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.

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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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.