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Local Wedding Favour Ideas

Maxine Bertrand

We all know that weddings have become more and more of a personal statement rather than trying to keep up with Joneses. The number of guests is smaller and more limited to close friends and immediate family. The decor is a reflection on the bride and groom; places they've travelled to, the food they've eaten, flowers from the garden, and so on. Well, the same goes for what couples give to their guests. Long gone are the days of Jordan Almonds. Although they are very symbolic amongst traditional Greek and Italian weddings they end up sitting in their tulle wrapping on a shelf somewhere. 

The questions often come up from my bride and grooms "any ideas of what we can give our guests?". My answer is always the same; simply give them something useful that represents you in some way. I try and think of local vendors. You know, something people can go back and get for themselves. I figured since this question comes up so often, I might as well share some ideas over here. 

1. Soaps

On the left, we have Evy Jo & Co, a Montreal-based company that offers bath, skincare and apothecary products. All 100% organic and vegan. To see more of this lovely wedding (on the left) head over to Style me Pretty. My beautiful and dear friend Lisa from Lisa Renault Photographie's  wedding was featured. 

On the right, Savons Hermosa, also a local vendor situated a little off island in St-Colomban uses goats milk and other natural ingredients for their products. They also offer numerous products such as aftershave and stain remover. 

Both companies offer customized soaps and engraving to really personalized the favours. I always thought that his and hers gifts were fun so you can even do soaps for the ladies and aftershave for the men. Just a thought!

2. Olive Oils and/or Vinegars

I just love this as a favour. I received a set from one of my recent couples Nadia and Ben (more to come on them) and absolutely found this to be so useful and fun when serving to guests as a dinner party as there's a wonderful {love} story behind. They had theirs imported directly from Italy but there are some very good places that make olive oil and kinds of vinegars right here in Montreal such as; Olie et Cie, Oliv and Olive Pressée. These 3 places also offer vinegar. 

3. Infused Jelly/Jams

These are fun and once again, very thoughtful. These can be homemade for the DIY bride (more to come on this as well) or most vineyards offer some made from their wines. They are perfect with cheese and c'mon, let's face it, who doesn't love wine and cheese! A product I really like is from Vignoble Rivière du Chêne and the venue is also available for weddings. The grounds are fabulous and their wines are lovely. Bang for your buck right there. 

4. Honey

There are a lot of honey producers a little off the island of Montreal. These will never go to waste. I mean how many times have you told your mom that you were feeling under the weather and had a sore throat, and her response is "boil some hot water with honey and lemon.". So trust me, these always come in handy. They have regular honey, lavender honey, and even Eucalyptus for those sore throat days. Oh and fun fact: they also come as spreads in various flavours such as caramel flower of salt and honey, chocolate, and caramel. One of my favourite spots for honey is Miel Nature. They have a cute little shop where they have a live honeycomb (in a glass case) for people to see the bees hard at work.

There are a lot of honey producers a little off the island of Montreal. These will never go to waste. I mean how many times have you told your mom that you were feeling under the weather and had a sore throat, and her response is "boil some hot water with honey and lemon.". So trust me, these always come in handy. They have regular honey, lavender honey, and even Eucalyptus for those sore throat days. Oh and fun fact: they also come as spreads in various flavours such as caramel flower of salt and honey, chocolate, and caramel. One of my favourite spots for honey is Miel Nature. They have a cute little shop where they have a live honeycomb (in a glass case) for people to see the bees hard at work.

5. Candles

Candles of course. They are pretty and usually smell good. Plain and simple. I have nothing more to add aside from a few local companies that make candles such as; Ville-Marie who make their candles from organic soya, as well as LaRosaMtl who's candles, are handmade and 100% biodegradable.  These are only a few ideas but I would love to hear from past, current and future brides what their local wedding favours are. I'd be happy to hear what's out there so if there are any local vendors out there that have products they'd like to share, please feel free to comment below.  Hope this was helpful!  With love, Max xo

Candles of course. They are pretty and usually smell good. Plain and simple. I have nothing more to add aside from a few local companies that make candles such as; Ville-Marie who make their candles from organic soya, as well as LaRosaMtl who's candles, are handmade and 100% biodegradable. 

These are only a few ideas but I would love to hear from past, current and future brides what their local wedding favours are. I'd be happy to hear what's out there so if there are any local vendors out there that have products they'd like to share, please feel free to comment below. 

Hope this was helpful! 

With love,
Max xo

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 Pictures from:  Jose Villa /Style Me Pretty / Brit + Co / Pinterest / Richelle Hunter