So, your wedding is in Charlottesville and you’re trying to find a way to send your guests off from your big day with a little “thank you” for being a part of it. Wedding favors can be difficult to choose, but Zola is here to help. Our advice? Buy local. Charlottesville has so many incredible local farms, artisans, and producers; we promise this town won’t let you down. Impress your friends and family by offering them a wedding favor that will remind them of the great memories they made in Charlottesville during your wedding weekend.
We hope you and your guests alike become as inspired by this town as we already are. Here are some examples of the very best C’ville has to offer.
Made in small batches by hand, local favorite Hudson Henry Granola is nothing short of the best. This granola is the perfect savory-sweet snack, which will surely be appreciated on your guests’ way home. Consider creating your own cute packaging with mini mason jars, ribbon, and custom labels to give your favors extra personalization.
There is nothing like a hot, fresh donut to wind down a festive evening. Because they’re good just the way they are, these food truck donuts come in one flavor: cinnamon sugar. Trust us, you don’t need a variety. These beauties are all organic, made right in front of your eyes with locally sourced ingredients in 100% soybean oil (see ya, trans fats). You’re welcome in advance for telling you that they make something called a “Frodo,” the ice cream donut sandwich of your dreams.
It’s no secret that cupcakes are delicious, and Sweethaus makes some of the best cupcakes in Charlottesville. They offer both mini and regular sizes in flavors such as Grasshopper Mint, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, in addition to a host of delicious jarred candies that you can mix and match. To top it off, all of their treats are small-batch and homemade! Package up a little cupcake for each guest to take home at the end of your wedding festivities. Pro tip: If you’re rather have Sweethaus handle the delivery, you can hire “Georgia,” the new Sweethaus cupcake trailer that brings both staff and cupcakes to your wedding.
Brown paper packages tied up with string, this is one of our favorite things—especially when those packages contain La Vache Microcreamery’s small-batch caramels. These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth little nuggets will have your guests raving. As a bonus, this company regularly works with brides and grooms to come up with custom wedding favor packaging.
If you think your guests would prefer salt over sugar, offer them their choice of Route 11 chips at the end of the night. Route 11 focuses on delivering a high-quality product; they refer to the “chipping” of their potatoes as an art form. Seriously: if you love potato chips and you’re looking for a cute, casual favor that showcases a local Virginia product, these do the trick. Their products can be ordered in bulk online.
Affordable, adorable, and inspired, seed packets would be a great way to thank your guests for coming to your wedding! Southern Exposure Seed Exchange sells an incredible variety of heirloom flowers, vegetables, and legumes that are a great addition to any garden. Your friends and family traveling from far away will thank you for the suitcase-friendly packaging, plus there are a lot of creative opportunities for presentation. Voilà: a wedding favor that goes and grows with each guest.
Anyone who calls Virginia his or her home has got to feel good about including a little home state pride with their wedding favors. Whether you moved here for school, have lived here all your life, or came here on a trip and fell in love with the area, share a little of that joy with your guests through these Virginia state charms. Tie one of these onto a corkscrew, or include them on the packaging of a bar of soap or bottle of essential oil from local apothecary Lux Aromatica. They’re pretty cute.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the horrifying and tragic events of August 12, 2017 when thinking about Charlottesville. Show your wedding guests what this town is really all about—love, support, and unity over hate—by incorporating the now-emblematic teal C’ville heart into your wedding favor. Created by local designers at stationery Rock Paper Scissors, opt for ornaments, window clings, temporary tattoos, or beer koozies sporting the C’ville teal heart symbol.
For tons more VA products, head to The Virginia Shop in Charlottesville to find everything from local wine to Southern snack specialities (cheese straws, anyone?) to “Virginia is For Lovers” shot glasses. Feast! is another amazing resource for local gourmet goodies; choose from a huge menu of customizable favor options including mix-and-match snack jars and mini bottles of Prosecco.
Need a hand with the packaging? Check out offerings from Southern Grown Vintage for premade favor boxes or customized tote bags. Choose from their assortment of burlap or cotton totes and stuff them yourselves, or outsource the whole shebang with their Wedding Welcome Snack Pack that include a mini water bottle, a bag of kettle corn, and La Vache caramels.
We wish you luck with choosing your wedding favors and making them your very own!
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