What you need to know

Elopement FAQs

General

What makes Ever After different to other elopement venues?

Everyone says when they see the venue for the first time, ‘wow, we’ve never seen anything like this!’ That’s definitely the main difference. Have a look at the photos here on the website and check out our photos on instagram to see for yourselves. You can have an outdoor wedding in beautiful surroundings and if...

How do we know if Ever After is a good fit for us?

This is definitely a crucial question – are we your people? If you’re looking for an awesome tiny wedding that reflects the story of how the two of you got to this place, we are your people. If you value quality; time over money; authenticity and teamwork; custom-made and styled then yes, we are your...

We want to deal with a green company – how ‘eco’ are you?

We see ourselves as custodians of this special place that is Lower Grenofen. We’re in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and part of our grounds are designated as a SSSi (Site of Special Scientific Interest). The SSSi is protected primarily for rare lichens and moss (giving the woods their amazing green-ness) and for...

Which days do you hold elopement weddings?

Easy. We hold elopements every Tuesday and Thursday in the following 7 months each year; March, April, May, September, October, November and December. So pick your elopement season; spring, summer, autumn or winter. We’re closed for weddings in January, February, June, July and August each year.

Can we meet the team before the wedding?

You can meet me! We make sure you have all the answers you need through our FAQ’s, the brochure, the elopement manual we email to you after you book and we’re here to answer any other questions you’ve got about your wedding – that’s what we’re here for. All your contact with the suppliers to...

Can we bring our own stuff to decorate the venue?

Yes you’re very welcome to bring your own things to decorate the venue. We’ll get a list from you in advance of what you’re bringing. If you’re bringing a ton of stuff (eg 1,000 paper cranes) you’ll need to set that up yourselves as our staff will already have lots of things to get ready...

Can we use our own suppliers for the elopement wedding?

You’re welcome to use your own photographer, florist or cake maker for your wedding. We don’t give a discount if you don’t use our suppliers. Why not? Our dream elopement team of caterers, photographer, florist and cake maker guarantee to do all our available elopement dates so in return we guarantee the work for them...

Can we (or our guests) bring dogs to our wedding?

We love dogs! We welcome well behaved, friendly dogs here at Ever After so you and your guests are welcome to bring your dog(s) to share your elopement wedding. When we say ‘well behaved’ we mean we’ve got ornamental/wildlife ponds at the venue and we don’t allow dogs in the ponds, they can tear the...

What’s included in an Ever After elopement wedding?

We take care of pretty much everything – you wake up here at the venue on the morning of your wedding, get ready here (with hair and make up professionals coming to the venue if you choose), have your legal wedding ceremony followed by a mini drinks reception (champagne & canapes included) a 3 course...

Anything not included in the Ever After package?

Well, you need your outfits for the day, wedding rings, your drinks, your music. We can’t book the Registrars to come to the venue to marry you (much more info on this below), the two of you need to do that yourselves. Download our handy sheet on all the requirements for booking the Registrar including...

Are there any optional extras we can add to the elopement package?

Yep there are a few things you can have for an additional cost as not everyone wants them so we have them as optional extras. There’s additional accommodation on site for guests, which are the annexe and the hut. You can find more details about those in the elopement brochure. We can make recommendations for...

Who does all the set up for the day?

We do all the set up for the day, we co-ordinate the wedding ceremony making sure everyone’s in the right place at the right time – you don’t need to worry about a thing.

Do you have a brochure?

Yep, we’ve got a shiny brochure for you with plenty of info and pics including prices – go ahead and download the latest version right here, right now. Once you book with us we’ll email you an elopement manual which tells you everything you need to know about getting married here – what to do,...

Can we come and see the venue?

I’d love to show you round! Most of our elopement couples book without seeing the venue. Some book and then visit before the wedding when it’s convenient for them. Most couples see the venue for the first time when they arrive the day before the wedding – whatever works for you. To fit round our...

Are you taking bookings now?

We’re currently taking bookings for 2022 and 2023. We’ve got a waiting list for 2024 so if that’s your year, just email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you on the list – it’s strictly first come, first served. We’ll be in touch when our 2024 dates are released which will be some time this...

That all sounds great, how much does it cost?

Our elopement prices for 2022/23 are set out in the brochure. It’s £3,900 (including the ole vat) for March, April, October, November and December and it’s £4,500 (including vat) for May and September. That’s for the two of you for 2 nights. You arrive any time after 2pm the day before the wedding. The price...

Does the month we choose to elope affect the cost?

Just in May and September, the summer months. There’s an additional charge of £300 plus VAT to get married in those 2 months. For all other months, the price is the same.

Will we have exclusive use of the venue and will you be there on the day?

You’ll definitely have exclusive use of the entire venue for the whole time you’re here. Yep, the whole place just for you, gardens and everything. The only other people on site will be our staff and of course us because we live here. There are no restricted areas in the garden so you’re welcome to...

What’s the closing time on the day?

With elopement weddings, there’s no finish time provided we can’t hear any noise from the house after 11pm. Not to be a kill joy but the lovely S has to get up early for work the next day so he needs his beauty sleep. So that’s no music, no laughing or loud voices to be...

What deposit do we need to pay to confirm our elopement wedding date with you, do you take credit cards and can we pay by instalments?

The deposit is £600 (incl VAT) and your booking isn’t confirmed until your deposit is in our account. After the deposit is paid, the balance is payable 3 months before your wedding date. We’ll check on your final guest numbers about 3.5 months before your wedding and we’ll email you a final invoice based on...

What dates do you have available and can you hold an elopement date for us?

We’ve got a handy availability calendar so you can check what dates are still available. You can’t actually book the date online with us as there’s paperwork to do before you can book but the availability calendar is up to date so you can see what dates are left. Where dates are shown as reserved...

If we book a date with you can we change the date later if we need to?

We want to help if we can. We postponed over 150 weddings during Covid so we’re used to making changes. If you need to delay or bring forward your wedding date for any reason, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. If we’ve got another date to suit you, we can usually...

Accommodation

What time can we check in and check out?

You can arrive any time after 2pm the day before your wedding. Check out is 11am the day after your wedding. If you haven’t visited previously, we’ll do a walk round when you get here so you’ll know where it all happens and we’ll talk through where you’ll get married, how you’ll walk in, where...

What facilities are available in the honeymoon cottage?

On the ground floor the cottage has a slate floor throughout with a fully functioning kitchen, a downstairs shower room and a lil boot area for coats and shoes. Upstairs there’s a living area with hair and make up station, a large mirror for great getting ready pics and a wood burner. There’s an adjoining...

Do you include accommodation for us?

Yes you’ll be staying in our fabulous honeymoon cottage. That’s right, a whole house just for you for your wedding. It’s a beautiful 18th century detached stone cottage with a first floor deck off the bedroom suite. Have a look at our photos of the cottage here on our accommodation page. Obviously you can stay...

How many people does the honeymoon cottage sleep and can we have extra people staying there?

The honeymoon cottage has a king size bed in the main bedroom. If you want your children to stay with you in the cottage, there’s a sofa bed and 2 single pull out beds. There’s a charge of £24 (incl vat) for any additional people sleeping in the cottage to cover laundry and breakfast. You’re...

Food & Drink

Can we bring our own drinks?

We include a bottle of champagne to celebrate the fact you for real just went and got actual married – pop the cork! You can bring in your own drinks for the rest of the day so that’s wine for your meal, maybe some more bubbles, beer, soft drinks, some spirits & mixers for cocktails...

Do the caterers account for food allergies?

Yes all main dietary requirements are catered for, vegetarian, vegan, GF, seafood, lactose etc. Just let the caterers know what the situation is and they’ll make sure that’s taken care of for you.

Can we choose the flavour of our wedding cake?

You’re very welcome to choose your cake flavour and style with Harrie. There’s not much call for old school fruit cakes these days (but you can have one if that’s your thing) so there are flavours like white choc & raspberry, red velvet, orange & salted caramel, classic raspberry Victoria or lime & passionfruit. What’s...

Flowers

Can we choose our flowers?

Our florist will send you a mini questionnaire about your flower style. It’s helpful for her if you pick out around 3 bouquets from our gallery of real weddings or 3 pins from Pinterest to work from. No two bouquets will ever be the same, that’s part of the joy of working with a natural...

Can we order extra flowers if we want more than the bouquet and buttonhole?

If flowers are your thing and more flowers are just more – you can order extra flowers for your day through Flowers et al, our recommended Chelsea double gold medal winning florist. Whether that’s a flower arch, a hanging flower installation, bridesmaid’s bouquet, flower crown, aisle petals, cake flowers, flower girl hoop – she’s your...

Ceremony

Is eloping legally binding?

If you book the Registrars to come here and marry you, an elopement wedding is legally binding, even if it’s just the two of you. You don’t need guests to get legally married but you do need two witnesses aged over 16. If you’re not having guests, we’ll provide your two witnesses. It’s usually our...

What is the difference between eloping and a micro wedding?

Eloping, micro wedding, runaway wedding, #justthetwoofus, nano wedding, intimate wedding – there’s no official word for these tiny wedding, we use all those words. They all mean a wedding which doesn’t have a ton of guests and for us, it means a wedding which is more about the two of you and what it really...

Can we get legally married at Ever After?

We’re licensed by Devon County Council for legal weddings and civil partnerships, the venue is listed with them as ‘Lower Grenofen’. We’ve got 3 separate spaces currently licensed for elopement wedding ceremonies – the wedding barn, the glass roof terrace and the garden room in the main house. The wedding barn is used for spring,...

Save the date

If you’ve read through the elopement brochure and you want to check our available dates, you can click below to check out our availability calendar for 2022, 2023 and 2024.