If you’re searching for a fun, no-fuss way to celebrate your special day with your loved ones, glamping might be the answer. Tristan Lott speaks with Jayne Herrmann, creative director and owner of Glamping Hire Co., to find out why so many couples are drawn to the unique and relaxed atmosphere of a glamping celebration.
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The wedding industry has seen a huge shift towards more casual nuptials, and camping weddings and wedding festivals are at the forefront of this movement. While camping is often seen as ‘roughing it’, glamping is a different experience entirely – it’s not hard to see why couples who are after a memorable wedding are drawn to this stylish and hassle-free approach.
To Glamp Or Not To Glamp
If you’re looking to create a fun and laid-back atmosphere, glamping provides an opportunity to escape the usual restrictions of five- or six-hour reception packages. This gives you a chance to spend more time enjoying the company of your friends and family without worrying about making it back in time after your wedding photos or anyone’s speeches going over time.
“Couples are moving towards having small festivals for weddings, making the events last longer,” Herrmann says. If being immersed in nature suits you and your partner, opting for the festival feeling that glamping provides can allow you to enjoy a stylish and laid-back celebration without sacrificing all the traditional aspects of your wedding day. Glamping and festival weddings can also be eco-friendly; Glamping Hire Co.’s tents are solar and battery powered, giving you peace of mind.
Pitched to Perfection
Glamping is a contemporary twist on outdoor weddings, which have always been a popular choice for couples. Make the most of the Queensland climate and take advantage of the natural surrounds by immersing yourself in the great outdoors for your big day.
If you’ve found your perfect patch of countryside, a quaint woodland retreat or a beachside paradise, it’s a relatively simple process to start pitching in. Glamping Hire Co. can set up dedicated glamping villages for you and your guests to stay in, offering larger teepees that can comfortably seat up to 100 people.
A glamping celebration can be easily customised to suit the tastes of you and your partner, from greenery draped across every surface to scattered floral arrangements adding pops of colour to the space. Herrmann makes all the bunting to adorn Glamping Hire Co.’s tents herself, making sure to effortlessly tie in with your style and requirements, “I work with the couple to give them exactly what they would like”. If you’re after a boho or vintage vibe, consider lanterns, patterned rugs and eclectic furniture. Stringing fairy lights and dressing the space with plush cushions and sofas can create an inviting and warm atmosphere.
Food, Glorious Food
Just because there may not be an established kitchen at your glamp-ground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a beautiful meal. Food trucks offer a great alternative to a traditional caterer, and with options from Mexican to pizza, and burgers to ice cream, there’s something for every taste. Many food trucks offer packages for weddings that include roaming canapes as well as more substantial fare. Most even have their own liquor licence, so the drinks can continue to flow all night long. Alternatively, you could hire dedicated bar carts for your big day.
You don’t have to sacrifice a more traditional three-course menu either. Hiring a bigger glamping tent with tables and chairs can accommodate this type of menu, or you could opt for a buffet or feasting table to allow your guests to take in the spectacular views.
Leave It To The Experts
Whether you’d prefer intimate accommodation for you and your partner, or a teepee village for all of your guests, glamping is a stylish and cost effective way of bringing your loved ones together for your big day. “A glamping wedding offers people the opportunity to get back to nature and relax,” Herrmann explains. “It gives our guests time to recharge and have a unique experience that most people dream about.”
If you’ve found the perfect site for your celebration, but it’s not equipped with all the required amenities, Glamping Hire Co. is happy to help. With a list of recommended vendors who are familiar with the requirements of glamping weddings, they’re able to point you in the right direction and lend a helping hand. “We have made many strong connections with other vendors such as bathroom hire companies and catering companies, and we can certainly organise these types of facilities,” Herrmann says.
(No) Closing Time
Glamping is a great option if you and your guests are travelling long distances to reach your wedding destination. A glamping village can be a great alternative to a hotel – especially if you’re getting married in a small town! With bell tents that can sleep up to six people comfortably, there are a plethora of options to accommodate all. “It’s like a mobile hotel room that’s pitched in beautiful surrounds,” Herrmann says. If you’re thinking a festival-style wedding is for you, organising glamping accommodation alongside your reception allows you to make a weekend of your wedding. It’s an easy way to keep the party going without having to worry about venue closing times, or trying to organise transport because you and your guests can retire to your glamping village at any time you choose.
If you love the outdoors or you are looking for something fun and different to celebrate your commitment to one another, a glamping wedding may be the perfect way to create the idyllic, memorable celebration you’ve been dreaming of. Whether you’re after a boho-inspired haven or a stress-free paradise to unwind after your nuptials, glamping can provide an amazing experience that your guests will be talking about for years to come.