Why not say your "I Do's" in the great outdoors? Get creative and take advantage of the summer's warm weather, long lasting days, and picturesque sunsets. Cut down on your carbon footprint by having your ceremony and reception in the same space. Whatever your theme, find your dream location and everything else will fall into place.

A local (or national) park or garden is the perfect summer wedding venue with an abundance of bright blooms. Use minimal decor and let the forest and mountains speak for themselves. Collect sustainable materials around your venue to make your centerpieces or upcycled favors.

A vineyard can also set a romantic scene for your upcoming nuptials. Rows of grapevines and barrels of wine are the perfect backdrop for memorable wedding pictures. Add a sustainable and personal touch and bring in pieces of your own vintage furniture rather than renting everything.

For a more rustic wedding, a local barn or ranch is the ideal setting with built-in charm and atmosphere. Your guests can sit on haystacks and munch on fruit picked on-site. Watch the sunset on logs arranged around a bonfire and roast marshmallows to celebrate the night. Share your first dance as husband and wife beneath the stars.

Last but not least, nothing says summer nuptials like a beach wedding! Kick off your shoes and get married with the sand between your toes. Wade into the water and bask in the moment of your newfound marital bliss. Collect seashells and fashion your own bouquets or boutonnieres for your wedding party. Be sure to return the seashells back to where they came once the wedding is over.

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