The most romantic wedding ideas

We’re finally seeing some hints of spring here at Rockbeare Manor, one of Devon’s most romantic wedding venues. The birds are singing and the flowers slowly starting to show some colour! Valentine’s Day recently saw lots of new wedding enquiries coming through, and it was great to welcome so many happy, recently engaged couples to look around.

It’s made our expert team here at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter, start to think about some of the most romantic weddings that we’ve seen. OK, by their very nature, all weddings are romantic! But some couples seem to do the whole romance thing really well and we wanted to share some of their great ideas with you all.

It’s not all hearts and flowers

We find that many couples focus on what they think they should be doing, instead of what really sums them up as individuals. If you’re not a ‘hearts and flowers’ type of couple, then don’t try to turn in to that just for the sake of your wedding day. If your style is more hells angels as opposed to pink fluffy angels, then go with it! Your guests will love it, because it sums you up as a couple and is entirely individual just as you are.

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What makes you work as a couple?

It’s really important to try to focus on what makes you work so well as a couple and what makes you tick when you’re together. This can also help if you’re trying to work out a theme for your wedding. If you love cycling, why not bring elements of cycling and bikes in to your day – think about the cake, table plan and decor. Or maybe you have both done a lot of travelling – again, you can bring elements of that in to your styling too.

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It’s all in the detail

Some of the most romantic weddings that we’ve seen, have also been some of the quirkiest. Wedding favours made by the happy couple, meaningful playlists that they’ve put together, or flowers grown in their garden are all ways of bringing meaningful detail in to your special day. We also love a guest book! It’s such a beautiful memento of your day, and gives all of your guests a great opportunity to send their wishes to you when you may not have a chance to speak to them much in person on the big day.

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Tables

Your table plan provides an excellent way of letting your guests in to your life together. We’ve seen numbered tables – which seemed fairly innocuous until we realised that each number was from the couple’s life together (the date that they met, their first date and so on). We’ve also seen tables named after romantic places that they’ve been together, holiday destinations, and addresses that mean something to them.

Make your venue work for you

Our final tip for a romantic wedding is to ensure that the venue that you choose, allows you to have freedom and flexibility on your very special day. At Rockbeare Manor, we have chosen a neutral colour scheme on purpose, to allow couples to inject their own personality in to the styling of their wedding, be it from the décor and flowers, table arrangements and music, to the food served to your guests.

We’ve also got beautiful gardens, with sloping lawns, a wildflower meadow and views across East Devon and to Exeter. We often find that photographs taken in our gardens can be the most striking, with photographers making the most of natural light and relaxed guests!

Our beautiful wedding venue in the Devon countryside can be exclusively yours too. Contact us for a viewing of Rockbeare Manor and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team about your very special day.

Just engaged? How to start planning your dream wedding.

We’ve already heard from so many couples who got engaged over the Christmas and New Year break. And here at Rockbeare Manor, our romantic wedding venue in the beautiful Devon countryside, near Exeter, we’d like to offer our congratulations to you all!

If you’ve recently got engaged, it can be easy to feel a little bit overwhelmed by all of the decisions that need making when planning your wedding. Having been involved with lots of weddings over the years, our expert team have learnt a thing or two, and thought we’d put together a few top tips to make it easier to get the ball rolling.

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Choose a venue!

It’s true to say that without a venue, not much else can happen! So our advice to you would be to leave all of the other decisions that need to be made (for now!), and focus on finding the venue of your dreams.

Many of Devon’s most popular wedding venues get booked up months or years in advance, all the more reason to make choosing a venue your priority. And if you find that your preferred date isn’t available, don’t be afraid to consider other options such as Sundays or even a weekday which are becoming more and more popular due to the saving that can be made in venue hire fees.

And try to choose a venue that best reflects you as a couple. Whilst it’s so important that you have a venue that reflects your personalities, you do of course also need to keep a budget in mind when you are selecting venues to view.

Colours and themes

Once you’ve decided on your venue, and you’ve got a date booked, it will be much easier to focus on a colour scheme, or a theme. Rustic, vintage, romantic, art deco, modern … there are so many great ideas to choose from. At Rockbeare Manor, we’ve purposefully kept our colour palette neutral, so that it works against any colour scheme or theme. We’ve hosted weddings with all sorts of colour schemes here, and they’ve all worked equally well.

Think about what suits your personality, and of course, your budget! If you’re choosing to have fresh flowers, do some research about what’s likely to be in season during the time that you’re getting married. Flowers that are in season are going to be a lot cheaper than having to import them from overseas at other times of the year.

The clothes!

There are some fantastic ideas for wedding dresses that really do suit all shapes and budgets. Think about what you’re likely to be comfortable in, and what fabrics and shapes you like. It’s great to be traditional, but we are seeing that more and more, couples are choosing to do things their way without perhaps the formality that used to be the norm. We often see men wearing tweed suits instead of a top hat and tails, and brides tend to look a lot more relaxed now than twenty years ago!

Whatever you end up wearing, Rockbeare Manor’s grand, sweeping staircases and velvet sofas are going to provide the perfect backdrop for your photographs!

The food

We’ve written about this in previous blogs, mainly because we love to showcase the skills of our brilliant Head Chef, Ben. We really do love our food here, and we genuinely enjoy working with couples to create a menu that will suit their guests’ taste buds!

Work out what your budget is, and let your Chef guide you as to what works with parties of your size. It’s best to find out if your guests have any dietary requirements, and we’ve found that most of our couples tend to do this when they send their invitations out. We source as much of the menu as possible from Devon itself, so you can be sure that the food will be of the best possibly quality.

Our beautiful wedding venue in the Devon countryside can be exclusively yours too. Contact us for a viewing of Rockbeare Manor and talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team about your very special day.

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An interview with Stephanie – Rockbeare Manor Wedding Planner

Here at Rockbeare Manor, we absolutely love helping our clients to plan their wedding day. After all, our beautiful manor house near Exeter, set in its own parkland, offers the perfect backdrop for your day, no matter what your taste and budget.

Stephanie Primarolo is an Event Manager at Rockbeare Manor and responsible for planning many of the weddings that take place in our unique Devon venue.  Carry on reading for an insight into her wonderful world of weddings!

What do you love most about being a Wedding Planner?

The intricacy of the role. There are so many little details that come together in order to make a wedding day really special.  It’s so important that you get to know the couple and what makes them happy in order to take what they envisage to be the most amazing day of their lives and make it happen. As a Wedding Planner you play a very important part in one of the most memorable days of a couple’s life – and that is a real privilege.

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At what stage do you tend to get involved with couples in the planning of their big day?

When couples visit Rockbeare Manor for the first time we walk them through every element of the day and listen to their plans and ideas which is a great opportunity to learn about how they imagine their wedding day will be.  If they go on to book with us, we then build on this relationship, creating trust so that they feel comfortable to call us if they ever need any advice, so we get involved from quite an early stage.

What has been your most challenging wedding and why?

All weddings come with their challenges, which makes my job all the more exciting. Quite often, what you assume is going to be a really challenging wedding, perhaps where there are more guests, more props or decor to set up and more timings to coordinate, often tend to run really smoothly.  We are very focussed on the detail at Rockbeare Manor, and are very organised in the planning process and so that ensures everything runs seamlessly on the day itself.

Back in the summer we held a wedding where we were relying on a coach full of guests to arrive in time for the ceremony. This can often be a benefit as it means that all of the guests arrive at once, however, on this occasion the coach driver got stuck in traffic for over 40 minutes, delaying the ceremony. The biggest challenge to overcome was ensuring that everyone remained calm and reassuring them that things were under control. Luckily the Registrars didn’t have another wedding to get to, so I tried to keep everyone occupied by giving the bridesmaids the task to stall the bride until the coach arrived so that she didn’t have to worry. It certainly lifted spirits as they acted out lacing up the bride’s dress wrong, asking for “just a few more pictures” and a bridesmaid having a last minute heart-to-heart with the bride.

Which wedding is your most memorable?

It has to be the first wedding I ever ran at Rockbeare Manor back in May. I remember the landscape was a myriad of bright colours; the spring flower bed was in full bloom, the bluebells framed the parkland and the wisteria offered a charming backdrop to the Ballroom! The nervous excitement builds from the moment you meet the couple up until the big day, and there’s no better moment than seeing the bride in her wedding dress for the first time and watching everything you have spent months planning, come together! I think as a Wedding Planner, you never forget your first wedding!

When do you think is the best time to get married?

I always thought that I would go for a summer wedding, but seeing winter ceremonies here at Rockbeare Manor I’ve had a change of heart! As you weave down the grand driveway and catch a glimpse of the frosted parklands through the bare branches, the landscape is purely mystical. Greeted by cosy lit fires and the smell of mulled wine, Rockbeare Manor is the perfect place to reminisce with family friends, and what’s more romantic than the twinkling of the chandelier crystals on a winters evening?

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How much should people budget for their wedding?

When budgeting for a Wedding it really does depend on the couple and what it is that they want for their day. The benefit when getting married at Rockbeare Manor is that you can actually be as minimal or as extravagant as you like. The manor has been really sensitively refurbished, and whilst it is Grade I listed with a regency feel, it’s light and airy and there aren’t any garish colours for you to try to match your wedding colour scheme to. The venue is beautiful alone, which means all it needs is that simple touch that reflects you for your big day. It’s important to remember that your day is about you and not how extravagant your wedding is.

How long do you think should I leave to plan my wedding?

Many couples book a year or two in advance, to give them time to save perhaps, or reduce the pressure on them if they have a busy lifestyle or job.  However it’s not unusual for us to take bookings for weddings with only 6 – 12 months’ notice.  It just comes down to the personalities of the couple, and what they feel most comfortable with.  A lot of venues and suppliers do get booked up really early though, so there is an advantage to booking further in advance if you want to get your preferred date or preferred supplier.

What are the little things that people often forget?

Quite often it’s the thoughtful touches that make your day stand out, and this can be as simple as offering a non-alcoholic beverage or gluten free canapés. Suppliers like your photographer and band often request a meal and so that needs to be arranged, as well as making sure that your guests have a means of getting home at the end of the evening! Booking taxi’s is always a good thing to do in advance. And don’t forget about the pen for your guest book!

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What are the things that couples always focus on but that actually don’t matter?

A lot of couples focus on trying to please everyone else and forget that the day is about them and what they want. It’s so true that if the Bride and Groom are happy, everyone else will be happy too.

Which one piece of advice would you give to a couple getting married at Rockbeare Manor?

To remember that the day is a celebration of your relationship, so listen to one another and compromise. Before making any decisions, write down individually what your ideal choices would be and then share these with each other and from there, the rest will fall in to place. And if you are ever in doubt, your Wedding Planner is just a phone call away!

Making the most of autumn at Rockbeare Manor

At Rockbeare Manor, we’re lucky to be able to host weddings at any time of the year, and we’re proud to say that this beautiful wedding venue works in any season.

Winter means crisp, frosty views across East Devon and Exeter, spring and summer mean that our beautiful wildflower meadow and sloping lawns look breathtaking, as does the tree blossom and plants in the garden, but if you ask us, it’s often autumn that wedding venues like Rockbeare Manor really come into their own. 

Here is our list of the top five reasons to get married at Rockbeare Manor in autumn:

 

1. Roaring fires and candlelight

Walk in to stunning entrance hall of Rockbeare Manor, and you’ll be greeted by comfy sofas and a huge roaring fire (we have five fireplaces throughout the building). Maybe you’d like to use our classic candelabras and enjoy eating your wedding breakfast by candlelight?

Your guests will immediately feel relaxed, perhaps enjoying a mulled wine or Winter Pimms in front of the fireplace. Soak up the wonderful ambience as your guests sit by the fire, our beautiful rooms lit by the soft glow of candles.

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2. Bold colour schemes

Autumn is the perfect time to step away from those pastel shades that look so pretty bathed in the summer sunshine. Now is the opportunity to embrace red, orange, gold, and rust coloured shades. At Rockbeare Manor, we’ve decorated the interior of our house with neutral shades, which means that the great autumnal colours in our grounds bring real impact.

And when it comes to styling your bridal party, you could wear a fur cape over your wedding dress to keep warm, or dress your bridesmaids in a red or burnt orange to really stand out in those all important photographs. We’re seeing more and more of our grooms wearing tweed, which looks fantastic set against a backdrop of the trees changing colour.

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3. Natural flowers and foliage

Many people don’t realise the sheer amount of flowers and foliage that really come into their own during the autumn. Just think of those beautiful leaves that could work so well in your buttonholes. Or you could use berries and nuts in your table arrangements? There are also many species of flowers (think roses and hydrangeas) that look fabulous as they’re just beginning to turn away from their pastel colours, into more autumnal shades.

It’s always a great idea to chat to your Wedding Planner, we have our own in-house team at Rockbeare Manor, and florist to see if they have any great ideas for making your colour scheme come to life. We can also tell you where the light works best at Rockbeare Manor, and where your floral arrangements can be displayed for best effect.

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4. Good weather

There’s something special about autumn sunshine, and so far this year we’ve enjoyed a mild autumn with guests able to make use of our stunning gardens. It means there are opportunities to both enjoy being outside with your guests, as well as coming inside and sitting by that welcoming fire.

We know that by getting married in the UK, you’re probably not going to be particularly fussy about the weather, but we really have seen some stunning backdrops this autumn as guests have enjoyed their reception drinks outside in the last of the sunshine, or in our warm and cosy entrance hall.

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5. Seasonal food

This is where our Head Chef Ben, really comes into his own. We’re proud to use Devon’s own larder when it comes to creating your wedding breakfast menu, and will always look locally first to seek the best ingredients available.

You could incorporate apples and blackberries in to your desserts, or perhaps use butternut squash and pumpkins in your main course. It’s also a wonderful time for wild mushrooms, and a great time for game (think duck or pheasant). If fish is your thing, then mackerel and sea bass both tend to be readily available at this time of year, from the nearby East Devon coast.

Whichever season you’d like to get married in, Rockbeare Manor is one of the finest wedding venues in Devon. if you would like to find out more about having your wedding at Rockbeare Manor, give Aimée a call on 01392 796015 and we’d be delighted to show you around.

Top tips for the perfect wedding day from Rockbeare Manor couples

As we are now fully into autumn, it’s a great time to reflect on the summer and all the wonderful people who have held their weddings at Rockbeare Manor. We’ve loved working with each and every one of them, creating unique and personal weddings at our beautiful venue in Devon.

Whenever possible, we try to keep in touch with those that have married at Rockbeare Manor. We love to get their feedback, and of course always try to learn from them and their experiences, if we think it might help others. We always ask whether they have any tips that they’d pass on to future brides and grooms. Here are just a few brilliant tips to help you ensure that your wedding day is the day of your dreams.

Helen and David Franks said it’s important to take some time out during your day: ‘Immediately after our wedding ceremony we took five minutes to be alone as husband and wife for the first time. After all of the nerves and excitement leading up to the ‘I do’ it was a perfect way to savour that moment and catch our breath before the celebrations started.’

Stephanie and Anthony Murray’s advice was to keep the entertainment to a minimum: ‘Too many extra activities in the evening aren’t needed! One or two to entertain the guests is enough to ensure the party and dancing continues through the night.’

 

Lins and Matt Stacey told us: ‘We’d say that our top tip is to not feel pressured into doing anything because of tradition or the expectations of others. Choose the things that make you happy, and everybody will be happy with you.

Also, a bonus tip from Lins…flat shoes! Your feet and dance-floor loving guests will thank you!’

Amanda and Mark Smedley, said it was all about the preparation: ‘I think the one that worked best for me was to plan the morning and getting ready. It meant that the morning was really calm and everyone enjoyed it. I really didn’t want to arrive feeling stressed or rushed and by planning everyone’s hair and makeup timings, it meant we could all relax and have fun. We were even ready EARLY and so had a longer drive in the cars to the church which was great.’

Lizzie and Brett Woodgate said: ‘Delegate things you may be worried about on the day to someone you trust. Make a note of when you need to pay people so you can keep an eye on the budget. And on the day, don’t worry about trying to talk to everyone, they will come to you!’

Sarah and Ben Carter recommended leaving things to the experts: ‘Trust your suppliers; choose ones that you trust and who have a good reputation and then leave them to deliver! They are the experts in their field and if they need anything from you they will let you know so don’t stress about the details.‘

We hope the above is useful in helping you with your big day. We’d love to talk to you about having your special day at our perfect wedding venue in Devon. If you’d like to come and have a look around, give Stephanie a call on 01392 797444 or email events@rockbearemanor.co.uk.

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.

Your Big Day, Your Food and Drink Choices

Here at Rockbeare Manor, one of the most picturesque wedding venues in Devon, we know all too well the difficult decisions that couples face when planning their wedding. Canapés or no canapés? Champagne or prosecco? Disco or band?

We often find the part that many enjoy the most is choosing the food and drink for the day, although if you or your guests have any particular dietary requirements, this process can be more difficult, as you try to ensure that the needs of all of your guests are met.

Fortunately, our experienced Events Team, not to mention our brilliant Head Chef, Ben Upton, are here to help and advise you with your food and drink conundrums, to ensure that you get the best possible outcome when it comes to your choices.

We want you to really enjoy this element of the wedding planning process and so we have put together some helpful tips for you.

1.Vegetarian or vegan?

If you and your partner are either vegetarian, or vegan, there is no reason why your menu couldn’t be predominantly this way too, and we love nothing more than the challenge of making vegetarian or vegan choices just as inventive and delicious!  We are really proud of the variety in the menus that we offer and our aim is always to help you select a menu based around what you think your guests will also enjoy but most importantly, what you and your partner will love! Head Chef Ben Upton has picked some of his favourite dishes as ideas for those that are considering a fully vegetarian or vegan menu.

Starters

Somerset Brie, Thyme infused pear with walnut bread and an apple salad (vegetarian)

Bruschetta of chargrilled Mediterranean vegetables with basil oil (vegan)

Main Course

Wild rice risotto, roasted cauliflower, cep mushrooms with hazelnuts and salsa verde (vegetarian and vegan)

Desserts

White chocolate parfait in a dark chocolate shell, with honeycomb, raspberry crystals and passion fruit coulis (vegetarian)

Layered summer fruit pudding with berries, fruit coulis and speciality ice cream (vegan)

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2. You’re teetotal

It might be that both yourself and your partner are teetotal, or you have lots of guests attending that don’t drink alcohol.  If so you can still make an impression with our selection of Reception Drinks.  Aimée, Director at Rockbeare Manor, suggests the fresh fruit and elderflower cooler as a lovely non-alcoholic alternative. Visually it’s impressive, served in a wine glass with a mint garnish, and it’s really refreshing too. Another option is to do a mix of two drinks so that you have an alcoholic and non-alcoholic option.  Prosecco is always popular, accompanied by Elderflower Pressé served in Champagne flutes to create that sense of occasion.

We would always recommend making sure that wine is available for your guests during the meal, but in addition, you could choose some of our locally sourced soft drinks as well, such as cloudy lemonade or perhaps apple juice, which comes from Four Elms Farm in Sidmouth, Devon.

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3. For those with a sweet tooth…

At Rockbeare Manor we LOVE food and drink!!  The team here have put many hours into refining our menus, constantly improving them and seeking out those quirky ideas that will make weddings here stand out.  If you have a sweet tooth, why not consider our mini-afternoon tea stands for your canapé reception? Or, our Ice Cream Tricycle which serves luxury Salcombe Dairy ice cream.  Both these options can be amended to suit guests with dietary requirements or intolerances if required.

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4. Is it gluten free?

This is a question we get asked very frequently as many people are now choosing to go gluten free as a lifestyle choice.  Most weddings that we host here at Rockbeare Manor have at least one guest who is gluten intolerant or Coeliac and so our Chefs are used to amending our menus to suit.

The below menu is entirely gluten free and would make for an incredibly impressive wedding breakfast menu for all guests.

Starter

Poached salmon and crayfish with seared scallop and saffron crème fraiche

Main Course

Roast rack of lamb with a herb crust, grilled artichoke, gratin dauphinoise, pea puree and rosemary jus

Dessert

Summer fruit and elderflower Champagne jelly with clotted cream ice cream and nougatine crisp

As all of our food is made from scratch, our Chefs just amend the recipes where necessary, using gluten free flour in our cakes and desserts for example. And, if you ever want proof of how yummy they are, you must visit and try some of our famous gluten free chocolate brownie!

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5. Is it local?

Devon and the West Country is a beautiful part of the country and we are so lucky to be able to host weddings here.  Our delicious menus are made with only the finest ingredients from suppliers who we know and trust, and we use the local influences in our menus wherever possible. Our ‘West Country Platter’ is served as a sharing board on our Barouche menu. It incorporates all kinds of lovely things such as Quickes Vintage Cheddar, Cornish Brie, Devon glazed ham and local belly pork served with cider chutney to name but a few.

For your evening food you could select our homemade pasties. As well as Traditional pasties, our vegetarian version is to die for….Butternut squash, spinach, with ricotta and toasted pecans!

Whatever you decide to serve your guests, with Rockbeare Manor as the venue for your wedding, you can’t go far wrong, but our biggest piece of advice is that it’s your day! Don’t feel that you need to play safe – embrace the sense of occasion and choose something that will WOW your guests!

We’d love to help you to plan your picturesque Devon wedding at Rockbeare Manor. If you’d like to discuss your requirements, call Event Manager Stephanie on 01392 797444.

Gift List alternatives for your 2017 Wedding

Holding your wedding at Rockbeare Manor near Exeter, means that you are playing host to your guests in one of the most beautiful, historical venues the south west of England has to offer. Many of our couples have guests coming from all of the UK, and sometimes further afield, and this often means that the idea of the gift list can cause a few worries for some of our happy couples.

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Let’s face it, many people now already live together, have a mortgage together, maybe a cat or a dog, and fairly often, a child or more. The tradition of a gift list was a great idea when couples had never lived together before, and needed help with purchasing some really useful items for their home (towels, bed linen, pots and pans, for instance).

But the chances are, you’ve already got most of the bits that you would need. Therefore, we thought we’d put together a handy top five of gift list alternatives.

  1. Help towards your honeymoon

You have just paid for a wedding which will have undoubtedly cost a lot of money. But after the stress of organising such a big and important day, you would still like a honeymoon to kick off married life in style. You could ask your guests to contribute towards your holiday, either by giving money or by contributing to a holiday gift list with companies such as buy-our-honeymoon.com or kuoni.co.uk. Less stuff, more memories!

  1. Help towards a DIY / garden project

You may well already have your towels and your bed sheets but the chances are, there could be a project at home that’s been on your mind for some time. Perhaps you’ve wanted to do up your garden? You could ask for garden centre vouchers or money towards some new plants. Or maybe you’ve been saving up for an extension? This way, your guests are contributing towards your new married life together, but your guests know exactly what you’re going to be doing with it.

  1. A charity donation

Charity donations are becoming an increasingly popular idea with weddings that we see at Rockbeare Manor. Nowadays, couples tend to be older once they get married, and they are often also more financially comfortable than they were in their early twenties. Consider asking your guests to contribute towards a favourite charity, or perhaps a charity that means something to you. Ideas could be Oxfam or ActionAid. If somebody close to you has suffered with cancer, you could also ask guests to donate towards your own Cancer Research UK fundraising page.

  1. Join an organisation

You could ask your guests to contribute towards a lifetime membership of the National Trust. This costs £1,605 and would be of benefit to you both for the rest of your married life. English Heritage also offers lifetime memberships at a cost of £1,800.

  1. No gift list at all!

It might be that you just want to enjoy people’s company at your wedding, and that you decide not to have a gift list at all. This is a lovely idea, although your guests are likely to still want to get you something. Be prepared to expect numerous picture frames, candles and throws!

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We’d love to help you to plan your wedding at Rockbeare Manor. If you’d like to discuss your requirements, call Aimée on 01392 797444.

 

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