Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible, but if you have any further queries please contact the Rockbeare Manor team.

Happy planning!


What is included?

The venue hire includes exclusive use of Rockbeare Manor on the day of your wedding (all bedrooms are charged in addition).  The menu prices shown in our brochure include dining tables and chairs, white linen tablecloths and napkins, as well as tableware such as cutlery, crockery and glassware.  You will have a dedicated Event Manager to run your day and a team of waiting staff.  Items such as cake stands with knife and an easel for your table plan may be borrowed.

What time will I be allowed to have access to the venue on the wedding day?

The bridal party have access to the venue from 11.30am for wedding preparations. We will also ensure that at this time your bedroom (if you are staying overnight), Drawing Room and Billiard Room are available for you to use to get ready. 

Can you provide food and refreshments for us when we’re getting ready?

Yes of course! To arrange a wedding day brunch, Prosecco, beers or any refreshments for the morning of the wedding please speak to your Event Manager who would be happy to assist.

Can I bring my own food and alcohol?

No food or drink may be brought onto the premises without prior permission. Wine, Champagne, sparkling wine and Prosecco may be provided by you however corkage fees apply. Please refer to our brochure for the current rate.  Alcohol miniatures are permitted as a table favour but a corkage fee will apply.

Who is responsible for paying for the bedrooms?

Whilst you and your guests are able to pay for your rooms individually, it is your responsibility to ensure that all the relevant bedrooms are allocated and paid for before the wedding.

What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in for our bedrooms is from 2pm on the wedding day. The morning after the wedding, please bring your room key and luggage down to reception before being seated for breakfast which is served at 9.15am and we would kindly ask that Rockbeare Manor be vacated by 10.30am on the day of departure.

How do I choose my menu?

All our menus can be found in our main brochure. It is advisable to think about your choices in advance of the planning meeting where your Event Manager will talk through the options with you.  The quality of our cuisine is something that we’re very proud of.  Our team of Chefs do an outstanding job in creating delicious, imaginative and perfectly presented food but we know that deciding on the final menu can sometimes be tricky.  We love talking about food and drink though and so don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any guidance.

How much does the children’s menu cost?

We are able to prepare a smaller portion of the adult’s meal for 50% of the price. For younger children we can create a specific children’s menu for them which may be more suitable, at a reduced price.  This can be agreed at the planning meeting.

Do the menu prices change?

We review the menu pricing annually and any increase in food and beverage will be confirmed in January each year. For budgeting purposes we suggest that you allow an additional 5% per year on top of the prices for food and beverage shown in our brochure.  

What time does the bar open?

The bar is open from the start of your drinks reception through until midnight. The bar is not generally open prior to a Civil Ceremony, other than for the bridal party as they are getting ready.

Who sets up the venue on the morning of the wedding?

In the week leading up to your wedding we will arrange a time for you to drop off all your venue décor to us, for safe keeping until your wedding day. This may include your seating plan, favours, place cards, card box and guest book, along with any other decorations that you have planned.  Our team will happily set all of this up for you on the morning of the wedding so that you can relax and enjoy the occasion.  Your florist will be responsible for setting up all floral arrangements.  If you are hiring additional items such as table centres, chair covers, props, furniture or large decorations it will be the responsibility of the company that you have hired them from to set them up and also collect them at the end of the event.

How many guests can you seat for an indoor ceremony and wedding breakfast?

Our Dining Room seats up to 100 for an indoor ceremony, or for larger weddings the Ballroom seats up to 160 for both a ceremony and wedding breakfast.  

Can I use candles to decorate the venue?

White tea lights and candles in holders are allowed on the tables, window sills and mantelpieces. If you are having candelabras or taper candles they must be non-drip, and placed on a mirror base or similar to avoid the wax dripping on linen or any other surface.

Can we decorate the staircase?

Our Regency staircase is very fragile and for this reason please don’t wrap, or attach anything around the banisters or hand rail.  Floral arrangements can be placed on the steps themselves, as long as they are in trays in order to protect the carpet. 

Do you allow confetti?

Natural confetti such as real or dried rose petals may be thrown inside or on the lawns, avoiding flower beds and gravelled areas.  We do not allow foil or paper confetti, or confetti canons at Rockbeare Manor.

Can I decorate the tables with petals?

You may use real rose petals on the tables, but please avoid freeze dried or dyed silk petals as they can mark the linen.

What should we do with all our decorations at the end of the evening?

Decorations and other belongings that you wish to keep should be taken away with you the morning after the wedding.

Do you allow fireworks and sparklers?

If you are thinking of having a firework display please contact one of our team as this may be possible but only via our recommended firework supplier. Displays must start no later than 10pm. Sparklers are to be used outside only.

Do I need a Master of Ceremonies?

Often the Best Man or a close family member makes the key announcements during the day, such as asking your guests to be seated for dinner, and introducing the speeches.  Your Event Manager will be able to liaise with them, prompt, or help make any announcements as required. If you would prefer to book a dedicated 'Red Coat' Master of Ceremonies please do.

Can I use your sound equipment?

Our sound system can be used to provide background music throughout the day.  If you have specific music that you would like to be played, please create a playlist on your tablet or smart phone and hand it to your Event Manager on the morning of your wedding.  Or, if you prefer we can select a suitable playlist for you from our music library.   Any music required for civil ceremonies will need to be downloaded to your device in advance.

Do we need to book taxis for the end of the night?

Please advise your guests that taxis must be booked in advance, as if not there is likely to be a long delay. Cars may be left overnight, if they are collected by 11am the following day.

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