Glamping Wedding Guide

While destination weddings have grown over the years in popularity, COVID has made them even more popular. It’s still a non-traditional choice, but it’s becoming more desired.

Why you ask?

It’s because it’s a real chance to spend time with your loved ones.

And don’t we all want more of that given the separation and isolation of the last couple of years?

Yes, we do!

We ALL do. Myself included!

Destination weddings give you the time and space to hang out, do things together and also, celebrate your wedding.

And for your guests, it’s a getaway, a chance to experience a special place, reconnect with friends or family and meet new people.

If you think about it, it’s brilliant way to achieve a lot all at once.

And a lot of what we’ve been missing over the last couple of years.

Wedding guests dancing the hora and having a good time at a beach wedding in Anguilla in the Caribbean by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Savanah Loftus)

Now, there are a lot of different types of destination weddings and easily the most popular are resort weddings. It makes things easy because everyone can stay at the same place together.

And while resort weddings as a whole will always be popular there’s a certain type of resort wedding that’s getting very popular… the glamping wedding.

Because, well, they have a lot of things going for it!

It’s mostly outdoors, which is safer given COVID.

They tend to be smaller properties which means a buyout is very doable. Which means you can build your own a little community! And that’s not usually possible with traditional resorts.

You aren’t actually camping, in the roughing it sense. Which means parents, older guests and grandma will still be comfortable.

It’s glamping, which means it’s more casual and relaxed as whole. You can still dress up, but this is not your stuffy ballroom wedding (which is a good thing!).

And since glamping outdoor resorts tend to be built in areas that are beautiful to begin with, you have mother nature and all her beauty to enjoy.

As you can see, there are a lot of perks to a glamping wedding.

And a lot of these perks are exactly what couples are looking for with their destination weddings right now.

Which is why glamping weddings are THE destination wedding trend.

Mexican blanket inspired table runner for a colorful rehearsal dinner at Autocamp Yosemite by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

So, let’s say you want to have a glamping wedding and create a fun outdoor experience. How do you find your venue and what options do you have?

To start, you’ll be looking for a luxury outdoor resort or retreat.

These resorts will be located in the mountains or the desert, by a lake or river. Typically in very outdoorsy type locations.

That might near or around a national park like Zion, Yosemite or Acadia. Or it could be in an area known as an outdoor getaway like Tahoe, the Catskills or Cape Cod.

Some of the wilderness resorts will be all inclusive and some will only have simple food and beverage options.

Some will have actual tents, while others could be airstreams, cabins or lodges.

There are companies who have multiple properties across the country like Autocamp, Under Canvas or Collective Retreats. And then there are the many individual resorts, ranches and lodges in various different areas.

Now while that can seem overwhelming, first know that there is no right or wrong venue.

Just what feels right for you.

And it will come down to a combination of the actual location and the resort itself. You’ll be looking for the right combo for you and your guests.

And while the way I’ve described it makes it seem like that are tons of options, there are actually less than you would think.

So, start by narrowing the field by location because that will help A LOT.

Then, take a look at your options from there and see what fits your vibe, style, your guests and the wedding you want to create.

Sunset in the desert in Utah at the Under Canvas Lake Powell Grand Staircase resort and wedding venue by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Before you finalize a location for your glamping wedding, there are a couple things you should know ahead of time…

#1 – A glamping wedding will be mainly all outdoors, which means weather is going to be one of the biggest considerations of your wedding.

Because the weather can and will affect everything from guest’s flying in to what decor you choose to what you need to bring in.

Making the right decisions and having back up plans are going to be crucial.

#2 – Glamping weddings are outdoorsy which also means they’ll be more remote.

And this means vendors will be harder to find and cost more to bring in. Be prepared to cover travel costs in addition to service costs.

It also means it might be a little harder for your guests to get there. So, you’ll want to do everything you can to make it easier on them.

These two crucial things will affect not only your budget, but the decisions you’ll be making to create the experience you want.

So just keep that in mind before you pull the trigger because some venues and locations will be more challenging to plan a wedding in than others.

Bride and groom fishing at their private estate Tahoe wedding at the Hideout by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Anita Martin)

Glamping weddings are tons of fun! And they’re all the rage right now for good reason.

Just make sure you find the right location and venue for you.

But don’t worry, you’ll know when it feels right!

And if you need help, you know where to find us! Contact us today to start planning your glamping wedding!

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