Your Hampshire and Dorset Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 98)

BALMER LAWN HOTEL & SPA 01590 625 779 | Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa is a must-see for couples looking for a romantic postcard setting. Set 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, including the Hotel gardens. In the evenings, newlyweds can party the night away with up to 220 loved ones. What’s not to love about 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. HALE PARK 07973 727 757 | Set in the middle of an agricultural estate in a private corner of the New Forest, couples will approach Hale Park down a long avenue of lime trees. Surrounding the house are the extensive grounds, which feature a small rose garden, a topiary, a maze, two ponds and many hidden areas to discover. Exchange vows in St. Mary’s Church, a short walk through the stunning gardens, or around the grounds where couples will find grand and intimate spaces to host civil ceremonies or celebrant-led weddings. The woodland glade in the far gardens is a great setting! The Drawing Room is another showstopping space with high ceilings, chandeliers and views over Avon Valley – perfect for 112 guests. The team can also transform the space for wedding breakfasts with 120 loved ones, or the celebrations can continue in the gardens with a marquee. Here pairs can add fun touches such as gin trolleys, fish and chip vans, pizza trucks or NipponEuro fusion takeaway pop-ups. There’s space for bouncy castles, crazy golf, cricket, buckin’ broncos, live music and DJs – plus fireworks can be arranged in the evenings. 16