Campground Weddings: To Do or Not To Do is The Question
Some RV resorts even have wedding planners.
Across the country, growing numbers of Americans are realizing many campgrounds offer ideal settings for weddings and wedding receptions, according to campground operators and industry officials.
Not only are campgrounds more affordable than hotels or other typical reception venues, but they are also usually far more willing to accommodate weddings, either by letting wedding parties cook their own food or by allowing them to work with outside restaurants and caterers. Some campgrounds even offer their banquet services and wedding planners.
The scenic settings that campgrounds provide also make them alluring and some park operators are finding they can increase their spring and fall shoulder season business by promoting the ability to host weddings and receptions.
And since growing numbers of campgrounds offer rental accommodations, people are finding they can celebrate their weddings over an entire weekend with both their RVing and non-RVing friends.
Are Camp Weddings Really Cheaper?
Take the cases of these two weddings:
Seth and Madison Capps had their wedding at Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton, Texas. Park employees helped plan the wedding and reception, using catering services from a Dallas-based chef, according to Madison’s father, Kevin Gattis, who said his daughter’s wedding was “very reasonably priced.”
Some guests arrived at Mill Creek Ranch Resort as early as Thursday night and stayed through the Saturday wedding and reception and didn’t head home until Sunday. While some guests came in their RVs, others stayed in Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s park models and enjoyed the scenic setting, which includes a creek that runs through the resort.
When Franny Teran and Charlie Freund got married, they organized a weekend full of fun activities for their family and friends at El Capitan Canyon, an upscale campground just north of Santa Barbara, California.
About 150 guests arrived Friday night and spent the whole weekend at the park. Some came in their RVs. Others checked into El Capitan Canyon’s luxurious park model cabins and yurts, while a handful of guests pitched tents.
But while weddings are typically formal events, Franny and Charlie’s wedding weekend started off with a sing-along around a bonfire Friday night as their guests munched on tacos, sipped margaritas and broke the ice with one another.
On Saturday, the guests took part in arts and crafts activities, with some helping to make floral arrangements for the wedding while others painted a “chuppah” or canopy, which Franny and Charlie would stand under during their Sunday wedding ceremony. The chuppah is a tradition in Jewish weddings.
Saturday night’s activities included a Western hoedown with live music and a square dance caller with a barbecue dinner that included tri-tip, chicken, roasted corn and beans.
On Sunday, the late morning wedding ceremony was followed by a brunch reception and karaoke show in which dozens of Franny and Charlie’s guests belted out their favorite songs.
THEIR ADVICE TO THOSE PLANNING NOW
Make sure you don't forget a steamer or iron for the day of the wedding :) Also, just breathe during the day.
Remember that it's about you as a couple and that nothing else matters. All the details will fall into place. And make sure you hire a wedding videographer. Some couples don't because the think the photos are enough but there's something about a videographer that captures something different, and you will cherish those "real life moments" just as much as pictures.
It's worth it but remember to save it in your budget! Otherwise just use a small video camera or go pro and pass it around to the guests to capture the whole day. Also, for people who are on a budget. To put this whole wedding into perspective, with all of the supplies + catering + videographer, ours was just under $20K.
You can easily do a magical wedding for under $20k; you just have to be crafty and strategic about how you use your budget.
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