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May 11, 2018

Camping Wedding Inspiration and Baskets for your Guests - Episode #171

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***LISTENER QUESTION***

We are getting married in 2019 and I originally wanted to do a late September or early October date because we both love the fall. But just recently I started thinking about August 31, 2019, which would be Labor Day weekend. The venue we want is kind of out in the middle of the woods along a river in Oregon and they let us have it from Friday-Sunday! We both have A LOT of family and friends and I thought it would be fun for everyone to camp and do more of a whole celebration weekend. There’s swimming, fishing, bonfires, horseback riding (through the venue), and hiking. Do you think this would be a fun idea, or would people be annoyed that a wedding is taking over their Labor Day weekend? I know some families have traditions for this weekend.

Camping/Glamping Wedding

When planning a weekend camping trip for your wedding you will have a lot of things to keep up with. Making sure your guests are comfortable and have the necessary items.

  • Renting RVs might be the way to go. Each has its own kitchen and most their own bathroom.
  • Or Find a campground that has cabins to house all guest
  • Or luxury tents https://www.glamping.com/
  • Make sure it’s a weekend of fun with games and activities
  • Have an itinerary for the whole weekend but build some free time in there as well.
  • Food: Bring lots and delegate someone in charge of the food/meals. You will need to feed them all weekend Brunches and dinners also think about having a good-bye brunch on 171the last day to send them off.
  • For the reception: Possibly food trucks or Look for a caterer that has experience catering outdoor events, BBQ
  • Generator
  • Take care of guests, lots of drinks(non-alcoholic), baskets filled, lots of seating
  • Lawn games or disc golf
  • Smore's, trail mix bar
  • Firewood
  • Camping Packing List: http://www.cozi.com/blog/family-camping-checklist-and-a-few-great-tips/

Welcoming your wedding guests and keeping them comfortable during all the activities is an important thing to consider. Here are a few types of baskets you may want to create for them.

Welcome Baskets-
  • Cute totes, boxes or baskets for your out of town guests
  • A personalized welcome note
  • An Itinerary card or paper with location address, a timeline of all events, dress codes.
  • A list of activities and eateries close to their stay
  • Snacks-fruit, trail mix, chocolate, etc.
  • You can add something personal if you like
  • Hangover kit (pain reliever, mini water bottle, mints or gum)
  • Depending on where you are, something local, wine, beer, coffee, honey...
Bathroom Baskets
  • Band-Aids
  • Mints/gum
  • Tampons/pads
  • Headache med?
  • Lotion
  • Antacids
  • Hairspray
  • Deodorant (Spray)
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair ties
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Wet wipes
  • Safety pins
  • Stain sticks
  • Mouthwash
  • Brush and comb
  • Lint roller
  • Qtips
Outdoor Ceremony Basket
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Water or have a water station
  • Sunglasses
  • Blankets if cold
  • Fans if warm
  • umbrellas

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