THE BEST IDEAS TO TURN CREOLE CUISINE, NEW ORLEANS COCKTAILS, AND LOCAL TRADITIONS INTO SPECIAL GIFTS FOR WEDDING GUESTS
For Louisianians, southern hospitality is pivotal, especially on a wedding day. One easy way to incorporate New Orleans tradition into a charming Southern wedding is to get crafty with wedding favors. Many brides include custom Mardi Gras beads, while others give Hurricane drink mixes. The possibilities of incorporating Big Easy flair in wedding favors are endless.
Adding a bit of southern flavor to a wedding favor never hurt anyone except a Northerner overusing Louisiana Tobasco Sauce for the first time. Nonetheless, the gift of creole spices, seasonings, or hot sauce will remind guests of the magical moments every time they use the favor.
New Orleans Cocktails and Mixed Drinks
In a city full of infamous spirits, it is fitting for the bride and groom to thank their guests with booze. A New Orleans Hurricane drink mix or a mini bottle of liquor is a great way to ensure guests can keep the party going well after the reception. Some newlyweds get personal by offering guests drink accessories such as koozies, coasters, or shot glasses with the wedding date and couple’s names on them. Adding a simple fleur de lis design to any cocktail-related favor will elevate the Crescent City touch.
Local Favorites and Sweet Treats
For family-friendly wedding favors, New Orleans has much to offer. A box of Aunt Sally’s pralines makes a delightful parting gift for those with a sweet tooth. Pay homage to the city’s lavish cuisine by gifting a favored local snack like Zapp’s potato chips or Hubig’s Pies. For a French twist, pair Cafe Du Monde’s beignet mix with a tin of their Coffee and Chickory for an extra memorable delight.
Classic New Orleans Traditions
Offering customized handkerchiefs as wedding favors is the perfect opportunity to merge wedding traditions with the jazzy New Orleans ritual of a second line parade. Nothing is more fitting for a charming New Orleans wedding than celebrating the bride and groom’s new beginning with a second line. Guests will use their unique favors to send off the bride and groom while making memories and dancing through the city streets.
Add some Mardi Gras Mambo to the celebration by transforming wedding favors into Mardi Gras throws. The custom dates back to the late 19th century and is a fun historical touch for couples wishing to commemorate New Orleans’ infamous carnival. Many shops in the city offer custom beads and doubloons for wedding favors.
Dainty but lasting favors like handkerchiefs or Mardi Gras throws will leave guests feeling special and full of remembrance.
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