All Year Round – A Stunning Devon Wedding Venue

WHETHER you are crunching through a carpet of crisp autumnal leaves, or walking through the first blossoms of spring, the time of year can influence so much about your wedding.

Located in rural Devon, as the seasons change so does everything about the stunning Rockbeare Manor. And just as you can make this exclusive wedding venue all your own, so do the changing seasons, each bringing its own unique feel to this stunning historic manor house.

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Although it is only 10 minutes from the edge of Exeter, you can be in a beautiful oasis in the country. And autumn, winter, spring or summer, as the times of the year change, so the extensive grounds reflect this.

Come to Rockbeare Manor in September and you will be wowed by the autumnal colours as you drive through the pillared entrance way. There are so many choices with an autumn wedding, with gorgeous rustic colours, bouquets with berries and late summer blooms, and palettes of deep reds and burnt oranges.

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As we move in to winter we see our couples embracing the changing temperature. At Rockbeare Manor you’ll find roaring fires and sumptuous velvet furnishings. The house looks stunning at Christmas and you can guarantee your guests will be in the mood to celebrate.

Spring-time Devon weddings bring something special at Rockbeare Manor. Just as the new buds appear on the trees, the snowdrops, bluebells and wildflowers form a picture perfect setting. The meadowland in front of the elegant house creating a striking backdrop for photographs and there is a sweet scent in the air.

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Maybe a summer wedding is your dream, take advantage of the long days, you and your guests making the most of the gardens. Perhaps your guests would enjoy a spot of croquet on the lawn or take part in some of the giant garden games.

Guests have loved the vintage ice cream tricycle which is perfect for a summer wedding. This is also the time of year when local produce is in abundance, bringing a wealth of flavours to our food. We always aim to source locally when we are able and the seasons are very influential on the menus our chef creates. From delicate canapes and tender spring vegetables to the warming heartier meals which feature on our autumn and winter menus.

Whatever the season, when you hold your wedding at Rockbeare Manor the 12 luxurious bedrooms are available for your exclusive use on the eve of your wedding. All rooms are unique, some with impressive feature baths or dual aspect views of the parkland, others with spacious dressing areas and huge windows, dressed in the finest fabrics.

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At Rockbeare Manor you know you can be confident you will receive personal attention from our team to every tiny detail to ensure you and your guests have a day to cherish and remember forever.

So whether your mind is turning to a spring wedding, or your heart is set on a winter celebration, visit www.rockbearemanor.co.uk or call 01392 797444 to discuss making your dream a reality.

Twelve new and beautifully appointed bedrooms at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter – Part 2

In March we revealed the first collection of photographs from our twelve brand new, luxurious bedrooms at Rockbeare Manor, one of Devon’s newest wedding venues. Since then we have welcomed many guests who have stayed whilst attending a wedding or special event, and we are over the moon with the positive feedback that we have received.

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We’re lucky to have worked with Bristol based Interior Designer Alexandra Cork  who did an amazing job in bringing the overall look together, searching for sumptuous furnishings, fabrics and unique accessories for our exclusive wedding venue.  A lot of love, care and attention was taken over the extensive renovation of Rockbeare Manor, (near Exeter), and so it was really important to us all that this was echoed in the finish of the accommodation as well.

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We now have twelve beautifully appointed bedrooms, two of which are impressive family suites that sleep four.  All bedrooms are wonderfully light and spacious with astonishing views and after a peaceful night’s sleep, guests are welcomed down to the original formal Dining Room, which dates back to 1769, for a delicious breakfast.  Whether that be smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full English breakfast, it’s always all accompanied by fresh fruits and juices, warm pastries, granolas and cereals.  

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When a family home, room four was the principle guest bedroom and it’s clear to see why. It’s in a prominent position on the first floor, and located at the front of the house with clear views up to the Haldon Hill, Dartmoor and the Cadbury Hills. In the immediate distance, you can see the extensive listed parkland at Rockbeare Manor, and the large and very beautiful willow tree, which stands at the side of our private lake. 

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Five of the bedrooms at Rockbeare Manor have lavish, freestanding baths in the bedroom, which give guests a real treat!

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Room seven is on the second floor with pretty vintage style furniture, soft colours, and fantastic views of the south lawns. The feature fountain can be seen, as well as the wider landscape at Rockbeare Manor, which includes trees of many varieties.

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The soft earthy colours, striking feature wall and fireplace in room 8 create a very sophisticated feel, with beautiful matching furniture inspired by the French baroque-rococo era. The steeples of Rockbeare and Broadclyst churches can also be seen, as well as Devon’s largest single-trunk oak tree. 

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Room nine is a family suite on the top floor, and is the room which is at the highest point in the house.  When a family home, the room was decorated as the children’s ‘tent’ room due to the arched ceilings.  It’s a room full of quirks, not least because of the floor level sash windows, which have stunning views to the west.

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The North Pavilion is a key feature of this Regency built Manor, as it forms a key part of its symmetry when approaching the house from the front. Being on ground floor level, it is ideal as a more accessible bedroom, and the interior has been designed with this in mind.  It has a beautiful, shaped, high ceiling and the huge sash window which overlooks the lake and listed parkland at Rockbeare Manor is one of the largest in the house. The bedroom can be set as either a twin room, or double depending on your preference, and the spacious bathroom has both a bath and wet-room style shower.

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There is a story behind each room and although the house has been through a very extensive renovation, many of the distinctive features of the house have been left intact. Rockbeare Manor is a charming place waiting to be explored, and if you are planning a wedding or special event, we’d love to show you around.

For further information please call our events team on 01392 797444 and ask for Kate or Stephanie, or visit our website www.rockbearemanor.co.uk  

Diplomatic Table Planning

Your wedding day is around the corner, you’ve had all of the RSVPs back, and hopefully you’re looking forward to an amazing celebration at Rockbeare Manor in Devon. You are naturally going to be very excited about what your wedding day has in store for you, your beloved, and your friends and families. There is just one small challenge to overcome – the table plan!

At Rockbeare Manor, our very special wedding venue in Devon, we see all the time how families come together for a wedding, but we also know how tricky it can be for the happy couple to ensure that nobody is offended when it comes to the table plan. After all, if your parents are divorced and haven’t spoken in some time, or if a parent or close relative is no longer with you, it can be challenging to manage the seating plan and to keep everybody happy.

Our experienced events team are full of ideas and help, and so read on to hear what our top suggestions would be when putting together your wedding table plan.

Ask those closest to you to ‘head up’ a table

This works especially well in circumstances where you may not be asking parents, the Best Man or Chief Bridesmaid to join you on the top table. Some couples choose to have a ‘sweetheart table’ for just the two of them, and if that is the case you could ask those closest to you to each host a table. Perhaps you have separated, or step-parents, or a mum or dad who don’t get on. You quite understandably wouldn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable on the day and so don’t feel that you have to conform to a ‘traditional’ top table of 8 (which would include the Bride, Groom, both sets of parents, Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid).   

If you did ask some of your nearest and dearest to host a table you could then get them involved by asking them who they’d like on their table which is a great way of making them feel an important part of the day.   

Table shape and configuration

The Ballroom at Rockbeare Manor is a really versatile, light and airy space, with a neutral colour pallet so you really can choose any style or wedding theme. It is also spacious, and so you have the flexibility to consider round tables of between 7 and 12 guests, meaning you can group guests together according to friendship/family groups. The total number of guests that you have will have some bearing on how many smaller/larger tables that you have space for, but any one of the friendly events team at Rockbeare Manor will be able to advise you on this. Another option is not to use round tables at all.  A banquet style set up, which involves one or two long rectangular tables, can have a real impact and avoids the need for a top table at all.   

Have a top table that includes all of your closest friends

A top table comes in many guises! At Rockbeare Manor we have a number of options – long and straight, oval, sweetheart as mentioned above, or a large circular table. For couples that are planning a fun and informal wedding, a table that includes their close friends, bridesmaids, ushers and siblings can make the day feel even more personal. Friends are often so involved in the pre wedding preparations, and enjoying your wedding breakfast with them will no doubt make it memorable. Don’t forget to let your parents know that this is what you’re planning beforehand!

Mix it up a bit!

A wedding is all about families and friends coming together and having a great time. During the drinks reception people will have chance to settle in, catch up and relax in the wonderful surroundings, but for the wedding breakfast why not seat guests in more varied groups? It is always nice to make sure that each guest knows at least a couple of people on the table so that they feel at ease, but it’s also great meeting new people too. Think about which of your guests may have common interests or mutual friends and go from there.  Our Barouche menu is a brilliant icebreaker. All the food comes delivered to the table as a feast on wooden boards, which all of your guests can pass around. It’s interactive, and a definite talking point!

Don’t specify who should sit next to who

If it’s proving tricky to establish who should sit next to who on each table, don’t worry! You could save yourself time and effort by leaving it to your guests to decide. You would still need to prepare a table plan which indicates which table each guest needs to go to, but you won’t need to have place cards made up to put on each setting.

Whilst it can be tempting not to have a table plan at all, it can be useful to ensure that we know where anyone who has a particular dietary requirement is seated. You may also have some guests attending the wedding that you know would feel more comfortable if seated with people they know.

Above all, the most important thing to remember about all of this, is that it’s your day and that people are there for you. They all want to be there, and they all want to help you to celebrate!

We’d love to help you to plan your wedding at Rockbeare Manor. If you would like to discuss your special day, call Kate or Stephanie on 01392 797444.

Devon Wedding – Vanessa and James’s perfectly styled day at Rockbeare Manor.

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Saturday 1st April was the day that friends and family came together from far and wide, many travelling to Devon from the United States to be there for Vanessa’s and James’s wedding day.  It’s a day that had been planned to perfection by Vanessa in particular, a Bride with a fabulous eye for style, and determined to make their Devon wedding day one that was very individual to them, and memorable for all who attended.

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The wedding at Rockbeare Manor had an elegant vintage style theme, with a blush pink and pastel colour palette, mixed with sage green tones which were enhanced by the wonderful eucalyptus and foliage garlands, used firstly to frame the aisle, and then moved onto the tables for the wedding breakfast. In all, the venue, style and theme made for a beautiful Devon wedding.

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We were fortunate to work with some very talented and professional South West based suppliers for this wedding, and all no doubt had been a great support to the Bride and Groom before hand, as well as coordinating the styling on the wedding day itself. Kirsten from The Little Wedding Helper was instrumental in the whole day, and supplied many of the accessories that contributed to the overall style of the wedding, and that was only enhanced by the unbelievably elegant flowers by Foxy Buds and Emma Hewlett.

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De Winton Paper Co is one of our favourite stationers, located nearby, just outside of Exeter. Harriet creates classic, classy designs and did an amazing job on the place cards, table plan and not forgetting the menu display – a pale grey watercolour wash with a combination of calligraphy and typeface, mounted on a rustic barn door and decked out with fresh green foliage.

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The Ballroom at Rockbeare Manor looked so stunning for this wedding. With banquet style seating, dark grey table linen, and contrasting white linen napkins tied with grey velvet ribbon, scented candles, tall silver candleabra, delicate flowers and a mass of foliage; it was impressive to say the least.

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At the happy couple’s request, the menu was entirely Gluten Free, starting with Grilled Capricorn Goats’ Cheese on a Beetroot Biscuit, Fig Jam and Rainbow Chard, followed by Carved Organic Beef Sirloin, Roasted Shallot, Gratin Dauphinoise with Green Peppercorn Sauce, and for dessert an English afternoon tea cake display of Miniature Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle and Tiny Raspberry Pavlovas.

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After the meal it was time to transform the Ballroom for the evening party. It’s amazing how different the space can feel later on in the evening – it’s just so versatile and it’s safe to say all the guests had a brilliant night, kept on the dancefloor by Retro Disco Exeter.
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Congratulations James and Vanessa. We wish you all the best in the future as Mr & Mrs!

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For more information about weddings or other special events at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon, please contact us – we’d love to chat and help you create your perfect wedding day.

Telephone: 01392 797 444  www.rockbearemanor.co.uk

Twelve new and beautifully appointed bedrooms at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter – Part 1

From the moment that we first looked around Rockbeare Manor with a view to turning it from erstwhile family home, to an exceptional exclusive wedding and events venue, it was clear to see how well this Devon Manor could be transformed to include a collection of stylish guest bedrooms. The Georgian proportions, high ceilings, intricate cornicing, period features, and not forgetting the unbelievable views to the South West, were all features that have added to the overall feel of the twelve beautifully designed bedrooms that have now been created.

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Making each room feel special has been important to us from the start.  The existing features of the house have of course contributed to that.  Huge sash cord windows create such wonderful light throughout and original fireplaces can be found at every turn, showing the character of this 18th Century Devon Manor.

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The design and furnishing of the individual rooms however, has been down to Bristol based Alexandra Cork who has been behind the overall look of the interiors project.  She has worked assiduously to make sure that the quality of the finish and attention to detail has been to the highest standard.

Alexandra’s vision for Rockbeare Manor, which is only 10 minutes from Exeter, was to create elegant luxury; chic, stylish and with a finish that speaks for itself. This has certainly been achieved, and it is befitting of a building that has so much grace.  The furnishings, soft tones and lighting have all been chosen to reflect the charm of the building, but with a luxurious and contemporary edge.

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Next to our Bridal Drawing Room on the first floor, is Room One, a principle room in the house.  It is incredibly spacious, with classic Louis Phillipe style sleigh bed, and a striking feature wall. From the windows, you can see the steeples of Rockbeare and Broadclyst churches, as well as Devon’s largest single-trunk oak tree.  Whilst from the twin sinks in the bathroom there are views of the impressive fountain, South Lawns and private listed parkland.

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One of our two family suites was previously known as the ‘Blue John’ room due to the purple-striped stone used in the feature fireplace, a gem which was beloved by the Romans and sought after in the 18th Century. The views from this first floor room are among the best in the house – almost panoramic.

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Every bedroom has a modern, wet room style shower with accompanying bath – some of which are freestanding in the bedroom itself, giving a lavish feel.

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The windows have been dressed in made to measure fabrics from the Grand Palais range using a soft colour palette with a botanical feel, really complimenting the Regency inspired scheme used on the feature walls.  They also frame the views perfectly – which reach up to Haldon Belvedere, Dartmoor and the Cadbury Hills.

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We really are over the moon with the overall result and know that these twelve bedrooms will prove a popular addition to every wedding and special event that we host here at Rockbeare Manor.  We welcome the first of our overnight guests today when they attend the wedding of Sarah and Fergus, and will of course be making them very welcome.
The rooms at Rockbeare Manor are reserved for the guests of those hosting a wedding or event at our special Devon venue. For more information please contact the events team on 01392 797 444.

With great thanks to Jess at Perspectives Photography for the beautiful images http://www.perspectivesphotography.co.uk/.

Rockbeare Manor – Regional Finalists at The Wedding Industry Awards

We were thrilled that Rockbeare Manor was recently awarded Regional Finalist in two categories at the South West Wedding Industry Awards:  ‘Best Countryside Venue’ and ‘Best Newcomer’.  The wedding venue awards are judged purely on the feedback gained from couples that have held their special day at that location and as we were a brand new wedding venue in Devon at that time, the competition against us with the more established venues in the area was strong.  During the eligibility period for the awards we had only completed 7 weddings, but we knew that it would be worth a try!

The Awards are a two stage process with a hand-picked panel of wedding experts creating a shortlist of suppliers – from individuals and independents to high street favourites and designer brands.

We had a great evening when the ceremony came around, and whilst we didn’t go home with an award, it was great meeting up with our fellow Regional Finalists such as Mel and Justin at Maxi Photography and Christine at Peboryon luxury cakes.

The best bit about entering the awards, was definitely the feedback that we received from the couples who had their wedding here at Rockbeare Manor.  Such kind words describing how wonderful their wedding day at Rockbeare Manor was, and we can’t thank you enough for that.  To read them all please click here.

If you are engaged and looking for a breathtaking wedding venue for your special day please do get in touch – we’d love to chat through your vision for the day and show you around our beautiful venue in the glorious South West. We’re just 10 minutes from Exeter, and even less from the M5 so links both North, West and East couldn’t be better! Call us on 01392 797 444 or request your brochure here.

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Recently engaged? Tips from one of Devon’s most popular wedding venues

 

You’re engaged! From all of us here at Rockbeare Manor, huge congratulations – you must be over the moon.  From now until the big day it will be a whirlwind of excitement, planning, celebrations and fun, and as one of Devon’s most popular wedding venues, we hope to give you a steer in the right direction as to where to start on your journey to becoming a married couple.

Celebrate and share the news!

Once the question has been ‘popped’ you’ll no doubt be dying to tell your parents, friends and family.  Visit those that you can, get on the phone, or arrange a Face Time chat, and spread the amazing news!  Don’t be too quick to announce it on social media though – whilst it will seem tempting, it’s always best to make sure that you have told all of your nearest and dearest first, rather than them finding out about the up coming wedding on the grapevine! 

This is also the perfect time to start giving some thought to who you may ask to be your Best Man, Ushers and Bridesmaids.  Relish in the moment and take it all in (and enjoy drinking lots of celebration bubbly!!).

Daydream!

Perhaps you have been planning this day for years, and who knows, you may even have some Pinterest boards at the ready, but either way just enjoy the initial weeks and months of the engagement. It’s always nice to spend these moments with your partner; go out for long walks, chat ‘weddings’ over dinner somewhere special and explore each others ideas and vision for how the day might be.  Nothing needs to be set in stone straight away so relax and have fun with it.  A key subject to think about is the date and time of year for your wedding…do you see yourself having an romantic winter affair with open fires and candlelight, or would you prefer an outdoorsy wedding with Pimms, Prosecco and good food flowing?  It’s going to be hard not to get carried away, dreaming big, and thinking about all the possible things that you could incorporate into the day (we’ve all done it!!) – and there is no harm in doing so in these early ‘daydreaming days’ – make the most of it, and enjoy!

Engaged couple by the lake at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon

 

Think about who you’d like to share your special day with

Dare we say it…. It’s one of the things that will be at the root of many a wedding planning discussion and does have the potential to trigger some debate, but your guest list is an important thing to consider all the same.  The number of guests that you choose to share your wedding day with will having a bearing on many other things further down the line such as the venue (as you need to make sure that it is big enough!), what you choose for the wedding breakfast and what style of catering that you go for, and it will also affect overall costs too of course.  Some key questions to ask yourselves at this stage…

1/ Are we inviting immediate family only, or extended family too? 

2/ Will children be welcome to the wedding as well?

3/ Should we invite certain people to the evening reception only? (This is an easy way to reduce numbers for the main part of the wedding if needed)

4/ Are our parents expecting to invite some of their friends or relations?

The first guest list that you write will probably be as long as your arm, but it’s best to put everyone’s name on it and then, if necessary, you can whittle it down from there. If you are finding it hard to narrow the list down, think about the last time that you saw that person, and how important they are to you both. If them being there will make the wedding day more special for you, then their name should probably stay.

The million dollar question

How much is the wedding going to cost?  Having a realistic budget is essential and so it’s definitely worth giving it some thought.  Hopefully you will have some idea of whether or not parents or family members are contributing to your wedding day, and of course you must think about how much you are prepared to spend too.  Opening a wedding savings account is a great way to put money aside each month. Most wedding suppliers will only ask for a small deposit on booking, and so you won’t ever be expected to pay for everything upfront .  If you are worried that the financial commitment will put too much pressure on you both, perhaps think about planning the wedding a year or two ahead to give you more time to save.  

Pick the venue!

So now you know roughly how many people are attending your wedding, you have an idea of potential month and year, and you have also given budget some thought – now it’s the fun part! Go out there and look for a potential venue for your big celebration.  You can do a lot of the leg-work online and you are likely to get a feel for the venue just by browsing their website, as it should tell you all the key information that you are looking for, and give you a really good selection of gallery images to scroll though as well.  There is no harm in requesting brochures from a wide variety of wedding venues.  How responsive they are to your enquiry, and the quality of the brochure that they send through are all clues as to how they will look after you if you book their venue.

At Rockbeare Manor we think that we have something quite unique, and really very special.  We’re dedicated to making sure that if you choose our venue for your wedding day, we’ll go the extra mile to make things as smooth as they can possibly be, so that when the day comes around you enjoy every minute!  Our wedding venue in Devon is always exclusive use for you and your wedding guests, and as our beautiful Ballroom seats between 50 and 160 guests we can host either an intimate or large scale affair!  Our grade I listed Regency Manor house is brimming with period features, it has unbelievably breathtaking views across the Devon countryside, beyond Exeter, up to Dartmoor and beyond. The setting is just perfect for weddings.

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To book an appointment to see our lovely Devon wedding venue, please call us on 01392 797444 and we’d love to talk about everything weddings with you!

www.rockbearemanor.co.uk Rockbeare Manor, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 2FE

 

 

 

What to ask potential wedding suppliers?

So the question has been ‘popped’, you’ve started making plans and are beginning to get a feel for how you’d like your wedding to be.

Now may be the time to consider going to a wedding fair. Here at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter in Devon, we’ve exhibited at a couple of fairs recently, and it made us think about some of the questions that visitors often ask us. There are so many great companies, from venues to florists, bands to cake makers, providing services for weddings in Devon, it can be hard to choose. We think a wedding fair is a great place to find out what’s on offer.

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Here’s our guide to some of the best questions to ask potential suppliers before ‘doing the deal’.

  1. Are they likely to be available on your proposed date?

It might seem obvious, but there is no point in taking this any further if the venue, band, caterer or florist isn’t free on the date that you’d like to get married. If you’re happy to be flexible, they may well have a discount available for out of season, or mid-week weddings so it’s worth asking this early on.

  1. Do they have examples of other weddings they’ve done?

If it’s a venue that you’re talking to, ask them to show you images and talk through examples of other weddings they’ve done in the past. At Rockbeare Manor, we’re always very happy to show you photographs of the venue when it’s set up for a event to help you visualise how the rooms transform. We love talking about ‘all things wedding’ and can share ideas of the various styles and themes that have taken place in our venue too.

Rockbeare Manor at Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. How much will they charge?

You may feel that having a discussion about final costs can wait until further down the line, however we think it’s vital to get this information early on. If the estimate that the supplier provides for you is vastly different to your budget, you may well need to be prepared to walk away.  Don’t feel despondent – there is great choice out there, and something for everyone.

An honest guideline of costs is imperative and it is something that every supplier should give you willingly. If you feel like there may be hidden extras or if it’s difficult pinning down a final cost it might be best looking elsewhere.

  1. Are you able to ‘try before you buy?’

Especially in the case of cake providers and caterers! At wedding fairs it’s quite usual for there to be samples for you to try so make the most of it.  You’ll also often find photo booths to hop in and have a go, live music to listen to, and food stalls to explore and it’s here that you can get first-hand experience of the product. In the case of a DJ or a band, if you can’t attend one of their gigs (which is the best way to be sure that you like them) they should be prepared to send an example playlist and video links to previous performances that they have done.

Wedding cake at wedding fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. Are they able to recommend any other suppliers?

Most wedding suppliers will have worked closely with other companies from the local area and will no doubt have some great suggestions of those that they feel offer a fantastic service. At Rockbeare Manor, we are happy to chat to you about the companies that have worked reliably and professionally at weddings and special events that we have held.

Remember, planning your wedding should be fun and enjoyable! We love helping couples bring their vision into a reality and if you choose Rockbeare Manor as your venue, our experienced team are here to help in whichever way we can throughout the wedding planning process.

Photos courtesy of the wonderful Mel at http://www.maxiphotography.com/

Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

 

Happy New Year!

Wow, what a year it’s been!

Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon

It was on Sunday 10th January 2016 that we opened the doors at Rockbeare Manor for the very first time, to newly engaged couples looking for their perfect Devon wedding venue. At the time we were only 2 months into a very intensive 10 month renovation programme and so we were naturally a little apprehensive about what the reaction of the potential brides and grooms would be.  The Ballroom was really just a shell – covered in scaffolding with a concrete floor, there were other rooms that hadn’t been decorated in nearly eighty years, and what is now a beautifully light and airy Atrium, was boarded over awaiting the feature skylight. But, we hoped that everyone would see through the temporary disarray and be able to visulise the incredible change that it was going through.  And Phew…they did!

From that first day, we met couples that went onto book their wedding with us, some for as early as August that year so it really was a very exciting time.Bride in Drawing Room at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon

Our first event was in June – a formal dinner and party for 130 guests (no pressure then!), but of course it all went smoothly and the atmosphere was fabulous. We were all so thrilled to be welcoming people to our brand new Devon venue, something that we are all incredibly proud of and so the smiles were permanently on our faces.

We were then lucky enough to be chosen as the venue to host Exeter Chiefs player Tom Johnson’s launch party for his Testimonial Year. The weather couldn’t have been better, the music was creating a really relaxed vibe and the invited guests enjoyed Prosecco and canapés on the South Lawns on a balmy summers evening.

Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon - South Lawns and Ballroom

Since then, it’s been non-stop (and great fun!) with photo-shoots and masterclasses, stunning weddings, Christmas parties and corporate events and it was topped off when The Wedding Industry Awards selected us as a regional finalist for ‘Best Countryside Venue’, and ‘Best Newcomer’ for the whole of the South West.  Awards are given purely on votes and feedback from couples that have been married at the venue and so that really did mean a lot to us.

Bride in the Drawing Room at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon Sweeping staircase floral arrangements at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon

So, what does 2017 hold for us?  Well, naturally we’ll be hosting lots more amazing events – it’s what we love, and we’ll be making each and every one really memorable for those hosting or attending an event with us. Our team will also be growing so we look forward to welcoming some new, super-talented people to Rockbeare Manor in the coming months.  Finally, we have very nearly completed the refurbishment of twelve luxury bedrooms within the house which will be available for guests as of March so we’ll make sure we give you a sneak preview of those very soon.

So from all of us here at Rockbeare Manor, we wish you all a very happy, fun-filled New Year with lots of laughter, love and dancing!

We hope to see you in 2017.

The South Pavilion at sunset. Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon.

 

 

4 Wedding and Event Floristry Tips

 

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Flowers play a hugely important part in the wedding industry. So here at Rockbeare Manor, as one of Devon’s newest, exclusive hire wedding venues, it was our pleasure to host a Floristry Masterclass for people who have an interest in the industry, and also for engaged couples to get inspiration for their own wedding flowers.  Recently we welcomed 15 visitors to Rockbeare Manor, to take part in a Floristry Masterclass with Floral Designer, Sabine Darrall.

Over the course of two days, attendees had the opportunity to create some stunning floral arrangements, on mantelpieces and on the beautiful banister going up our main spiral staircase at Rockbeare.

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This got us thinking about flowers, and some of the arrangements we’ve seen here at Rockbeare and we’d like to share some of our wedding and event floristry tips with you:

1. Ask your florist for advice:

The chances are that your florist may have styled weddings in your venue before, but even if not, they will have a wealth of experience that you can draw upon from other wedding venues that they have worked in. Ask them for advice about what’s worked and what hasn’t. They’ll no doubt come up with lots of ideas as to where flowers will have maximum impact and look the most striking. At Rockbeare Manor we’ve chosen a neutral, warm and contemporary colour palette that will work with any colour scheme or floral style that you wish to have. We can also put you in touch with a number of local florists that we’ve worked with in the past.

2. Plan how to get the most use from your arrangements on the wedding day:

Your florist will also be able to help make suggestions as to how you can get the most use out of your arrangements. For instance, are you going to be using the ceremony room again later in the day? If not, why not move those flowers to your top table so that they can be enjoyed by you and your guests all day long.

3. Think about the flowers that are in season before making your final decision:

Choosing flowers that are in season should mean that they’ll be easy to get hold of at the time of your wedding, as well as reducing the impact that importing flowers from overseas would have on the planet. Choosing a flower combination that is easily available should also reduce the overall cost, as can buying locally grown flowers. Here in Devon, we’re very lucky to have some very talented local growers (for instance, Bespoke Confetti, The Flower Field and Flowers From The Farm.

Some flowers are available regardless of the time of year, such as Alstromeria, Anthurium, Aster, Bouvardia, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Daisy,  Lily and Asiatic Lily.

If you are unsure of where to start, we’ve listed some examples of seasonal flowers that are usually easy to source in Devon:

Winter / early spring –Ranunculus, Tulips, Snowdrops, Anemone, Daffodils, Crocuses

Late spring / early summer – Lily of the Valley, Rose, Peony, Carnation

Late summer / early autumn – Sunflowers, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Sweet William

Autumn / winter – Hypericum, Holly, Lilac, Muscari, Winter Jasmine, Heathers

4. Use Pinterest – but be prepared to be flexible:

We’ve found that many of the couples getting married at Rockbeare Manor use Pinterest for inspiration when planning their wedding and we would agree that it’s a helpful tool.  You can really get a sense of the style and colours that you are drawn to and how they may fit in with the overall look of your wedding.  Our advice would be to be use it for ideas, but still try to be flexible if needed.  To avoid disappointment, try not to set your heart on anything before talking through the practicalities of it, in terms of logistics, budget and season with your florist.