The big day came and went. Here are the basic details: We rented a campground in the mountains -- no running water, no electricity. We hauled a couple of generators, a BUNCH of tiki torches, and a bunch of other stuff down. We had a fun run in the morning.
We got married in the afternoon.
We had a big potluck/bbq, lots of beer and wine, dancing under twinkle lights and lanterns.
And most importantly, we're married!
Still awaiting the pro photos of the nightlife and the wedding tent, but just couldn't wait to post it.
Update. Firstly -- gads what a big blabbermouth! Ah, wedding excitement. Okay, now on to the original list:
Save the date cards (we're getting the photos this weekend and I already made a mock-up) Invitations (AAAAAAAAAAGGHHHH!!!)
flower cones -- the day of the wedding we'll just plop a bunch of wildflowers in cones for us lady-folk. Thought that'd be easier than making bouquets? other ideas? Nevermind. I've enlisted a bridesmaids' daughter to put the bouquets together. She's 11. These will rock.
flower baskets -- from goodwill or whatever, to put more flowers in.
bathroom baskets -- no running water up at the cabin, but the outhouses are nice. baskets will hold: battery-operated lanterns, nice hand sanitizer, lotion, bug spray, t.p., hand mirror, bandaids, tampons and pads, air freshener. Can you think of anything else to put in there?
candles -- no electricity to where we're holding the actual ceremony and reception
Little laminated "reserved" placards to put at each reserved campsite
playlist -- we'll have a generator and whatnot so we can "rock out"
kids' games -- ideas?
Pinata, those genius heart-shaped melty crayons, coloring pages, baby-sitters.
groom's survival package -- i saw some great ideas in other threads and love this idea!
picnic baskets -- nice picnic baskets with some extra little things in there for the ladies in the wedding party.
"ringbearer" pillow or something -- one of my dogs will be the ring-bearer.
little bandana thingies for the dogs, in our colors
doggy-favors -- a little bag with treats and poop bags for the dogs and their peeps
people favors -- i wanted to give out little LED headlamps. I've found them for as cheap as $2.00 each, but if you see any for cheaper, let me know! this will be a "make your own GORP bar" with baggies and lots of fun fancy GORP fixin's.
thank you cards -- seriously, i'll be getting these going BEFORE the event!
my dress -- I'm debating whether to recycle my first wedding dress (i'm too tight to be superstitious) or buy something simple. purchased, Just need to alter it. [/s]
care packages for the cabins -- the women will be getting ready in one cabin and the men will be in another. I thought I'd stock each cabin with some necessities -- advil, nail polish, breathmints, eye drops, a bit of cash, some cookies, maybe a little flask of something to sip, wet wipes, etc??
the "honeymoon tent" decorations -- we'll set up a big hunting tent in the woods, and move a bed into it and set it up all fancy-schmancy.
menu cards -- just a list of what's on the menu. We're having a "bbq" station with a big ol' bbq and a "dutch oven" station where my amazing friend will be cooking some dutch oven goodness. (Think "CeeDub") here's a pic of some random guy with a stack of dutch ovens, so you know what I'm talking about: http://www.dream-adventures.com/images/do_stack.jpg
The cake -- stacks and stacks of chocolate-dipped s'mores.
Scavenger hunt -- between the ceremony and eating, we're having a scavenger hunt. Good way to mix up the folks and get them talking. We'll go off and do a few "formal pictures" at that time.
Fun Run costume. my friend is organizing a 5 mile run/walk/lollygag in the morning. Lots of runners and walkers in the group.
We rented a very primitive campground for a week for our wedding. The invitations needed to convey a lot of info. And then there needed to be a map. "Sheesh, it's like I'm writing a book, how am I going to do this?!"... oh, hey, i could make the invitation a book! Thanks to reading a lot of great ideas on here, our wedding invitation was born... First, a glamour shot:
Some covers are denim. Some are green cotton, some are pink. It really just depended what I was in the mood for. All have rainbow thread. love that stuff.
Each fabric book cover is lined with heavyweight paper, varying pastels. Page 1 has the quote.
Here's the invitation part. Little watercolor "illustrations" adorn each page. This is a picture of his cabin, a very special place to us and near the location of the wedding.
Making the map is really what set the entire tone for the invitation.
Next step is to order postage stamps (with illustrations from the invitation) and stuff these babies into envelopes for their long journeys.
While my girlfriends helped me assemble these, we also baked crayons for the kids' table, following the tutorial on craftster. Man did those turn out CUTE! We wanted to eat them. Only 8 million more tasks to do and this baby is in the bag.
... our RSVP will include the statement "I'll get up and dance if you play _____________________." I have PROMISED that every suggested song will make our playlist but I get to choose what part of the evening it's played in. I expect everything from country to hip hop to standards, to metal, with a sprinkling of 80's greatness from back in our day! The absolute joy in being a 40-something bride is absolutely no one is brave enough to tell me I have to do anything or I can't do anything that will make our day special.
Oh my gosh, i LOVE your RSVP statement!!! Perfect, I'm borrowing that idea. Last year I went to a reception where the bride did a similar thing, but then made a dedication list -- she listed the song requested, who it was for, and then she made a dedication of each listing why she thought the song was appropriate for them and what it made her think of them. I love that idea and want to do it for my guests too!!
This thread has definitely made me start thinking about how I will do my wedding, even though I'm really not engaged. My boyfriend is 26 and I am 22, we have been living together for 6 months, dating for just over a year, and I will be graduating in May. We have definitely talked about it, but nothing set in stone yet.
However, I am pretty sure that both of us would like to do it in his teensy hometown in the Sawtooth Mountains along the Salmon River in Idaho. All along the river right outside of town are tons of these little white sand beaches with campsites and everything.
Ohhhh!!!! i LOVE the Salmon River!! What a great location!
I'm 38 and he's 55. I get crap on occassion about dating older guys and one day I thought, "who am I hurting?" So, for your choice in wedding theme, style, location I'd say you should GO FOR IT! You're the one who'll be doing all the work anyway, might as well work toward something that makes you happy. it'll turn out a lot nicer that way. Congratulations on your engagement (and wedding???) and post photos!
My guy and I met at this ski hill where I'm a "bum" and he's a pro-patroller. (HOT!) This is not a resort hill at all. I slept in the back of my pickup truck every weekend -- there's no hotel. The bar closes at 8, then anybody who's left goes to the parking lot to drink beer around a campfire. Our first dates were late-night hikes up the slopes and cross-country skiing on his days off, and occassionally going up to the bar if he wasn't working. There just wasn't anything else to do there, and that's fine because we were doing what we loved, together, anyway. He finally seduced me with the promise of running water and wood heat at his cabin down the road. I'm such a sucker for plumbing. (I have a job and home, but on weekends I ski-bum.) "Running Water" turned out to be water pumped through a little shower thingy with a battery-operated pump. You shower by standing in a bucket next to the woodstove and pumping the hot water out of a bucket on the stove and over your head.
Since then we've been inseperable, and spent tons and tons of time at his cabin all winter and now in the spring and summer. It's a very special place to us both.
So, basically, we both love camping. Most of our friends and family do too. When he proposed we immediately rented a group campground that is just up a dirt road from his cabin. It's probably 10 acres in the woods and river frontage. No electricity or running water. It's at the end of a dirt road. We're both super excited to have a very laid-back, non-traditional wedding in the campground and spending the majority of our time partying with our friends around a bonfire.
The one thing we DO want to spend money on and really go "all out" on is a photographer. This will be the one time in our lives that our family and friends will all be together and we really want that captured.