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Photos by (left to right): Orchard Cove Photography; Cronin Hill Photography
We hope you’ve been enjoying our state-by-state welcome basket guide (see Part 1 and Part 2 here). Today, we’re featuring ideas for Massachusetts through New Jersey. Show your state pride, and include one of these local products in your welcome baskets!
Massachusetts: Cape Cod Potato Chips, Cranberry Bog Frogs, Boston Baked Beans Candy, Red Sox gear, Freedom Trail Map
Michigan: Vernor’s Ginger Ale, cherries, American Spoon preserves or granola, Mackinac Fudge, Better Made chips, Sayklly’s Yooper Bars
Minnesota: Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll, wild rice, BT McElrath chocolates, Gunflint Trail jams, Saint Paul and Minneapolis badges
Mississippi: Sarabella’s Southern Sauces chutneys, Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory cheese straws, Robicheaux’s Specialty Candy, Indianola Pecan House pecan pralines
Missouri: Gooey Louie butter cake, Fitz’s Soda, Billy Goat Chips, Bissinger’s Chocolate
Montana: candy from Big Sky Candy, beef jerky from Montana Jerky Co., Parker’s Hangover Tonic, Huckleberry Haven jams, huckleberry candy
Nebraska: Bakers Candies, Kool-Aid, Big Red Pop Corn, Sweets by Suzanne toffee, Poppycock candied popcorn
Nevada: custom deck of cards, Kimmie Candy Company Gold Choco Rocks, toffee from Tahoe Toffee, Davidson’s Organics tea, Churchill Vineyards wine
New Hampshire: maple candy from Granite State Candy Shoppe, whoopie pies, Squamscot sodas or Smuttynose beer, White Mountain Gourmet Coffee
New Jersey: Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi CDs, violet seeds, cranberry jam, treats from Carlo’s Bakery
Did we miss anything from your home state? Let us know in the comments! And check back tomorrow for more local welcome basket ideas!
Photo Courtesy of Simply Wine Country
In Part Two of our state-by-state guide on what to include in your wedding welcome baskets, we bring you Hawaii through Maryland! (In case you missed it, here’s Part One).
Hawaii - Mauna Loa flavored macadamia nuts, coconut water, dried pineapple rings, travel size Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen, luau leis
Idaho - Idaho Spud candy bar, wild huckleberry taffy, SPUD fudge bars
Illinois - Wrigley’s Doublemint gum, Garrett Popcorn, Foiled cupcakes
Indiana - homemade mini Hoosier Sugar Cream Pies (recipe), Schimpff’s Cinnamon Red Hots, 240Sweet gourmet flavored marshmallows
Iowa - Sterzings potato chips, Heart of Iowa fudge, foiled milk chocolate corn cobs
Kansas - sunflower seed cookies, Alma Creamery cheddar cheese, Cocoa Dolce chocolate covered bacon
Kentucky - bourbon balls, Derby Pie tart, homemade Bluegrass Mix (recipe), Moss Hill mint julep soap, bottle of Ale-8-One soda
Louisiana - spicy Cajun nut mix, Aunt Sally’s pralines, Cafe Du Monde coffee
Maine - lobster-shaped lollipops, travel size Stonewall Kitchen Wild Maine Blueberry Jam, Casco Bay soaps, Poland spring water
Maryland - mini engraved crab mallet, homemade Chesapeake Snack Mix (recipe); Mouth Party Old Bay caramels
Check out tomorrow’s blog post for even more welcome basket ideas. And don’t forget to let us know in the comments what you’re including in your welcome baskets!
Photo by Erin Hearts Court
This week on the blog, we’re doing something we’ve never done before–a state-by-state guide on what to include in a wedding bag or basket. Crazy, right? No, not really. We’re up for the creative challenge! As out-of-town wedding guests arrive, it’s only suitable to make them feel right at home. Have a welcome bag or basket filled to the brim with a few of your favorite things waiting in their hotel room. Basic amenities should include an itinerary that keeps them on time, a map to steer their way through town and hand-picked snacks and drinks to cure their midnight cravings. We’re tackling the states in batches alphabetically, so today we’re featuring Alabama through Georgia. Consider adding some of these state’s local flavors and souvenirs:
Alabama – Priester’s pecans, Whistle Stop’s fried green tomato batter mix, Buffalo Rock ginger ale
Alaska - smoked salmon (make sure you can keep it refrigerated!), Tongass forest cookies, wild berries
Arizona – Prickly-pear cactus jelly, Four Peaks Brew Ales, bolo ties, Poore Brothers potato chips
Arkansas - honey, McClard’s Bar-B-Q sauce, Iron Works Kettle Corn Co. popcorn
California - avocados, raisins, Jelly Belly jelly beans, Naked Juice, Sprinkles cupcakes
Colorado - Mountain Jam, Chocolove chocolate bars, Hammond’s candies
Connecticut - lollipops, PEZ candy, Avery’s soda
Delaware - Fisher’s caramel popcorn, Dogfish Head Crafted Brew Ales
District of Columbia - Georgetown Cupcakes, Honest Tea, Metro SmartTrip card, Capitol cookies
Florida - oranges, key lime pie, Minnie and Mickey Mouse ear hats
Georgia - peaches, Coca-Cola, Girl Scout cookies
What did you include in your welcome bags or baskets? Share in the comments below! And stay tuned tomorrow when we provide local welcome basket ideas for even more states!
Photo by Krista Photography
Given yesterday’s tragic events in Oklahoma, we wanted to take a moment to encourage you to consider adding a charitable element to your wedding day celebration. Whether you ask guests to make a donation on your behalf or make a donation yourself in lieu of favors, it’s a good idea to start your marriage off on a generous and charitable note. We recommend letting guests know about any donations with a small sign – either on each table or near the escort cards. You can also put a note in your ceremony program if you so desire. If you’re specifically looking to respond to the Oklahoma tragedy, here are a few organizations that are worth looking into:
Oklahoma Red Cross
Central Oklahoma Humane Society
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief
Are you planning on including a charitable element to your wedding day? Tell us about it in the comments!
Photos (clockwise from top left): Picotte Weddings, Tara Welch Photography, Natale Bell Photography and Ruth Eileen Photography
One of the best ways to show guests your appreciation is by giving them favors at the end of the reception. Not only can you customize them to your liking, but also can prepare them yourself. But how do you choose from such an infinite list? We’ve narrowed the selection down to help you decide:
1. Beverages (coffee, wine or beer)
2. S’mores kits
5. Fortune cookies
6. Fresh fruits and vegetables
7. Pashmina shawls
9. Scratch-off lottery tickets
10. Homemade preserves
Which favor did you choose? Let us know in the comments below. Or for more inspiration, check out our favor photo galleries.