WHY ELOPE AT THE CLAIBORNE HOUSE B&B?
Not everyone wishes to get married in a stuffy old church or a courthouse environment, for some, being outside in a natural setting is preferred.
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! For those outdoorsy guests who love to hike and be in the wilderness, or are country-fied, a mountain top with scenic view or near a natural waterfall would really be the icing on the cake for their vow ceremony! We charge a little more ($45 additional) for this offsite ceremony as it takes gas and time to get there. We have chosen a couple beautiful locations within 10 minutes of The Claiborne House B&B to keep it easy. You get to decide where you want to Elope!
WHAT SORT OF PHOTOS DO YOU PROVIDE WITH THE ELOPEMENT PACKAGE?
We will take stunning photos on a Nikon professional digital SLR that will be uploaded to Flickr so you can access them immediately and share your big day with your family and friends. You can also print the ones you choose any size and as many as you want at no extra charge from the photographer.
The photos in the Elope Virginia package will be of the happy bride and groom, the ceremony, and the toast and cake service.
If the couple wishes to have more photos taken, there is a fee of $100 for an hour of professional photography onsite or offsite (whatever location chosen for the ceremony). This will be after the wedding, so the couple will be glowing and super photogenic!
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 am additional photographer then that is fine.
CAN WE INVITE FAMILY AND FRIENDS?
We have limited the number of people in the Elopement Package to 4, which includes the Bridge and Groom. So this allows room for two witnesses, or children of the couple. 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. Witnesses are not required to be present. 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.
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?
We are Celebrants here at The Claiborne House, which means we are authorized to legally officiate your wedding. We do not provide a religious ceremony, we allow you to choose your own vows from a selection we will provide. If you are religious and would like to ask for a prayer be added to the ceremony, by all means we are happy to do that.
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, 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 change.
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
You must bring this marriage certificate with you to The Claiborne House so we can fill it out and file it for you after you are married. We will handle this for you so you can begin your honeymoon!
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 up 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 ready to be married. The time you have chosen for your Elopement is just for you, and we will begin immediately. 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. Show up just like you would arrive prepared to be wed at the Courthouse. The ceremony time you select will be from 1pm to 3pm (and arranged in advance at time of booking).
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 frameaavailable is from 1pm to 3pm. The wedding ceremony takes a total of one hour and then the cake cutting and toast proceed right after. So allow an hour-two hours total. 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!
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 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, it could be a butter-cream red velvet cake or white on white cake, with some fresh flowers place on and around for decoration. 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?
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 booking. 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 deduct $ 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 roses and babies-breath only, but a mixed country bouquet of the freshest flowers the florist can provide! If you must have roses and babies-breath, we can certainly meet your desire.
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.
CAN WE RENEW OUR VOWS?
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 these!
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 other than you 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.email@example.com
If you wish to come by in advance to see the property we will need to schedule an appointment, especially to see the offsite locations. We are happy to give you directions ahead of time to scout out those locations and help make your decision! If you have your own location locally in mind, and have permission to use it, given enough notice we are happy to oblige!
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. Same sex marriages are prohibited in Virginia. Back to the Elopements page here.