Tokens of Gratitude: Guide to Local Wedding Favors and Gifts
After all your elaborate wedding dreams, plans and preparations, do you really want your wedding guests to remember your special day with a bundle of Jordan almonds? Didn’t think so.
It is customary to thank your close family, friends and guests who are a part of your wedding with a gift. You’ll want to be thoughtful about personalizing your gifts while sharing our unique San Diego culture. Here are some ideas for tokens of your gratitude that will also showcase San Diego’s artisans.
Tokens For The Bridal Party
Choosing gifts can be challenging, especially if you have a large bridal party. Expressing your gratitude is important because while it’s an honor for your family and friends to stand with you at the altar, wedding participation can require effort and expense.
It’s common to give accessories that can be worn on the big day, such as jewelry. Your bridesmaids will coordinate beautifully in matching 5 Pearl Sticks earrings from 7 Stitches Ethnic Jewelry in Liberty Station. Personalized tie bars or monogrammed cufflinks from The Spiffing Shop in La Mesa are great gifts for groomsmen. Or gift them with a handcrafted leather wallet from Bryer Leather (online or at Make Good in South Park).
Another thoughtful idea for your bridesmaids is to customize purses or travel bags from local seamstresses like Sew Loka. Stitch wishes on the inside and fill with San Diego-made soaps and lotions, like the delicious smelling seasonal soaps at Noon Designs in Ocean Beach.
Tokens For Your Guests
Guest gifts or party favors can and should be something small. Buying gifts that are preassembled keeps it simple, but they are less personal.
Win favor with your guests by choosing something quaff able. Such party favors may sound racy, but many of us enjoy a drink. Go ahead and provide each guest with a bottle of local brew to take home.
Other “bottled” gift options that represent San Diego’s beverage scene include mini bottles of locally-distilled liquors, like rum from Malahat Spirits. A suitable nonalcoholic option could be a bottle of San Diego’s own Craft Batch Soda. Customize labels to commemorate the special day.
If giving the gift of drink isn’t your thing, a well-received alternative is the gift of food. No one would ever be disappointed in a cookie from The Cravory in Point Loma. Consider having a cookie bar at your reception.
For a fall wedding, figs, fig jam or bundles of dried figs are perfect seasonal gifts. If you must have nuts, use local nuts. Buy nuts from Hopkins Almond Growers at the Little Italy Mercato and create little gift bags of seasoned and roasted nuts that you can make yourself.
Growing gifts or gifts to grow will live on to tell your story. If you are getting married on a farm, seed packets make a perfectly themed gift. A small terra cotta pot with a succulent or a seasonal bulb like the popular Christmasthemed Paper White Lily will ensure the memory of your wedding lives on.
With such gifts, no one will mind if you don’t manage to get thank you cards out right after the wedding.
7 Stitches Ethnic Jewelry
2690 Historic Decatur Lane
The Spiffing Shop
7371 Mohawk St.
2207 Fern St.
1821 Fifth Ave.
4993 Niagara Ave., #105
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd.
2505 Loring St.
8706 Production Ave.
Batch Craft Soda