For many couples getting married in the Hudson Valley, their wedding is what I like to call a “local destination wedding.” While you may not be flying halfway around the world for your nuptials, you have a similar vision for your day. You want to transport your guests away from their day-to-day lives; you want to introduce them to new environment and new experiences; and you want to share a special place that you love with the people you love. Along with sharing recommendations for local hikes, restaurants and favorite bars with your guests, I love the idea of highlighting locally grown foods and handmade products throughout the weekend. It adds a distinction to your event while introducing your guests to something specific to the area where you’ve chosen to celebrate your day. There are tons of amazing companies in the Hudson Valley, but here are eight ways to keep it local for your Hudson Valley wedding.
1. Irving Farm Coffee may have a heavy presence in NYC with their six cafes, but they began roasting their beans in Dutchess County over 20 years ago. Other Hudson Valley coffee roaster include Catskill Mountain Coffee and Strongtree Coffee among many others. Include in your welcome bag, serve with dessert or give as a favor at the end of the evening!
3. Maptote makes a cute Catskills tote (hint: buy wholesale for large quantities and save per bag). North Country Vintage Rentals also sells an adorable Hudson, NY-focused tote to use as a welcome bag.
4. If you’re looking for something different to offer at the bar, try a local cider like this Lavender Hops cider from Awestruck. I tried it at the Cider & Cheese festival recently and am a little obsessed. If you’re not into lavender, they also have Hibiscus Ginger… not to mention all of the other awesome cider makers in the Hudson Valley.
6. Hudson Made Apothecary makes the most incredible smelling small batch soaps and oils. The rose soap is my personal favorite. Include one in your welcome bag or in your bathroom basket.
7. If you’re getting married in the Fall, you can’t pass up an opportunity to serve your guests cider donuts. Create a donut display or send guests home with a trio of them at the end of the night. Most local farms offer them come September, but call ahead to make sure they can do a custom large order!
8. The Hudson Standard makes hand-crafted bitters and shrubs that can be used in a specialty cocktail, mixed with seltzer or incorporated into a recipe. They have lots of suggestions on their website if you need a little inspiration.