- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
Hello Bees! I finally have a venue, and a date, almost. It is not yet set in stone because the summer camp we want to get married in has a silly rule about only taking reservations no sooner than a year in advance, and they are only available for outside rentals the last two weekends in august, when the girl scouts are not at camp.
We have a lot of guests coming in from out of town (4 different countries on my side, and all over the US on his side) and it is important to us that if they travel all that way, and they have expressed excitement about coming, that we really spend some quality time with them. Who knows when/if we will ever have everyone together like that again? We both feel like a traditional 5-hour reception with dinner and dancing isn’t neccesarily the best way to spend time with our family and friends.
The plan is to rent the entire camp (my old girl scout camp) for the weekend. We would have it from friday afternoon to sunday afternoon, and have bonfires and bbq and canoing, crafts, and volleyball. The ceremony would be saturday afternoon. It feels more “us” than a traditional wedding.
There are enough cabins, yurts, treehouses, and platform tents (huge tents on wooden platforms with 4 twin beds inside) for everyone, and showers and running water a short walk from each site. We would also include information about bed and breakfasts in the area.
I know that most of our friends and family are okay with camping, but my mother is concerned about asking guests to stay in such rustic accommodations, sleep in bunkbeds, and probably share cabins.
After talking to my mom I am kind of questioning it as well. I get why some family members wouldn’t like it. At the same time, though, I feel like we are providing food and sleeping quarters to everyone for the weekend, and if they don’t want to stay in bunks, they would have had to pay for a hotel room anyway. The cabins are free, but optional. The people from our area could totally just come up to the camp on saturday if they don’t want to camp.
Mr Caribou and I are totally excited about the idea, but now we are starting to question it. What do you bees think?