Balmer Lawn Hotel shortlisted Guides for Brides Jan 2024

More good news for wedding venue Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst

Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa, classic country house hotel and spa nestled in the heart of the New Forest, has been awarded another string to its wedding bow.  Last November it was named ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ in the Wedding Industry Awards (see article here). Now, celebrations are in full swing after the hotel was shortlisted to be a national finalist for a fifth consecutive year in the prestigious Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards 2024.

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Balmer Lawn Hotel Brockenhurst best wedding venue

Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa, classic country house hotel nestled in the heart of the New Forest, has been named ‘Wedding Venue of the Year’ at a renowned industry awards – triumphing over competition from across the region and being recognised for its pursuit of perfection for every couple's dream day!

Winter wedding at Careys Manor and SenSpa

New Forest Winter Wedding Wonderland in Brockenhurst

A winter wedding has a special magic of its own. For a start, confident this will be an indoor affair you won't be waiting with bated breath for a fine day. Here Careys Manor Hotel invites you to embrace the magic of winter in the New Forest as the backdrop for your dream winter wedding in a comfortably warm Winter Wonderland! 


Weddings in the New Forest

Weddings in the New Forest

2023 guide to our favourite wedding venues and suppliers.

The New Forest in Hampshire boasts dreamy wedding venues and a multitude of talented, professional and reliable wedding suppliers. So what makes the perfect wedding day? There are a few things that can be tricky - finding a fiancé(e) for starters, and then of course the unpredictable British weather (although a rainy wedding day can make for some glorious pictures!) Here in the New Forest we have pretty much everything else covered.

So, if you're planning a marriage, whether large and grand or small and intimate, relax and read on...

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The perfect New Forest wedding venue for every style

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 The Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu - perfect for intimate weddings

Situated in the picturesque village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest, this romantic country house dating back to the 17th century is the perfect setting for an intimate, luxurious wedding. The building is full of original features, such as beautiful dark beams, oak flooring, old brick fireplaces and panelled rooms, whilst outside are charming English gardens - the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.

The Montagu Arms is renowned for its world-class cuisine; head chef Matthew Whitfield worked previously from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York (currently ranked fourth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list).

Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 90 guests, the Montagu Arms can accommodate up to 90 people for your wedding breakfast and 150 guests for your evening reception. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can take place either in the grand Terrace Restaurant with views across the beautiful gardens or in the intimate and cosy Oakwood Room. Best of all, the Montagu Arms can offer you privacy. Opt for exclusive use, invite your guests to the beautiful country house retreat and make the place completely your own. More information about weddings at the Montagu Arms Hotel.

Contact the Montagu Arms Hotel.

Balmer Lawn Forest wedding venue

 Balmer Lawn Hotel, Brockenhurst - direct access to the New Forest

The Balmer Lawn is an iconic building and the only privately owned 4* hotel in the New Forest. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens, rivers, wildlife and the stunning forest itself onto which there is easy direct access (perfect for photos!) Situated in Brockenhurst, the Balmer Lawn's Beresford restaurant has two AA Rosettes, reflecting the high standard of service throughout the hotel.

Licensed for both civil ceremonies and civil partnerships in the garden-located Sylvan Pavilion as well as the Beaulieu Suite, the Balmer Lawn can hold up to 140 for your ceremony and wedding breakfast and up to 220 for your evening reception. The Beaulieu Suite includes the use of a whole wing of the hotel, separated from the main hotel facilities and guests. You will have your own entrance, bar and bathroom facilities, which are privately yours for the day. Each of the three beautifully decorated rooms has its own outdoor terrace/garden.

For more intimate weddings, the Savernake Suite is a beautiful light and airy room, with floor-to-ceiling windows lining the main room opening onto a gorgeous decked terrace, where you could host your drinks reception. Designed for up to 58 guests seated for your ceremony and up to 75 for your evening reception, the Suite has a further 2 interconnecting rooms where you could have a photo booth, your private bar or simply a children’s area. 

Contact the Balmer Lawn Hotel

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 Chewton Glen - 5-star luxury just a stroll from the beach

Chewton Glen is set in 130 acres of picturesque English countryside on the edge of the New Forest, just a stroll away from the beach. This award-winning 5 Red Star Hotel is recognised as one of the finest luxury wedding venues in Hampshire and can accommodate up to 140 guests for a wedding banquet and 200 for a wedding ceremony or drinks reception. Licensed for civil ceremonies, vows can be taken within the intimacy and comfort of one of the private lounges or outside in the beautiful Walled Garden. Exclusive use, bespoke service and also a range of inclusive price packages are available, along with luxury pamper packages to prepare you for your big day.

The Marryat Suite (up to 20 guests), the master suite of the main house, has a luxurious lounge with a large private terrace and magnificent views of the grounds. The Morning Room (up to 80 guests) is flooded with natural daylight and enjoys glorious views of the croquet lawn. The Summer House (up to 100 guests) is a stunning conservatory with views overlooking the glen estate. The Lake Suite (up to 150 guests) has its own private entrance and terrace overlooking the magnificent gardens and parkland. 

For more intimate ceremonies, the Treehouse Hideaway Suite is the perfect location for just the two of you with up to 10 guests, nestled in a secluded and romantic woodland valley.

Contact Chewton Glen

Cedar Garden Ceremony at Careys Manor in the New Forest

Careys Manor, Brockenhurst - tie the knot outdoors in style!

Careys Manor in Brockenhurst is a romantic Victorian country house hotel offering a delightful blend of traditional English charm and character with contemporary elegance. Delicious cuisine, excellent service and quintessentially English gardens combine to make the perfect wedding.

Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests, Careys can accommodate up to 150 guests for your evening reception. Holding only one wedding a day, the team ensures their undivided attention is on you and your guests, making sure your day is one to remember and cherish forever. One of only a few Hampshire hotels licensed for outdoor wedding ceremonies; the Cedar Garden can accommodate up to 100 guests and is the perfect complement to your manor house wedding. Depending on your chosen wedding package there is also the Cedar Suite, Lounge and the Beech Room readily available. 

For winter weddings enjoy roaring open fires and mulled wine in a comfortable and romantic atmosphere, whilst in Summer, party outdoors with a festival-style wedding package set in 10 acres of private field. More information about weddings at Careys Manor Hotel.

Contact Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

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Rhinefield House Hotel, Brockenhurst - for a fairytale wedding

Hidden up an enchanting driveway framed by Canadian redwood, copper beeches and rhododendrons, Rhinefield House is straight out of a fairytale. The magnificent 19th-century mansion is a mixture of Tudor and Gothic architecture with redbrick chimneys and romantic mullioned windows. Extensive grounds and ornamental ponds provide a stunning backdrop for photographs.

The magnificent Grand Hall is a replica of London’s Westminster Hall with a huge feature fireplace, ornate carvings, oak panelling and impressive leaded windows overlooking manicured lawns. The Grand Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies (110 seated guests plus 20 standing), can seat 130 for your wedding breakfast (plus 30 seated in the Gallery) and house 200 for your evening reception.

The modern event suite 'Hurst Castle' is also licensed for civil ceremonies (100 seated guests plus 20 standing) and can seat 120 for wedding breakfast, whilst the Keepers Room is perfect for more relaxed and intimate gatherings of up to 35 (ceremony, 30 seated breakfast). Meanwhile, the stunning gardens provide the perfect backdrop for an outdoor civil ceremony at the Doric Temple (130 seated). Rhinefield offers a range of wedding packages, 50 stylish and contemporary bedrooms and also exclusive use.

Contact Rhinefield House Hotel

LIME WOOD EXTERNAL Amy Murrell Lime Wood, Lyndhurst - for relaxed luxury surrounded by forest

Set in the heart of the New Forest near Lyndhurst, Lime Wood is the ideal party venue. Relaxing, fun and intimate, Lime Wood is available as an exclusive use venue for a wedding celebration. Licensed for civil ceremonies, Lime Wood is available for weddings Monday to Thursday, perfect for a bespoke celebration.

Lime Wood is licensed for up to 110 guests for a ceremony and up to 130 guests for your wedding breakfast with a marquee extension (80 guests for your wedding breakfast without a marquee extension).

The hotel’s relaxed and stylish Italian restaurant, Hartnett Holder & Co, will prepare your wedding breakfast. Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder’s home-cooked food style heralds a much-loved Italian approach to eating, where sharing and provenance are everything. Both Angela and Luke are famed for their informal, grounded style of cooking and their respect for local produce.

Contact Lime Wood.

New Park Manor luxury family hotel and wedding venue in the New Forest

New Park Manor, Brockenhurst - for a small family wedding

Once the favourite hunting lodge of King Charles II and set in the heart of the beautiful New Forest between Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst, New Park Manor is a luxury family hotel renowned for child-friendly facilities and services - perfect when you need to ensure the whole family has a wonderful time. 

New Park Manor offers a range of simple daytime packages to make planning your wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible, catering for up to 45 guests. If you would like to use the hotel exclusively (including all 25 bedrooms), an evening reception with a buffet is possible.

For your wedding ceremony choose between the charming Stag Restaurant with the coat of arms above the fireplace overlooking the gardens and outdoor pool or the simpler cinema room with huge sliding doors opening onto the garden and patio area with breathtaking views over the forest.

Contact New Park Manor

South Lawn Hotel in Milford on Sea near Lymington

 South Lawn Hotel, Milford on Sea - for country house charm

Formerly a country house, South Lawn Hotel occupies a beautiful countryside setting with large peaceful grounds in Milford on Sea just 10 minutes from Lymington. 

Licensed to host both civil ceremonies and civil partnerships, South Lawn Hotel's Cornwallis Suite is a large banqueting facility which is ideally suited for weddings, with an adjoining private bar and French windows leading out to the terrace and gardens. There is capacity for ceremonies for up to 110 guests and standing receptions for up to 175. 

Contact South Lawn Hotel

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Palais des Vaches, Exbury - peaceful and arty with a Tuscan twist

Located near Exbury Gardens, this beautifully renovated art gallery and event venue overlooks the Beaulieu River and the Solent, offering breathtaking views. Once farming buildings (including back in the 1920s a 'cow palace'), Palais des Vaches offers three flexible, interconnecting interior spaces which surround a large open 'Tuscan style' courtyard and a smaller outdoor seating area with a north-facing lawn. In summer there is a wildflower meadow overlooking the river.

The team can help you organise all the catering and transport you need for a daytime or evening event, and will happily help organise entertainment and music from a fantastic selection of local musicians and groups.

Contact Palais des Vaches

Beaulieu wedding at the National Motor MuseumBeaulieu - wed at Palace House, the Domus or even the National Motor Museum!

And now for something completely different! Beaulieu's National Motor Museum may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of wedding venues, but it certainly does provide something rather unique. Wedding venue options at the Beaulieu attraction include the historic Beaulieu Abbey Domus with its barn-like features, Palace House the home of the Montagu family or the famous National Motor Museum - these are all licensed for civil ceremonies. Those hoping for a church wedding can contact the neighbouring Beaulieu Abbey Church once the Choir Monks' Refectory and now Beaulieu's Parish Church. 

Larger wedding parties of between 300 and 3000 guests also have the option of a marque, themed to create a unique atmosphere. The idyllic surroundings of the New Forest, Beaulieu village and tranquil Beaulieu river create a unique setting. Menus offer delicious, fresh, seasonal choices, created and prepared by the Beaulieu head chef.

Contact the Beaulieu Events team

Weddings at the Countryside Education Trust treehouse

 The Treehouses at the Countryside Education Trust - exclusive woodland charm

The Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu has special permission for 12 weddings a year at their Treehouses. This unique venue is surrounded by private mixed woodland and is naturally beautiful in every season. 

The turreted Treehouses nestle in the trees, with a rope bridge connecting them. The ancient woods are lovely throughout the year, under-carpeted with flowers in spring, and glorious in the autumn. There are ponds and a beautiful native wildflower meadow. And for historical overtones, there is a cob cottage, built in the traditional manner. All in all the treehouses present a beautiful rustic backdrop for a charming country wedding.

The larger treehouse can seat up to 100 guests, the smaller 80. Every couple brings their own unique interpretation to their special day, from Retro to Classic Country to Robin Hood! 

Contact the Countryside Education Trust.

The Lymington Centre - simple but effective!

Five rooms at Lymington's Community Centre are now licensed for the conducting of weddings & civil partnerships. The largest is the Fuller McLellan Hall, which also includes a garden for photographs and drinks after the ceremony. The Robert Hole room can seat up to 100 and has a small kitchenette from where drinks can be served after the ceremony.

With a stage and tiered seating for 91 people, the Malt Hall Theatre provides the perfect backdrop for a unique wedding. James Bond, 1950s, Fairytale weddings are just a few of the themes that would work so well here. With doors leading out to the Common Room Garden you are welcome to serve your guests with a glass of champagne whilst your photographer takes some amazing pictures.

The light and airy Wellington room seats up to 120 and is equipped with a grand piano. It also has a kitchenette, ideal for drinks after the ceremony.

If you are looking for a smaller intimate ceremony the Beagley room seats up to 14 people. Leading out onto the New Street Courtyard Garden you can celebrate with a glass of bubbly. The nearby Common Room seats 40 guests and would be ideal for a reception, with doors leading out to the enclosed garden.

Contact The Lymington Centre

Helping to make your New Forest wedding even more special

The New Forest is home to a number of people and businesses who will help make your day even more special - florists, hairdressers, make-up artists, photographers, marquee suppliers, caterers, bands and of course the all-important dress designers! Here are a few recommendations...

JoBell Dresses

Joanna Bell - New Forest Designer and Dressmaker

Joanna Bell is a long-established New Forest-based dressmaker, who designs and creates beautiful bridal wear in all styles and designs. Creative, committed and hugely passionate about her craft, Joanna works closely with each client from the very first sketch to the final fitting to bring each beautiful and unique dress to life.

As well as bridal gowns, Joanna's creations include the mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys, plus waistcoats and bow ties for the groom, best man and ushers too - all coordinated to add to the style of the day. All of Joanna's designs are unique and all fabrics, trimmings, beading and embroidery are sourced for each individual dress. A bespoke dress can often work out more reasonably priced than an 'off the peg' dress! Joanna will discuss your budget with you, along with the style of your dream gown, and recommend fabrics and details accordingly.

Contact Joanna Bell.

Real Food - wedding and event catering in the New Forest

Real Food is owned by experienced caterer Fiona Hill, who offers quality catering for all occasions, including weddings. Fiona proposes her wonderful range of utterly delicious home-cooked food, lovingly cooked from scratch by herself and her family team of equally passionate cooking assistants.

Contact Fiona at Real Food.

Don't forget the rings! - Buchanans of Lymington

Buchanans pride themselves on being the New Forest's most exciting jewellers, mixing service of the highest quality with a dash of humour and a lot of fun. Pop into the shop on Lymington High Street (not far from Stanwell House Hotel) and you'll appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of our shop, the comfortable sofa, the knowledge of the trade and the depth and breadth of stock. The newly refurbished 2nd floor offers a more intimate and comfortable area - not forgetting the fresh coffee!

Contact Leah, Steve and Iain at Buchanan's.

Dot all the i's and cross all the t's with Scott Bailey, New Forest solicitor

Scott Bailey Solicitors is a long-established Lymington law practice, providing a full range of legal services to private individuals and businesses. Whether you're hoping to update your Will or draw up a pre-nuptial agreement, the friendly team at Scott Bailey can help and guide you.

Contact the team at Scott Bailey LLP.

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Fairytale weddings in the New Forest at Rhinefield House

Fairytale weddings in the New Forest at Rhinefield House Hotel

Special offers at leading Hampshire wedding venue with accommodation - perfect for ceremonies large and small!

Rhinefield House Hotel wedding Hidden in the New Forest, up a driveway framed by tall trees and rhododendrons, Rhinefield House is straight out of a fantasy. This magnificent 19th century mansion is the perfect wedding venue; a 'jewel in the Forest' with it's classic mixture of Tudor and Gothic architecture, impressive grounds and New Forest setting providing a stunning backdrop for photographs.

The experienced events team at Rhinefield House Hotel have a friendly, relaxed and flexible approach and will go the 'extra mile' to ensure that your special day is as unique and memorable as possible. Alex Evanson and her team can assist with any aspect of your celebrations; from creating menus, to recommending photographers, cars, cakes and florists. 

Rhinefield House Hotel - a 'jewel in the New Forest'

Rhinefield Grand Hall Wedding Ceremony 600x400Step inside and you'll find yourself transported back to more elegant times, where contemporary and original features dovetail seemlessly to provide timeless refinement.

Whether you are planning a small, intimate gathering or a large wedding ceremony, Rhinefield House has many reception rooms and licensed areas for civil ceremonies.

The magnificent Grand Hall has a ceiling that is a replica of the one in London’s Westminster Hall, huge feature fireplace, ornate carvings, oak panelling and vast leaded windows overlooking manicured lawns. The Grand Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies (110 seated guests plus 20 standing), can seat 130 for wedding breakfast (plus 30 seated in the Gallery) and houses 200 for evening receptions.

Rhinefield wedding and houseThe modern self-contained event suite, 'Hurst Castle,' is also licensed for civil ceremonies (100 seated guests plus 20 standing) and can seat 120 for wedding breakfast, whilst the Keepers Room is perfect for more relaxed and intimate gatherings of up to 35 (ceremony, 30 seated breakfast). Hidden in the stunning gardens is the Doric Temple, where 130 can be seated for civil ceremonies. 

Rhinefield offers a range of wedding packages and has fifty stylish and contemporary bedrooms - making it the ideal choice for those looking for a wedding venue with accommodation for guests. Book 'exclusive use' and you'll be able to relax with your just nearest and dearest for company - you'll have full use of the hotel, restaurant, bar and grounds, with all 50 bedrooms for overnight guests with full traditional breakfast the next morning (more about the Exclusive Use package here).

Talking of breakfast, with two AA rosettes awarded again in 2019 for excellent cuisine and great customer service, you'll be delighted with your wedding feast! A three course menu is included in the main package and the head chef can also create a menu to best suit your style.

Book your 2020 wedding now - some availability and a SPECIAL OFFER!

If you're planning to tie the knot this year, some limited availability remains at Rhinefield for weddings in 2020, including for exclusive use weddings from October to December - get in touch with the team as soon as possible to check available dates!

All packages include a private event space for your wedding meal and evening reception, reception drink, three course meal, wine and something to toast the happy couple!

Rhinefield Gates New ForestSpecial Offer: Bay Willow package £10 off per person for September 2020

The Bay Willow package includes professional toastmaster for a minimum of 60 adult day guests, voucher towards floral decorations, overnight accommodationin a suite for the happy couple, incredible photo opportunities, fully stocked and staffed bar and a dedicated wedding expert to assist you in the lead up to your special day. Each of your guests will receive: 2 glasses of prosecco for your reception drinks served with 4 canapés; three course wedding meal with half a bottle of recommended wine and a glass of prosecco to toast; evening food.  

Find out more about the Bay Willow package here.

Organise your simply perfect Rhinefield wedding for 2021

Rhinefield wedding in the outdoor ceremony Doric TempleThe Winter Exclusively Yours package is available for Sunday to Thursday dates in November, December and January and includes exclusive use of the Manor house from 5pm on your wedding day to 7am the following morning, a beautiful ceremony space, private event space for your wedding three course meal and evening reception, a devoted events manager to oversee informal toastmaster duties, overnight accommodation in a suite for the happy couple and 30 bedrooms for your guests, including full English group buffet breakfast the following morning. 


Rhinefield Flowers The Simply Perfect package is available Sunday to Thursday on dates up to March 2021 (Fridays on request) and includes a beautiful ceremony space, private event spaces for your wedding meal and evening reception, devoted events manager to oversee informal toastmaster duties, overnight accommodation in a suite for the happy couple, incredible photo opportunities and fully stocked and staffed private bar. Plus for each guest, reception drink, three course meal with wine, tea or coffee and evening catering of bacon rolls (genius idea for late night munchies!)

Find out more about the Simply Perfect package here.

Rhinefield wedding and houseVisit Rhinefield House Hotel this Sunday at their Wedding Open Day!

The wedding team organise a number of Wedding Day Open events at Rhinefield thoughout the year, where the manor is dressed to showcase wedding styles and options. Alternatively contact the team to organise a private viewing.

This Sunday 2 February visit the PMN Wedding Fair at Rhinefield, from 11.30am, where there'll over 50 wedding suppliers. More details here.

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Ten finalists in the running to win a free winter wedding in the New Forest

10 finalists in the running to win a free winter wedding in the New Forest

To celebrate their 1000th wedding, Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa is offering one lucky couple a free winter wedding - vote now! 

Balmer Lawn 505 - credit - Ann Aveyard Ten couples are within touching distance of winning their dream winter wedding having shared their stories behind their most meaningful love songs, following an inundation of entries from across the UK to win a national competition.

The four star Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the ancient New Forest, is offering one lucky couple a free winter wedding to celebrate the venue’s 1,000th wedding – provided they get the backing of the public, having been shortlisted amongst the top ten.

Some of the back stories of those who’ve entered include:

  • A shared first kiss at five that was rekindled 36 years later when the two finally got together as a couple
  • A couple whose romance epitomises winter, having met when switching on Epsom’s Christmas lights
  • A Danny & Sandy relationship in a school production of Grease that never stopped
  • A romantic proposal that re-enacted the work colleague turned lovers’ first date rock climbing
  • A DJ who is hoping to celebrate the tenth anniversary with his better half by finally tying the knot

Balmer Lawn 512 photo credit - Ann Aveyard Vote now! 

A voting system will now determine the competition’s final trio and members of the public can read about each couple’s backstory – and their favourite love songs – as well as vote for their preferred choice here:

1000 magical weddings at the Balmer Lawn, iconic New Forest hotel

Located at the edge of Brockenhurst, the iconic Balmer Lawn hotel's tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional décor ensures the perfect combination of old-fashioned values with a modern twist - it is a truely magical and luxurious setting for a wedding. Add to that the award-winning service provided by the friendly and professional staff throughout the hotel (the Balmer Lawn team scooped two major awards at the recent New Forest Brilliance in Business awards, including Business of the Year!) and there's little wonder that the hotel's competition has drawn so much interest nationally!

Balmer Lawn front 600x400Michael Clitheroe, General Manager at the Balmer Lawn, said: “Winter in the New Forest is a spectacular time of year. With ice encrusted trees and swathes of frost covered grass, it turns into a magical winter wonderland – the perfect setting for a winter wedding.

He continued: “We wanted to offer up a free wedding to celebrate our 1,000th, but we also wanted to ensure whoever won it was suitably deserving. Having heard a little bit about each couple, we’re now sharing the best entries with the public to help us make a final decision.”

The hotel invited couples to use 1,000 characters to outline why they should win, a bit of their back story and their favourite song as a couple (along with the meaning behind it) to help present their case. Extra points were awarded to those who submitted a Marryoke effort as part of their entry!

Balmer Lawn 599 photo credit - Ann Aveyard Once the public have had their say as to who should be top three, the winner with the most votes (along with second and third) will be announced.

Michael concluded: “We’re really excited about giving away a wedding and can’t wait to see who ends up as the eventual winner! It will be interesting to see who catches the eye of the public, and we’d like to wish all of the finalists the best of luck.”

The voting closes at midnight on Friday 24th January, before the lucky winners are announced on the week commencing Monday 27th January. For the couples who come second and third they also win a prize – a £1,000 discount off their wedding at Balmer Lawn Hotel if they were to book with the hotel this year.

For more information on Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, please visit

Find out more information about the Balmer Lawn Hotel, Spa and 2AA Rosette Beresfords Restaurant here.


New Gourmet Wedding for Foodies at the Montagu Arms!

Montagu Arms introduces spectacular new Gourmet Wedding for foodies.

Wedding package with bespoke seven-course banquet at award-winning New Forest Hotel. 

Montagu Arms Hotel New ForestCouples who love fine dining can indulge in a fabulously foodie wedding at The Montagu Arms in the New Forest.

The romantic 17th century country manor house in the picturesque village of Beaulieu has introduced a Gourmet Wedding package that features a bespoke seven-course banquet.

Head chef Matthew Whitfield, who has previously worked at the three Michelin-star Eleven Madison Park in New York – a former No1 on the World’s Best Restaurant List – will create a signature tasting menu using the freshest local ingredients from across the New Forest and his own kitchen garden.

The Montagu Arms Oyster 600x400Beautiful starters include smoked mackerel with pickled cucumber and caviar or cucumber and lettuce gazpacho with smoked salmon and crème fraiche; and there are delicious main courses of pan-fried chicken breast with potato terrine, smoked bacon and onion, or fillet of cod with braised lentils, curry and yogurt.

Puddings include caramelised lemon tartlet with blackcurrant sorbet or dark chocolate crémeux with malt ice cream and a cocoa tuile.

Wines will be expertly chosen to complement the dishes by head sommelier Sergio dos Santos.

Montaguarmshotel brideonstairs 600x400This romantic country house with gleaming parquet floors and oak-panelled walls is the perfect setting for a sumptuous wedding with gorgeous flowers, rich colours, tall candles and elegant table settings. The hotel’s charming English country garden is the picture-perfect backdrop for luxury canapes and a signature cocktail created especially for your wedding day.

When the day is done, the bride and groom can retire to one of two elegant Hayloft Suites, offering luxurious modern comforts in a converted 1820s barn in the hotel grounds. Guests can relax in comfort and privacy in the main house, which has a choice of luxurious bedrooms and suites.

The Gourmet Wedding Package includes:

  • A Hayloft Garden Suite for the night of your wedding
  • A signature cocktail designed specifically for your wedding day and four luxury canapés per person for your drinks reception
  • A seven-course signature tasting menu designed for you by head chef Matthew Whitfield for your wedding breakfast
  • Wine pairing to accompany your wedding breakfast expertly selected by Head Sommelier Sergio dos Santos
  • Montagu Arms Gardens A Glass of Taittinger Champagne for the toast
  • Still and sparkling water for the tables
  • Personalised floral designs for the room and the table
  • Personalised table plan and table menus
  • Your own dedicated wedding coordinator
  • Master of Ceremonies to guide you through the day
  • Private use of the Oakwood Room for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast
  • Use of the quintessential English gardens

This package for 24 people costs £6,200 for Monday to Thursday and £6,500 for Saturday. Additional guests can be catered for at £200 a head for up to 32 in total.

A Petite Gourmet Wedding Package for four includes private use of the Paris Room for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast, and costs £1,700 for Friday and Sunday, and £1,900 for Saturday. Additional guests can be catered for at £200 a head for up to 10 in total. 

Find out more about the Montagu Arms Hotel in Beaulieu

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Weddings at the Montagu Arms Hotel, Beaulieu

The perfect location for an intimate New Forest Wedding 

Traditional country house Montagu Arms Hotel in BeaulieuThe Montagu Arms Hotel is situated in the picturesque village of Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest. A romantic country house dating back to the 17th century, it is the perfect setting for an exclusive, luxury wedding. The building is full of original features, such as beautiful dark beams, oak flooring, old brick fireplaces and paneled rooms; the feeling of authenticity you get when you’re inside is spine tingling.

Renowed for its world class cuisine and charming English gardens, the hotel combines elegance with world class service to make your special day as perfect as possible. The hotel has over 22 luxurious bedrooms and suites, some of which include traditional and romantic ornate four poster beds, so you and your guests can relax in total comfort and privacy. The Montagu Arms Hotel pride themselves on giving world class service with the highest level of attention to detail. 

World class cuisine

Weddings at the Montagu Arms Hotel Beaulieu

With Michelin-starred chef Matt Tomkinson in charge the only difficulty is in deciding just what to serve for your wedding breakfast – a sumptuous buffet featuring classic favourites or exciting new flavours and dishes? Or a full-blown sit-down with as many courses as you’d like to eat? Whatever you decide the team will make sure it is made from the freshest and best local ingredients that the New Forest and his own kitchen garden can provide.

For brides and grooms with a passion for exceptional cuisine, you might like to consider the  Gourmet Petite: a seven course 3AA Rosette shared with your closest loved ones will be sure to satisfy your foodie desires. Find out more about the Gourmet Petite.

English country garden

Beautiful gardens at the Montagu Arms HotelThe Montagu Arms Hotel has colourful, fragrant, quintessentially English gardens; the hotel grounds provide the perfect backdrop for wedding photography. Over the years, many famous guests have enjoyed the hotel and gardens - from France's General de Gaulle to the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The gardens have a multitude of little paths, hidden corners and beautiful blooms.

Bespoke weddings and exclusive use

The hotel is licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 90 guests. They can accommodate up to 90 people for your wedding breakfast and 150 guests for your evening reception. Wedding ceremonies and receptions can take place either in the grand Terrace Restaurant with views across the beautiful gardens or in the intimate and cosy Oakwood Room.

Oakwood Ceremony at Montagu Arms HotelThe Montagu Arms offer you one of the most precious benefits available in an increasingly hectic world: privacy. Invite your guests to the beautiful country house retreat and make the place completely your own. The doors will be closed to the public and the hotel will become your home for your wedding day, where only your closest friends and family will surround you. Find out more about exclusive private hire.

Perfect for small, intimate weddings

The intimate and cosy Oakwood Room boasts parquet flooring, oak paneling and open fireplace. Whatever the time of year, whatever the weather these timeless features mean that even in the depths of winter your wedding will be as beautiful as it is in the warmth of the summer. The setting is perfect for a small, intimate wedding of up to 32 guests. Find out about the small wedding package.. 

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There are frequent Wedding Open Days at the Montagu Arms Hotel, which are informal events, designed to give you the opportunity to view this traditional and intimate hotel, sip champagne and indulge in canapes.

You can also arrange a personal viewing of The Montagu Arms at a time to suit you where wedding co-ordinator Clara Earp can give you a guided tour and answer any questions you may have. For more information please contact Clara on 01590 612324 or alternatively contact Clara online.

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A Rich Blooms wedding at the Montagu Arms

The 'Rich Blooms' wedding at the Montagu Arms Hotel

Luxury New Forest hotel predicts opulent weddings with dramatic flowers in 2019

Wedding trends can be hard to follow – is it fashionable to go rustic, vintage or futuristic? Should you choose soft pastels or jewel brights?

Luxury New Forest hotel the Montagu Arms, whose timeless English country garden and romantic sense of history make it a favourite wedding venue, is predicting 2019 will be all about opulence, with rich colours and dramatic floral arrangements.

The Rich Blooms wedding at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the New Forest

The setting

The ivy-clad 17th-century country house in the picturesque village or Beaulieu is perfect for a Rich Blooms wedding. Gleaming parquet floors, oak-panelled walls, sumptuous velvet fabrics and gorgeous, fragrant gardens create the perfect backdrop for bold flowers, lush foliage and rich colour palettes. Add in a magnificent sweeping oak staircase, comfortable lounges with roaring fires in winter and doors leading onto a charming English country garden for champagne on the lawn in summer, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect opulent wedding. When the day is done, guests can retire to a beautiful suite in the main house or one of two new Hayloft Suites, offering luxurious modern comforts in a converted 1820s barn in the hotel grounds.

The flowers

The Rich Blooms wedding is all about the flowers, which should be bold and dramatic, with blousy blooms accentuated by trailing foliage. Statement pieces make a wedding instantly Instagrammable - think grand arches or a wall packed with flowers for something a little different to the popular photo booth. Jewelled colours reflect the rich, warm tones of the Montagu Arms – deep burgundy roses and dahlias, viburnum berries and striking Amaranthus work perfectly with ferns, eucalyptus, ruscus and delicate trailing foliage. In winter, add figs and candles for extra romance. Emeralds, rubies, sapphires and amethysts can all be replicated by using jewel-coloured blooms and berries to create stunning hair combs, wrist corsages and brooches.

The signage

Wedding signs are on trend, and beautiful, flowing calligraphy can be enhanced by bringing the outdoors in and incorporating signs into statement floral designs.

Hair & make-up

Taking inspiration from royal weddings, the Montagu Arms predicts 2019 brides will choose the timeless, elegant look. Wearing the hair loose with a Hollywood wave is the epitome of glamour, and tucking hair behind the ears accentuates the cheekbones. Balance soft, smoky eyes with a bold lip and bring that inner radiance out by using a silky primer, light foundation and shimmer highlights.

The cake

Create a super chic look by choosing a ‘semi-naked’ cake and adding a dramatic ‘drip’ glaze, fresh flowers, berries and seasonal fruit to complement the floral arrangements.

The food

The Montagu Arms is home to the award-winning Terrace restaurant, run by head chef and Roux Scholar Matthew Tomkinson. Whether it’s a sumptuous buffet or an elegant sit-down dinner, Matt will create delicious dishes using the freshest local ingredients from across the New Forest and his own kitchen garden.


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Wedding special offer at Montagu Arms Hotel

Transform your New Forest wedding into something extraordinary 

Unbelievably special wedding package offer at the Montagu Arms Hotel - book before 31 August 2018

Imagine inviting your wedding guests to your romantic 17th century manor house, with its timeless English country garden and an award-winning chef on hand to create a fabulous wedding banquet.

Show them to their beautiful suite with its four-poster bed, chat to them over Champagne and canapes in grounds fragrant with honeysuckle and roses, and let the Master of Ceremonies guide you effortlessly through the day.

"Dream come true" New Forest wedding opportunity

This wonderful dream could come true with an Exclusive Use wedding package at the Montagu Arms Hotel in the picturesque New Forest village of Beaulieu, where weddings are transformed into something extraordinary.

Montagu Arms Exclusive

The hotel’s doors are closed to the public, and the country house retreat becomes yours for the day, with only your closest friends and family around you.

With flawless service and renowned 3AA Rosette dining, the bride and groom can completely relax, knowing everything will be taken care of.

Booking your Exclusive Use wedding before August 31 could include savings of up to £1,650 on selected dates until May 2019.

The Exclusive Use wedding package includes:

• 24 bedrooms for you and your guests, including 17 guest bedrooms, four of which feature beautiful four-poster beds, and five individually-styled suites
• A dedicated wedding coordinator
• A red carpet welcome
• A Master of Ceremonies to guide you through the day
• Private use of all rooms for your civil ceremony and wedding breakfast
• Private use of the quintessentially English gardens, which feature a beautiful fountain designed by metalwork artist Giuseppe Lund, relaxing terrace area with comfortable loungers, croquet lawn and kitchen garden
• Colour co-ordinated floral arrangements for your tables
• A glass of Champagne or two house drinks and three Montagu canapes per person for the drinks reception
• Three-course meal from our selected wedding breakfast menu
• Half a bottle of house wine per person with the wedding breakfast
• Still and sparkling water for each table
• A glass of Champagne with the toast
• A personalised table plan and table menus
• Traditional silver cake stand and knife
• Room hire for the evening reception
• A delicious hot buffet of your choice for evening guests

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