How to Shop Local?

© Paul Blackmore

© Paul Blackmore

a monthly Q & A with LoveLiveLocal

Over the past three years LoveLiveLocal has become a resource for Cape Codders who are wondering where they can purchase things locally. So, we’ll be answering questions each month in order to help our collective mission to put more of our dollars into the local community

You may remember we answered a question about how to register locally for events like weddings and baby showers. We have a feeling that may have sparked this month’s question:

Do you know of wedding planning resources that direct you to local vendors?

We so appreciate this question, because a) for reasons we don’t need to explain, Cape Cod is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States, b) we know how difficult and overwhelming wedding planning can be, and c) if you are having your wedding on Cape Cod (whether you live here or are just visiting), there is no need to hire vendors from off-Cape for any of your checklist items, as we have talented and quality vendors right here.

For one stop shopping the Cape Cod Chamber operates the website, which highlights their members in the wedding industry: venues, caterers, transportation, and photographers. Or you can check out the Cape & Islands Wedding Group, which is managed by and made up of individuals and businesses in the industry vendors; they have their Annual Bridal Event on April 24, which includes a fashion show, tablescapes, and dessert samplings.

We have also been fortunate enough to work with a number of locals who offer their services for weddings, and would recommend them for any job from venues like the Sea Crest Hotel; tent companies like Sperry Tent; to photographers Paul Blackmore and Stacey Hedman (who also has a photo booth!); and DJ Ian Lee, Palmer Egan from Studio 2 Entertainment, and bands like Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys for music; and Fiddlestix Food Trolley for an interesting catering option and Amie Bakery for yummy cakes.

If you are looking for ideas for favors for your guests, might we suggest one of the many amazing handmade local products featured in the CapeMade Field Guide?!

Of course this is by no means an exhaustive list that can and will keep growing, and there are fantastic local wedding planners like Jamie Bohlin from Cape Cod Celebrations and Allison Liset who know the ins and the outs of weddings on Cape Cod that can take care of all of this for you!

Do you have something to add to the conversation? Please add a comment. Do you have a question about where to find something you need at a locally owned store? Email us at and we will try to include it in our next email.

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