Post # 1
I’m looking for budget friendly outdoor wedding reception venues in the Philadelphia suburbs or Lehigh Valley. If they offer camping onsite or nearby, that’s a definite plus. We’d like to have a casual, DIY wedding reception for approx 50 people. Very simple …. good music, good food, dancing, and friends, without all the frills. We’re having a destination ceremony on a different day. We’re both super into the outdoors and tent camp on a regular basis, so it would be great if we could find a rustic, nature setting. We’d consider a campground with an area for a reception and a group camping area for our guests to camp together. Or maybe a summer camp or farm, that would allow overnight camping. However, we’d really like to keep it super budget friendly. Please feel free to flood me with suggestions and advice! I’m new to this, and I need all the help I can get.
Post # 3
@Campingbuddy: Check out John James Audubon Center. Not sure if they allow outside camping but it is a rustic outdoor pavillion.
Post # 4
Audobon Center was way out of our price range. They have Jeffery Miller as the exclusive caterer. You might be okay because you have a small bunch, but you may find it to be more “the rustic-cique” look than the authentic look that you’re going for.
I’m looking for the same kind of thing, but my mother hates the idea. I looked into my summer camp, and her whole thing is that no one wants to be stuck hanging out together. Truth be told, there are very few people in my extended family that are into camping, so we might have to save that for the honeymoon. Having essentially 5 families (my mom’s fam, my mom’s step fam, my dad’s fam, his mom’s fam, his dad’s fam…) is kind of intense. I think they should just suck it up and get a long, but c’est la vie.
I think if your looking for a rustic camp type thing, you might need to go toward the Poconos, or leave the state….unless you’re having a dry wedding. BOOOO PA and your “no alcohol in state parks.” UGH.
*You CAN have alcohol in state FORESTS. With 50 people, there may be a pavillion that could work for you. Check out Wisner State Forest. It’s up by Allentown, but you may find something nearby.
Post # 4
If anyone is interested in a campground on the Susquehanna River in central PA (near Lewisburg) – reach out to Diane at Steel Steeds. http://www.steelsteedscamp.com/weddings
No worries about drinking and driving. Alcohol is ok. Rent their RVs or cabins or tent camp.
Post # 5
I’m having my reception at John J Audubon Center in Audubon PA. It is rustic and beautiful. check it out.