Camping Wedding!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It would totally not be me and H’s thing.  We wouldn’t sleep in bunkbeds or share a cabin.  But that’s just us – we’d be fine getting a hotel or B&B on our own.  We’d probably skip out on the more “camp” type stuff like canoeing and crafts because we don’t enjoy it.  What can I say – we’re not rustic 😉

Post # 4
4760 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Would people have to share the cabins with strangers?

That would be odd

But if I get a cabin for DH and me, I’d love that.

Post # 5
1302 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would not be okay with sharing a cabin with strangers or not having a bathroom in my cabin. I DO go camping, but I wouldn’t want those accomodations if I were going to a wedding.

If I were a guest, I would just stay in a hotel or a B&B with my husband.

Post # 7
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was just in a wedding this past weekend that rented out an entire ranch.  Everyone got their own room but some people had to share bathrooms (like a bathroom in the hall instead of in the room).  The bride included travel information for those who wanted to stay in an area hotel instead of on-site.  I’d say you’re fine since guests have other options- you’re not forcing them to roast marshmallows over a campfire and piss in the woods.

Post # 8
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just went to a camping wedding in Seattle this weekend!  To be honest, my DH and I have been complaining all summer about how ridiculous a camping wedding was.  We thought it was insane to have to fly across the country with camping gear or try to find a place to rent it, so we ended up staying in a hotel. 

It turned out, pretty much every single other couple except for us camped, and it was sort of embarassing that we chose not to.  I think since your idea includes the cabins and you don’t have to bring tents, it would be much more doable.  Would people need to bring sleeping bags?

I will say, the wedding was 11 am to 12 am, and it was MORE than long enough, so I’m not sure how people would feel about spending an entire weekend celebrating your wedding.  


Post # 9
11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MrsCaribou:  I love to camp but I’m not sure how I would feel as a guest at your wedding.

My first thought is I’m not keen on sharing a room/yurt/cabin with random strangers especially considering the rustic situation. I think as a guest I would be more comfortable having my own accommodations, even my own tent, over sharing with people that you invited that you know that I quite possibly have never met. Kids at camp sharing a cabin is one thing, adults of all ages is quite another.

How far are the optional hotels?

I think you providing accommodations is great provided that your guests have options near by within resonable distance and pricing.


Post # 10
1887 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsCaribou:  Not everyone will be willing, able, or interested in spending the entire weekend together camping.  Could some guests still come just for the reception and ceremony like it was a normal wedding, or would they HAVE to commit to the entire weekend? As long as the camping is an option and you understand some people will not be interested, you are fine.  I would have no problem attending your campground wedding, but I wouldn’t have any interest in spending the entire weekend there.  I’d want to leave after the reception and go stay in a hotel. I wouldn’t want to share a room/cabin with others, and I really wouldn’t want to share a bathroom.  I might be up for coming back the next morning for an activity and breakfast, but I’d want my participation to be on my own terms.  I wouldn’t want to attend a wedding and feel like I was REQUIRED to participate in a weekend of activities. 


Post # 11
2642 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Well I would love your wedding, but I’m big into camping and backpacking and generally roughing it – even with strangers.  But, as evident by PPs, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  But as long as they don’t have to camp and there are hotel or B&B options near-by, I think you’d be ok!

Post # 12
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would absolutely love it!  Except I would not want to share a cabin with anyone except my immediate family.  I think it sounds like a blast.  But I know that I am in the minority – we love to tent camp, chop our own wood, and cook every meal over a fire.  If given the choice between a tent or a ritzy hotel, I would choose the tent every day of the week.

We are even camping on our honeymoon night! 🙂

Post # 13
3846 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

What a terrific idea!! I’d love it!!

Post # 14
5909 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@MrsCaribou:  Either way its groovy!  Cause yeah, some people don’t want to reinact The Parent Trap…and if my family had the run of such a camp, you can bet the pranks would abound…so it would be amazingly fun for all the wrong reasons, and some of our elders, who are already tired of our antics after the first hour, would likely stay at a local hotel or B&B…but who cares, come, go…canoe…whatever!

Post # 15
3948 posts
Honey bee

That would not be my thing at all.

There are other ways to get more time with your friends and family. You can have a “welcome” dinner/cookout/whatever for everyone that has traveled. And/or a send off breakfast before they leave.  


Post # 16
5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsCaribou:  I would be fine if a) it wasn’t a formal wedding and the bride and groom were cool with me wearing a casual maxi and flat sandals and b) if I didn’t have to share with strangers. I’ve camped many times when I was younger and it doesn’t phase me, plus the accommodations sound more ‘upscale’ than your average tent lol

I would be put out if they expected me to dress formally, and if I had to share a cabin with strangers I would opt to stay at alternative accommodation.

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