Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Covered
Outdoor - Not Covered
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$$ – Affordable
Waterfront, Historic Venue, Park, Tented
Food + Catering, Planning
Camp Shaw ended up being the absolutely perfect spot for our September wedding this year. We loved getting married outside next to Rock Creek under the trees, and we were able to decorate the dinning hall however we wanted. Everything was beautiful and the staff the day before while we were getting ready and the day of was nothing but responsive and accommodating. Camp Shaw staff really does want to make your day everything you dreamed it would be and are incredibly flexible and helpful. Camp Shaw is a perfect venue for couples looking to really DIY their wedding and make it a one-of-a-kind day with their own touch. Camp Shaw does require the bride and groom to take on a bit more responsibility in the planning process because of this. But if you want to make your wedding completely personal and yours, Camp Shaw is a great spot. Staff pretty much lets you do whatever you want with the space (within reason). Oh, and their comfort food cooking, homemade bread and their BBQ sauce is AMAZING!!
Camp Shaw is a great place to have a wedding if you’re a laidback couple that likes the outdoors. The camp is beautiful! We got married in front of a rushing river, under beautiful arching trees. It was so beautiful that we did not need any additional decorations outdoors. The hall is great. It has a beautiful fireplace to decorate, and pretty wooden beams on the ceiling. Afterwards, we had dinner and dancing, beanbags, and campfire and smores. The food was delicious, and we had a lot of leftovers to eat for the next few weeks! Guests stayed overnight in tents, and we stayed in a cabin. The next morning, we were treated to a huge, delicious breakfast. The staff is great. They are very personable; you’re treated as more than just a person to do business with. The staff is proud of their camp, and they work hard to make sure that you’re happy. Our pictures turned out beautiful: we did our first look on a bridge, and additional photos by the river. Many of our guests commented on how much fun they had, and how good the food was. If we were to do it over again, we would absolutely get married at Camp Shaw again. However, there a few things to consider when booking this venue. It is primarily a camp, not a reception hall. Things are not as streamlined and organized as at a venue where weddings are the main purpose. A lot of planning falls on your shoulders, from putting out tiki torches and waterbottles for the guests during the ceremony and providing tablecloths and setting the tables in the dining hall the night before to stacking up the tables and the chairs the next day. We liked this because we could add our own personal touches, but it took a lot of planning and help from our family and friends. Our friends even assisted in wiping down the silverware that had watermarks on them from the dishwasher. Throughout the process, the staff member mainly working with us was changed three times. I believe that this may not be typical, but there just happened to be a lot of staff turnover before our wedding. The last time our contact person was changed, it was a week before the wedding, and we were not notified until we called with some last minute additional questions. Each time the contact person was changed, we had to go over all the details and prices that were agreed upon with the previous contact person. The camp was understanding when different prices were quoted to us, and they always went with the cheaper price that was quoted. Because there was so much to think about and plan, I was in constant contact via email with the camp, and they responded quickly. Overall, it seems that planning and consulting with the camp could be streamlined to be more efficient. The camp appears to still be learning how to efficiently host weddings, and will likely greatly improve in a few years. If you would like an outdoor wedding and are comfortable with doing a lot of planning with a laidback approach, Camp Shaw is an excellent place to have a wedding.