Post # 1
Are any of you ladies doing Detroit and/or Michigan themed welcome bags for your out of town guests? I don’t know if I am yet or not, so I’m doing research to find unique (but cost effective!) things to put in the bag.
Anyone else doing this? If so, what are you putting in the bags?
Post # 3
I’m not sure if we’ll be Detroit-area specific or not, but if you are it seems like Baklava is a must have. It’s a little further afield, but I was also thinking maybe some Mackinac Island Fudge.
For non-food items you might consider providing info on the Greenfield village/Henry Ford complex (since we’re getting married at dearborn inn this is particularly relevent for us). I’m not sure if timing will work out, but (assuming there are still some operating by then), it might be cool to arrange a tour of an auto factory for Out of Town guests.
Post # 4
There are a few well known food/beverage brands based in Detroit, like Faygo pop and Better Made chips =)…that could make a yummy snack in an Out of Town bag. If you’re a foodie, slipping in some locally made and sourced goodies from Zingerman’s could also be a good option. And I’m not sure if September would be too early, but I always loved going apple picking in the fall in MI, and it would be kind of cool to include some local orchard apples and cider or something!
Post # 5
Sanders fudge is from Detroit! OH, and Vernors … mmm I love Vernors.
Post # 6
Oh, for sure Vernor’s!! Maybe a $5 gift card to a coney island restaurant too! I’ve found some cute Detroit items (like pins, keychains, etc) on Etsy. I’m thinking about browsing the Cherry Republic catalog too for ideas.
Good ideas guys!!
Post # 7
I definitely think you need to include some Vernors! One of my favorite Michigan items! I also think Cherry Republic would have lots of good stuff. I know my Future In-Laws made little gift bags for their relatives for a family reunion using stuff from there.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union
Handmade Detroit has cute "Mitten" pins on their etsy site:
Post # 9
Lots of VERNORS! I’m in NY and try to stock up every holiday to bring more VERNORS to NY.
Post # 10
We are doing the same thing! Germack Nuts are also Detroit-made.
Post # 11
As a girl from Detroit city, I have to vote for Faygo and Better Made – I order Better Made chips online every few months and I LOVE THEM!
Post # 12
Sanders hot fudge is a musttt! MMMM!
Post # 13
Check out the Pronto’s Corner Store in Royal Oak. It’s attached to Pronto’s Restaurant, and I don’t know the hours off hand. However, they have a TON of local fare you can put in baskets/bags.
Vernors, Faygo, Saunder’s hot fudge (my Maid/Matron of Honor gave this as her favors!), Better Made, Dearborn Sausage…
and for locally made crafty things – http://ilovecitybird.com/.
How about this for a guest book?
Post # 14
This website has a great listing of Made in Michigan products which you should definitely try out.
What about for special out of town guests… a bottle of Michigan wine? Tabor Hill is great wine! I would definitely recommend it! Or continuing on the drink theme, you could do a bottle of Oberon for each over 21 guest.
Post # 15
Wow, great resources! A bottle of Michigan wine or some Oberon would be a great favor.
I know a lot of friends who’ve made sure to have Oberon at their weddings. We had our champagne toast with wine from L. Mawby vineyards (in Northern Michigan) because we went there on the day we got engaged.
Post # 16
I live in the UP. I’m origianlly from san Diego, so I can’t offer a huge ton. Things that scream MI to me (as a not native) are def Vernors, Faygo Rock & Rye, Mackinac Island fudge. We planned to have Yooper Bars on our dessert buffet, too. I love the idea of the little mitten pin! I guess we have our own local things up here, too, like Trenary Toast and Sayklly’s chocolates. And pasties, which are weird to me.