Campsite weddings – help!

posted 2 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
4561 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
6407 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

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
544 posts
Busy bee

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
51 posts
Worker bee

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 # 7
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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
4561 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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.

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