Ogontz Camp is a wedding venue in Lyman, New Hampshire. They create a whole weekend for you and your guests. Their season runs from Memorial Day weekend in May to Columbus Day weekend in October. The camp is wellkept and has scenic views of lush greenery.
Facilities and Capacity
Ogontz has several spaces to hold rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions and other wedding events. They have a dining hall, rehearsal hall, summer barn, the parlour of Sutherland Cabin and Log Hall and several spaces in the camp that can be used for overnight accommodations. From cabins to barns to banquet halls, Ogontz is equipped with different private, rustic areas to host your wedding. They can accommodate up to 200 people in the dining hall. It features wood floors, a rustic charm, and large windows overlooking the campsite.
Groups can use the facility for different amounts of time depending on your needs. You could make it a wedding weekend filled with a welcome dinner, s’mores after the reception, next day breakfast, yard games, and more. They can host your rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception. Ogontz has in-house event planners to plan your wedding down to the last detail. They have in-house catering that can serve your guests in the dining hall. Ogontz Camp also serves dessert, buffet style dinner, cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres. The venue has altars, arches, centerpieces, decor, tables, audio equipment, chair, furniture, and lighting available for use.
Ogontz White Mountain Camp started back in 1850 when Chestnut Street Female Seminary opened their doors in Philadelphia. Enrollment boomed and the school needed a new home with more space. Jay Cooke of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania rented his land to the school and renamed his mansion after a dear friend, Chief Ogontz, a Sandusky Indian. Chestnut Street Female Seminary became known as Ogontz School for Girls. In 1912, principal Abby Sutherland opened a summer camp in northern New Hampshire as a summer extension of the program in Pennsylvania. The two projects eventually separated and Ogontz Camp began to function as an independant camp in 1923.
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Michaela · Married on 06/02/2018
Where to even begin with how wonderful Ogontz was for our wedding weekend? I truly cannot say enough positive things and would sing their praises to anyone considering a wedding there. My husband and I were planning our wedding from California, and booked Ogontz before visiting the place in person, which was a huge leap of faith. Our decision to do so was based on our communication with Sarah at the camp, the other fantastic reviews we read about them (and the food!), and the photos we saw of other people's weddings there. Not being planners ourselves, my husband and I were never quite sure leading up to the wedding that we had covered all of the wedding details we needed to. However, our planning calls with Sarah and Michelle helped us put those fears to rest, as they cover every single detail not just of the wedding day but of the entire weekend. During the actual weekend, Ogontz staff anticipated our every need and was always three steps ahead of us. The camp is an extremely well-oiled machine when it comes to hosting weddings, and neither my husband nor I nor a single guest had to lift a finger the entire weekend. The staff were incredibly gracious and thoughtful, and Michelle and Dave made sure that everything was working like clockwork and everyone was happy and having a wonderful time. The food was delicious and plentiful, the cabins are all unique and lovely and clean, and the decorations (!!!) - the decorations are incredible! I cannot recommend having Ogontz do the decorations for you enough. They truly transformed the dining hall into an enchanted forest. There were also tons of activities for all of our guests, from young children to older adults. Swimming? Yes. Boating? Yes? Tennis, volleyball, soccer, cornhole, etc.? Yes. Bounce house?! Yes! My husband and I had a better wedding than we ever could have imagined thanks to Ogonz. We cried when we left, and can't wait to go back!
Beth · Married on 05/26/2017
We can’t say enough about Ogontz, the magic of the place, the staff, and our wedding.
My husband and I always wanted a camp wedding, where everyone could come together for a holiday weekend. We previously attended a wedding at Ogontz and didn’t look any further. When was the last wedding you went to a wedding that you vividly remember the food and felt like you were on vacation? That’s Ogontz.
We had an easy and thorough planning process with Ogontz and the staff is relaxed and confident because they do what they do so well. You should be relaxed too. The hardest part about planning a wedding at Ogontz was the RSVPs from our guests and all the questions about housing. Rest assured- we had several guests stay at a hotel down the road who still hung out at camp.
During our time at camp, we planned a yoga class, hiking, trivia night, manicure/pedicure stations, and Zumba. People went swimming, took out canoes, or just sat and visited in the Adirondack chairs. We stocked the fridge with beer/wine and everyone helped themselves. As many guests said over the weekend- “it’s like we are on vacation at your wedding.”
We had 7 glorious meals at Ogontz. From fresh bread to homemade jams, bbq, and ice cream sandwiches, you will not get a better product at your wedding. The cheese plate alone is enough to cry over. Again, a wedding at Ogontz allows for you to really share meals with your guests and for quality time together. We went from 35 people the first night to 90 the second, and 115 for the wedding. It was a perfect mix of a small intimate wedding and larger event.
The staff at Ogontz is what makes the experience. They truly care about you, your family, and your guests. From knowing the guests with dietary restrictions by name, to impeccable groundskeeping, to setting up the bonfire, spraying for mosquitos, to food presentation, or setting off fireworks with enthusiasm, they set the tone for what will be one of the best weekends of your life.
User5645672 · 2+ years ago
We are so happy we selected Ogontz. We got married Aug 2014, a couple in mid thirties. Worked with Sarah and Andrew who were great. We chose ogontz partly because of rave reviews we heard about the food, decorations, and area, and that they could do the cooking right there so we didn't have to find caterers, and the food would be fresh prepared, local, organic. It didn't disappoint! When Andrew started describing to us how he'd make the food our mouths started watering, and on the day of, they came through: just wow, we can't imagine better food. You want really good food for your wedding, and they just nailed it. Same thing for decor - we shared our photos pinterest, and again it was awesome, thank goodness one less thing to worry about, I don't know if we would have done it any different. All was perfectly organized, no big hiccups, so we could just enjoy the special day, these guys are pros.
We were originally concerned that the accommodation for ~250 people would be too much (too many empty spaces), but it turned out we wanted to really only have about 2 people per cabin instead of the maximum four, so with our 100-person wedding we basically filled the place up. We didn't need/use the new big concert hall they recently built.