Summer Camp Weddings

Most couples complain they don’t get enough time with their guests on the wedding day, so how about an entire weekend? With a “Summer Camp” wedding, you can go casual or formal, have access to lots of activities and get married in beautiful surroundings, while celebrating for 48 hours with your friends and family.

Ceremony set up at Costanoa, Pescadero, California shows a beautiful lawn with scenic mountains as a backdrop.

Costanoa, Pescadero, CA

Elegant yet rustic Costanoa lodge in Pescadero, California is a beautiful venue option for a wedding or event and can be dressed down for a casual affair or transformed into a luxury site.

As weddings have become less traditional and more “fun,” I’m starting to see more places pop up that will produce your “wedding weekend.” Anywhere from rustic and adventurous camping style, to luxurious resorts with hotel-style accommodations and spas, venues are helping solve the problem of the day going by too fast. Depending on your style, you could play up the “Summer Camp” theme in your invitation design, rentals and décor to give your wedding a relaxed, fun look, or have no theme at all and simply enjoy the exclusive use of a breathtaking venue.

Beautiful rustic yet natural and elegant ceremony at Los Laureles Lodge in the Carmel Valley, California.

Two ceremonies at the Los Laureles Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA

Casual vintage and ranch-like ceremony in the Carmel Valley, California shows how the natural beauty of a weekend wedding at the Los Laureles Lodge can be dressed up or down, but most of all, peaceful and enjoyable.

One of the best things about this venue option is that it can actually be rather cost-effective! Cheaper than many wedding venues of the same level of scenery and décor, it’s a great option for couples with a smaller budget, or it can give you more room in the budget to spend on upgrades and those “extras” you really want. Many can also work with your guests directly to book accommodations and collect payment, so that you won’t end up on the hook for your guests’ weekend room and board. Some of the available packages have many fun inclusions, like s’mores over bonfires at night or daytime activities like horseback riding.

Old-town storefronts and setting at Kennolyn in the Santa Cruz mountains, California provide a template for a themed event or wedding weekend, or can simply be a fun and unique backdrop for a private affair.

Kennolyn in the Santa Cruz mountains (Soquel), California

Beautiful classic California scenery for a wedding or event set up at Kennolyn in the Santa Cruz mountains. The open air courtyard is perfect for an outdoor reception.

If you want to brainstorm how to create a classy, yet fun and casual “Summer Camp” wedding, contact us and we’d be happy to work with you, finding the perfect venue for your budget and vision, creating your theme and décor, and ensuring you have a weekend of memories!