The Fernery

This summer there’s a new space at Old Forest School. It’s a botanical inspired space called The Fernery. The space is filled with ferns and other plants.  Already its been a huge hit with couples, photographers and guests. The Fernery is a great place to escape the hot sun, chill out and enjoy a drink […]

Famous musos at Old Forest School

We’ve been lucky at Old Forest School to host some mighty talented musical folks. Some have been here for weddings other for reality TV shows on TV3. Tiki Tane Stu Larsen MC OJ and Rhythm Slave Luke Wilson Joseph and Maia

A pair of miniature donkeys arrive at wedding venue

Have you met the latest new entrants at Old Forest School – Vintage Wedding Venue. Teddy and Tim are a couple of 2 year old miniature donkeys. Teddy (the shaggy one) and Tim (the not so shaggy one). We have rescued these lovely miniature Jerusalem donkeys. They haven’t been here long and are just getting used to trusting humans again. Both […]

A Soft Spot for Brides & Grooms at Old Forest School!

I married my hubby at the stunning venue of Old Forest School in December, 2014. It was the best day of my life, a busy crazy time, but like most weddings, it came together beautifully after a dash (a ton) of planning and organisation. Having married at OFS, I am extremely biased and overly proud. […]

Weddings trends from Europe for 2016 and 2017

Right now its June 2016 and we are travelling around Europe checking out what’s going to be trending in weddings in 2016 and 2017. We are on the lookout for dresses, flowers, styling and props that are being displayed in the windows of shops around the hip parts of London, from Oxford Street to Camden Markets. We’re also […]

New Zealand Weddings Magazine visits OFS

Vintage wedding venue Old Forest School was super proud host the team from New Zealand Weddings magazine during their Bay of Plenty styled shoot. If you want to see more get yourself a copy of the Spring 2015 issue of New Zealand Weddings Magazine. There’s some great content inside for anyone planning a wedding, like, what’s new in the world […]

Cakes, cakes and cakes

Cakes are a central figure in the formal part of your wedding celebration. But there are so many cake options, and so little time. It can be a difficult task choosing the perfect wedding cake, you’ll have to struggle through hours of sampling and tasting delicious cakes. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. And nowadays […]

Meet Anita – full time entertainer, part time bar manager

Ask anyone who has been to an event at Old Forest School and they will tell you one of the highlights is Anita. Anita runs the Redwood Bar at Old Forest School, she is infectiously happy, bubbly and has a knack of getting people laughing. She’s full of energy and works tirelessly to keep guests happy and […]

Mr Whippy

Looking for a slightly alternative, nostalgia inspiring dessert for your wedding? Nothing gets the kids (let’s be honest, and the adults) queuing and smiling faster than the familiar jingle and sugary goodness of Mr Whippy. The local (Tauranga) Mr Whippy team, Ross and Ann are super cool people. They’ve even let the grooms live out their […]

Introducing Tippy

Say hello to the newest addition at Old Forest School – Vintage Venue… Tippy. She’s a covered trailer that was waiting patiently (for the past 20 years) in a paddock just down the road from Old Forest School. In early 2015 we discovered her and we decided to approach the owners about adopting her. After hearing all about […]