Trend Alert! “Glamping” Inspired Weddings

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves did it in Texas, and NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen had one in Wyoming. We’re talking about  “glamping” weddings and they’re hugely popular right now with both celebrities and brides. (If you live under a rock and haven’t heard of it, the concept is pretty simple: it’s glamorous meets camping.) And we think it’s the perfect theme for a down-to-earth girl, but without the horrible camping conditions! (Okay, that’s my personal opinion — plenty of editors love camping!)

Get inspired by a few of our favorite ‘glamping’ wedding photos…

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These invitations are intriguing and different. They set the tone for a wedding inspired by the outdoors.
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Ceremony Site

We think that this low-fuss ceremony site keeps the attention on the bride and groom. The benches and pillows keep it cozy while the flowers add elegance.
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Picnic Bag Programs

How cool is this idea for the programs? Inside you can put anything from mints, to tissues, to even flower petals for showering the couple on their way back down the aisle.
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Cocktail Hour Picnic Baskets

We love this idea to serve cocktail hour foods to guests. It is both sophisticated and laid-back.
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Instead of Table Numbers...

Instead of traditional table numbers, name your tables based on places you have hiked or camped at together -- like Yosemite's Half Dome.
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Reception Table Set Up

Can you believe how pretty a simple picnic table can look? The hanging lights make the outdoor scene all the more romantic.
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Unique Groom's Cake

This cake would be a perfect cake for the groom who loves to camp.
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A s'mores bar is the perfect way to to add a little outdoors (and fire!) to your wedding. And you don't need a true fire pit to make this happen. Here, basic sternos set up on a table do the trick.
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Every Good Wedding Needs a Lounge

A lounge like this one -- complete with pillows and pretty draping -- is what "glamping" is all about. Create one at your cocktail hour and encourage guests to hang out and take photos in it.
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Trail Mix Favors

I do not think that there is any favor a guest could take home better than trail mix! it is the ultimate camping food. We love these mason jars filled with homemade trail mix. Your guests will love this and probably devour it before they even arrive home.

> Our favorite rustic wedding ideas

> Ideas for a destination wedding

> Even though you’re “glamping” check this list to make sure you include important traditions!

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  • Amanda
    06/29/12 at 12:29

    Copy editor: “Even though your “glamping” check this list to make sure you include important traditions!” is one of the further selections under this article.

    “Your” camping??? You’re camping. Please proofread. I expect more from the Knot.

  • Catie
    07/06/12 at 01:44

    Its called Glamping meaning glam and camping mixed…Get over it!

  • Amanda
    07/06/12 at 02:02

    Hahaha, OK! I was referring to the link at the bottom of the article, with the improper use of “your”. Now, they fixed it wrong too. “Even though your’re “glamping” check this list to make sure you include important traditions!” Your’re isn’t a word.

    I always thought the word “glamp” is kind of cute, actually. My comment had nothing to do with that particular mix of words.

  • Catie
    07/09/12 at 11:00

    either way you should get over it, because unlike God no one is perfect. Maybe you should be on a cloud since you are so perfect.

  • Amanda
    07/10/12 at 05:28

    Ok, then! lol
    My comment was addressed to a copy editor (who can feel free to delete all this) and they changed it now anyway.
    The Knot is a consistent, current website. I’ve always been impressed with the layout and content. Glad they keep up the good work!

  • Kattie
    07/10/12 at 05:41

    That was a very classy way of handling your followers comments, Amanda. Kudos to you.

  • 02/08/13 at 12:25

    […] Picnic bag programsPhoto courtesy of The Knot […]

  • 07/15/14 at 01:07

    […] the dessert party, 4 different ‘glamping‘ tents were setup with lounge furniture inside. They were a much more intimate way to relax […]

  • 07/26/14 at 01:23

    […] Since 2008, when The Resort at Paws Up in Montana gained popularity among city dwellers for its luxury tents, “glamping” (or the idea of glamorous camping) has become an international trend, fueled by the romantic notion of sleeping under the stars in style and the affordability of a camping adventure. (For proof, look to the recent glamping wedding reception of Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves.) […]

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Escort cards are extremely easy to personalize and an excellent way to bring in your wedding day colors -- from calligraphed seating cards set atop a textured linen to apples tagged with each guest's name or small personalized bundles of lavender tied off with string. Other ways to display escort cards: Pin them to a clothesline, post them on a board covered in color-coordinated ribbon, or incorporate them into your cocktail hour using personalized stirrers tagged with guests' names.
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