4 Ways to Get That Locally-Grown Wedding Feel
August 9, 2017
If you're the kind of bride that notices the little details (come on, you know who you are!) then bring on the ultimate in personalization. Adding local flair to your wedding has never been easier, and is a sure-fire way to make even the simple wedding details completely your own!
Jose Villa Photography

Plus, working with local vendors and caterers means that you get to showcase your surroundings. Because let's face it, creating a wedding that's like nothing anyone else has ever seen is total #goals.
Anouschka Rokebrand

Ever eaten food fresh right from the farm? If you have, then you know that the quality and taste is far superior to anything else—and how often are you blown away by wedding food? Caterers "are going to have the relationships and connections with the local farmers and producers to source the right ingredients for your special day," said Kieron Hales, Owner and Executive Chef of Zingerman's Cornman Farms. "They also understand the seasons and can be flexible when ingredients have to change due to availability or quality." Plus, "it's a great way to draw inspiration too," Kieron said. "Let the farmers define the menu and serve as the inspiration for your meal." Can you say bon apetit?
Braedon Photography

The local wine scene is more popular now than ever! A quick search will reveal wineries, breweries, and distilleries in your venue's town or state. "I think couples will find that caterers and venues who are passionate about farm-to-table are equally as passionate about farm-to-bar," Kieron said. Already hooked on serving your favorite wines or beers that aren't local? Ask your caterer if they can craft cocktails using local herbs or ingredients. Think local citrus, lavender, basil, or flowers for garnish. Kieron's favorite's include rhubarb infused simple syrup with Prosecco and fire roasted heirloom pepper syrup paired with Mezcal, pineapple rum and fresh lemon juice.
Michelle Beckwith

No matter where you host your wedding, each and every destination is known for something. Include that something in your welcome bags or as your wedding favor. Think local olive oil from a producer in the area, a candle from a boutique in town that uses indigenous beeswax, lavender sachets from a local farm, or a popular snack everyone can't get enough of. Need ideas? Ask the staff at your venue—they'll have the scoop.

Paper Goods
I am certified Etsy-obsessed and for good reason. I love being able to work with local designers and crafters, and Etsy's search feature makes that incredibly easy. Working with someone in your area means you can schedule an appointment in person if they're ok with it. They also might know your venue, caterer, or florist and be able to help bring a cohesive look together in a way you didn't think possible. Tapping into them for their creative ideas is all part of the fun.

Style Me Pretty Contributor - Briana Charlotte is a freelance writer residing in Brooklyn, New York. When she isn't writing about all things bridal, she can be found on the dance floor at a wedding or bachelorette party.