Post # 1
The Date: Tentatively Septmber 6, 2014
The Location: Bar Harbor, ME at an oceanfront campground
The Theme: Campground wedding/picnic
The Guest List: Probably right around 100, inviting 115, so we’ll see how many show up
The Ceremony: On the water early in the afternoon, probably around 1pm.
- In a field at the campground with a rented tent (probably 30×40)
- Picnic style food, hotdogs, potato/pasta salad, chips, maybe hotdogs and sandwiches depending on how we do budgeting
- Drinks: two kegs one hard cider, one beer of SO’s choosing, champagne, and lemondade and soda
- A POPCORN MACHINE (because I love popcorn)
- A game table for people to grab games to play at their tables (I’ll list games at a later point, but feel free to comment with suggestions)
- The wedding shoe game!
- Bingo: WITH PRIZES! (Other big group game suggestions welcome)
- Lawn games right outside the tent (again feel free to make suggestions)
- KAYAKING! (Be jealous)
- S’mores bar with campfire near tent with a variety of candy options
The Cake: Funfetti cake with chocolate frosting, possibly doing multiple small cakes so each table has one, because I’m thinking of family style dining at each table anyways, no buffet line.
The Overnight Accomodations: Cabins, tent sites, RV sites, and Airstream camper(google how cute these are and how awesome they will be for the pictures) rentals will be available for guests to rent for the night.
The Decor: Minimal really. Lighting in the tent is a must, but otherwise maybe just simply DIY lanterns (the coffee can ones like you see on pinterest) and maybe some flowers. Emphasis is on the experience and fun, not the appearance.
We aren’t going to have a DJ. I’m going to ask my older sister to be our announcer because hs is a riot and so charismatic, and then we’ll have an iTunes playlist of our favorite music. We arne’t big dancers and neither are most of our friends/family, so after first dances and parent stuff we will probably break out the games!
Post # 3
Anybody have any ideas/suggestions? Here are some pictures I found to show what I’m thinking!
I’m going to have my dad make an archway kind of like this!
We will definitely need plenty of bug spray and sunscreen
I would do something simple like this for a centerpiece
Tons of games!
I would totally make this, and make checkers in the same way with my dad to go with the theme!
And these are the campers!!!! How cute!?!
Last but not least, here is the campground from above! Literally right on the water! 🙂
Post # 4
@nattiejeanne: that looks amazing! I Love the site you picked. Do all the guests get camper vans too?
Post # 5
Regarding food, I think you need to plan on budgeting for more than just hotdogs, especially if you are having alcohol. Lots of people are weird about hot dogs, plus I feel like even 5’2″ 120lb me would have to eat two to feel full. What about burgers and dogs with fixings? Pasta and potato salad, several veggie options, chips, maybe like chili or something!
I think it’s a little odd to have such an informal theme and have place holders but idk maybe I’m weird
How far are you from a town with a hotel? If guests don’t want to camp, and the site is a long ways from a town, people will leave pretty early.
Kayaking and s’mores sound like they will be so memorable and fun!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
Have you sent out STDs (Save-the-Dates)? If you haven’t you should almost use a flowchart to help guests decide whether they will stay at the campsite or at the closest hotel.
Sounds like your wedding would be kid-friendly too! (Kids love popcorn)
Love the inclusion of bug-spray. Just keep in mind that not a lot of guests would like to use bug-spray with fancy clothes.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
@nattiejeanne: We are doing a picnic rehersal/welcome party at a campleground. I would add iced tea to the drinks, super easy and popular just buy a huge container of mix. Are you doing all the food yourself? Spinach dip is insanely easy to make and so is hummus for dipping veggies (I am making these for our picnic) and my mom is going to bring potato salad. We are getting our grocery store to make up trays of sandwhiches and wraps. Games like cricket, frisbees, lawn bowling and horseshoes.
Post # 8
@Kazza: There are four campers available, 17 cabins, and then over 100 tenting sites.
@208bride: If we did only hotdogs (we are working on trying to add others, but are on a budget) we would have plenty for everyone to have two or more. We are definitely doing potato salad and pasta salada, and also will have chips, crackers, cheese, and fruits and veggie platters. We might add deli meat and bread and the fixings for making sandwiches or finger sandwiches with ham salad and egge salad. Bar Harbor is very touristy so there are tons of hotels nearby for our non-camping guests. Also I would do the placecards in a fun font or hand done to make them more casual, I just love the way those ones match with the theme, and we will definitely have a seating arrangement so some type of organization is a must.
@Cynderbug: We haven’t yet, but we might skip them all together and send out invites soon. It’s casual attire so no worries on fancy clothes. It will be a jean friendly wedding. I’m definitely not going to ask people to dress up to come to a camp ground. We definitely want to be kid friendly so that is good. I have a bunch of stuff pinned on pinterest to keep the kiddos happy and entertained too!
@Pixienickie: Hummus and iced tea are great ideas! We are doing the food ourselves, and by we I mean I have some great family members so I’m going to split up the work. Like my Dad will do the potato and pasta salad and cook hotdogs the day of, I’ll make up veggie, fruit, and cheese platters, and I just need the cakes, which I might do as well. I bet my grandmother will make something too!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
In that case, I would call the closest hotel(s) to block rooms at group rates for your non-camping guests. 🙂
Yeah, I skipped STDs altogether and built a website (for free) instead when guests wanted more information.
Post # 10
@Cynderbug: Yeah, we aren’t technically engaged yet, so I can’t even send out save the dates yet. The plan is to have most of the big stuff underway so we can send out an announcement/invite as soon as we are officially engaged, which will be within the next month and a half.
I probably won’t book a block because I personally hate when people do that. I always find way better deals when I search on my own, and I always feel obligated to book at the hotel they chooise if the reserve a block. Plus I don’t honestly think there will be enough guests to really reserve anything hotel wise, because most of the older people who might not want to rough it will be covered because we are reserving cabins for them. I’m pretty confident most of our younger friends who are all on tight budgets are going to opt for camping since hotels in the area are pretty pricey in the summer.
Post # 12
@nattiejeanne: who’s going to make all the hotdogs and everything? I really wanted to have burgers but I wouldn’t want to stick my dad with manning the grill all night.
Post # 13
@smilestorm: My dad would do hotdogs (he has lready said he really wouldn’t mind, he LOVES grilling) and I’m sure my BIL would help. HOWEVER we just talked and had a better idea.
Because we want to do the ceremony at 1, the reception will start at 2ish, which is late for lunch and early for dinner, but since most people will be staying the night we want to feed them first thing and at dinner so we came up with an alternative. Fruit/veggie/cheese and cracker platters at the start of the reception with deli spirals and chips. Later in the night we will have pizza delivered. I know pizza sounds really casual, but our wedding will be casual. Plus it’s AMAZING pizza. A local place does woodfire pizza and all sorts of different flavors and toppings, so we can order gourmet wood fired pizza for our guests for under $400!
We are still so much in the prelimiary stages, so I’m glad to have all of the other minds to help me think of better ideas or brainstorm the things I haven’t fully thought out yet.
Post # 14
@nattiejeanne: you’re kidding! Pizza is my backup plan 🙂
Post # 15
@smilestorm: Here is a picture from their website! Sorry it’s kind fo blurry its a screen shot. Tons of delicious options, and I LOVE wood fire pizza! I might even include a place on the RSVP for favorite pizza toppings! 🙂
Post # 16
Sounds like a fun wedding. Keep in mind that if you want to use candles for centerpieces you might want to put them in hurricane vases,mason jars or cylinder vases. Even the slightest breeze will constantly blow out the candles.