Whimsical Camping-Themed Wedding Inspiration

Guest Blogger: Leila Lewis
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If you and your significant other love the outdoors, why not try a camping themed wedding? Use wildflowers and acorns to decorate, and even let your guests roast marshmallows at the end of the night! Whether you host your ceremony at a local park or rent out a summer camp for the weekend, these fun ideas are sure to make your wedding memorable.

The Location:

1. Say your vows beneath the trees — the natural beauty of your surroundings make the best decorations. 

outdoor wedding in the woods
Photo Credit: Jos Studios

2. Think about hosting your reception in a rustic mess hall. Guests will love to reminisce about their days spent at summer camp. reception in camp mess hall
Photo Credit: Our Labor of Love Photography Event Design: Jove Meyer Events

The Décor: 

3. Create custom wooden signage to incorporate natural elements into your décor. couple with rustic initial sign
Photo Credit: Sean Walker Photography / Event Design: Couture Events
bride with her dad
Photo Credit: Lauren Kearns Photography

The Food:

4. Have a camping-inspired appetizer table with snacks like dried fruits and nuts (yum)!food
Photo Credit: Krista Mason Photography / Food: Contemporary Catering

5. Bring a campfire feel to your reception with a make your own s'mores station. You can put a unique spin on the traditional treat with a variety of unexpected toppings, like caramel, peanut butter, or pretzels. Before you begin planning, double check your venue's rules on having open flames. smores station
Photo Credit: Robin Proctor / Event Design: Bluebird Productions

The Photography:

6. The beautiful verdant scenery of the woods makes the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. pretty lakeside wedding photo
Photo Credit: Kayla Adams

The Flowers:

7. Use wildflowers to create natural-looking arrangements. 

purple bridesmaid dress
Photo Credit: Majesta Patterson / Dress: Donna Morgan / Bouquet: The Flower House

rustic table decor
Photo Credit: Lindsey Orton Photography / Event Design: Attention 2 Detail Events

The Details:

8. Don't be afraid to use fun props like canoes and tents to make your guests feel like they're actually on a camping trip!

canoe wedding decor
Photo Credit: Sarah Wight Photography

9. Mix natural elements like acorns and flowers with man-made lanterns to create a rustic escort card table. 

camp themed place cards
 Photo Credit: Anne Hebert Photography / Stationery: Little Bit Heart 

Tell Us: Which idea is your favorite?

— Leila Lewis


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