Post # 1
my fiancée and I really want to do our wedding at a campsite. Ideally it would be somewhere in New England that is outdoors and beautiful. We’d do our own tents, chairs, food, drinks, etc. I’m having a hard time finding something like this! Does anyone have any ideas? I’m definitely open to a rustic barn type of thing as long as people can pitch tents to stay overnight. I’m open to beaches, forests, fields, etc. New England is the goal and Vermont or New Hampshire would be a bonus. Please help!
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Post # 2
Honestly, I’d recommend looking into cabins or something. I love camping, really I do, but a wedding is simply not the time or place. People tend to want to look their best, which isn’t really feasible when you can’t wash your hair or otherwise clean up. At most, try finding a ‘glamping’ location rather than expecting guests to pitch tents of their own – what about people who fly in, btw?
We had a very relaxed wedding ourselves – bbq, ATV riding, target shooting the next day, you name it. Nothing like what tends to be seen on the Bee. But we rented cabins with kitchens and bathrooms and I’m not even remotely sorry about that decision. Also despite my best try to get guests to understand the wedding was very, very casual, most of our guests did dress up for the occasion. Hard to do when you can’t get clean first or put on your makeup in a mirror.
Post # 3
emily6389 : At first I thought maybe it was just going to be the 2 of you, but you mention “people” — about how many people are you inviting, and do they all love camping?
Post # 4
How do you think your guests will feel about the idea?
If I was invited to a campsite wedding, I’d probably decline unless:
- I was extremely close to the bride/groom AND
- There was an option for a cabin with electricity/running water or a decent hotel within decent driving distance.
I know now some people love camping, but I hate it. and have since I was a kid, although I hate it more as the years pass.
Post # 5
My boyfriend has not proposed, but he asked me whether we could do this if/when we get married. My theory is that people who don’t like camping can just come for the day, just like they would if the wedding was not at a campsite. But he gets to get married whilst doing his favourite activity of all time. That being said, we camp at least once a month so it kinda makes sense that we would do this.
Post # 6
Where did you guys end up getting married? Cabins sound lovely
swink: thats exactly my thought – camping will by no means be required, but it could be an option for those who want to stay the night on site. Others could of course go to nearby hotels just like any other wedding.
Post # 7
One thing I thought about doing before we went with a more formal option was renting out a YMCA camp (or other summer camp) during a time when they weren’ in session and hosting the wedding there. There was a small one by where we were planning to get married and it had pavilions, fire pits, and a cafeteria area to prep food…and I think it could’ve been really cool if we had dressed it up a bit. I can’t remember the rental price, but I don’t think it was anything too crazy since it would’ve been otherwise unoccupied. Maybe you can look around for that? That way, you can rent the whole facility for the weekend, and people can stay in the camp cabins.
Post # 8
emily6389 : Unfortunately it won’t be a whole lot of help to you, as we got married in Moab, UT, so a bit far from your goal. We found a ‘ranch’ via VRBO with about 10 cabins on the side of a mountain. Some of our guests did still stay in town, which was about 10 minutes away.