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. […]

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 […]

Groom’s Wedding song for his bride

Adam McLean had a wonderful idea. Why not write and record a song to surprise his beautiful wife (to be)  Cayley for their wedding day on 29th December 2015 at Old Forest School. Looking for some serious romantic inspiration? Just watch the video below. It was a huge hit when Adam played the video during the speeches. The […]

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 […]

Dresses

We know there’s no shortage of ideas and opinions when it comes to selecting the perfect wedding dress for your big day. Here’s four basic tips from us: Make a look-book Start collecting images that you like. Tear out photos form magazines to paste into a scrapbook or setup a Pinterest board. Either way just start […]

Frilly, frolicking fields of flowers

At our wedding venue we see plenty of beautiful flowers. Flowers are an essentialpart of any wedding. From bouquets to button-holes to flower crowns to table decorations. Flowers are everywhere at weddings. The choices and styles are so wide, from formal structured and traditional flowers to unconventional and colour clashing to bohemian simplicity. Whatever you chose, […]

The coppers arrive at wedding venue

We’ve had some new guests arrive at our wedding venue; The Coppers. A quartet of beautiful Red Shaver Hens, that have been named because of their colour (copper brown) and the fact they look a little like a detective on a fresh crime scene. Incriminating looks, ponderous expressions and some accusational neck thrusting. Holly has named them […]

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 […]