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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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.

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 or call 01392 797444 to discuss making your dream a reality.