Making the most of autumn at Rockbeare Manor

At Rockbeare Manor, we’re lucky to be able to host weddings at any time of the year, and we’re proud to say that this beautiful wedding venue works in any season.

Winter means crisp, frosty views across East Devon and Exeter, spring and summer mean that our beautiful wildflower meadow and sloping lawns look breathtaking, as does the tree blossom and plants in the garden, but if you ask us, it’s often autumn that wedding venues like Rockbeare Manor really come into their own. 

Here is our list of the top five reasons to get married at Rockbeare Manor in autumn:

 

1. Roaring fires and candlelight

Walk in to stunning entrance hall of Rockbeare Manor, and you’ll be greeted by comfy sofas and a huge roaring fire (we have five fireplaces throughout the building). Maybe you’d like to use our classic candelabras and enjoy eating your wedding breakfast by candlelight?

Your guests will immediately feel relaxed, perhaps enjoying a mulled wine or Winter Pimms in front of the fireplace. Soak up the wonderful ambience as your guests sit by the fire, our beautiful rooms lit by the soft glow of candles.

Fires at Rockbeare Manor Devon

 

2. Bold colour schemes

Autumn is the perfect time to step away from those pastel shades that look so pretty bathed in the summer sunshine. Now is the opportunity to embrace red, orange, gold, and rust coloured shades. At Rockbeare Manor, we’ve decorated the interior of our house with neutral shades, which means that the great autumnal colours in our grounds bring real impact.

And when it comes to styling your bridal party, you could wear a fur cape over your wedding dress to keep warm, or dress your bridesmaids in a red or burnt orange to really stand out in those all important photographs. We’re seeing more and more of our grooms wearing tweed, which looks fantastic set against a backdrop of the trees changing colour.

Autumn Colours at Rockbeare Manor Devon

 

3. Natural flowers and foliage

Many people don’t realise the sheer amount of flowers and foliage that really come into their own during the autumn. Just think of those beautiful leaves that could work so well in your buttonholes. Or you could use berries and nuts in your table arrangements? There are also many species of flowers (think roses and hydrangeas) that look fabulous as they’re just beginning to turn away from their pastel colours, into more autumnal shades.

It’s always a great idea to chat to your Wedding Planner, we have our own in-house team at Rockbeare Manor, and florist to see if they have any great ideas for making your colour scheme come to life. We can also tell you where the light works best at Rockbeare Manor, and where your floral arrangements can be displayed for best effect.

Nature at Rockbeare Manor Devon

 

4. Good weather

There’s something special about autumn sunshine, and so far this year we’ve enjoyed a mild autumn with guests able to make use of our stunning gardens. It means there are opportunities to both enjoy being outside with your guests, as well as coming inside and sitting by that welcoming fire.

We know that by getting married in the UK, you’re probably not going to be particularly fussy about the weather, but we really have seen some stunning backdrops this autumn as guests have enjoyed their reception drinks outside in the last of the sunshine, or in our warm and cosy entrance hall.

Good weather at Rockbeare Manor Devon

 

5. Seasonal food

This is where our Head Chef Ben, really comes into his own. We’re proud to use Devon’s own larder when it comes to creating your wedding breakfast menu, and will always look locally first to seek the best ingredients available.

You could incorporate apples and blackberries in to your desserts, or perhaps use butternut squash and pumpkins in your main course. It’s also a wonderful time for wild mushrooms, and a great time for game (think duck or pheasant). If fish is your thing, then mackerel and sea bass both tend to be readily available at this time of year, from the nearby East Devon coast.

Whichever season you’d like to get married in, Rockbeare Manor is one of the finest wedding venues in Devon. if you would like to find out more about having your wedding at Rockbeare Manor, give Aimée a call on 01392 796015 and we’d be delighted to show you around.

Devon Wedding – Vanessa and James’s perfectly styled day at Rockbeare Manor.

Devon Wedding - order of the day

Saturday 1st April was the day that friends and family came together from far and wide, many travelling to Devon from the United States to be there for Vanessa’s and James’s wedding day.  It’s a day that had been planned to perfection by Vanessa in particular, a Bride with a fabulous eye for style, and determined to make their Devon wedding day one that was very individual to them, and memorable for all who attended.

 Devon Wedding - flowers Wedding Venues Devon - ceremony hall

The wedding at Rockbeare Manor had an elegant vintage style theme, with a blush pink and pastel colour palette, mixed with sage green tones which were enhanced by the wonderful eucalyptus and foliage garlands, used firstly to frame the aisle, and then moved onto the tables for the wedding breakfast. In all, the venue, style and theme made for a beautiful Devon wedding.

 Devon Wedding - place settings Devon Wedding - decoration

We were fortunate to work with some very talented and professional South West based suppliers for this wedding, and all no doubt had been a great support to the Bride and Groom before hand, as well as coordinating the styling on the wedding day itself. Kirsten from The Little Wedding Helper was instrumental in the whole day, and supplied many of the accessories that contributed to the overall style of the wedding, and that was only enhanced by the unbelievably elegant flowers by Foxy Buds and Emma Hewlett.

Devon Wedding - menu

De Winton Paper Co is one of our favourite stationers, located nearby, just outside of Exeter. Harriet creates classic, classy designs and did an amazing job on the place cards, table plan and not forgetting the menu display – a pale grey watercolour wash with a combination of calligraphy and typeface, mounted on a rustic barn door and decked out with fresh green foliage.

Wedding Venues Devon - Rockbeare Manor

The Ballroom at Rockbeare Manor looked so stunning for this wedding. With banquet style seating, dark grey table linen, and contrasting white linen napkins tied with grey velvet ribbon, scented candles, tall silver candleabra, delicate flowers and a mass of foliage; it was impressive to say the least.

Wedding Venues Devon - Wedding Reception

Devon Wedding - Wedding Breakfast

At the happy couple’s request, the menu was entirely Gluten Free, starting with Grilled Capricorn Goats’ Cheese on a Beetroot Biscuit, Fig Jam and Rainbow Chard, followed by Carved Organic Beef Sirloin, Roasted Shallot, Gratin Dauphinoise with Green Peppercorn Sauce, and for dessert an English afternoon tea cake display of Miniature Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle and Tiny Raspberry Pavlovas.

Wedding Venues Devon - Evening Do

After the meal it was time to transform the Ballroom for the evening party. It’s amazing how different the space can feel later on in the evening – it’s just so versatile and it’s safe to say all the guests had a brilliant night, kept on the dancefloor by Retro Disco Exeter.
Wedding Venues Devon - Wedding Party

Congratulations James and Vanessa. We wish you all the best in the future as Mr & Mrs!

Devon Wedding - the happy couple

For more information about weddings or other special events at Rockbeare Manor, Exeter, Devon, please contact us – we’d love to chat and help you create your perfect wedding day.

Telephone: 01392 797 444  www.rockbearemanor.co.uk

What to ask potential wedding suppliers?

So the question has been ‘popped’, you’ve started making plans and are beginning to get a feel for how you’d like your wedding to be.

Now may be the time to consider going to a wedding fair. Here at Rockbeare Manor, near Exeter in Devon, we’ve exhibited at a couple of fairs recently, and it made us think about some of the questions that visitors often ask us. There are so many great companies, from venues to florists, bands to cake makers, providing services for weddings in Devon, it can be hard to choose. We think a wedding fair is a great place to find out what’s on offer.

Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

Here’s our guide to some of the best questions to ask potential suppliers before ‘doing the deal’.

  1. Are they likely to be available on your proposed date?

It might seem obvious, but there is no point in taking this any further if the venue, band, caterer or florist isn’t free on the date that you’d like to get married. If you’re happy to be flexible, they may well have a discount available for out of season, or mid-week weddings so it’s worth asking this early on.

  1. Do they have examples of other weddings they’ve done?

If it’s a venue that you’re talking to, ask them to show you images and talk through examples of other weddings they’ve done in the past. At Rockbeare Manor, we’re always very happy to show you photographs of the venue when it’s set up for a event to help you visualise how the rooms transform. We love talking about ‘all things wedding’ and can share ideas of the various styles and themes that have taken place in our venue too.

Rockbeare Manor at Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. How much will they charge?

You may feel that having a discussion about final costs can wait until further down the line, however we think it’s vital to get this information early on. If the estimate that the supplier provides for you is vastly different to your budget, you may well need to be prepared to walk away.  Don’t feel despondent – there is great choice out there, and something for everyone.

An honest guideline of costs is imperative and it is something that every supplier should give you willingly. If you feel like there may be hidden extras or if it’s difficult pinning down a final cost it might be best looking elsewhere.

  1. Are you able to ‘try before you buy?’

Especially in the case of cake providers and caterers! At wedding fairs it’s quite usual for there to be samples for you to try so make the most of it.  You’ll also often find photo booths to hop in and have a go, live music to listen to, and food stalls to explore and it’s here that you can get first-hand experience of the product. In the case of a DJ or a band, if you can’t attend one of their gigs (which is the best way to be sure that you like them) they should be prepared to send an example playlist and video links to previous performances that they have done.

Wedding cake at wedding fair in Exeter, Devon

  1. Are they able to recommend any other suppliers?

Most wedding suppliers will have worked closely with other companies from the local area and will no doubt have some great suggestions of those that they feel offer a fantastic service. At Rockbeare Manor, we are happy to chat to you about the companies that have worked reliably and professionally at weddings and special events that we have held.

Remember, planning your wedding should be fun and enjoyable! We love helping couples bring their vision into a reality and if you choose Rockbeare Manor as your venue, our experienced team are here to help in whichever way we can throughout the wedding planning process.

Photos courtesy of the wonderful Mel at http://www.maxiphotography.com/

Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon