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.

www.rockbearemanor.co.uk

 

 

 

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.

Rockbeare Manor, Exclusive Wedding Venue in Exeter, Devon   Wedding Ceremony at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon.

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

 

 

 

4 Wedding and Event Floristry Tips

 

Floristry Masterclass at Rockbeare ManorFloristry Masterclass at Rockbeare ManorFloristry Masterclass at Rockbeare Manor

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.

Floristry Masterclass at Rockbeare ManorFlowers cascading down staircase at Rockbeare ManorFloristry Masterclass at Rockbeare Manor

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.