Elope-Q&A

WHY ELOPE AT THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE B&B?Elopement package for $749+tax at The Claiborne House Bed breakfast rocky mount va

Not everyone wishes to get married in a church or a courthouse environment, for some, being outside in a natural setting is preferred.

Not everyone wishes to spend $25,000 or more on a wedding. There are those who would rather use that money toward a honeymoon, house payment, or even the birth of a new child! Then there are those who want simplicity versus stress. They wish to savor every moment of their marriage ceremony instead of compounding headaches over the planning of a big event wedding for everyone else.

At The Claiborne House Elope Virginia, we will do all the planning and have you show up relaxed, in love and ready to tie the knot. We keep the cost low at $749+tax (Elope now through September and the rate is just $599+TAX! These elopements will be held either on the porch or in the parlor inside until April) to help make your dreams come true. This is a very special day and it is all about you!

WHY DO YOU ONLY OFFER ONSITE CEREMONIES?

We have lovely gardens, trees, water feature and have chosen a special place in our gardens near the ponds under our new pergola as the ideal setting for your ceremony. At The Claiborne House B&B we strive to keep it simple. elegant and cost effective for  you. Elopements until April are held inside in the parlor or on the porch (weather permitting) until the gardens grow. Below is a photo of the elopement area:

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WHAT SORT OF PHOTOS DO YOU PROVIDE WITH THE ELOPEMENT PACKAGE?

The photos in the Elopement package will be of the happy bride and groom, the ceremony, and the toast and cake service. We will take some lovely photos for you to cherish from your special day.

If the couple wishes to have more photos taken, there is a fee of just $150 for an additional 1/2 hour + of photography. This will be after the wedding, so the couple will be glowing and super photogenic. We highly recommend this option. (Available for outdoor garden elopements, not November to March indoor elopements). Bring props if you wish.

We will take your fabulous photos on a Nikon digital SLR that will be uploaded to a CD so you can print and share your big day with your family and friends. You can edit and print the ones you choose any size and as many as you want when you want, as you will own all the photos. We highly recommend the extra set of photos to remember your special day. All the photos on this page and the Elopement page were taken here.

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We cannot discount the Elope Virginia Package if you want to bring your own photographer, but by all means, if this is what you wish to do, there is no objection. We cannot use other cameras or camera phones during the ceremony.  The Elopement package is limited to 4 people (we are not included in that number) so if one is an additional photographer then that is fine. (Any additional onlookers will be charged $25 fee per person as we are trying to keep this an elopement, not a small wedding.)

CAN WE INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

We have limited the number of people in the Elopement Package to 4, which includes the Bride and Groom. So this allows room for two witnesses, or children of the couple if you wish. Witnesses are not required.

This is not a small wedding, but an elopement, so we try to make it as uncomplicated as possible. The cake, the sparkling beverage for the toast are only suitable for up to 4 people. Please ask your guests to NOT arrive more than 15 minutes early prior to the wedding time.  We do not have a public restroom available; guests of the wedding party will have to use the restroom in your reserved room. If more than 4 people are in attendance (including the bride and groom) there will be a charge of $25 extra per person. We want to keep it intimate!

WHAT IF FRIENDS WANT TO JOIN US AFTERWARD?

The Claiborne House is a bed and breakfast which has other registered guests on the premises. When you purchase the Elope Virginia Package you are not renting the entire bed and breakfast. If you wish you use the entire bed and breakfast common areas then you are able to rent all the rooms (6) for this purpose. There are no public restrooms, only guest room bathrooms. For this reason, again, we limit the Elopement Package to 4 guests.

CAN OUR DOG JOIN US?Happy couple elope virginia Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount VA

We think pets at the ceremony are a lot of fun, especially in the photo session with the bride and groom afterward! We do not, however, allow pets in the guest rooms at the B&B. So they would have to return home after the ceremony or go to the grandparents’ house.

CAN WE STAY IN ANOTHER ROOM BESIDES THE LOVE SHACK OR SIERRA SUITE?

Yes, this is your option. The Love Shack (aka The Wash House Cottage) and The Sierra Suite are our most expensive rooms, and the only rooms where we deliver breakfast. Other rooms will enjoy breakfast in the dining room. If you choose a different room, either by choice or availability, then breakfast would be served in the dining room. You can choose any room you wish!

Your room is reserved for the Honeymooners only, no outside guests may stay overnight in your room. If you have family or friends who wish to spend the night, they may reserve another available room at the regular room rate. Click here to see all rooms at The Claiborne House.

WHAT DENOMINATION IS THE MINISTER?

The Officiant/Celebrant reserved for The Claiborne House is registered through a Virginia Baptist Church, which means he is authorized to legally officiate your wedding in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We do not provide an overtly religious based ceremony.  We are happy to share the text of the ceremony with you in advance for your perusal. Couples of all faiths and backgrounds are respected here at The Claiborne House and in the Elopement ceremony. In addition to the wedding vows the Officiant will ask you to repeat, if you wish to share your own personal vows, there will be an opportunity to do so during your ceremony. The Officiant is male (as we have had couples inquire).

Due to the Officiant’s religious affiliation he is unable to conduct same-sex marriages. If you wish to hire your own officiant, please let us know in advance. The Elope Virginia Package rate remains the same, however.

The innkeepers at would like to share their experience of a long-lasting happy marriage with you. The recipe for a loving marriage is not in the preacher or the church building, it is not in the amount of money spent on the wedding and receptions, it is born in the couple themselves.

If you wish to bring your own Celebrant or Officiant for any other reason, just let us know in advance. There is no price reduction.

DO WE NEED A BLOOD TEST OR COUNSELLING BEFORE THE ELOPEMENT?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia there is no requirement for a blood test, or pre-marital counselling. You can obtain a marriage license at any Virginia Courthouse. We have the Franklin County Courthouse (Circuit Court) just a couple blocks away where you can go and get your marriage license. It is open Mon-Fri 9AM to 4PM. It is valid for 90 days, so you can pick it up in advance at any time within those 90 days. Here is the phone number: (540) 483-3065. Address is: 275 South Main Street, Suite 212, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.Elope Virginia at The Claiborne House bed and breakfast

If you require a Saturday to obtain your marriage certificate, we recommend Floyd County Courthouse which is open 830am to Noon on Saturdays (excluding holiday weekends). 100 E Main St # 200 Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-9330

You must bring this marriage certificate with you to The Claiborne House so the Officiant can fill it out after you are married.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO BRING? HOW SHOULD WE DRESS?

What you wear is entirely up to you, if you wish to wear gown and tuxedo, or stylish evening gown and suit, feel free to do so. You can dress however you want to, the ceremony keeps simplicity in mind, but the bride and groom can go all out, or stay a little bit country. If you have any props you wish to use for the photos (especially the additional add on photo session) please have those handy. Hats, musical instruments, whatever you fancy. Your wedding, your style!

Arrive at The Claiborne House with everything you need and ready to be married that day! The time chosen for your Elopement is just for you, and we will begin promptly. No delay, no time to melt in the heat.

We do not offer extra space for dressing and preparing for the ceremony, your guest room is available for you to use at check in time (4pm). If you have any guests with you, they will need to use your guest room to prepare as well. The ceremony time will be at 6:00PM-7:00PM.

ARE WE ALLOWED TO BRING IN A MAKEUP ARTIST?

Yes, of course you may bring in your own stylist for your special day, or we recommend the Salon and Spa right on our corner if you are looking for one close to the inn, call The Vintage Spa (540) 489-SPA1.

WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

Wedding and Vow Renewals are only held on Saturdays and Sundays from Spring through Fall (April 25 through October at 6:00PM-7:00PM. From November through April they are weekends, but at an earlier time frame when the light lasts, or after dark if you prefer. The wedding ceremony and the cake cutting and toast proceed right after will take no more than 30 minutes.  The cake table will be set up elegantly on the porch with white tablecloth and wedding gallantry!

After that you can jump for joy, or run around the inn with big cheeky smiles! Photos will follow if you have added on the additional 1 hour of photography (available April through October only and highly recommended, you can help choose the poses and bring props if you wish – the photo below was staged by the couple, the bride had this photo specifically in mind):

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WHAT ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER?

Inclement weather means heavy rain, cold, or extreme heat. If the thermometer rises to 90 degrees or higher we reserve the right to host the ceremony inside the parlor where there is air conditioning. This would also mean no outside photo session (we don’t want anyone to suffer from heat exhaustion). If it is raining heavily, we may move the ceremony undercover to the porch.

BREAKFAST IS PART OF THE PACKAGE?

Yes we will deliver breakfast to your room the next morning at 9AM. If weather permits, we will set up a romantic breakfast for two on your private patio outside The Love Shack, or will knock on your guest room door with a tray of coffee and starter, then the main course right after 9AM. The Sierra Suite has a pub-style table and chairs for your use for eating breakfast.

WHAT ABOUT DINNER AFTERWARDS?

We do not serve dinners at The Claiborne House B&B, but have a list of recommended restaurants on our site here, and we do offer a Picnic on the Parkway Package if you would like to enjoy your first meal together casually, just click here for the details. The evening of your Elopement you can walk to the Mexican Restaurant on our corner, drive 2 miles to Ippy’s for a steak, wander down to Bootleggers Cafe or even have pizza delivered. You are on your own from this point on…Newlyweds!

WHAT TIME DO WE NEED TO CHECK OUT?

We appreciate your checking out by 11AM and handing in the keys. If you have booked an additional night, by all means stay in your pajamas!

OTHER OPTION: We offer a special “Savor the Sunday Sleep-in” special valid for Saturday night stays which allows you to check out at 4PM on Sunday (if available) for $40, learn more here. You will be asked when you reserve online if you would like to add this option. If your room is reserved Sunday night, then the regular 11AM check-out applies.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEDDING CAKE?

We provide a lovely small intimate wedding cake for you; we will get the loveliest cake available. Whatever cake is left, we want you to take with you. If you have a topper for the cake we can place it on for you. We will place it in the guest fridge for you to carry out at check-out time. We cannot special order cakes, if you have a certain cake you desire, you can bring it along. (There is no discount for bringing your own cake).

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IS THERE A BRIDAL BOUQUET OR DO WE BRING OUR OWN?

Yes, we will provide a sweet bridal bouquet and boutonniere for you both. As this is not a small wedding, but a romantic elopement we offer a simple elegant bouquet. If you prefer a specific flower or color we encourage you to bring your own bouquet that is entirely fine with us. We cannot reduce the package price if  you bring your own flowers, as all of this is included in the package already.

We will do our best to provide the loveliest bouquet for the loveliest bride! We may use roses and babies-breath or a mixed country bouquet of the fresh flowers.

CAN WE RENEW OUR VOWS?Personalized photo on your special day at The Claiborne House Elope Virginia

Certainly yes! We would love to host a vow renewal ceremony for you at The Claiborne House B&B! Instead of now pronouncing you husband and wife, this part would be a little bit different.

But the same ceremony would apply. We think renewing your vows on a special milestone anniversary is excellent!

DO YOU PROVIDE OFFICIANT ONLY SERVICES?

Yes, we offer an Officiant Only Package which is the ceremony by our Officiant/Celebrant onsite here and the cost is $180+tax.

This package is for the ceremony only, no photos, no overnight stay, cake, flowers nor access to the inn and will be a short ceremony held in our gardens, or porch. November to March these are held on the porch or inside in the parlor. The cost is $180+tax. 

Due to the Officiant’s religious affiliation he is unable to conduct same-sex marriages. If you wish to hire your own Officiant, please let us know in advance.

The Package rate remains the same, however. We do not hire out the grounds for weddings, only for intimate Elopements. Please arrive ready to be wed.

Times available for this vary, based on availability but are always on a Saturday or Sunday. Call us to reserve this package at (540) 483-4616.

WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?

We require a credit card to reserve the Elope Virginia package. You can then pay however you wish to pay, cash or money order (no personal checks please). If someone else is paying for this Elopement, then we will require their information as well, and permission to charge their credit card. We have a 7 day cancellation period, so you have up to 7 days before the Elopement to change your mind! You may not change the date of the ceremony after this time. Then after that, it is non-refundable and your credit card will be charged.

WHERE IS THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST?

We are located in the heart of Rocky Mount, Virginia. 185 Claiborne Ave, Rocky Mount VA 24151 We are within walking distance to the Harvester Performance Center if you want to go to a show afterward to help celebrate.

Just 20 miles south of Roanoke, also 20 minutes to Smith Mountain Lake. 1 1/4 hour from Blacksburg Va, 1 1/2 hours from Greensboro or Winston-Salem NC. 3 Hours from Charlotte NC. 3 1/2 hours from Richmond, or 4 1/2 hours from Virginia Beach/Norfolk. 4 hours from Washington DC or Northern Virginia.

HOW DO WE RESERVE THE ELOPE VIRGINIA PACKAGE?Dreams do come true elope va package claiborne house bed breakfast rocky mount virginia

You can book this special Elope Virginia Package online here or just give us a call. We are happy to discuss this with you (540) 483-4616. We will get your details, credit card number and specifics for the ceremony. The cost is $749 plus tax. (We are offering a special rate for elopements now through October for just $599+tax – ceremony is held inside the parlor or on the porch weather permitting until April when the gardens grow).

We will ensure your room rate is adjusted to show the package price when reserving online. You can also add on the hour of photography. Email any questions to us here. Saturdays and Sundays are the only days we host elopements due to officiant scheduling. if you reserve this online we will reply immediately with a confirmation if available.

The last day to elope at The Claiborne House outside in the gardens for the season until the Spring will be October 31st. Elopements November through March will be held inside or on the porch (weather permitting).

For the Officiant Only Package please give us a call at (540) 483-4616 or email us to check availability!

If you wish to come by in advance to see the property we will need to schedule an appointment.

We require a minimum 7 day advance notice for this package. There is a 7 day cancellation period that applies. Within 7 days the cost is non-refundable. No changes to reserved date can be made within 7 days. You must be 18 or older to marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia without parental consent. Back to the Elopements page here.

CAN WE CUSTOMIZE THE ELOPE VIRGINIA PACKAGE?

The way we make this package affordable is to be simple, elegant and inclusive. We offer it with an overnight stay and everything needed to have a beautiful elopement. Unfortunately the Elope Va Package does not offer customization, so you cannot pick and choose and alter the package. As mentioned, this is not a small wedding, elope means “Flee to wed” and in keeping with this custom we ask that you also consider keeping it simple. We are not a wedding venue, but a special place to elope.

 LET US HELP YOUR DREAMS BECOME A REALITY!

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