Updated April 2023 at which time all links were current.
Please let me know if any of the links do not work or there have been changes. Sadly of course there may be businesses no longer trading who have had more pressing worries than informing us…
Also please note we have a list of local businesses who have helped with building etc work on the Silk Mill.
|Somerset Ceremonies Guide||Useful publication by Somerset County Council Wedding Service|
|Booking the Registrar|
|Somerset have an excellent site (linked in the first column) to help you with book the registrar.
They get booked up a long way ahead so it is good to get onto this nice and early.
|We have not actually used this service yet but they contacted us and the website looks really useful and they are a nice bunch of people. If you use them will you give us some feedback so that I can update this listing? Thanks|
|Local (Bath based) celebrant|
|One For The Road|
|Event Planners through whom you could channel all your planning to simplify everything.|
|The Natural Vibe Co|
|Gayle specialises in designing and coordinating eco-friendly weddings and events.|
|MARQUEES, TABLES ETC||Bear in mind that we now have our two canopies up between May and the end of October.|
|Copper Mill Hire Company|
|Local rustic reclaimed furniture hire for events|
|Prickly Pear Stretch Tents|
|Bristol based marquee/tent company with beautiful tents available.|
|Great local company marquee with a pretty two pointed tent that fits well outside the gallery door.
They also hire out a huge variety of furniture and decorations.
|South West Marquees|
|Local marquee hire company based in Nunney. They know the site so may quote without site visit|
|Marquee hire company based at Pilton.|
|These guys are based in Frome and sound lovely.|
|Hire furniture etc rather than marquees. They have an interesting & eclectic selection of furniture & decorations for hire|
|Fat Radish, sister restaurant to The River House, spent 5 years operating as a successful restaurant in Frome before making the decision to focus solely on wedding and events catering.
Ellen Porteous who runs it has a personal licence and a great team who are efficient at switching the gallery round from ceremony setup to mealtime. The food they create is wonderful!
They are a very good solution to food and alcohol. They have catered etc for many weddings at the Silk Mill and all the feedback has always been excellent.
|Ember & Vine|
|They say “Ember and Vine is the marriage between owners Sean and Mary's two loves, smoked foods and wine.”
They live in Frome and have not yet catered here but they sound absolutely yummy!
07782 369 896
|Will do bar as well as food, know the Silk Mill well and produce excellent delicious food. Very lovely helpful team.|
|Cafe Bon Bon Ice Cream Tricycle|
|These guys have been here several times and they are a wonderful way to have a snack at tea time to stave off the pangs before the big feast… kid friendly alternative to canapés!|
|The Coexist Community Kitchen|
|They say: "We're a non-profit community kitchen, cookery school and catering team. We run free cookery classes with those accessing support services in the community, working with a number of organisations including drug & alcohol services, refugee & asylum support and mental health services. We see food as the most simple and easy way to support each other as we help to build a stronger, healthier and more joyful society.
To help to fund these courses, we offer a full catering service for events and weddings, offering beautiful, seasonal and locally-sourced dishes."
At the Silk Mill we think this sounds a fantastic venture and we look forward to their first visit!
|Mrs B's Catering|
|Great local company who regularly sell produce at the monthly independent market.|
|Vero has was in charge of the food side of the Tapas (under the excellent guidance of Josh Brudenell) for the most recent (2019) Frome Festival Cantina, and brillant it was too. She has catered for several other events at the Silk Mill and her food is always wonderful and excellent value.|
|Makes lovely canapés and is the in house caterer at Drawing Projects in Trowbridge|
|Recently catered for a wedding and generally agreed to be very good indeed!|
07983 639611 (opening hours only)
|SHARE Frome is a Library of Things. Like a normal library, you sign up as a member and borrow items you need.|
|Davies & Davies Crockery Hire|
|Run by Patrick Twigger who offers cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed. He can also provide bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He lives locally.|
|Local intitative to reduce the waste that parties can generate!|
|Our tableware, glassware and cutlery collections echo the latest design trends whilst remaining timeless in style.|
|BAR SERVICES AND PROVIDERS OF ALCOHOL ETC||PLEASE NOTE:
It is fine to bring your own alcohol (and/or ask your guests to BYOB) but do not then ask a bar to provide a paying service as they then do not sell enough to make it worth their while. If you are bringing your own then you will STILL need to pay someone to oversee the alcohol consumption. The Silk Mill does not charge any extra corkage.
You can have one arrangement for the lunch time then have a different one for the evening so long as everyone involved is clear about what you are doing.
|Katie has a personal licence and knows the Silk Mill well. If she cannot help she has access to others who may be able to.|
|Patrick has provided bar licence cover with and without bar at the Silk Mill. He also has a business providing cutlery and crockery for events which he takes away unwashed.|
|Talana has worked behind the bar at the Silk Mill several times. She has a personal licence and is happy to be just paid for her hours there to cover our licence requirements.|
|Properly selected French (& other) wines in 10litre, 5 litre & 3 litre boxes… cuts down on waste. Will do sale or return for unopened boxes.|
|Purveyors of wine based in Bristol|
|Cheddar Ales can supply delicious bag in box ale, Rich's Cider and bottled beers. They are in Cheddar but can deliver to Frome, but collecting it from Cheddar, driving over the Mendips and down Deer Leap is half the fun! We highly reccommend their products!|
|These guys do beers on tap and in casks as well as ciders|
|Very Local, great selection of ciders you can try in Frome|
|King Brain Cider|
|Lovely Somerset farm cider brewed from ancient orchards|
|Bar service at a wedding in 2023, provided a great service|
|23 Bath Street|
|Full bar service or they can just provide staff at whatever level you need.|
|Big Bars (Airstream Bar)|
|Full bar service from an airstream van!|
|Scout & Sage|
|Travelling Gin bar in a horse box! They say: “We create our own small batch, limited edition Scout & Sage Gins with different Master Distillers. Our mission is to distil a gin in every region of Britain!” We have not tried them yet but they sound interesting!|
|Lovely bar services, they will either do the whole bar for you or just hire the equipment that you need|
|Arabuko Bar||Great bar that came to the Silk Mill in 2022|
|Lovely bunch of people who came from Bristol to do a bar for a couple of weddings. Very professional, great service, and they make their own gin|
|Lotte and Gareth run this excellent bistro a short walk from the Silk Mill at the top of Catherine Hill/Street. They also have excellent accommodation. One wedding recently booked all 6 of their luxury ensuite rooms. Gareth is a very talented carpenter and has done a lot for the Silk Mill itself.|
|An interesting project… this beautiful luxury hotel (with spa and pools inclusive for hotel guests) is also a charitable apprenticeship project where multiple skills are being acquired. They have 40 rooms and say “Receive a 15% discount on any group booking of 5 rooms or more when you quote “Silk Mill”. And we’ll treat the bride and groom to a bottle of bubbly.” We visited but have not yet had anyone stay there. Feedback welcomed! They are talking of a minibus service that could be used by wedding parties as they are a few miles from Frome. (dog friendly!)|
|Stonewall Manor||Elizabethan Manor house right in the town and can sleep at least 28 if you have the anexe too. (on Air BnB it says: 16 guests, 9 bedrooms, 13 beds, 5 bathrooms)! We had a wedding party stay there who were very happy with it. I have visited; it is quite a place, a bit heavy on the dark wood furniture but a really good size and well within walking distance of the Mill. I took lots of photos which you can see here.|
|The Old Granary Bradford-on-Avon|
|They say: “The Old Granary is situated in the countryside, just 5 miles from Bath and within a mile from Hartley Farm Shop & Café, the village pub and shop. A beautiful, award-winning converted barn that sleeps up to 12 people. Indoor heated pool and games room available at Church Farm, ¾ mile down the lane.”
I am planning to go and visit soon, will report back!
|Nearest and very nicely appointed hotel and restaurant. (dog friendly!)|
|The George Hotel|
|(The link takes you to Wadworth's main site and you have to search for the George in Frome) 28 rooms varying from singles at around £60 to premium ensuite and family rooms up to £140 in high season. Very centrally located in town (so some rooms on the front might not be all that quiet) and will do discounts for bulk booking for weddings. Speak to Dawn. I have not looked at all of it but the rooms I have seen are nicely done, fairly traditional.|
|Jackdaw Cottage, Bruton|
|A really beautiful cottage with 2 bedrooms in Bruton, no detail has been left unperfected in this lovingly created space.|
|Bruton has several other airbnb places that the Jackdaw Cottage people recommend so if you were to go for Bruton as your main accommodation spot there would be plenty of good choice… including:|
|Bower House Tree House|
|Totally amazing tree house (between Bruton and Frome) that we have been lucky enough to stay in ourselves. Sleeps 2 and has all mod cons you could wish for including hot tub on the terrace! 2 night minimum stay and not cheap but a real treat.|
|DJs & SOUND SYSTEM HIRE|
|Luke Emery, Nomad Live|
|These guys really understand the unusual acoustics in the Gallery. Luke also does a busking stage at the Independent Market (1st Sunday of every month except Jan/Feb) and knows lots of excellent local musicians.|
|Doug has managed the sound for many events at the Silk Mill and understands the space well.|
|Stage to Sound|
"Full event support from some microphones and a screen to full consultation and design.
Years of experience, professional equipment and technical expertise delivered to your budget. Local"
|Captain Cactus and the Screaming Harlots||Really good local band|
07714 991 047
|The Hammervilles have not played here yet but they contacted us and they sound really great and one of them is getting married at the Silk Mill in 2020! If you invite them will you give us some feedback so that I can update this listing? Thanks|
|The Lucky Pierres|
|Local band that gets everyone dancing brilliantly!|
|SECURITY||Security has to be organized through an accredited organization. We know it is a pain but you need a guard per 75 people so if you have 150 people in the evening you will need two security people.|
0845 226 0589
|Trowbridge based security team who have worked at the Silk Mill over the years.|
|Prosec Consultancy Ltd, they do Glasto, Longleat, Shambala etc. Based in Westbury.|
|Lester Silk/Carley Watts at CSS Security.
|FANCIES,GIFTS & INTERESTING ACTIVITIES|
|Magician, Chris Hiscock||This guy was brilliant entertainment for all ages at a wedding in 2022. He is based locally.|
|Black Cat Bindery|
|Lovely local bookbinder who makes memorial presentation books to order.|
|Lovely shop in the centre of Frome. They will print your invitations or whatever your paper needs are!|
|Golden Goose||This is one among the very many gorgeous shops in Frome that has a wealth of gifts, decorations and much much more.|
01884 840 222
|Really excellent chocolate packaged interestingly. I have samples if you would like to try…|
|Tongue tied||Lovely list of words about love! Follow the link to find out what Tiám means and where it hails from!|
|Clare has a studio at the Silk Mill and she makes beautiful jewellery and bridal accessories|
|Jeweller who has a studio at the Silk Mill, you can do a workshop there and make your rings together with him.|
|Very near the Silk Mill, excellent jeweller. Also good at mending & adapting jewellery.|
|On the wonderful Catherine Hill, Annette's jewellery is part of the lovely things you can find there!|
|Lisa who does make-up had her wedding at the Silk Mill on Halloween 2015; you may have seen pictures!|
|A recent bride said: "Ruth is based in Radstock and did my make up and the hair of a couple of my bridesmaids - she was very professional and friendly and I was really pleased with the results. Her services were quite pricey with a minimum spend but I think that's the nature of these things rather than her prices being particularly high!"|
|Sarah Godsill at Event Illustration||Brilliant local artist who will come and paint/sketch at any and all stages as you wish.|
|Aimae Laoise Photography|
|Local photographer who specialises in family images.|
|Locally based excellent photographer.|
|Pip Newland Photography|
|Interesting and unusual photography of weddings and other events|
|Alice has photographed three weddings at the Silk Mill and had fabulous feedback and we love her pictures of the Mill!|
|Spencer Dungey/Love of Mine|
|Australian photographer who has moved to Frome with his family.|
|DECORATIONS & FLOWERS|
|Daisies & Ribbons|
|They say: "Daisies & Ribbons is a family run floristry and event decor business serving Bristol, Somerset, Devon, Wales, Gloucestershire & Worcestershire"
We have not used their services yet but the website looks excellent. Let us know if you go with them so we can update.
|Whisper & Wild|
|Delicious delectable flowers!|
|Bramble & Wild|
|Lovely Catherine Hill flower shop.|
|Event Flag Hire|
|The most beautiful collection of bunting and flags. They will put it up for you or just send it to you for you to do your own thing in the usual Silk Mill way!|
|Jigantics (huge artificial flowers)|
|Fabulous gigantic flowers silk often seen at festivals (they are based in Frome)|
|Crescent Moon Chandeliers|
|Wonderful enormous chandelier selection. Local company that hires to film sets and events. They did a photoshoot of their wares at the Silk Mill in Sept ‘19|
|Designer at October Studios and partner to More Wine, offere wonderful original chandeliers of flowers and fabrics; work very well on our 7 beams|
|Tattie Rose Studio|
|They say "Tattie Rose Studio is made up of a small and highly skilled team of makers, florists, welders, botanists, organisers and artists who all share the values of its founder Tattie Isles and her husband Fred who are at the helm of this wonderful botanical circus."
They have not done flowers at the Silk Mill yet but their website is gorgeous and we look forward to them coming to us soon!
|Minty's at Garston Nurseries,Garston, Frome BA11 1RU|
|They are a really old-school business based a within a mile of the Silk Mill. They do not have a website but are incredibly reasonably priced and lovely! Several couples have used their services and been delighted. Minty's say that they prefer to provide flowers for people to arrange themselves.|
|Tony’s Cabs - Frome||01373 464444|
|Arrow Taxis - Frome||01373 470110|
|ABC taxis - Frome||01373 452211|
|Bruton and Mendip Taxi||07984 465864|
|Swift Taxi - Shepton Mallet||01749 340820|
|Regal Taxi - Shepton Mallet||01749 347750|