Its been a while since I last shared some of my wedding planning… Over the last few months I’ve shared my wedding mood board and color scheme, our engagement photos, our save the dates, my tips on planning a wedding in 6 months, and how to keep wedding costs down. We are officially 5 weeks out from the big day.
Today I wanted to share our camp themed wedding invitations. Yes, I know. You’re thinking “camping theme?! Where did that come from?” But yes! Let me break down some details of our big day so it will all make a clearer picture of what our wedding will be like, and why we did our wedding invitations this way 🙂
Originally Brian and I wanted to elope. However, my mom insisted that she needed to be there. Then eloping turned into a very small destination wedding with just our parents. Do you have any idea how much destination weddings cost these days? I almost fainted when the cheapest quote I got was $3,000.00 PER PERSON (not even including airfare to get there!) Destination wedding was quickly given the boot. Brian and I started to look into alternatives for a traditional wedding. We knew right away we wanted a very small guest list. The final guest count is 20 people including bride, groom and the photographers.
We needed to find a venue that would allow us to have a casual, small and fun wedding without breaking the bank. I looked into everything from farms to wineries- until I stumbled upon a great Pinterest idea… A Summer Camp Wedding. This couple rented out a kids summer camp, and had a laid-back wedding there. I was smitten with the idea.
Fast forward a bit.. Brian and I have rented out an old campground turned eco-friendly weekend retreat that is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of the Shenandoah National Park.The property has a lake, two ponds, and amazing views. The surrounding area is littered with wineries, breweries and amazing nature trails. We decided to rent out the entire property for two nights. The venue has 8 cottages and a two bedroom home on the property, where our guests will stay. We will all enjoy the outdoors, have bonfires and really enjoy spending some time with each other for our big day.
Now, we needed our invitations to reflect the casual camping style wedding we are having! Brian is an amazing graphic designer so he seemed like a pretty good guy for the job. DIY wedding invites are hard work. The fonts we used are Arial Narrow and Asterism.
1- Back Of The RSVP Postcard: Our Guests can simply drop this right into the mailbox to let us know if they are coming. We pre-paid the postage so it would be super simple.
2- Front Of The RSVP Postcard: I love an RSVP in Postcard form. They can simply fill in their name, check a box and drop it in the mail. Its always easier to get an RSVP when it is super easy for the guest to do.
3- Calligraphy Pen in Size 10: I have the handwriting of a 10 year old boy. I always have, and I always will. If you do too, I highly recommend calligraphy pens to help mask the shaky penmanship.
4- Hand Stamped Tags: I ordered this super cute stamp from Etsy, and got navy ink from the craft store with these pre-made tags. This was a very simple way to combine all of the invitation items, and adds to the rustic laid-back vibe of the wedding. We also ordered the matching return address stamp for the back of the envelopes!
5- Front of the Information Card: Our wedding is unique and needs a little explaining. It is three days long, held at a campground, and is actually on a Wednesday. We thought it was easiest to include a “info card” in the package to let the guests know we already paid for a cabin for them, they can bring a pet, and to expect a camp ground (aka don’t wear heels to the wedding, unless you hate yourself)
6- Map of the Grounds: On the back of the information card is a map of the grounds. It helps show where the cabins are, where the bride and groom are staying, the lake, the ceremony field.. we just thought it was nice to show everyone the layout of the space. They actually own some 100 acres with intense hiking trails, but I wasn’t going to make Brian draw all of that!
7- Schedule of Events: Again, our wedding is unique and needs a little explaining. We opted to make a schedule that shows how the tree days will play out from check in to check out.
8- Navy & White Twine: I am using this cute twine in a few of my DIY projects for the wedding. I picked it up at Hobby Lobby for under $5.00. It was the perfect addition to tie the invitations together.
9- Stamps: I purchased these adorable fern leaf stamps from the post office. I love having more customized stamps to go with our “camp theme” and Brian will tell you how much I love ferns.
10- Brown Bag Envelopes: We made our invitations, then realized that the size really limited our envelope options. Brian might have killed me if I made him resize each piece, so I started searching high and low for a good option. These simple string & button brown bag envelopes are on Etsy, and were super affordable! (less than a $1 each!)
What do you think about our Camping Themed Wedding? Love it or hate it, either way I’d love to hear what you think! Leave a comment below! You can also check in on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook!
Until Next Time,