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!
I couldn’t have picked a better city for my last Southern Hospitality post than Savannah, Georgia (don’t fret, the other gals will keep the SH posts coming!). This beautiful city attracts millions of visitors each year due to its Southern history and timeless charm. I’ve actually visited several times, since my aunt used to live there, but I was too young to remember the trips clearly. A post-graduation trip is in order, don’t you think?
When we decided to put together a Savannah tote, we knew exactly who to call for our expert… our friend, Melissa of Scott Hopkins Photography! I know you’ll enjoy her picks! Having a wedding in Savannah? Let us know in the comments below!
A. Savannah Bee Company Honey. Savannah Bee Company is a small company based in Savannah who produce the finest, most natural honey products available. ($9.00 for gift pouch with honey and lip balm)
B. Low Country Luxe Candles. Their Signature Scents Soy Candle Collection features scents like Spanish Moss, Savannah and Living in High Cotton. ($35.00 for an 8oz candle)
C. Bath Fizzies. Homemade and handcrafted natural bath products in downtown Savannah! ($3.00 per fizzie)
D. Green Cardigan. This green cardigan with pearl buttons would be a wonderful gift for the members of your bridal party, especially if the wedding takes place around St. Patrick’s Day, as Savannah has one of the largest parades in the United States! (Cardigan can be purchased at BleuBelle Boutique)
E. Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible. A staple for any Southern kitchen. ($29.99 for a signed copy at the Paula Deen Store)
F. Pecan Pralines. Delicious pralines from Savannah Candy Kitchen. (around $17.95 a lb)
G. Gift Certificate to Leopold’s Ice Cream. The best ice cream in Savannah – a perfect snack for a hot summer day! (Price varies)
H. Key lime Coolers. Byrd Cookie Company has been a Savannah tradition since 1924, providing tasty Southern-style treats for every occasion. ($9.95 per tin)
I. Savannah Note Cards. This card set features some original pen and ink drawings of the fountains at Forsyth Park, Lafayette Square, Columbia square and Bonvaventure Cemetery. ($12.00 set of 8 cards and envelopes)
J. Girl Scout Cookies. Savannah is the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girls Scouts of the USA. Each year, about 65,000 visitors travel to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah. (Price varies)
K. Visit Savannah Visitor Guide. This guide provides great information on attractions, restaurants and activities for visitors. (Free, and available to view online)
L. Trolley Tour of Savannah. Taking a trolley tour of Savannah is a wonderful way to be able to see the sights and learn about this historic city. You should also take a night-time ghost tour to hear some of the stories behind America’s Most Haunted City. ($51.00 for deluxe package which includes regular tour, haunted tour and Davenport Museum Ticket)
M. A copy of “The Book”. Based in Savannah, the successful NY Times Bestselling book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has brought hundreds of thousands of tourists to the area to in order to visit the sights made famous by this book. ($15.00 soft back)
We paired our expert’s picks with this classic design from Emily of emma j design. Want a tote of your own? Simply download the PDF here and take it to your local screenprinter. Thanks, Emily!
From the Savannah area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Savannah if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Comment below and let us know!
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Scott Hopkins Photography is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!
My husband and I spent our first year of marriage in Savannah, GA and just moved back “home” to NC. A Savannah tote would be remiss without any Savannah College of Art and Design related items. SCAD has done so much to preserve the city’s historic charm by restoring homes for use by the school and reviving many parts of downtown Savannah. There are over 70 historic buildings utilized by SCAD in Savannah — buildings that may otherwise be sitting vacant and decaying. Not to mention that SCAD brings a world-renowned Fashion Week, Movie festivals and arts appreciation to the community unlike anywhere else in the south. I would love to see a little item from shopSCAD designers (ie: this little gem (I happen to own) from SCAD grad designer Kathryn Riechert http://www.shopscad.com/cart/product.php?productid=16518&cat=376&page=1)
Regina: Hi Regina- The pen scotched notecards listed above are also from the shopSCAD collection :) http://www.shopscad.com/cart/product.php?productid=956
Hi Regina: the pen sketched notecards listed above are from the shopSCAD collection :)
Leesburg, VA tote!!
what about Charlotte, NC totes? I have had such a hard time finding a great design…..any suggestions?
We are having a destination wedding in Savannah in April and are planning on doing something just like this for our guests. We would like to do a similar tote but personalize it with our names and wedding date for our guests. Do you have a suggestion of who we can reach out to for that?