anyone ever done a campground wedding? wondering how to go about everything…

posted 2 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t have any experience, but I just wanted to say that I love this idea!  The photo you posted looks gorgeous, so you probably won’t have to fork out a ton of money for decor 🙂

Post # 4
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

My wedding won’t be at a campground, but I did attend a campground wedding last year.

The bride said it was really cheap.. they didn’t have it in a building or anything, just out in a big prairie type thing with LOTS of picnic tables. She said she basically just had the cost of her dress, food and booze.

Post # 5
588 posts
Busy bee

cdpslh913059487:  One of the perks of picking a beautiful outdoor location is that you really don’t need to spend any money on decorations if you don’t want to. If you’re getting married under an arch or gazebo of some sort, buy some tulle to wrap around it and call decorating a day. You can do simple flowers or candles on the tables for the reception if you want, but centrepieces aren’t required given that you have a campground theme going (and anything tall will potentially blow away).

My DH and I didn’t do a campground wedding, but we did have an outdoor ceremony and it saved a bundle on not needing to decorate the space at all.

Post # 7
46 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m planning one right now! We are getting married June 10th at the location where my parents got married and where I have vacationed every summer since I was born, during the time that my family normally vacations–very similar to what you’re doing, actually! 

We found a campsite that has a tiled picnic area with tables. My mom will be bringing some folding chairs from her work to provide extra seating (we only have 30 people). Our ceremony and reception will take place in the same place, so we don’t have to take down or set anything up in a different spot–everything can be done at once. 

For decor, we have burlap table cloths and ivory lace table runners to cover the picnic tables, and I’ll be decorating the tabletops with woodsy things–dried flowers, fern fronds, etc. We will also have an archway draped in flower garlands. It’s tough to describe but I’m 100% confident that it will come together and look great. I’ve gotten almost everything off Etsy or discount craft store sites. As another poster said, you won’t have to do a ton of decor since you’ll be in a beautiful location already!

Food is probably where we are spending most of our money. We considered having someone cook since there is a grill, but ultimately decided to do simple catering. There’s a town about 30 minutes away with a great deli, so we’ll be getting (fancy) sandwiches, fruit and veggie trays, a cheese and cracker plate, deli snacks like deviled eggs and pickles, etc. And of course we’ll have drinks–there is a campfire pit that we might fill with ice and use as a drink holder, since the wedding will be during the daytime. Is there somewhere nearby that can deliver hot food?

The biggest thing to deal with so far for us has been logistics, but I think we’ve got it figured out. He and I will be staying at a cabin nearby resort, and our families will be staying there as well (in seperate cabins from us, obviously!). Some guests will be able to drive in for the day, but 10 or so other guests will need overnight accomodations. Most of them are staying at the same campground that the ceremony will be at, and a couple might stay in the nearby town at a hotel. I put together a wedding website with all of the different options so that people can choose for themselves. We are a very casual group of people, so I don’t feel pressure to do too much coordinating of people’s accomodations.

Good luck and I’d love to hear what other ideas you decide to do 🙂

Post # 8
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I did not plan one, but did attend one. By the far the most fun wedding I have ever gone to! 

It was at a camp ground, which also had a permenant Tent structure set up with a dance floor and picnic tables. Most expensive costs i can only imagine would be the food. The event was catered, so Im sure extra costs were associated with needing to truck all the goods out to us about 30 – 45 mins away. So delicious though!

It was a great party everybody had the oppertunity to drink the night away and fall into their tents when then felt ready to. Although the next morning gift opening breakfast was not as much fun. 40 degrees out in a plastic tent with a hang over. Oh man it was painful.  

Good memories though! 

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