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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

The History of Wedding Traditions and Superstitions

Photography by www.photographybyjd-weddings.co.uk

Here at Rockbeare Manor, our exclusive wedding venue near Exeter in Devon, we know a thing or two about weddings! Our team have been planning weddings for quite a number of years at our other two wedding venues which are in North Somerset, Coombe Lodge and Priston Mill, and so now we are so excited to bring our expertise to Devon, where at Rockbeare Manor where we will continue to create memorable weddings for all of our lovely clients.

Weddings go back a long, long time in history; they have been a core part of society for thousands of years, bringing people together in celebration of the unity of two people, but do you know where the most common wedding traditions and superstitions come from?

Stag Parties:

The history of stag parties goes all the way back to the 5th century.  The first record of such a party was made by the Spartans where the men would gather together with the groom, the night before his wedding, to drink and celebrate his last single night. Things haven’t really changed since, although bachelor parties rarely happen the night before the wedding anymore, for obvious reasons!

Fun Fact: Stag parties or Bachelor parties are known as ‘Bucks’ parties in Australia and ‘enterrement de vie de garcon’ in France which means ‘the burial of the life as a boy’.

Hen Parties:

Although stag parties have been around for centuries, the same cannot be said for bachelorette parties or ‘hen’ parties, as they are known in the UK. It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that hen parties were established. Before then, bridal showers were the only time that the bride had to celebrate her wedding with her friends. However, hen parties have grown immensely since they were established; and are now a very popular event for bride-to-be’s.

Fun Fact: Hen parties are known as ‘stagettes’ in Canada.

Flowers:

The tradition of having flowers at your wedding has been around for centuries; although the kind of flowers which brides use have changed dramatically! In the Middle Ages, brides would carry bouquets made of fragrant herbs and garlic bulbs, which was believed to ward off any evil spirits that may be lingering around the ceremony. Thankfully, we have left this tradition in the past, and today brides have a vast amount of choice when it comes to the flowers in their bouquets which also have a more pleasant fragrance.

White wedding dress:

This tradition has been accredited to Queen Victoria; although some brides did wear white dresses to their weddings before Queen Victoria did, she is said to have started the trend. Before this, brides would wear their best dress on their wedding day, unless they could afford to buy a new dress especially for the big day.

Fun Fact: It used to be custom for brides and their bridesmaids to wear the same dresses on the wedding day; this was to confuse any evil spirits, so that they would not know who the real bride was and could not disrupt the wedding ceremony.

Day of the week:

There is an old folk rhyme which said that getting married on different days of the week meant different things:

Monday for health,

Tuesday for wealth,

Wednesday best of all,

Thursday for losses,

Friday for crosses,

Saturday for no luck at all.

It seems that Saturday was not a very popular choice for getting married in the Middle Ages, something which has definitely changed today – a large proportion of weddings now take place on a Saturday.

Something old, something new…:

Everybody knows the old wedding rhyme which states the different things which a bride should wear on her wedding day to bring her marriage luck. All of these things had different symbolism behind them:

Something old represents continuity with the past

Something new denotes optimism for the future

Something borrowed signifies community

Something blue symbolizes purity, fidelity and love.

This is mainly a British custom and comes from an Old English Rhyme. It is still incorporated into weddings today, with brides ensuring that they have one of each of these items to help bring luck to their wedding day.

Fun Fact: In the Hindu tradition, it is considered good luck if it rains on your wedding day.  Good news for brides here in the UK!

If you would like to discuss having your perfect wedding here at Rockbeare Manor, then contact us today. We’d love to hear from you and chat through your ideas. www.rockbearemanor.co.uk Telephone: 01392 797444.