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

Montagu arms hotel Terrace dining room set for a wedding

 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

chewton glen wedding venue new forest

 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

Rhinefield wedding and house

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

Palais des vaches exbury new forest

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 DJs....plus 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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