Elope-Q&A

WHY ELOPE AT THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE B&B?

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

Romantic Elopements at The Claiborne House "Just the two of us"

Not everyone wishes to spend $20,000 or more on a wedding. There are those who would rather use that money on a honeymoon, house payment, or even the birth of a new child! 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.

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 $649+tax to help make your dreams come true. This is a very special day and it is all about you!

WHY DO YOU OFFER ONSITE AND OFFSITE FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE?

We think onsite is magnificent, we have lovely gardens, trees, water features, etc., but offsite in a rural setting can also be spectacular, so we are offering this in the Fall months! For those outdoorsy guests who love to hike and be in the wilderness, or are country-fied, a mountain top with scenic view would really be the icing on the cake for their vow ceremony! We charge a little more ($45 additional) for this offsite ceremony. We have chosen a couple beautiful locations within 10 minutes of The Claiborne House B&B to keep it easy. Offsite locations are only available in Oct/Nov for the Fall Leaf Season (additional cost of $45)

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

The photos in the Elope Virginia 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 $100 for an hour of professional photography. This will be after the wedding, so the couple will be glowing and super photogenic!

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 hour of photos to remember your special day!  All the photos on this page and the Elopement page were taken here.

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!

Virginia is for Lovers at The Claiborne House

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. 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?

We think pets at the ceremony are a lot of fun, especially off site at one of the more rustic outdoors locations. A photo session with the couple’s pet is superb! We do not, however, allow pets in the guest rooms at the B&B. So they would have to return home after the ceremony.

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.

This room is reserved for the Honeymooners only, no outside guests may stay overnight in this 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?

Tony is the Officiant/Celebrant here at The Claiborne House, 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. 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.

Tony was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Shellie was born in San Diego, Calf. They were married in a park in Gosford, New South Wales Australia by a Marriage Celebrant 25 years ago. They have built their lives together from that point onward.

They 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, 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.Obtain your marriage certificate before arriving at The Claiborne House for your Elopement Ceremony

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 we 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. If it is off site you will follow us to the location in your own vehicle.

We do not offer extra space for dressing and preparing for the ceremony, your guest room is available for you to use. 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.

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 through mid-November). The time frame is from 6:00PM-7:00PM. The wedding ceremony and the the cake cutting and toast proceed right after will take no more than 1 hour.  The cake table will be set up elegantly on the porch with white tablecloth and wedding gallantry! If you choose an offsite location, the cake and toast will be here at the inn upon your return from the ceremony.

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.

BREAKFAST IS PART OF THE PACKAGE?

Yes we will deliver breakfast to your room the next morning around 9AM. Earlier if requested, but we want you to sleep in and cuddle. 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.

The evening of your Elopement you can walk to the Mexican Restaurant & Grill on our corner, or even have pizza delivered. You are on your own from this point on…Newlyweds!

DO WE NEED TO CHECK OUT?

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

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! We will place it in the guest fridge for you to carry out at check-out time.

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

Fresh flower bouquet is part of the Elope Virginia package

Yes, we will provide a sweet bridal bouquet and boutonniere for you both! If there is a definite color you wish to have please let us know in advance at time of reserving your Elope Virginia Package. We will do our best to use this color in the arrangement. If  you prefer to bring your own bouquet, that is entirely fine with us. We cannot reduce $ from the package price, 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 do not plan on using red roses and babies-breath only, but a mixed country bouquet of the freshest flowers the florist can provide.

WHAT SORT OF WEDDING MUSIC DO YOU PROVIDE

If you wish to provide your own music, either a special song or musician, we would honor this. If you have someone else here to sing, or you yourself want to play and sing for your new spouse, please let us know in advance so we can make arrangements.

The number one wedding song artist Jim Brickman has stayed at The Claiborne House, and if you chose one of his songs, we would be more than pleased to play it electronically for you. Jim was thrilled to have his music played here. Click here to see the available songs.

If you have your own preferred song we have a wireless Bluetooth speaker you can use to play this special music at the ceremony.

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 HAVE SOME ELOPEMENT EXAMPLES WITH PHOTOS?

Yes, if you would click here you will see how a simple and yet elegant elopement looks! We would recommend the extra hour of wedding photography to get some great images like the ones we took on this page and the Elope page. All the photos on these pages and the Elope Virginia Facebook album here were taken by your wedding photographer here at our first elopement. We will take personalized photos to help preserve your memories from your special day!

Bride and groom  Elope Virginia Claiborne House bed and breakfast rocky mount

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

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?

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 $649 plus tax. We will ensure your room rate is adjusted to show the package price when reserving online. Email any questions to ElopeVirginia.net@gmail.com  Not all dates are available, so give us a call or email to see if your preferred date is available!

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.

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