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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Old Forest School on the telly

Old Forest School made its prime time television debut on Tuesday 22nd April 2015 on TV3. One handsome bachelor, 4 bubbly bachelorettes, a game of tennis, some “burger people” aka the amazing Tag Burger, some delicious sugary treats in Tippy and a very romantic surprise in the Little Barn, with Tiki Tane performing. It all made […]

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 […]