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Wedding Guest Guide

Berkshire Outdoor Center hosts all kinds of weddings in our rustic facilities at Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA. We have hosted black tie optional affairs as well as shorts and a t-shirt barbecue style picnics. Typically, you would decide what to wear based on what the bride and groom have told you, rather than on the venue's wedding website. That being said, keep in mind that the setting is a historic summer camp. The rustic setting will likely include being outdoors, walking across grass and woodchips, sleeping in historic, rustic cabins and lodges and generally skipping some of the luxuries you might be accustomed to.

What to Expect


Hair Curlers and High Heels

Our accommodations are rustic. You are either staying in rustic cabins or dormitory style lodging.

Temperatures - Inside and Out

It doesn't matter what time of the year it is, it could be very cold. At a recent wedding, the temperature plummeted to below freezing (think Winterfell) and the guests who were well prepared donned their winter jackets, gloves and hats over their formal wedding attire. Those that were ill-prepared had to keep dancing in order to stay warm.

Prepare for Outdoor Activities

Sitting around a campfire means you're probably going to get smoky and potentially get ash and dirt on you from the seat. You may even experience melted marshmallows on your clothes from someone's wayward, inexperienced S'Mores preparation. It is important that you bring clothes where you can let your hair down and have a good time in the rustic outdoor setting.

Similarly, the bride and groom might love to see you climbing on our climbing tower (flexible pants), or swimming at the waterfront (swimsuit) or hiking the hiking trails (hiking shoes). Ensure that you have packed appropriately, based on the activities you'd like to do while you're here.

Wedding Guest Packing List

Directions, Gas Stations, ATMs

What is and is not nearby

All the way out in the Berkshires,

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