Photography by 33 Park Photography
Of all the photos in a wedding album, few tell the subtle story of your special day with character and sentimentality like the close-ups of wedding favors. Whether they're candles with ribbons that carry on the colors of the day's decor or savory stuffed boxes of sweet take-home treats, these special gifts are a token of the couple's gratitude and happiness. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
We already mentioned probing palates with a sweet treat. Personalized chocolate bars, individual truffles, cake-shaped cookies, fresh fruit or slices of a groom's cake—a Southern tradition—top the lists at the Wedding Channel. Try packaging a variety of diminutive desserts in a gift box wrapped with colorful ribbon.
Useful gifts are always appreciated. If you're throwing a wedding in the hot Southern sun, surprise your female guests with fans to cool off with—and, of course, to prevent their make-up from running. Adorn the tables with small bottles of bug spray or Skin So Soft to prevent those pesky no-see-ums from partaking on their own buffet.
Sometimes, the best gift is the gift of time. Find gifts that will keep the pint-sized guests entertained so the grown-ups can mingle. Try jump ropes, travel-size board games, sticker books, coloring books—or an in-house babysitter!
Things That Grow
Little plants in antique pots not only lend a natural feel to your party but will also live on after the reception. Potted herbs can be accompanied by a favorite herbal recipe.
Lowcountry weddings are destination weddings for out-of-town guests. Support local businesses while giving your guests a little something from South Carolina's southern tip to take back with them—such as candy, popcorn, magnets or books. If you have the time, scour the beach for shells and other natural keepsakes. You see them all the time, but to your guests, they're local treasures.