New Outdoor Ceremony Spot

Not wanting to be upstaged by the new addition of The Fernery, the famous outdoor ceremony spot at Old Forest School has received an upgrade. The old doors and wall have gone replaced by a new reclaimed timber and tin arch. Already its proved a hit.    

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 […]

Wedding ideas we’ve spotted in Europe

We might not be at our wedding venue right now, but weddings are still very much on our minds. Over the past few weeks we’ve been travelling around Europe (New Zealand’s winter 2016). While we’ve been here we have been keeping our eyes out for some trends, ideas and inspiration for weddings back home in […]

Fabulous food trucks in Europe

It seems just about everywhere you go in Europe there are wonderful, cute little food trucks popping up. This is definitely a trend that’s here to stay. There is something really special and irresistible about a passionate foodie serving delicious and diverse food from a small speciality food truck. Food trucks are perfect if you’re planning […]

Let’s get you fit, strong and confident for your Wedding Day

This guest post was written by Jason Whitelaw from Beyond Fitness. This is going to be one of the most extraordinary days of your life! With all the things on your list of things to work on for the big day – have you considered adding yourself? Your wedding day is the perfect motivation to […]

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 […]

Let there be light – Light Viking

This is a guest post by Darcia from Light Viking. Special events are magical…. Surrounded by loved ones, dressed up to the nines, with lovely food and drinks to enjoy. It’s important for your venue to provide a fantastic setting to ensure yours and your guests’ comfort – from our experience, Old Forest School – […]

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 […]

New season at wedding venue

Great start to wedding venue season It’s been a fabulous start to the 2014/15 wedding season. Here’s a small taste of the feedback from some of our 2014 couples at Old Forest School – Wedding Venue “What a whirlwind!! Can’t believe it’s all over. I know I’ve already said thank you, but seriously I can’t thank you and […]

New Zealand Movie Shot at Old Forest School

Old Forest School is a fabulous vintage wedding venue. But now it’s also been featured in a full length movie, “The Z-Nail Gang”. Here’s a rundown on the movie… In a New Zealand coastal town, a community lives peacefully. But this idyllic life comes to an abrupt end when Ned )postman) delivers a fateful letter […]