5 Questions Answered: Planning A Camouflage Wedding

The Camo Wedding Questions

Planning a wedding can turn some brides-to-be into complete crazy people. We've all seen the "bridezillas." In order to keep yourself from morphing into a 3 headed monster that nobody can recognize, it's important to plan ahead. Here are a few of the most often asked questions about camouflage weddings and their answers.

  1. Why have camouflage weddings so popular these days?
  2. What should be included in a camo wedding?
  3. Where should a camo wedding take place?
  4. What time of year is best for a camouflage wedding?
  5. How much does a wedding with camouflage cost?

Why Are Camouflage Weddings So Popular These Days?

Everywhere you look these days you will find people who are big fans of camouflage. People from all walks of life have embraced their inner redneck and proudly sport the popular pattern. Whether country or city folk, it seems to be catching like wildfire.

A lot of this hysteria comes from shows like, Swamp People and Duck Dynasty. Shows about hardworking, American families who just happen to live in camo. With shows like this, it's only natural for people to pick up a love of camouflage. This love then spills over into other parts of their lives, and that's where camo weddings are born.

What Should Be Included In A Camo Wedding?

Deciding on what to include in your wedding is entirely up to you, your personality, your needs, and your budget. Here are a few things to consider:

Camo Wedding Dresses

As far as the dress, there are many different styles to choose from. Some of these dress designs have minimal camo. For example, you would have your white wedding dress, with just a hint of camouflage, such as a camo sash or trim.

If you are a die-hard fan, you could choose a dress made entirely out of a Real Tree Camo pattern. These dresses are beautiful and can also include a pop of color, such as hunter orange around the trim, the sash, or the train.

Camouflage Table Linens

Another way some couples incorporate this popular pattern into their wedding day is by having camo table linens. Making these table cloths yourself is a great way to save on your budget. Mossy Oak and Real Tree raw fabrics can be found at nearly any local fabric store.

These are super easy to make. Measure your reception tables, cut fabric to fit each table and wah-la you're finished. You can keep the cut edges rough for a rustic look or add trim in another color to offset the camo.

Camo Wedding Aisle Runner

What better way to walk down the aisle than on a camo aisle runner? These runners bring in the outdoorsy feel and can be made or bought very reasonably priced.

Since there are so many different types of camo, you will be certain to find the right pattern for your big day!

Bows And Decorative Ribbons With Camo

Bows and ribbons can be a great, and affordable way, to add detail to your décor. These things can be used for nearly anything. Here are a few examples on where camo wedding bows and ribbons can be used:

  • Lace up the back of your wedding dress with a camouflage ribbon. This is a great way to add camo to your dress without going overboard.
  • Camo bows can be used to dress up a boring reception chair.
  • Both of these can be used for dressing up wedding favors or bridesmaid/groomsman gifts.
  • The ribbon is often used for centerpieces.

Camouflage Wedding Centerpieces

A lot of brides love the idea of having centerpieces with camo on their big country wedding day. Whether it's a simple bouquet of your favorite flowers tied together with burlap and ribbon or an elaborate centerpiece, adding a bit of camouflage will do wonders to bring your wedding day theme together.

Camo Wedding Cake

Aww, the infamous wedding cake. At a camo wedding the cake is what everyone really wants to see. Some couples choose to do a funny camo cake. Some of these comical cakes include hunter cake toppers and deer. Other couples take a more formal approach and instead include nature items in the construction of their cake, such as: bark, tree branches, deer antlers, and a very simple color palette.

Camouflage Wedding Location

From this bluff, you can see for miles. When I took this picture, I knew it would be the location for my wedding someday.
From this bluff, you can see for miles. When I took this picture, I knew it would be the location for my wedding someday. | Source

Camouflage Wedding On The Colorado River

Another great idea for a camo wedding is at the river. This shot is of the Colorado river.
Another great idea for a camo wedding is at the river. This shot is of the Colorado river. | Source

Where Should A Camouflage Wedding Take Place?

Selecting the perfect location for your big day is a very important decision. The first thing you should decide on is whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. Camo weddings are be inside, but there's no better way to decorate for a camo wedding that being outside. Here are a few ideas for outdoor locations for you to think about.

Wooded / Forest Wedding Location

This location can be privately owned or a state owned park in the middle of nowhere. A wooded wedding location generally includes all things that grow or can be found in the wild outdoors. For example, you might find tree branches, moss, deer stands, or evergreen decorated arches at an outdoor wooded wedding.

Farm / Barn Wedding Location

Many camo weddings take place on or in an old red barn. There are many neat decorations that are commonly found at this location. For example, hay bales, decorations or favors made from barn wood and horses are all things that are at times included at this wedding location.

Mud Bog Wedding Location

Believe it or not, this location is gaining more and more fans every year. For the hardcore country camo wedding, you might want to head on over to your local mud bog. Mud bog weddings usually include lots of mud, a few 4-wheelers, the trashing of your dress after the ceremony, and lots of muddy fun for you and your guests.

What Time Of Year Is Best For A Camouflage Wedding?

The month you select for your wedding has a lot to do with what you'll end up paying. Wedding season, spring and summer, are the most expensive months. Autumn and winter are considered "off season" for brides and grooms.

If you are looking to save some cash, the off season will be right up your alley. On the other hand, if you have a bit more lenient budget any month will be a good time for your big day.

Before deciding on a month or date for your wedding, ask yourself a few simple questions

  • What is your favorite time of year?
  • What is the weather like during this time of year?
  • Will you have an indoor or outdoor wedding?

Asking yourself a few questions in the beginning will help you to narrow down what's best for you, your soon-to-be spouse, and your guests.

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How Much Does A Camouflage Wedding Cost?

The cost of any wedding depends on what's included on the big day. If you plan on doing most of the planning and decorating yourself you will save mega bucks. Here are a few things to think about while planning the wedding of your dreams

The Dress

Buying a new dress can put a big dent in your wedding budget. Although many brides refuse to wear a secondhand dress, you can save yourself a lot of money doing so. Search online, the classifieds, and local consignment stores for the best deals.

Another option for buying a more affordable dress is to opt for last seasons designs at bridal shops. These dresses, the leftovers from last year, are new but usually very deeply discounted. It's not unheard of to save thousands of dollars when buying last years rack wedding dress.

The Flowers

Buying flowers can also eat heavily at your budget. It's easy to get overwhelmed with selecting florals for your wedding. Before you know it you will be in over your head! A tip for selecting flowers is to only select blossoms that are in season and local. Just remember the farther you have to ship the flowers, the more expensive they get.

Also, steer clear of exotic flowers. They are beautiful, but with that beauty comes a steep price tag. If you must have the exotics, buy half of what you need and substitute the rest of the bouquet with more affordable florals.

Time Of Year

As I said before, the time of year you choose to wed will have a direct impact on how much you pay. Summer and spring are the most expensive and in demand. Autumn and winter are the slower months for weddings.

Overall, a simple do-it-yourself camo wedding can cast as little as a few hundred dollars. An all out grand wedding with camouflage can cost you as much as several thousand dollars. It just really depends on what you want and your own personal budget.

No matter the details of your camo wedding, the most important thing is who you spend the day with, the fun you have, and the memories you make.

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© 2013 Stephanie

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