Summer Camp Wedding Venues for the Ultimate Throwback

Relive the best days your childhood on your best day ever
Ariel Taranski
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Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
Ariel Taranski
The Knot Contributor
  • Ariel writes on a variety of wedding-related topics for The Knot.
  • She has previously worked for Southern Bride Magazine, Miss Design Berry and other woman-owned wedding brands.
  • She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Memphis.
Updated Feb 09, 2023

There are so many fun wedding themes that take your best day ever and make it into a weekend-long event. One of our favorites? Summer camp weddings. With so many summer camp wedding venues around the country, you're sure to find a spot perfect for saying "I do." Plus, this unique style of wedding gives you a chance to relive those days of your youth with all the people you love. What better way to start your new chapter than with some throwbacks?

What to Look for in Summer Camp Wedding Venues

The ultimate summer camp wedding venue will have those classic camp vibes, plus all the modern amenities you'll need for your nuptials. There's plenty of space to play camp games, bunk with your guests and sit around a campfire for s'mores and hot dogs. When choosing your venue, take into account any other fun things you may want to do, like lounging by the lake or renting canoes.

How to Find Summer Camp Wedding Venues

With so many summer camps across the country, you may be worried about narrowing it down in your neck of the woods. (Pun fully intended.) Don't fret, though, because The Knot has your best resource for finding these summer camp venues.

We also rounded up a list of some of the best locations for a camp wedding, like New England, California, New York, Las Vegas and more. Read on to see which favorites made our list.

Leeric Lodge and Resort in Silver Point, Tennessee

Right outside of Nashville, you'll find Leeric Lodge and Resort, a beautiful wedding venue that makes your summer camp vibes feel like a retreat. Surrounded by lakes and mountains, you and your guests can enjoy the outdoors with some R&R or classic camping pastimes. And since this resort can accommodate your entire wedding party (and more) make it an extended weekend of celebration. Say "I do" in one of their elegant and vintage reception rooms, or on their rolling greens for an outdoor ceremony. Either way, this will be one unforgettable trip.

Camp Holiday Trails in Charlottesville, Virginia

For a Blue Ridge Mountains escape, try Camp Holiday Trails. Planning your summer camp wedding here means you get a truly authentic camp experience, complete with a campfire, dining hall and cabins. Make it a weekend of games and camping fun for guests as you all revisit your childhood's best memories. This venue offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, and getting married here means you support their non-profit as well. With its gorgeous location, host of amenities and true summer camp vibes, this spot has it all and more.

Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon, New Mexico

Mountains? Check. Cabins? Check. Apple orchard? Manzano Mountain Retreat has that, too. This venue is in New Mexico's backyard, and it's got bunkhouses and private cabins perfect for all your wedding guests coming in from out of town. Plus, with its laidback camping atmosphere, you can spend a weekend making it an all-adults retreat or fun for the whole family. There are plenty of activities on-site that you and your guests will love, and so many ceremony and reception spots to choose from. Volleyball, ropes courses, swimming pools and more, host some friendly competition between families before your big day.

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Camp Newaygo in Newaygo, Michigan

And away we go to Michigan's Camp Newaygo, sitting on over a hundred acres in the heart of the Manistee National Forest Region. You and your wedding guests can stay on-site and sit around the campfire each night making s'mores and swapping stories. This venue has ample space for your wedding ceremony and reception, including a chapel. Surrounded by forests, lakes and other natural beauties, you get all of the touches of camping with the addition of modern amenities and facilities. Plus, there's a private island that's just a paddle away, perfect for your first look or newlywed photo shoot.

Camp Lucy in Dripping Springs, Texas

Camp weddings don't have to be for the kids at Camp Lucy in Texas. This Texas venue is a wine country resort full of luxury accommodations and amenities that will be reminiscent of your camping days, but much more elegant and adult. They provide plenty of spots to tie the knot, including a French-Colonial chapel and a stone arch overlook. Host classic camping games, like a pre-wedding potato sack race, on their great lawn or event lawn, or set up a tent at their vineyard for your reception. Simply put, there's no shortage of spaces to throw your best day ever here.

Mont Shenandoah in Millboro Springs, Virginia

Give your guests a taste of summer camp life at Mont Shenandoah, a Virginian venue that has all the classic camp recreations like swimming, canoeing, tennis and lawn games. This rustic venue has modern conveniences, so there's no need to "rough it" for that campground feel. Plus, you'll be right on the river and near the mountains, meaning plenty of opportunity for beautiful wedding photos. Host your wedding at one of their many ceremony sites, and party under the stars with a tent or dance the night away in their recreation hall.

Cliffside Lodge At Camp North Star in Poland Spring, Maine

Hosting your Maine summer camp wedding at a classic timber lodge is easy at Cliffside Lodge At Camp North Star. This stunning location offers lakeside views, country charm and towering pines for a secluded getaway for your nuptials. Bunk with your wedding guests in their sleeping accommodations and say "I do" by the lake for a one-of-a-kind ceremony. When you host your big day here, you get the classic feel of a camping weekend, but with all the modern amenities you'll need. And you can dance the night away in their reception hall to celebrate your marriage.

Jameson Camp in Indianapolis, Indiana

Camp by day, wedding venue by night. Jameson Camp is a versatile space that is known for its summer camps, but it can also be used for hosting your very own Indiana camp-style wedding. With its rustic charm and authentic cabins, you and your guests can transport yourselves to a weekend of classic camp adventures. Plus, this spot offers many areas for ceremonies and receptions, such as a reception hall with beautiful arched ceilings and fireplaces (perfect for indoor s'mores). And when you throw your big day here, you're supporting this nonprofit in its endeavors.

Spring Ranch in Mendocino, California

The California Spring Ranch was originally built in the 1800s, and this historic venue is Victorian in its charm. With 20-acres of property, there's plenty of space to host your wedding and spend the reception playing classic camp games at this ranch-style site. You can even rent the venue for a weekend and have guests stay on-site for late nights of good food and even greater camp stories. This scenic site has preserved antiques and furniture, making it a wonderful space to immerse yourself into history and old-world charm.

Camp Bluestone in Thompson, Pennslyvania

Let the fun begin at Camp Bluestone in Pennsylvania, a camp wedding venue that has all you could need and more. They've already got the corn hole and ladder ball ready to go, and their great lawn offers a lovely view of the nearby mountains. The barn is a popular choice for weddings, but event tents are also available if you want the quintessential "camping" feel. There are also grills and fire pits for hot dogs and other camp fare, and the on-site cabins allow for a long weekend of stepping back into the summer of your youth.

Camp Iroquois in Saranac Lake, New York

For a luxurious New York camp wedding, Camp Iroquois is a wonderful choice with its lakeside accommodations, gated entrance and on-site amenities that you and your guests will feel like camping royalty in. They even have a tennis court, basketball court, kayaks and canoes for your wedding party to enjoy. This lovely retreat offers seclusion for your big day, and the cathedral ceilings, polished wood floors and period diamond windows create an elegant feel. The main cabin and sleeping cabins provide a welcome respite during this busy time, and the Adirondacks Regional Airport is right down the road for out-of-town visitors' convenience.

Lakeside at Five Arrow Farms in Social Circle, Georgia

Enjoy a taste of the countryside at Lakeside at Five Arrow Farms in Georgia. This venue sits on 2,000 acres full of trees, a lake and beautiful nature just an hour outside of Athens and Atlanta. Their pavilion has a large stone fireplace, perfect for receptions or indoor ceremonies, or you can choose to say your vows by the lake for a picturesque wedding. With so much space both indoors and outdoors, you can bring your camp-style games for guests to play during the reception for a fun throwback, like giant Jenga or Connect Four.

Camp Loughridge in Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Going to the chapel, and we're gonna get married" at Camp Loughridge in Tulsa, a traditional chapel with stunning lake views on its vast property. Since this site hosts camping retreats and programs throughout the year, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the summer camp theme. Aside from their chapel, they have a number of other special spots where you can tie the knot, and each one can include decor, like draping and string lights. There's also no shortage of fun camp activities you and your guests can participate in while hosting your big day, such as their fire pits and basketball court.

Bournedale Function Facility in Plymouth, Massachusetts

For casual elegance on the lakefront, Bournedale Function Facility is a wonderful option. Not far from Cape Cod, this venue sits on fifteen acres of property with serene vibes and seclusion. After saying "I do" on the shore, you can even host a beach campfire to add that camping appeal. And when you and your guests stay overnight, you can enjoy boat rides, their swimming pool and many more activities that make it feel like summer camp all over again. This venue offers one-of-a-kind experiences that make it a unique choice.

Stallion Mountain by Wedgewood Weddings in Las Vegas, Nevada

Who says a summer camp wedding can't be luxurious? Round up your loved ones for a wedding at Stallion Mountain by Wedgewood Weddings in Las Vegas, NV where you'll be close to the casinos but in your own lush, green oasis. Plus, nearly every spot at this venue is perfect for a photo opp. Bring along some classic camp games like cornhole or giant checkers to play with your guests on the lawn, with the mountain as a stunning backdrop. With on-site planners ready to help with your big day, you'll have the upscale camp wedding of your dreams.

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