Location: New Forest
Venues Weddings in the Wood

Weddings in the Wood

Distance from the centre of New Forest: 4.54 miles
Weddings in the Wood
  • Secluded DIY woodland wedding venue
  • Near Minstead, heart of the New Forest
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Outdoor humanist blessings, handfastings
  • Formal receptions for up to 225 guests
  • Carpenter's Barn and large Marquee
  • Recommended wedding caterers or BYO
  • Shepherds' huts, plus camping facilities
  • Informal - no curfew, freedom to wander

Hidden away deep in the heart of the New Forest, Weddings in the Wood centres around their charmingly converted Carpenter's Barn located in a peaceful grassy glade. All the main aspects of your big day can take place here, from magical outdoor humanist weddings or civil ceremonies in the barn, to hog-roasts and formal meals in the semi-permanent marquee - anything is possible!

The experience offered by Weddings in the Wood is unrivalled. Ideal for festival-vibe events, brides and grooms and their guests either camp on the gorgeous grassy glade or stay in the collection of shepherds' huts. There's a great deal of freedom compared to most venues; with very few restrictions in place, there's no kick-out time or curfew, so the party can carry on late into the night.

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About

Weddings in the Wood is an enterprise organised and operated by the New Forest Outdoor Centre, which is located a little north of Lyndhurst and near Minstead. Regularly hosting social events, activity sessions and team-building courses, the team is ideally situated in their own slice of secluded heaven at the end of their own private drive, easily accessed just a few miles from the A31.

Weddings in the Wood always provides a minimum of five members of staff to help with the smooth running of your big day, with services such as parking, running the bar and cleaning down all covered. The staff will leave you to it in the late hours of the day!

Facilities

Weddings in the Wood is centred around a lovely converted Carpenter's Barn as its base. The venue contains all the facilities any wedding celebration might need, both in the day and through the night. There is also a well-equipped semi-permanent marquee.

Ceremonies

Licensed to host civil ceremonies, the Carpenter's Barn makes a charming and rustic environment in which to legally get married.

For couples seeking a festival/outdoor feel, then be aware that plenty of brides and grooms celebrating their big day at Weddings in the Wood have held a (non-legally-binding) handfasting ceremony, blessing or humanist wedding al fresco in the grassy glade.

Receptions

The barn has enough space for up to 100 seated guests to enjoy their meal. Add a further 125 in the semi-permanent marquee, which extends out over the raised wooden deck attached to the main barn - ideal for all weathers, but perfect for when it's sunny.

The main barn has an entertainment licence for live music to be performed until 11pm, and then amplified recorded music up to midnight. You could always go acoustic around the campfire after this though - surely someone will have brought along a guitar!

Woodland Bar

Weddings in The Wood present their own licensed bar, located just to the side of the main barn. This well-stocked facility features plenty of local ales and beers and a selection of wines and is quite reasonably priced. Experienced bar staff will also be provided.

Games And Activities

Weddings in the Wood supply equipment for a select few games to play on the lawns, including Croquet, giant Jenga and Boules.

Parking

There's plenty of parking on site, free of course, and on arrival your guests will be guided to the best places to park by a steward.

Catering And Accommodation

As Weddings in the Wood is a DIY venue, you will need to organise your own catering for the big day. Unlike many other venues, couples are given complete freedom with this, and are allowed to invite a company of their own choice (or one recommended by the venue) or create their own cuisine. NB: there isn't a kitchen or food preparation area, so this would need to be thought about.

A DIY barbecue is even an option for a midnight feast or an early morning breakfast (you provide your own coal/equipment/food).

Furniture And Equipment

There are 12 round tables, some other tables, 120 chairs, plus glassware, but you'll need to bring your own crockery, cutlery etc.

Accommodation

Invite your guests to stay overnight and gaze at the stars whilst not having to worry about travel arrangements! Weddings in the Wood supply nine shepherd's huts, each able to sleep four people in bunks, priced at £100 per hut (plus £5 per person). These cosy huts come equipped with wood-burning stoves and wash basins. There are nice toilet and other facilities in the main barn.

Camping And Campervans

Your guests can also camp on the lawn/glade in tents or park a campervan on the car park at a nightly charge of £5 per person.

Get in touch with the friendly Weddings in The Wood team to start planning your big day in the New Forest: see below.

Address
Weddings in the Wood
New Forest Outdoor Centre
Minstead Manor Estate
Lyndhurst
Hampshire
SO43 7GA

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