Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - March/April 2023 (Issue 97)

BALMER LAWN HOTEL & SPA 01590 625 779 | For couples looking for a romantic postcard setting, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must-see space. Set back behind a cricket pitch, the iconic venue has the perfect mixture of traditional and contemporary styles. With sun-drenched terraces and beautiful gardens, lovebirds will be spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning backdrops. Looking out over the lawn, the impressive building boasts a fascinating past and has been used as everything from a hunting lodge and a field hospital to an army staff college and coaching inn. As an award-winning destination for weddings, pairs can exchange vows in the garden’s oak-beamed Sylvan Pavilion. Or, why not opt for the Beaulieu Suit with 140 loved ones? Set back from the main Hotel with its own entrance and facilities, the suite includes the refurbished Beaulieu Room, the Hamble space with a bar and dancefloor as well as the Avon area for extra seating. There’s access to three outdoor terrace areas as well, including the hotel gardens. In the evenings, newlyweds can party the night away with up to 220 family and friends. We love… the beautiful high-ceilinged Savernake Room, the light and airy space with a private decked terrace is ideal for intimate weddings or post-vows drinks. FURZEY GARDENS 02380 667 683 | Nestled in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Furzey Gardens is a picturesque and tranquil English country garden venue that hosts ceremonies between May and September. During spring and summer, the property is bursting with colour, which provides a dazzling backdrop to photographs. Couples will be surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers. Exchange vows with 20 people in the gardens either on the pontoon looking out over the lake or celebrate under one of the beautiful wooden structures – there’s an array of locations to host memorable ceremonies. We love… that the helpful team will be on-hand to help couples create the perfect day as they exchange vows surrounded by loved ones. They’re there to help ensure weddings run smoothly while taking away any added worry or stress. RUSTIC VENUES 23