5 Wedding Planning Tips for the Summer Bride


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Eat Local
This gorgeous cake is taking a cue from the summer's berry bounty.
This gorgeous cake is taking a cue from the summer's berry bounty.
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While planning your wedding may be unbelievably stressful, the process also provides a great opportunity to support your local economy and give a nod to the environment. Local eating offers a great way to help nearby farmers and do some good. Winter brides may have a little trouble sourcing fresh and wedding-appropriate produce from local growers, but your summer date gives you a great range of choices.

Take advantage of summer's bounty and try to incorporate some seasonal, locally grown items into your menu. During the summer, vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers, and corn are at their peak -- perfect for a fresh salad. Berries are abundant and ready to add a warm-weather touch to a beautiful cake.

Local eating has grown in popularity these days, so a simple Internet search or a call to your wedding planner should turn up a catering company with an eye to locavores' needs. Although sourcing from local growers might be more expensive, a good caterer will provide suggestions on how to keep your feast within budget.