The favor you give your guests at your wedding is a wonderful way to thank them for sharing in your special day. Its also a great way for your guests to get to know you better by giving them something that is a reflection of you as a couple. I love the idea of regionally inspired favors. Long gone are the days of the covered almonds or popuri filled swans. More and more, couples are coming up with unique favor ideas that represent them while being cost effective.
Regional favors represent the area in which your wedding takes place. Its not only charming to give something local, but it is also great for the local economy. Whenever you can spend your money in local businesses and specialty stores you’re giving back to your community.
Many of the bridal magazines have explored great regional favors in other states, but no magazines talked about Connecticut-centric favors, so here are some ideas for you Connecticut brides!
Bottles of Connecticut wine. DeGrazia, Jones, Hopkins, Sharpe Hill, and Jonathon Edwards are all local vineyards that have wonderful varieties of wine. Often, you can pick up their bottles in your local liquor store… but better yet, why not visit the vineyard yourself?
Having a fall wedding? Why not give your guests small bottles of maple syrup from Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington. You can even personalize the bottles with your monogram, or specific design elements from your invitation.
Is decedent chocolate more your thing? Why not give your guests handmade, gourmet chocolates from Bridgewater. Bridgewater Chocolates are known as Connecticut’s Most Delectable Chocolate. Give them away in small colored boxes wrapped in ribbon. Attach a tag expressing your gratitude or affix your monogram or invitation design.If you and your future hubby really enjoy coffee, why not give gourmet ground coffee or coffee beans to your guests? Independent Coffee Roasters in a family owned business in West Hartford. They have a dozen or so yummy flavors listed on their website and they also do personalized labeling with their in-house graphic designer!
These are just a few great ideas for wedding favors. If you know of a local specialty store please post a comment! There are so many wonderful businesses and artesians in Connecticut.