Post # 1
my fiance and i are planning an outdoor wedding ceremony on top a basin gorge (it has a huge statue and a waterfall, its gorgeous). it will be quite small and we’ll offer light picnic fare after. our dilemma is the reception. i would like a camping “tent city” event, but the weather makes me nervous! budget is a major issue so to keep costs down i’m thinking byob? it is camping after all and we would also offer home brew beers (blueberry and light ale) and wine. is that too “cheap”? Our wedding is in june so again, to plan an entirely outdoor event is nerve racking. the camping would be at a park, not any of our homes so if it starts to rain…..well i have a average sized event tent but… thats it!
the other reception option we’ve come up with is invite our closest back to our hotel room for deserts and champagne and go to the very stylish hotel lounge with bottle service. i’ve mentioned this to some friends and they insist its too low brow for a wedding, more appropriate for a batchlerette party.
i’m a bit stumped. i really want to be able to dance and celebrate with my people but i cant afford the usual open bar full dinner event. and really that doesn’t reflect my fiance and i….. thoughts?
Post # 3
@jennileigh: i love the idea, true the weather will be a big worry. i don’t see the problem in byob, if you know your guest well enough to suggest this then go for it,
my work friend wants a tee-pee wedding, with a bbq, fairy lights and all…. she’s a hippy at heart, a 60’s child who never grew up lol, i just want her to get married so i can see her vision come to life.
in the uk we normally have cash bars, and wow do they bump up their prices for a wedding. so byob would be amazing, i know i’d just fill my car boot (trunk) and happy happy, go for it
Post # 4
@jennileigh: I think your idea sounds like a blast! I am doing ours in my aunts back yard with BBQ and yes my FMIL hates the idea I just know i would rather have fun at a wedding that is Me and Fi then be bored at a stuffy wedding that I never wanted 🙂
Post # 5
I would totally go to a ten-campinng wedding! Sounds like a good time to me!
Post # 6
oooo thank you ladies for your comments……the best buzz on the bee has come from you all! xoxoxo
Post # 8
My friends did a wedding up a canyon at a campground. People did camp, but it was close enough for parents, aunts, grandpas to go get a hotel at the end. They did a pig roast, had a friends live band, homebrew, and then the younger crowd camped. I guess it depends on your guests – are they up for camping? If not, do they have options?
I think the homebrews and wine are fine. Maybe try to think of a way to phrase it without BYOB. Perhaps on your wedding website of what will be offered?
Does the park have a pavilion for dancing? Could you rent a tent?
Post # 9
@jennileigh: You sound a lot like my FI and I. The camping idea was at the very top of our list 🙂 But the weather wasn’t going to be a factor as we are getting married in the desert. (Destination Wedding)
I think byob is fine for your wedding celebration. Weddings don’t have to all be alike. I struggl to remember this while planning ours. Make it about who you two are as a couple, and it will shine through to your guests. If you are easy going, down to earth people, I’m guessing your friends are too and would enjoy that kind of setting for a wedding. Think about how much more personal it is too!
Post # 11
I think it sounds cool…..but I’m very nervous for you with the weather. It’s such a risk to plan an outdoor wedding with no backup indoor option onsite. Even if you have an event tent, it’s going to get muddy and add a little wind onto that and it could be awful for you.
Post # 11
What did you end up deciding? This is exactly the venue we’re looking for in Fall 2018.
Post # 12
I love a camping wedding! I would just make it very clear what is hosted and what is not (I.e. A picnic will be provided after the ceremony along with wine and home brew. Camping is available for anyone who wants to extend the party with us)
also Amazon has party tents for a guide price. I got a 10×20 for a couple hundred and plan to sell it.
Post # 13
jennileigh : That is a very unique idea that I’ve never heard of and sounds awesome! My fiance (just got engaged 11.26.16) and I are frequent hikers, campers and he would so love this idea. Sounds like a good time!