I wish we had been able to pull off the campground wedding. We have too many elderly guests (and just general stick-in-the-mud family) BUT we are still having it in a public park that is in a remote area, so some things still apply. We’re definitely going for that woodsy vibe!
Our theme is vintage scout camp, so we’re collecting mid-century memorabilia and anything that is vintage or antique camping gear. (Her family has a metal canoe, so that’s our drink cooler.) Colors are dark blue and green, and most of the non-vintage decor will be colored glass bottles and vases scattered around. Colored glass is so easy and cheap to find in thrift stores and yard sales. I think it’s a million times easier to embrace the unusual venue and just go full camp in every meaning of the word. Be cheesy and goofy and do whatever speaks to your heart. You aren’t in a ritzy ballroom, you’re in nature! Be free and buck tradition if it suits you. (If you want to embrace tradition that’s super awesome too.)
Food: For you, I would say either fully embracing the camp aspect and do DIY camping food, OR a BBQ caterer. They are super affordable, and usually big crowd pleasers. And what’s nice is they don’t need a kitchen; they usually have a trailer that they can cook from without electricity. Perfect for the outdoors.
If BBQ doesn’t speak to you, a taco truck or pizza truck might also work. We looked into these for the same reasons (don’t need electricity, affordable, crowd pleaser). All three options are usually willing to travel a fair distance. The only down side to all of these is that they aren’t considered “nice” wedding food. It wouldn’t phase me in the slightest but I know some guests have high expectations.
Seating: When I asked around, people told me they did not like hay bales, blankets, and picnic tables. The first two are because they hurt to sit on/get up from, and the picnic table thing is because they’re hard to get out of while wearing a dress. I don’t think concrete tables are an issue at all but everything I’ve read indicates people much prefer chairs to virtually every other seating option. However, in defense of picnic tables, my cousin used them for her wedding and everyone thought it was brilliant. Just depends on your crowd, I suppose.
As for all other concerns, I asked around and did a lot of research. Some highlights of what to have:
- Adequate seating
- Clean, working, nearby bathrooms
- Climate control (heat, cold, bugs)
- Having activities that speak to everyone (all ages, all mobility levels, all levels of “adventurousness”)
I actually made a thread on here about advice for having a picnic/woodsy wedding, and people were really helpful. You can look through my past threads for it.
Your weddings sounds super fun! Best of luck with planning.