Post # 1
Okay, this is for the brides that have had their receptions at state parks, more specifically a shelter at a state park.
We are on a tight budget. We are planning on buying a house a few short months before the wedding, so realistically we don’t have a lot of money for a venue. There is a state park just a few miles away that is scenic and has a lot of what we want in a venue.
There are downsides such as: the shelter is not enclosed (what happens if it rains?), its a very popular park due to the public beach and we are planning our reception for late july, a very tourist time, and it’s location is uber close to the campground at the state park.
So those who have had receptions at these types of places: what did you do in case of rain? how did you make sure no one uninvited crashed (since it is so public)? Any advice you have for these types of receptions?
I just wanted something really casual and something guests could enjoy like a family reunion.
Post # 3
@jatelynn: I’m doing this at a local lake’s campground. There is no shelter but based on our dates chosen there is little chance of rain (fingers crossed). For the most part, we are segregated because our event is over 4 adjoining campsites in the park. That said, there is overlap with the public area (beach) and there is simply nothing I can do about it. I will have signs that say ‘wedding’ so that it’s clear that the campground isn’t hosting the event for campers and will rely on my wedding party to keep an eye out for randoms meandering up to our buffet line or *gasp* free booze.
I would check to see what you’re allowed to do for decorations in that particular park. I was previously going to be in a state park (CA) and they didn’t allow ANY decorations so there was no way to signify to the public that it was a private event.
Post # 4
Oh and welcome to the pain in the ass that is planning a camping wedding. 😉
Post # 5
We are doing our ceremony at a community park. As for rain, we are hoping we get a good day. It is risky but tents are expensive and are willing to take the chance. Our reception will be at a separate location so that is our back up.
I assume we will get a few “guests” but as long as they are quiet I don’t mind them sharing our day. It is definitely a cheaper option, we are only spending $200 on our entire ceremony which compared to what we considering, it’s a steal!
Post # 6
I love the thought of a camping wedding. We got really excited walking around the park and thinking about camping and all the things assocaited with it. But then my mother has to throw in her words of wisedom, which do make sense.
I will look into what the park allows. I thought about handing out some wristbands but idk. I really like the park but really worry since I know how popular it is in the summer. I’m okay with a few onlookers but since there will be alcohol (it is allowed by permit), I’m definitely worried about that aspect.
Post # 7
If you have any other Q’s feel free to ask! I felt completely alone in this process! 🙂
Post # 8
My brother recently had his wedding at a park pavilion, it rained, (not like hurricain force rain or anything) just drizzely for part of the day and guests were fine with it. as long as your pavilion is large enough that everyone fits under it easily it will be totally fine. unless you are planning durring hurricaine season that is.