A message from Devon wedding venue, Rockbeare Manor

You can't cancel love

If the last couple of months have shown us anything, it's that life is full of surprises. Few of us remember a situation that has affected so many people in such a breadth of different ways, as those seen lately due to the coronavirus pandemic.  But with adversity comes strength, unity and determination and it's been fascinating to see how people have pulled together in these hugely challenging times.  For us, it has certainly reinforced something that we already knew...the wedding and hospitality industry is full of wonderful, creative minds that will go to the ends of the earth to help and support their clients. 

Swing Kings Singers and Ellie from Darling Buds Florists Devon 

 There are fantastic wedding professionals countrywide, but we're lucky to have so many talented wedding suppliers based here in Devon - the photographers, florists, décor providers, make-up artists, entertainers, cake designers and indeed the other wedding venues in Devon who have been working so hard to accommodate a mass of postponed weddings. And it all seemed to happen overnight!

Venetia Norrington Photographer and Becky Flynn Makeup Artist

Despite the (often imbalanced) reports about the wedding industry found in the media lately, it's not been an easy time for any of them. Many wedding suppliers are family businesses, or consist of just one or two self employed people and the worry being faced by many of them, having built up successful and brilliant companies over many years is daunting to say the least.  It's not any easier for the larger wedding businesses either...with big full time teams to look after, and huge overheads which don't just go away when the events aren't running. 

But... it's not all doom and gloom!  The mood out there amongst our industry friends is inspirational and even with the uncertainty they are facing, the overwhelming majority are going above and beyond to facilitate postponements for their couples in the fairest way they possibly can. 

It makes us very proud to be part of an industry that cares so much!

 Flowers on mantelpiece at Rockbeare Manor Devon

 Now, a message to those couples who have so far made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding, or if your wedding this summer is still hanging in the balance.... 

How amazing you are! We've been speaking to lots of you lately and we have been so humbled by your understanding, and willingness to work with us to re-arrange your wedding in the most challenging of circumstances.  We really do appreciate it enormously and genuinely cannot wait for your wedding to come around. When it does, the team here at Rockbeare Manor, along with all of your trusted suppliers will work together to make sure that it is well worth the wait! Just imagine the party...it is going to be immense!  

Stay positive, as you are. What will be will be - you can't cancel love and we'll still be here to host your big day, even if it's a little later than planned.

  Bride and groom walking in sunset. Wedding welcome sign.

As we're spreading a little love today, we would also like to share some of the wonderful, kind comments sent to us by those couples whose weddings have been recently postponed.

"First and foremost we just want to thank you so much for all of your help through this really difficult time, the communication and willingness to help your brides and grooms has been outstanding!" 

Since we first stepped foot in Rockbeare Manor we were so impressed with the warm welcome and professionalism from the staff which has continued throughout and still remains.  You are such a lovely team and we really hope all is going ok for you all."

"We are so very grateful for your guidance and support".

"I can’t express how grateful I am to you and your Directors for the time and consideration you’ve given us. We would love to confirm our new date with you". 

"Thank you so much, we can look forward to it again now. It will certainly be a different feel but it will still be just as amazing! Many thanks for being so accommodating." 

"Thanks Helen, we are just relieved it can be rescheduled. We are looking forward to a winter wedding now."

"Thank you for being so helpful and understanding in these challenging times". 

"I appreciate how helpful everyone has been, and most importantly I hope everyone keeps safe and well".

Rockbeare Manor Wedding Venue Devon Entrance

We are so looking forward to the day we can fling the gates to Rockbeare Manor open again! We're very proud of reputation we have built since we opened as a wedding venue in Devon in 2016, and we have a talented events team waiting in the wings, raring to go!  It's a labour of love, it's personal and everything we do here is based on trust, transparency and an ultimate desire to do our absolute best in everything that we do (it's not like we put any pressure on ourselves or anything!!)

We are still here at the end of the phone, seven days a week, to take your calls if you have any worries about your wedding date or to answer any questions that you may have. We can be reached on 01392 797444 or by email at info@rockbearemanor.co.uk. 

Wishing you all the very best, The Rockbeare Manor team.

About the Author.....

Aimée Spencer-Carveth / Director at PM Hospitality 


Aimée has had a career in the wedding and events industry for 18 years and in this time has worked with some of the biggest catering and events businesses in the country. Her passion is held firmly in the hospitality industry.   Since 2007 Aimée has managed wedding venues, but she has been at Rockbeare Manor since it's transformation from beloved family home to wedding venue in Devon back in 2015.

Rockbeare Manor has two sister venues of which Aimée is also very much involved in - Coombe Lodge and Priston Mill, both in Somerset.


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