Something a little different today. For followers of this blog, you know my expertise is in the area of ceremony. But I can’t help but reflect on all kinds of ideas for weddings. I love living in the Poconos and officiating here at all our great locations. It got me thinking about a great way to express yourself – by going local. It’s both environmentally good practice, and puts a unique local and memorable stamp on your event. After all, if you’ve chosen to get married in the Poconos – keep the theme going!

Local Maple Syrup is sure to be a hit.

Here are just some suggestions: There are the lovely the products from Dutch Hill Preserves in Canadensis  to consider. They make lovely jams, jellies, butters and maple syrup!  Local flavor for your favors, for sure.

Callies Candy Kitchen and Pretzel Factory is likewise a cool local taste. Not only can you use candy as a favor, you can create an entire candy bar for the reception. This is truly one of my favorites things! A candy buffet!

I stumbled up this place recently – right down the road from us in Portland PA is the Alexandra & Nicolay Chocolate shop. They made exquisite handmade chocolates that are sold in shops in New York City. What a find!  Any edible favor is sure to be a hit.

If you can make it yourself- that’s another wonderful route – but don’t over burden yourself with wedding tasks that only add to your stress.

Expanding into all of Pennsylvania, for ‘made in PA’ gifts check out this website and this one, and don’t forget about Hand Made in PA!

If you can’t find locally produced products shop locally at places such as Liz Tech Gallery, (you will find both local and non-local art there) or pick up some Water Gap Coffee at Earthlight Natural Foods, where you can also find lots of other beautiful, natural foods and other items.

Of course there are so many possibilities – these are just some of my favorites! I’d love to hear about your favorite Pocono sources.

DIY - if you can (photo: The Sweetest Occasion)



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