With increasing numbers of eco-savvy couples choosing to tie the knot in ways that are more sustainable, the opportunity for wedding venues to reflect this growing trend has never been greater.
From recycling and wildlife conservation measures, to championing local produce and suppliers, to high-tech new energy solutions, some wedding venues are always looking to stay ahead of the eco-curve.
Choosing a location that is easily accessible and within your home country saves air miles and fuel costs. A wedding venue that is able to host both your ceremony and your reception, and accommodate your guests on-site, is also a win all round – for you, your guests, and the environment.
Eco-friendly wedding venues in the New Forest
For those couples wanting to celebrate their nuptials in a luxury venue whilst still being mindful of their environmental footprint, the New Forest Collection hotels, with their impressive eco-credentials, are fast becoming eco-friendly wedding venues of choice.
Charge your car at any of the EV points, and from the moment you step across the threshold (and wipe your feet on the doormat that’s been made from recycled fishing nets, though you’d never know!) there’s a high level of eco-awareness across the board. Each hotel uses enzyme-based cleaning products and plant-based toiletries and there are linen and laundry reuse programmes in place to reduce energy consumption.
Of course, the New Forest Collection hotels are proud of their breathtaking grounds and gardens, home to a wide variety of well-kept plants, flowers and shrubs, as well as a vast array of wildlife. Bird boxes, beehives and several Lawns to Meadows initiatives mean that green spaces surrounding these stunning venues look and feel glorious on your wedding day, as well as being happy places to enjoy for generations to come.
One fabulous eco-conscious wedding venue is Grade II-listed Bartley Lodge, a magnificent country house near Lyndhurst. You might say ‘I do…’ in the exquisite Crystal Room, or share your wedding feast in the18th century Baronial Hall, complete with oak panelling and twinkling chandeliers.
You can invite up to 80 guests to toast your nuptials here, and open the doors to up to 150 friends and family in the evening, to dance and enjoy a private bar.
The beautiful grounds, which feature trees planted as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, also provide a stunning backdrop to many a happy couple’s wedding photographs, both here and at all these superbly located sustainable wedding venues.
Ever-popular with eco-conscious couples is the fantastic rustic wedding barn at historic Burley Manor. The barn is an enchanting space for ceremony and celebration, able to accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated meal, and 120 during your evening festivities. The sumptuous rooms and indulgent wellbeing facilities at Burley Manor are also a hit with couples and guests who are looking to stay over.
The largest of all the venues within the New Forest Collection is Beaulieu Inn, a charming country house wedding venue that boasts a range of generous and versatile spaces. After your ceremony, a guest list of up to 120 can expand to accommodate up to 250 of your family and friends, enjoying the celebrations in the spectacular Beaulieu Suite. The Ipley or Exbury rooms are more intimate settings, comfortably hosting up to 80 guests, with access to the beautiful gardens.
Something you and your guests are bound to spot at Beaulieu are the cheeky forest ponies. For every wedding hosted, the New Forest Collection makes a donation to Love the Forest, a charity that funds reflective collars for the ponies to keep them safe, as well as supporting volunteers and distribution of the New Forest Code. In fact, the New Forest Collection just happens to be the number one donator, having raised more than £90,000 to date.
With a stylish boutique feel, and access to a delightful courtyard garden that’s perfect for those wedding snaps, is Forest Lodge near Lyndhurst. This stylish townhouse retreat can accommodate up to 80 guests to witness your ceremony, and up to 150 to celebrate with you within the elegant Forest Suite. Here, in a gorgeous space lit with twinkling chandeliers, you can raise a glass of champagne and enjoy the delicious and award-winning food for which Forest Lodge is known.
In fact, each hotel featured within the New Forest Collection is the proud member of the New Forest Marque, awarded to businesses that champion local produce. Plus, if you’re planning to attend a wedding showcase at any of these eco-friendly New Forest Collection hotels, you just might meet some of their recommended local tradespeople and suppliers.
As you come to plan your wedding reception, it’s good to know that food miles will be kept to a minimum, and that every menu will feature locally sourced and seasonal produce. (Also, in each hotel, both still and sparkling water comes in refillable glassware, and whilst surplus is kept to an absolute minimum, food waste is always carefully composted.)
Imagine a light and lavish wedding breakfast and of course, the wedding feast itself. Whether you go bespoke, Mediterranean-inspired, or opt for the New Forest Hog Roast or BBQ, you’ll know that this will be yet another exceptional element of your magical eco-friendly wedding experience.
Choose any one of these luxury New Forest venues for your sustainable wedding and rest assured that whilst the environmental and ethical impact will be low, you’ll definitely be celebrating your special day in style.