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: