There are many advantages to shopping locally in this age of the internet. Personal service, assurance of quality, advice, conveniences, etc.
When it comes to wedding planning, obviously some of the vendors must be local, such as your florist and baker, to name a few. I recently met Cleo who owns The Bridal Boutique in Atascadero. I found her to be charming and knowledgable. Keep her shop in mind when you are ready to find the wedding dress of your dreams.