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15 Summer Camp Wedding Ideas For Outdoor Lovers

July 19, 2024 | riley
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Image by Kindred Weddings. Keep scrolling for some of our favorite summer camp wedding ideas

Planning a wedding is always a fun yet challenging task, but if you’re looking to create an unforgettable and unique experience, a summer camp wedding might be the perfect choice for you and your nature-loving partner. Imagine exchanging vows under a canopy of towering trees, celebrating with loved ones by a serene lake, and dancing the night away beneath a star-filled sky. A summer camp wedding is the perfect blend of nostalgia and romance, offering endless possibilities for creativity and personalization.

Whether you’re envisioning a rustic celebration or simply a bold, fun-filled weekend with friends and family, a summer camp wedding can bring your vision to life in the most magical way. So, if you’re looking at hosting your very own weekend getaway, consider incorporating these touches to elevate your outdoor affair.

15 Summer Camp Wedding Ideas

1. Set Up Tents

To bring in the full summer camp feelings to your big day, pitch tents around your venue for your guests to enjoy during cocktail hour or your reception. Filled with blankets and games, these are the perfect pockets of peace to escape the dance floor for a bit.

summer camp wedding tent

Image by Maria Bryzhko

2. Camp-Themed Table Numbers

Instead of traditional table numbers, opt to include flags with different names as table markers so your guests know where to sit. They’re not only useful, but they also make for really adorable detail photos.

3. Camp-Themed Seating Chart

Speaking of seating, the theme doesn’t have to stop at the table numbers. If you want to use regular numbers but still want to incorporate the theme, you can add it to your seating chart. Of course, there’s no stopping you from using it for both! Why not name your tables after camp items or campgrounds that are special to you and your partner?

camp themed seating chart

Image by Maria Bryzhko

4. Al Fresco Dinner

There’s nothing more magical than dining under the stars. It’s not too often that you get to enjoy dinner with your closest loved ones in a beautiful setting, making your wedding the perfect place to create memories to last a lifetime.

summer camp themed wedding tablescape

Image by Alex Mabrey

5. Colored Suit

We’re always going to advocate for unique wedding attire that makes you feel most comfortable on your big day. While you don’t need an excuse to wear a colored suit, a summer camp wedding, which typically involves a brighter color palette, is a great setting to bring in more color into your outfit–especially emerald green to match the surrounding scenery.

6. Go for a Canoe Ride

If you’re tying the knot near a body of water and have access to a body of water, take time after your ceremony to go on a short canoe ride. It’s a moment that you can spend with just your significant other to soak in the day, and it’s a great photo opportunity.

7. Incorporate Picnic Baskets

Whether you use them as decor, a place to hold any cards guests may bring you, or favors, picnic baskets are an easy, inexpensive way to elevate the theme. If you’re unsure of where to find baskets (or you’re looking to save a little), start at your local thrift stores.

picnic basket wedding

Image by Eryndae Photo

8. A Unique Drink Holder

Although you may be serving signature cocktails along with beer and wine, if you’re planning on having any canned drinks (including non-alcoholic), consider filling up a canoe with ice and using it as a drink holder for guests to visit whenever they need another beverage.

9. Camp-Themed Wedding “Guest Book”

Guest books are a great way to look back at all of those who helped celebrate you years after the wedding is over. If you want something more aligned with your theme, take a note from Ali and Jesse’s book. The couple created a mini questionnaire for their guests, which was the perfect entertainment to fill some time. Now they can look back at their guest’s answers to help bring them back to that special moment.

10. Flag Guest Book

As we mentioned earlier, there’s something about flags that are the epitome of summer camp, so if you’re looking for another guest book idea, this is another themed option that also doubles as home decor once you’re finished. You could also store the flags in a scrapbook for safekeeping.

flag wedding guest book

Image by Eryndae Photo

11. A Customized Logo

From kayaks to oars to tents, there are countless items that you can incorporate into a customized logo that you can display throughout your wedding. Whether you add it to your favors (like these patches and hot sauces) or include it on some of your signage, it’s a simple way to make your wedding more personalized.

12. Sweetheart Table Banner

Flags don’t have to be all over the wedding if it’s not something you’re interested in. If you want something more subtle, add one to your sweetheart table to help it stand out amongst the rest.

13. Food Trucks

If you want to have a plated dinner at your summer camp wedding, go for it. However, we’re big fans of food trucks. They’re a lot more laidback, which is fitting for the atmosphere, and they’re an easy way to get multiple different food options so that everyone is happy and fed.

14. S’mores Bar

Whether you’re doing a traditional wedding cake or a dessert bar, a s’mores bar is a fun addition for everyone with a sweet tooth. Include it with other desserts (pie and ice cream, anyone?), or set it up next to a bonfire as a late-night snack.

wedding s'mores bar

Image by Ariana Tennyson

15. Mug Favors

If you’re going to spend money on wedding favors, you want to make sure they’re something that your guests are going to use again. That’s why we love camping mugs. Every time they drink their cup of coffee or tea, they’re going to think about you and your partner and the love you shared on your big day.

Summer camp weddings are a fun, lighthearted way to bring your closest loved ones together and celebrate you and your partner. To find a venue for your outdoor celebration, consider one of these 25 venues across the US! And for more seasonal wedding ideas, check out these 21 summer wedding ideas that will help you embrace the heat.

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Magical Monochromatic Alila Villas Uluwatu Wedding

July 18, 2024 | justine

Sharon and Regan wanted their big day to focus on timeless elegance and heartfelt connection. With this vision in mind, they and their fantastic vendor team focused on thoughtful details to make their Alila Villas Uluwatu wedding dream come true. The unique cliff-top venue with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, the monochromatic, understated luxe aesthetic, and the chic attire all came together perfectly. The couple went all out, and it was a beautiful and unforgettable day.

The pair exchanged heartfelt vows at the cliff-edge cabana. White flowers and candles lined the aisle, while unique arrangements at the altar drew everyone’s eyes to the breathtaking, endless horizon. After their dreamy “I dos,” they moved to the garden, where a stunning outdoor reception awaited. Crystal chandeliers hung above luxurious tables filled with white blooms and taper candles, creating a magical and unforgettable evening.

And it wasn’t just the views and the decor that were amazing that day. The groom looked stylish in a beige suit, and the bride looked like a goddess in her strapless gown. To see all the beautiful details up close, check out these stunning photos captured by Pyara Photo and get your Pinterest boards ready!

The Couple:

Sharon and Regan

The Wedding:

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Thoughtful Wedding Details: Customized Jewelry and Elegant Wedding Attire

We put much thought into selecting our wedding jewelry, opting for customized pieces that spoke to our styles. For our wedding bands, we chose exquisite gold rings featuring a marquise center stone accented by varying-size diamonds that adorned the entirety of the ring for me. In contrast, Regan’s ring boasted an elegant hairline textured finish with a striking baguette diamond. Each gold band continues an engraved message he wrote for me in my ring, adding a sentimental touch to our exchange of vows. Additionally, I adorned myself with a layered pearl necklace and baroque pearl earrings, completing my bridal ensemble with timeless elegance. Regan wore a bespoke three-piece suit in a beige hue paired with dark brown shoes for the attire. At the same time, I chose a sleek white gown and an A-line ivory dress featuring a lace bustier with an exposed corset style, completing it with Valentino Garavani Atelier heels.

Creating a Timeless Alila Villas Uluwatu Wedding Aesthetic

Our wedding reflected our vision for an elegant, minimal, and intimate day. The design seamlessly blended simplicity and sophistication, resulting in a timeless aesthetic that felt effortlessly beautiful. Every detail was bathed in shades of white, while accents of raw elements like washed wood and brass added a touch of rustic charm. Thousands of white roses seemingly blossoming from the lush green grass forming a runway, a centerpiece of boldly clustered candles, hanging chandeliers along the tablescapes, layers of textural glassware, and silk napkins drape integrated with the natural surroundings, every aspect came together to create a sense of refined charm. Overall, it was a celebration that embodied our love for understated elegance and heartfelt connection.

Unforgettable Ceremony Moments

I cherish the moment my parents walked me down the aisle as I locked eyes with Regan. He stands against a breathtaking backdrop of the ocean merging seamlessly with the sky, the gentle breeze, the soothing rhythm of the waves, and the enchanting melody of the violin and cello intertwining fills the air, surrounded by our beloved friends and family. And suddenly, being able to see him only, his face had a huge grin and teary eyes, just like mine. I still can’t tell who is sitting by the aisle as I walk through; it is all a blur except for him. I adore the indescribable rush of emotions following the ceremony. We were both brimming with excitement and couldn’t stop smiling.

Essential Advice for a Stress-Free Wedding Day

One piece of advice would be not to let yourself get too stressed. Celebrate the small wins during the process instead of stressing over them. Additionally, communication was critical throughout the planning process. Prioritize what truly matters to you as a couple; regular check-ins with vendors and clear, open discussions with each other will help you stay organized and on the same page. All that matters is that you and your guests are having a blast, and the key element to ensure this happens is your energy – it’s the source of everyone’s happiness.

Bringing to Life Their Dream Day Through Collaboration and Meaningful Elements

As both a wedding stylist and the bride, there’s a deeply personal joy in crafting my dream aesthetic and witnessing its transformation into reality. We poured our hearts into infusing personalized details throughout the day, from DIY wedding favors and papeteries to our vows. Our wedding was a collaborative effort involving us and our families, friends, and vendors. From planning to execution, seeing everyone come together to make our vision a reality was gratifying. Overall, we’re proud of how our wedding reflected our values, our love for each other, and the incredible community surrounding us. It was a day filled with tears of joy, love, laughter, and genuine moments that we’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Why They Chose to Have an Alila Villas Uluwatu Wedding 

We chose the Alila Villas Uluwatu as our wedding venue because it perfectly aligns with my vision of marrying in Bali, with its breathtaking cliff views, exceptional service, and hospitality. The venue’s stunning white aesthetics and powerful architecture, seamlessly integrating with its natural surroundings, captured my heart. Every space in the venue offers a distinct perspective, with open layouts that showcase the surrounding nature and unique natural materials throughout the property, making it the ideal choice for my special day.

Bali-Inspired Wedding Favors

We decided to give out limoncello in small jars as wedding favors. It’s one of my favorite drinks from my trips to Bali, and I wanted to share that experience with our guests. Plus, it’s a lovely way for them to take a piece of the celebration home with them.

Infusing Meaning and Style Through their DIY Projects

I poured my heart into DIY projects that reflected our wedding style. We crafted our favors, tying delicate rope accents onto small bottles of limoncello adorned with custom stickers. Additionally, I designed all the graphics for our papeteries and stationeries—including invitations, menus, place cards, seating charts, and the wedding schedule. We aimed for simplicity and elegance, opting for textured handmade paper and sophisticated typography. Additionally, I handcrafted napkins using silk fabric, imparting a raw yet opulent feel to our table settings.

The Wedding Team:

Photography + Videography – Pyara Photo
Event Planning – The White Journals
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering + Cake – Alila Villas Uluwatu
Floral Design – Rhea Wedding Decoration
DJ – Meta Wirawan
Makeup Artist – Stefany Layata
Wedding Dress – Fellyza Sanjaya
Content Creator – Bride Whisperer
Groom’s Apparel – SAS Designs
Rentals – Bali Sewa Sewa + Bloomz Bali rentals

 

Congratulations to Sharon and Regan on their magical monochromatic Alila Villas Uluwatu wedding. Thank you to  Pyara Photo for capturing all the stunning details and memorable moments this couple will cherish for the rest of their lives.

There’s something truly magical about a classic wedding, just like Sharon and Regan’s special day. If you want to look at your wedding photos in 10 years and still adore every detail, take a look at our guide to a timeless wedding. It has easy tips to help you create a classic wedding that will remain beautiful for years to come.

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Your Guide to the Wedding Processional Order

July 17, 2024 | kailey

Image by Manuel Aldana.

The wedding ceremony is arguably one of the most significant parts of any wedding. Despite being relatively short, it’s filled with a large amount of sentiment and meaning. It’s also the moment when you’ll exchange wedding vows and be pronounced as a married couple in front of your loved ones. Given its importance, you’ll likely want every detail to be perfect from start to finish.

When it comes to planning your ceremony, you don’t just have to worry about writing vows or picking the perfect processional song. You also have to consider the order in which people walk down the aisle. The wedding procession marks the beginning of the ceremony and sets the tone for the rest of the event. To ensure your ceremony starts off smoothly and in an organized manner, here’s a breakdown of both traditional and non-denominational wedding processional orders. 

FAQs for Wedding Procession Order

What is a Wedding Processional?

A wedding processional marks the beginning of a ceremony. It’s where notable family members, wedding parties, and the couple make their way down the aisle. 

What is the Length of a Wedding Processional?

The length of a wedding processional can vary widely based on several factors, including the number of participants, the size of the venue, and the choice of music. On average, processionals last anywhere between five to seven minutes. 

How Can You Customize Your Processional?

Your wedding, your rules, applies to every portion of your wedding day, including the processional. And there are many ways to personalize this small portion of your wedding day. There are numerous ways to personalize this special part of your day. You can experiment with the processional order, choose unexpected music, or even have a flower girl grandma.

What if the Number of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen is Uneven?

This is where you can get creative with your processional order. Traditionally bridesmaids are escorted down the aisle by groomsmen, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Maybe you just want something different, or you have an uneven party. This could be the solution. Consider having your bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down solo. 

What Song Should I Play for Our Processional?

There is so much opportunity for creativity in this simple walk, especially when it comes to your music choices. The music you choose for each component of your wedding matters as it enhances the moment. If you’re looking for processional song ideas with a little more flair, check out this list of possible tracks.

Traditional Wedding Processional Order

When hosting a traditional or religious celebration, couples often adhere to a customary wedding processional order. This is the case whether you’re tying the knot in a local church or a lavish ballroom. If you’re working with your officiant to create a traditional ceremony script, use this processional order as inspiration for your grand entrance. 

1. Officiant

The officiant–who leads the ceremony–is typically the first to walk down the aisle. They are responsible for the opening remarks to the guests. Once they reach the altar, they will announce any important information, such as the ceremony being unplugged or instructions for the grand exit. The music will not officially start playing until after the officiant is in place. 

2. First Partner’s Parents 

Traditionally, the first partner approaches from the side prior to the processional, eagerly awaiting their soon-to-be spouse to walk down the aisle. But their parents will still be included in the processional. They will make their way down the aisle and take their seats to the right of the aisle in the front row.

3. Second Partner’s Mother

Next to walk down the aisle is the second partner’s mother. This important person is the last to be seated among the parents and grandparents. Her seating signals the official start of the wedding party’s procession.

4. Groomsmen and The Best Man 

Kicking off the wedding party’s processional will be the groomsmen and the best man. The groomsmen can either walk down the aisle individually or paired with bridesmaids—this is a personal preference. The best man will then follow, taking his place beside the groom at the altar.

5. Bridesmaids and The Maid or Matron of Honor

If not being escorted by the groomsmen, the bridesmaids will then walk down the aisle one by one, starting with the one who will stand furthest from the bride. After all the bridesmaids have made their way, the maid or matron of honor follows, taking her place closest to the bride.

6. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

If you’ve chosen to include a flower girl and a ring bearer, they will follow the wedding party. The ring bearer walks down the aisle holding the wedding bands, followed by the flower girl who scatters petals to prepare the aisle.

7. Second Partner and Their Father

At this moment, the processional song begins as the second partner walks down the aisle. Traditionally, they are escorted by their father or another significant person in their life. This marks the head-turning moment, marking the official start of the ceremony. 

Modern Non-Denominational Wedding Processional Order

Those who wish to fully customize their wedding processional order often opt for a non-denominational approach. Couples who choose this route are met with a variety of unique options that break away from tradition. While it may resemble a traditional processional order, you can make substitutions and changes as desired to suit your preferences.

1. Officiant

The officiant will kick off the processional, walking down the aisle. This can be a friend, notable family member, or anyone you trust who’s ordained to perform weddings. For a modern approach, consider an officiant that’ll customize your ceremony script

2. First Partner and Parents 

Traditionally, there is always one partner waiting at the altar at the beginning of the processional. We’re seeing more couples put their own twist on things. Rather than approaching from the side, the first partner will walk down the aisle solo or be escorted by their parents. After leading their child to the altar, the parents will take their seats to the right of the aisle in the front row. 

3. Groomsmen and The Best Man 

Similar to the traditional processional order, the groomsmen and the best man will follow the parents. Starting with groomsmen, walking down the aisle solo or coupled with bridesmaids, followed by the best man taking his place beside the groom at the altar.

4. Bridesmaids and The Maid or Matron of Honor

If not being escorted, the bridesmaids will then walk down the aisle one by one, starting with the one who will stand furthest from the bride. After all the bridesmaids have made their way, the maid or matron of honor follows, taking her place closest to the bride.

5. Flower Grandma

While most couples choose to include a flower girl, we’re seeing more people add an unexpected touch to the processional with a flower grandma. Following the wedding party, she scatters petals to prepare the aisle. 

6. Second Partner and Their Parents 

At this moment, the second partner walks down the aisle. Typically escorted by their father, this isn’t always the case. It can be grandparents, siblings, or both parents! This is another chance to get creative with your processional. 

wedding processional order

Image by Carolin Volker.

The wedding processional order is just one component of a ceremony. There are many other details to consider, from your vows to the ceremony script. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to begin, check out our wedding ceremony planning guide. It’s filled with valuable resources and guides to help you through every step of the planning process.

wedding processional order

Image by Manuel Aldana.

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