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Wedding planning takes a huge chunk of your time — but you can't hit the snooze button on summer dates just because you're in the throes of planning an epic event. So here are seven date ideas to help you take advantage of the season and that won't detract from your wedding planning — we promise!
1. Take dance lessons outdoors
More and more, companies are bringing their dance lessons to the great outdoors, hosting free or for-a-small-fee sessions at botanical gardens and river and lakeside parks. So twirl along with a two-hour class and take notes for when you're waltzing across on an entirely different dance floor.
2. Tackle a triathlon of outdoor activities
Slate a few hours for an outdoor competition, where you bike ride, swim, or run our way to a fitter body. Not only does a little competition make sparks fly between you two, but working out will help you both get in shape for your big day.
3. Visit a vineyard
Walk through rows of vines and just-budding grapes, then settle in for a wine tasting. Take notes; you may just find the perfect vintage to serve during your wedding toasts.
4. Take a class at a local nursery
Learn about the flowers you want most for your big day, then duck into an onsite café for a bite amongst the blooms.
5. Go shopping — at a yard sale
Summer is the time for neighborhood sales, where you can score one-of-a-kind finds for your wedding décor or new home. See who can bargain their way to the best deal for additional fun.
6. Snap photos in the sun
Play photographer for a day, taking photos of one another as you walk through your city's streets, parks, or other outdoor areas. You'll enjoy gazing at one another all day, plus it's great practice for when you're standing in front of your wedding photographer!
7. Taste your way through a farmer's market
You have to go grocery shopping anyway, so why not head to an outdoor farmer's market where vendors are generous with samples of berries, baked goods and more. Who knows? You could discover the perfect edible favors you'll soon give to your guests.