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Welcome to the next 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. There’s nothing like Southern hospitality, especially at a destination wedding!

This month, we chose to feature Asheville, the largest city in Western North Carolina and truly a unique city. I’ve been lucky enough to visit multiple times, experiencing everything from walking around downtown to visiting the Biltmore to cheering at an The Avett Brothers concert on New Year’s. But the last time I visited Asheville was in February, when I was staying nearby to review a Honey List destination. You can read more here!

Once we decided to feature Asheville, we knew we had to ask our friends, Melissa and Becca of Asheville Event Company, to be our experts. I know you’ll enjoy their picks! Having a wedding in Asheville? Let us know in the comments below!

A. Tupelo Honey Cookbook. Tupelo Honey is one of the most popular restaurants in town and this cookbook features all their favorite recipes for good ole’ southern cuisine. ($34.94)

B. Gift certificate to 12 Bones. They arguably have the best BBQ in town and maybe in the Southeast. President Obama has stopped by twice to sample their tasty treats. The blueberry chipotle sauce is a must try! (price varies)

C. Locally grown honey from Sweet Betty Bee’s farm. Need I say any more? ($72.00 per case of 24 1.5 oz. jars)

D. Go Local gear. Asheville supports a strong climate of buying local and staying local. Go local, love Asheville t-shirts are the perfect way to embrace Asheville’s culture. (price varies)

E. Biltmore Estate tickets and a bottle of their wonderful wine! Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery while you are in Asheville! (price varies)

F. Gaelic Ale Mustard from Crooked Condiments. A smooth, thick mustard with a touch of heat and a touch of sweet featuring Asheville’s very own Highland Gaelic Ale. ($3.95 for 4 oz.)

G. Beer! Asheville has earned the title of “Beer City USA” for three years in a row. With fourteen breweries located in the region, beer is the perfect gift to include in your guest tote. The first brewery in Asheville was Highland Brewery. Try their Gaelic Ale or one of their many seasonal beers. Or, if you love beer so much that you want to experience all that Asheville has to offer, try the Asheville Brews Cruise. (price varies)

H. Apple. Western North Carolina is home to a large crop of apple growers. Enjoy one of our delicious varieties of apples in your welcome bag. (price varies)

I. French Broad Chocolates. Who doesn’t love chocolate? French Broad Chocolates quickly became one of the hottest downtown spots pairing a love for chocolate and their lounge. They are world famous for the truffles! (price varies)

J. Asheville area notecards by local artist, Jeff Pittman. Write individual notes to each of your guests or give each of them a set to include in their welcome gift. ($25.00 for pack of 10)

We paired our experts’ picks with this cool design from Mink Letterpress. Want a tote of your own? Simply download the PDF here and take it to your local screenprinter. Thanks, Nicole!

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

Check out past totes:
Emerald Coast
Chapel Hill

Written with love by Sierra
  1. avatar Paige reply

    I was born and raised in Asheville, NC and I am getting married at Lioncrest at the Biltmore this September! Asheville is such a fun and unique city – the list you put together is a great representation of some of the wonderful things the city has to offer!! If you are visiting the area, you should also visit the Grove Park Inn & Spa and treat yourself!

  2. avatar Melissa Tuck reply

    LOVE the tote design! Asheville is one of my favorite cities. Bravo!

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Magazine: Southern Hospitality Feature « Mink Letterpress reply

    […] The folks at Southern Weddings Magazine asked Asheville Event Company to be their Asheville experts and Mink Letterpress to design a tote bag for their Southern Hospitality feature. For this feature, they ask their expert to pick items that represent the town to pack into a tote bag to give to wedding guests. Coincidently, Asheville Event Co chose Sweet Betty Bee’s Honey to include in the tote – and my brother Erik Minkin did the awesome logo design for it! Check out the full post here. […]

  4. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    Wonderful selection of goodies – this post makes me incredibly excited for my first Asheville wedding this fall!

  5. avatar lauren reply

    Love Asheville such a great place to go for a romantic weekend trip.

    PLEASE do a Jekyll Island,GA OR even a Golden Isles, GA (St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island) tote. If y’all could do this it would be DIVINE!

  6. avatar Sarah reply

    YAY Asheville :) We are getting married there in September, and all our guests will be coming from out of town so this list is GREAT and very helpful for ‘welcome totes’ for us to leave for our guests. This definitely makes me VERY excited for September!

  7. avatar Melissa Porter reply

    Thanks so much for including us in this awesome Asheville post! There’s much more ideas where those came from! We LOVE Asheville!

  8. avatar mia reply

    i LOVE these southern hospitality features and totes! they’re fabulous! we’re getting married next june in cashiers/highlands, NC…would y’all think about doing either a cashier or highlands themed bag? that would be incredible! thanks for the inspiration! <3

  9. avatar gail reply

    Hi Sierra –

    Found your posts through pinterest – our daughter is getting married next spring at rosemary beach, fl and would love to see if you know of a source for all the great cotton totes that you have designed for your brides ???


    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Gail! I’d try the Dollar Tree store, of if you’re looking for an online source, has the best prices we’ve ever seen! Can’t vouch for the quality, as I’ve never seen them in person, but that might be a place to start!

  10. avatar Alex reply

    Sierra- I love checking out what’s included in each tote! Have you done Birmingham, AL or would you consider featuring?

  11. avatar jenn reply

    I just wanted to thank you for featuring this Asheville tote bag! I was married in Asheville this past January and we used the free download to make totes for our guests! Your blog was a wealth of inspiration during my wedding planning and even though my wedding is over, I still can’t get enough wedding loveliness :)

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