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Welcome to the second installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. Just one more perk of attending a destination wedding!

This month, we’re featuring a city near and dear to my heart: Atlanta! Much of my extended family lives in the area, and there is a huge Georgia (UGA) vs. Georgia Tech rivalry among my relatives… my grandparents are such super fans, they own a bulldog. (Can anyone else relate?!)

This month’s expert was our good friend Carlee Sizemore of High Cotton Event Design, who I had the pleasure of working with at a V4 shoot in Charleston this summer. Below are Carlee’s picks for an Atlanta tote bag — we know you’ll love them!

A. Atlanta letterpress postcard. Include a postcard stamp so guests can easily pop them in the mail from their hotel! ($3.50 each)

B. Tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world. (varies)

C. Atlanta Coasters featuring famous Peachtree landmarks. ($8 each or 4 for $29.99)

D. Georgia Cutting Board. We love the state-specific designs! ($40)

E. Sublime Donuts, a true Georgia treasure with flavors like chocolate banana fritter (available Elvis style), chocolate wildberry and Nutella (varies)

F. Atlanta Kitchens: Recipes from Atlanta’s Best Restaurants. For the foodies. ($21.90)

G. Gift Certificate to The Varsity, which boasts of being “the world’s largest drive-in”! (varies)

H. Tickets to the World of Coca-Cola tour. Only appropriate when visiting the birthplace of Coke! ($16.00)

I. A copy of Gone with the Wind. This classic by Margaret Mitchell is partially set in Atlanta. ($9.49)

J. SweetWater Brewery tickets — a glimpse inside one of Atlanta’s favorite homegrown brewing establishments. (Tours are free, but $8 gets you a souvenir SweetWater pint glass and six tickets for 5.5oz samples of SweetWater’s brews)

K. Emily G’s Jam of Love ($8.00). An Atlanta favorite, featured in the V3 wedding of Ali + Matt (see here + here!).

Carlee joined forces with her talented friend Joni of Chocolate Butterbean to create THE cutest Atlanta peach tote. Simply download the overlay here and take it to your local screen-printer.

From the Atlanta area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Atlanta if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Let us know!

Check out past totes:
Nashville

Written with love by Sierra
13 Comments
  1. avatar Victoria reply

    I am in love! Such a great tote bag- and of course the contents are spot on!!!!! I will always have a soft spot in my heart for ATLANTA! :)

    Also, the postcards are sold at local stores in the Buckhead area, I just love them!!!

  2. avatar Kathryn reply

    So cute!! Stuff like this reminds me why I’m so glad to have moved back to Atlanta!!

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    Such a cute idea! I would love to see a tote for Fort Worth, Texas!

  4. avatar Kate reply

    Such cute ideas! I would love ideas for a tote for Fairhope or Mobile, Alabama! I am having a wedding there next summer and I am having a difficult time figuring out items to put in our welcome bags for out of town guests!

  5. avatar Ayesha reply

    What a fun post! I love Atlanta. If you ever do a post on Chattanooga, Tennessee I would love to be your host and tell you about all the fun, quirky, and unique places in my city.

  6. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

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  8. avatar Michelle reply

    One for Savannah would be great!! Such an amazing Southern city!

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