Charlottesville Weddings

Welcome Bag Ideas

When hosting guests from out of town, it is a nice idea to leave a little gift for them in their hotel rooms.  Some hotels will arrange for the “welcome gift” to be delivered in advance of the guest’s arrival, others will have it brought to the room after the guest has checked in.  There is usually a small fee (around $3 per gift) for these services.  Another alternative is to leave the gifts at the front desk to be handed to the guest upon check-in.  This is one of the advantages of blocking off a group of rooms at a selected hotel — by asking for the “rooming list” a week before the wedding, you will know in advance who is staying where and how many gifts to leave at each property.

Since Charlottesville. is such a popular (and fun!) place to visit, I’m sure your guests will be looking forward to traveling from near and far to be with you on your big day.  While there are tons of possibilities for welcome gifts, here are a few that caught my eye…

Colonial Kettle Corn

Kettle corn was introduced to colonial palates in the 1700s. It is referenced in the diaries of Dutch Settlers circa 1776 and was a special treat often consumed at fairs or other festive occasions. Virginia’s own Colonial Kettle Corn has recreated this legendary snack using the same recipe as the American Colonists.

Route 11 Potato Chips

U.S. Route 11 runs north-side through the western part of Virginia, from one end of the state to the other. Route 11 Potato Chips sprouted 12 years ago in an old feed store in Middleton, Virginia and is now famous for its delicious, old-style, kettle-cooked potato chips.

Hubs Peanuts

Many years ago, in the small Virginia crossroads village of Sedley, Dot Hubbard developed a unique way to cook the Virginia peanuts grown on her father’s farm. She diligently used only the finest peanuts from the local harvest. Today, Dot’s recipe for using only the best remains unchanged. Still cooked in Sedley, the Hubbard family continues the tradition of using all natural ingredients and peanuts from the top one percent of the crop.

Altoids Mints

Altoids, the Original Celebrated Curiously Strong Mints, were first produced in England at the turn of the 19th century during the reign of King George III. Smith & Co. (est. 1780), the small London firm that developed the original “curiously strong” recipe, later became part of Callard & Bowser, a prestigious English confectioner founded in 1837. This item has nothing to do with Virginia, Switzerland, or anything really. We just thought that you (and others around you) might benefit from them being in ample supply.


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Does anyone else have great ideas to share?

  1. Alison said on April 20th, 2011 at 7:54 am

    One of my favorite gift bag ideas is “The Love” from Starr Hill Brewery.

    Also, I recently stumbled upon a really great service offered by The Virginia Shop in Barracks Road. For only a $7 minimum purchase per bag, they will put together all of your welcome bags. The service includes the bag (a “The Virginia Shop” gift bag- but you can bring in different bags for them to pack), any color tissue paper, and even free delivery of the bags to the hotel(s). They will also pack any additional items you bring in that were not purchased in the shop. The only condition is the $7 minimum purchase per bag.(

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