 2 days off afterwards to recover!
In summation – go and check them out! If you want a reasonably priced pretty countryside wedding near Bristol & Bath they may be just the ticket. I’ll be working there on a fair few occasions this year and I have my fingers crossed for many more! All the images on this blog post I have taken during real weddings at Priston Mill so they should give you a really good idea of the space.
To find out more check out their website at: pristonmill.co.uk/weddings