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Wedding showcases in the New Forest

Sunday 22nd September

For many couples, a dream wedding in the glorious New Forest is right at the top of their wedding wish list.

Whether you’re dreaming of a spectacular country house, a romantic rustic barn or a stunning boutique hotel in which to say, ‘I do…’, the New Forest Collection hotels each offer something uniquely magical.

The hotels are proud to have hosted wonderful weddings for hundreds of couples over the years, and each special venue resounds with the smiles, laughter and celebration of those unforgettable events.

The New Forest Collection hotels will each be opening their doors to welcome you to their wedding venue showcase on:

22nd September

So if you’re starting to plan your New Forest wedding and are looking for inspiration, clear your diary and save the date!

New forest wedding venue isle
Wedding table arrangement

What is a wedding showcase?

Every perfect wedding celebration began with a spark of an idea and a sense of curiosity. If you’re a couple starting to plan your wedding, a wedding showcase is the ideal opportunity for you to visit some of your preferred venues. It’s a chance to explore, ask questions and feel inspired, imagining yourselves there on your big day. 

Seafood canapés on wood
Bartley Lodge wedding ceremony set up

Why should I attend a wedding showcase?

A New Forest Collection wedding showcase invites you to take a sneak peek at the venue, all dressed up as it might be on your own wedding day. 

At any of the venues, your day will start with welcome drinks, before you immerse yourself in some of the celebration spaces and see how they might be set up for a lavish wedding breakfast, for example, or decorated for a beautiful wedding ceremony. 

You might choose to explore Grade 2-listed Bartley Lodge with its exquisite Crystal Room and impressive Baronial Hall, or visit the enchanting rustic wedding barn at 800-year-old Burley Manor. If you’re dreaming of an unforgettable barn wedding in the countryside, attending a New Forest wedding showcase at Burley Manor will give you a real sense of how it could be for you.

The historic and characterful Beaulieu Inn is the largest wedding venue in the New Forest; here you’ll get a feel of what your wedding could be like within the sumptuous Beaulieu Suite, or if you’re planning something more intimate, within the elegant settings of Beaulieu’s Ipley or Exbury rooms.

Wedding reception table laid
Wedding reception with flowers

Picture perfect

A wedding showcase is also time to take a tour of the grounds where your ceremony, and certainly your wedding day photographs, might take place. Each of these New Forest wedding venues boasts spectacular gardens, so do take a stroll outside and imagine yourselves there. 

Contemporary boutique hotel Forest Lodge near Lynhurst boasts a gorgeous courtyard garden, for example, perfect for photographs after a ceremony in the stylish Forest Suite.

Remember that if you’re planning your wedding at a different time of year, ask to see photographs of how the grounds might look in that particular season so you can get a clearer idea.

Wedding reception with white chairs and gold bows

A day to enjoy yourselves

A wedding showcase also offers you the chance to look at the other facilities on offer. Will you and your wedding party be staying overnight? This is the chance to take a look at some of the bedrooms and suites available. 

Will you want access to the indulgent wellbeing  facilities, like those on offer at Burley Manor? A wedding showcase is the time to soak up the atmosphere, and ask any questions you might have.

There will be brochures to take away, so don’t worry about taking in all the information at once. A wedding showcase is a day to have fun and to enjoy yourselves most of all!

Front exterior of Bartley Lodge

Who will be at the NFC wedding showcases?

Every wedding showcase is a chance to meet the events team, those amazingly dedicated people whose passion is to bring your wedding dreams to life. Talk with them about other weddings they’ve hosted. 

Make sure you’ve brought your questions with you so you can go away feeling well-informed and inspired, though if something pops into your mind afterwards, the team is always just a phone call away. It’s good to know too that at any wedding showcase, you can usually take advantage of exclusive discounts and deals, so it’s always worth asking what offers are available.

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