I was on the fence about giving anything away to our guests unless it really meant something to me/us. We're already doing things a tad bit unconventionally so I felt like we could get away with nothing but the traditional bride-to-be in me didn't feel right about our guests walking away empty handed.
My first idea was scratch and win tickets because the tags could have said "we feel lucky you celebrated our special day with us!" but there are too many children on our guest list. #underagegambling #notcool
My second idea was to give everyone something that was local, editable, reasonably priced and had sentimental meaning to us. The fact that I could eat a million of them was irrelevant. It didn't take long for us to come up with an assortment of our favourite chocolates from an amazing shop called Reids Chocolate, Candy & Nut located in my hometown of Cambridge, Ontario.
I have immensely enjoyed eating their chocolates, mixed nuts and other delectable treats since I was a young girl. Everyone in Cambridge has either bought or received treats from there in the last 60 years. It is truly our hometown hero. Bob and I always make a point of popping into the store when we are in town visiting my family. The smell alone is worth the visit. Truly, you've never smelled heaven until you've walked into Reids.
It was difficult to chose just a few to include but after the mandatory taste test, we knew what we wanted to share with our guests. Inside our clear plastic packages (available to purchase at Reids) we included one of each of the following: tortoise, truffle, sea salty, English toffee with nuts and a rosebud.
In images, taken directly from the Reids website, I present to you what our guests will sit down to once they arrive at their table.
Tortoises are the Louis Vuitton chocolate version of a Turtle. The combination of dark chocolate, crisp pecans and homemade caramel is truly perfection. I could eat these every day, all day.
Truffles were made to be eaten. Look at that melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Sea Salties are vanilla caramels sprinkled with sea salt. A bit chewy, a bit salty, a whole lotta yummy.
rosebud. Rosebuds remind me of my late Nanny that lived just a few doors from me growing up. She loved roses and chocolates so it seemed fitting that a rosebud was included in the mix. I know she'll be smiling down on me on our wedding day...sniff, sniff!
What did you hand out at your wedding? Any complaints, compliments or regrets?