Glamping Wedding Theme Trend

Have you heard of glamping?  Glamping is a popular trend that takes the “roughing it”out of camping.  For those of us who like the idea of adventure but miss the amenities of home.

Trendy “glamorous camping” has made it’s way into the wedding world.  Glamping inspired wedding themes are popping up all over wedding blogs and pinterest boards. For this theme combine rustic, woodland settings and decor with elegant touches and personal, carefree elements that play off the idea of camping . shared some inspiration for an upcoming wedding show event; creating their own take on the Glamping Wedding theme trend.  Check out their post and pinterest inspiration pins here.

Inspired by their fun glamping finds, I’ve put together some of my own.  I do have to note I had to re-post ShinDig’s pin from; that marshmallow chandelier is such a great statement piece that captures the fun nature of the trendy theme.

Glamping wedding theme musts: to start with a fabulous outdoor or rustic setting.  Utilize tents or a spacious loft for an elegant reception.  Even if your glamping wedding takes place right in your local community or your own backyard make it feel like a destination wedding.

Mix decor with salvaged, rustic items like old jars, containers, hay bails and crates.  There is beauty in the ordinary; an assortment of wildflowers make a beautiful centerpiece and add a pop of color.  The uniqueness of this trend is to pair these rustic items with elegant table settings and romantic lighting.  Remember to bring the luxury of indoor amenities to your rustic locale.

Finally have fun with the wedding theme. Save with DIY items and salvaged or recycled pieces and splurge on a few luxury items.  A gourmet dessert bar or wine and cheese pairing before the meal would be something for everyone to enjoy.  Who knew camping could be so glamorous?

Hot Hotel Trend – Glamping

Hyatt 48 Lex

There is something to be said for a night spent in a luxury boutique hotel with custom bedding exquisitely turned down, chocolates as an added welcome, for halogen reading lamps overhead and room service ready in the blink of an eye.

But sometimes that something is “No thanks.”

Some guests at the Hyatt 48 Lex in Manhattan are opting instead to turn in atop an air mattress or in an L.L. Bean sleeping bag out on a terrace that blends city skyline with the stars. They do their reading by lantern light. And instead of warming S’mores or roasting marshmallows by any campfire, they’re sipping wine and feasting on peanut brittle and other goodies from a Dean & Deluca snack sack.

In a word, this is “glamping” – or glamour camping – urban style. What’s available as a “glamping package” attached to eight terraced rooms began as a joke during the planning stages for the hotel, which opened in August 2011.

“I have to say when we imagined this, it was just in the moment of having fun and being whimsical,” said Deirdre Yack, director of sales and marketing. “We didn’t know what the audience would be. We just knew we had some rooms with incredible landscaped terraces. And, well, we started giggling a little bit.”

Now the hotel’s staff isn’t laughing so much – but they are certainly smiling, Yack said. Guests are camping it up in every sense of the phrase. Since late May, when “glamping” packages became available, increasing numbers of takers have been making reservations. “What we love about it is that people are booking it,” she said. “Who knew?”

Admittedly, a view of night clubs down below offers a different take on camping close to wildlife. But for those who are game to sleep closer to big game (without the hunting, of course), there are options such as boats, tree houses, yurts, tents and tipis, that are far less urban but no less luxurious.

Glamour camping may be as old as the existence of tent-toting nomads throughout world history, yet in some ways as new as re-invention and clever marketing can spin it.

There is Kokopelli’s Cave, a one-bedroom B&B home in Farmington, N.M., near the Mesa Verde National Monument. There are houseboat rentals in Boston, with the amenities of a floating inn in the protection of the city’s harbor. Elsewhere, in Costa Rica, there is a hotel suite created out of the refurbished fuselage of a Boeing 727 near a national park in Costa Verde.

And then there is African safari-style living in southeastern Ohio, where since July 2009, The Wilds at Nomad Ridge has offered hotel-style access to a game preserve of nearly 10,000 acres between May and October.

“Glamping” packages offer meals at the nearby restaurant as well as the safari experience at the preserve, said Heather Bell, operations coordinator.

“You get, essentially, a well-furnished hotel room,” she said. “You have your custom bed linens and towels, your own bathroom with a shower, and your own private deck so you can sit in the tree line or peek out and see animals roaming through. We have screened windows and ceiling fans and a space heater in the yurt which takes the edge off when things begin to cool in the fall. And we try to make it personal with concierge service. Our staff is here to answer questions.” Some of those questions often focus on the educational work and conservation research being done on the property, which is home to numerous species of rare and endangered animals.

“Glamping is something that has been going on for many years, it just hasn’t had that term,” said Bell. “You can travel all around the world and stay in very luxurious resorts or getaways. Well, we wanted to compete with that. Hey, you can have your safari here in Ohio of all places. So if you cannot make it to Kenya or Tanzania, well, come to The Wilds.”

Although these yurts are permanent installations, some glamping sites honor their nomadic roots with a portability that only adds to their attractiveness and flexibility. Yellowstone Under Canvas, owned and operated by Montana-based Sage Safaris LLC, is spending its first summer in the western national park from May through September, and bookings have been strong since they first started being inked in March, said co-operator Sarah Dusek.

“We have had some Montanans, but this brings people from all over the world,” she said. “Lots of Asians, lots of Americans, lots of Canadians. You name it, we probably have it.” With a spectrum of luxury that ranges from high-end bathrooms and beds to a more budget-oriented facility with cots and shared bathrooms, the glamping site is “pretty filled up all summer, to be honest,” she said. About 75 percent are families who gravitate to the larger tents, she said, although the budget-minded accommodations also attract single travelers in their 20s.

Glamping’s popularity in her native England inspired her, in part, but so did their family’s own travels. “We really have enjoyed safariing in Africa and when I first moved back to Montana I felt like the plains of Montana, where my husband is from, is very much like Africa. So the idea of doing a safari camp seemed like great fun.” She and her husband have already moved their tents to sites on his family’s farm in that state, but also to Chicago, and even to the Hamptons on Long Island, N.Y.

“We ship everything, our bathrooms, our tents, our furnishings, our bed linens. It’s all you have to do if you want to party and want the accommodations. We provide them,” she said. “Just pack your camera and your personal stuff and off you go. It’s like checking into a hotel room except you are sleeping under canvas.” And the Yellowstone outdoor hotel, she said, “has taken off like a rocket.”

Caryn Eve Murray
Associate Editor
Hotel Interactive Editorial Division