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.

Considerations for a Summer Wedding

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There is no doubt about it, Rockbeare Manor looks captivating in every month of the year – from the fabulous autumnal colours that inundate the many acres of parkland in October and November, to the welcoming open fires and grand period features of the house in Winter time.  The Spring brings yet more wonder which evolves throughout the season with Daffodils, Bluebells, Wild Orchids, Daisies and Buttercups and not forgetting the ancient Wisteria which climbs the East façade of the Manor.  Each season is equally as beautiful in its own way for weddings and special occasions, but with it almost upon us (and as it is the season in which we will hold our very first wedding!) we can’t help but look forward to the summer weddings we will be hosting at Rockbeare Manor this year.

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From where the ceremony takes place to the kind of food you serve, summer weddings provide a great opportunity to unleash your creative side and experiment with the many colours and themes that work so perfectly at that time of year.

Naturally summer offers more opportunity to have your ceremony in the great outdoors, surrounded by nature and in the glorious sunshine, making for a day that you and your guests will never forget. At Rockbeare Manor, our outdoor terrace is the perfect place to conduct a ceremony whatever the size.  You’ll say your vows under the archway of the South Pavilion with views reaching across our breath-taking parkland to the surrounding Devon countryside, Dartmoor and Haldon Hills — what better backdrop to your wedding ceremony?

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No matter what time of year, it’s important to think about the likely weather on the day to make sure that your choice of wedding attire will be appropriate.  Summer gives you a breadth of choice where this is concerned so you really can make it even more personal to your taste. For the bride there are some absolutely stunning shorter dresses to be found – perhaps a 50’s style calf length gown teamed with a vintage parasol, or a long bohemian style dress made from a lighter material which is soft and elegant.  Both these options will ensure that you can withstand a warm day whilst still looking and feeling fabulous.  The same goes for the groom, if you want to embrace the feeling of summer why not go for a linen suit, or chino’s paired with a tailored jacket instead of a more traditional woollen one.  Don’t forget, there are no rules and so if you would prefer not to wear a jacket, waistcoats can look just as smart and can really add personality and style to your day.

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Food will always be a talking point so it’s important to get it right, but the great thing is that summer offers a huge variety of choices unique to this season.  Stay away from hot and heavy starters like soup, and hearty main courses like lamb shank or roasted beef and Yorkshire pudding as it’s the last thing you will want to eat on a sunny day. As the weather is likely to be fine, then it may be a good idea to serve light meals, such as our Laverstoke mozzarella with cherry vine tomatoes, chilli jam and toasted pumpkin seeds, followed by roast rack of lamb or even a perfectly cooked fillet of beef. We take enormous pride in our menus at Rockbeare Manor, and we will work with you to create the best menu for your wedding day across the seasons.

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Then of course there are the flowers.  If you’re getting married during the summer months you have extensive choice over the flowers that you can use in bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations. Think sunflowers, gerbera daisies, roses; summertime brings into bloom a whole range of beautiful, colourful flowers so whether you prefer soft and subtle or bold and vibrant you really can take your pick.

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Here at Rockbeare Manor in Devon  we love weddings, in every season, and we will do everything we can to ensure that your wedding day goes just the way you imagined. Contact us today – we can’t wait to hear from you, and talk more about your vision for the day, and how we can help you achieve a wedding that you always hoped it to be.