Let the Hudson Valley Do You a FAVOR
Story by Felicia Zammit-McMann, Owner, Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley
If you do a quick Google search for wedding favors, you’ll see 64,900,000 results come up—everything from customized wine glasses, chocolate candies with your face printed on them, measuring spoons and any object imaginable in-between. No wonder couples have such stress when it comes to planning their wedding. If you are planning your wedding and want something organic, sustainable and unique to the Hudson Valley, look no further than your neighbors.
Edible Treats: Who doesn’t love chocolate? Emma DeRossa is the operations manager for Fruition Chocolate (www.tastefruition.com), a small-batch, bean-to-bar, craft chocolate maker in Shokan, NY. She says, “Our products are made entirely from scratch and offer a unique chocolate experience unlike anything else available in this area. We have a variety of chocolate bars or panned confections (such as chocolate-covered almonds or cranberries) to choose from with the option to customize envelopes and labels for the couples.”
Drinkable Treats: Based in West Hurley, ImmuneSchein (www.immune-schein.com) produces small-batch, handcrafted ginger elixirs, made with local and organic ingredients. Corinna Geib, founder and CEO, says, “We believe that our elixirs make great wedding favors, as they are very unique, and many people are still new to the product.” For favors, check out their two-ounce bottles. “The bottles are not too big,” Geib says, “so even guests that are flying back to their home could carry-on the bottles with no problems.”
Gifts for and from the Bees: Deborah Davidovits and Matt Harle, owners of Beacon Bee in Beacon, NY (www.BeaconBeeBiz.com), offer a variety of products, such as balms, hand-rolled beeswax candles, pollinator packets and artwork inspired by bees. “We have done wedding favors for a number of Hudson Valley couples over the past few years, using a variety of products,” Davidovits says. “What we love about weddings is that we get to meet with the wedding couple and figure out what really resonates with them…we are able to customize gift bags, candle labels, seed packets and more, creating unique and personalized gifts that reflect the sensibility of the newlyweds.”
Favors that give back: If you love to garden, you might want to consider seeds as a favor alternative. “The seeds are a great alternative to traditional wedding favors, as they are beautiful and useful, green and sustainable, and full of hope and the potential for boundless life! Plus, you’re supporting the efforts of a small, local company dedicated to celebrating and preserving heirloom varieties and keeping seeds accessible to all.” Says Lauren Waddington, sales associate and customer service specialist for Hudson Valley Seed Company in Accord (www.hudsonvalleyseed.com), “Our entire Art Pack line is available for favors—either packaged as is, or with a custom pack closure sticker on the back.”
Did you use Hudson Valley products as your wedding favors? We’d love to know. Send us a note at Felicia@WeddingConnectionsHV.com to tell us what products you used.