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Even if you’re getting married just down the road from your apartment, chances are your wedding will be a destination for at least a few of your guests. And if you’re getting married in the South, almost any location will feel like an idyllic place to visit! :) Whether near or far, play up all things local with a welcome gift for your guests–either themed around the state in which you’re saying “I do’ or the states from which you hail. We jump started your imagination in Southern Weddings V9 with luxe boxes from four Southern states, but know this is just a starting point.

P.S. If you have a large guest list, don’t be intimidated by the grandeur of these boxes–feel free to reserve the full complement for VIP guests (your families and bridal party), and then wrap up just an item or two for everyone else!

Introduce your guests to the Commonwealth in classic style. For this box, Marigold & Grey included mini bottles of Pellegrino; a booklet with information about the wedding weekend by Poppy & Scooter; Virginia pears; roasted Virginia peanuts; trail mix in a muslin bag; and a sugar cookie in the shape of Virginia’s state flower, the dogwood, by Two Sugars.

The Bluegrass State is represented in racing form with this box from Memento & Muse, including mini bottles of Perrier, caramel corn, state-shaped sugar cookies by Oak City Cookies, a sweet note from the couple in a horseshoe frame with calligraphy by Quietude Co., Molly & Me bourbon pecans, and all the ingredients for a single-serve mint julep.

Teak & Twine captured the artisan cowboy vibe of Nashville today with this monochromatic welcome box, tied off with custom leather disks from Warfield Supply. Tucked inside are an Olive & Sinclair chocolate bar, a Moscow Mule carryon cocktail kit, Willa’s shortbread cookies, and two monogrammed copper mugs from Mark & Graham.

A Signature Welcome capitalized on the talented companies based in Raleigh to welcome guests to the Old North State. Included in one of ASW’s custom boxes is a bag of Counter Culture coffee, a Videri sea salt chocolate bar, Moravian cookies, a jar of Outer Banks sea salt, Five Points Baking Co. cheese straws, a can of Legendary Sunshine Beverage, a watercolor itinerary by One & Only Paper, and a custom Revelry + Remedy kit created by the ASW team.

For more from our newest issue, pick up a copy in the Southern Weddings Shop or on newsstands around the South!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Shaun – Wedding Videographer reply

    What a great idea. Love the designs on these boxes.

  2. avatar Adam – Party Bands for Hire reply

    Awesome retro designs in the Tennessee box!

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Hello friends! Amber here, and I’m so excited to start sharing my favorite tips and ideas for being a gracious hostess. From recipes to projects to gift ideas, I look forward to regularly sharing with you how to entertain at home and add a bit of Southern hospitality to your everyday!

It’s summer in the South, which means there is a roadside stand full of fresh vegetables around every corner! It’s the perfect time to enjoy the bounty and bake up some delicious zucchini bread to give as a gift to the hosts at your next social gathering, or simply have on hand for friends that stop by.

This moist and delicious zucchini bread recipe features a hint of cinnamon and some added walnuts for crunch. It slices perfectly and is always gone in less than a day at our house! Last week, our family picked a 14″ long zucchini from our garden that was enough to double this recipe and make four loaves. Two for us and two to give away!

For transportation and gifting, wrap a bit of parchment paper around a loaf and tie it with bakers twine. I also love the idea of pairing a loaf with a Fruitful Summer Encouragement Postcard to delight someone special with!

Want to add this recipe to your recipe box? We’ve created a sweet printable card for you! Download your zucchini bread recipe card.

Written with love by Amber
  1. avatar Alison reply

    What an adorable series! So excited for this!

    • avatar Amber reply

      I’m excited that you’re excited Alison! Happy baking! :)

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I love the idea of sharing recipes on SW. This is such a great addition to the website. I will have try the zucchini bread soon!

    • avatar Amber reply

      So glad to hear this Emily! Let me know how it turns out! :)

    • avatar Emily reply

      I finally got around to trying this recipe and Amber it was so delicious!!! It’s a dense bread but was still very tasty with a crispy crust. I especially enjoyed it with some peanut butter smeared on top! Bring on more recipes to try.

    • avatar Amber reply

      Hooray Emily! So great to hear that you had the results you did. I’ve never tried peanut butter with it, but definitely going to now! Excited to share more recipes with you too in the coming months!

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