BRIDES Chicago: Wedding Favors That Give Your Guests a Taste of the Windy City

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Photo: Courtesy of Garrett Popcorn

Maybe it's the place where you and your fiancé grew up. Maybe it's where you met. Maybe it was where he or she popped the question. Whatever the reason you chose Chicago for your wedding, for a lot of couples, celebrating your love for the city that played an important part in your lives is just as important as celebrating your love for each other. Favors are a perfect way to offer nearby and out-of-town guests that local touch or memento. Chicago's your kind of town — and after they help themselves to some of these Windy City favorites, it's sure to be your guests' kind of town too.

Garrett Popcorn
The gourmet shop known for its round-the-corner lines and wafting scents of melty caramel and cheese offers its addictive goods in party packs and make-your-own bag buckets. The signature Garrett Mix (formerly known as the Chicago Mix) of savory cheese and crispy sweet caramel corn works as a hotel welcome bag highlight or late night farewell gift. Read real brides' reviews here!

Skyline Candle

Etsy shop DefineDesignEtc will make a custom soy candle in an amber glass jar labeled with your names, your wedding date and a classic line sketch of the city skyline.

Local Beer
Our neighbors to the north Milwaukee may be the official Brew City, but Chicago's not far behind in its love for local suds. If you're a couple that likes to kick back with a cold beer, the city and suburbs have plenty to offer. Stick a couple bottles of Goose Island's 312 in your welcome bags or fill an old-fashioned tin cooler with Revolution, Ale Syndicate, Two Brothers and Half Acre and top it with a sign that says "Something old. Something brewed." for an extra cheeky touch.

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Local Candy
Eli's Cheesecake isn't the only sweet stuff our city's known for. Nostalgic candy classics like Lemonheads, Tootsie Rolls and Red Hots come from Chicago factories and they're a playful addition to any goody bag or treat table.

Custom Chicago Sports M&Ms
Chicago sports fans will appreciate the customized chocolate morsels the My M&Ms shop sells. Mix some colorful candies stamped with Bulls or Bears logos and colors with some sporting your wedding date and names.

Custom Welcome Bags
Chicago-based duo Nicole Speake and Lauren Stanley's company, Nico and Lala, will check your shop local box creating customized welcome bags stuffed with Chicago treats and event-specific branding to match the rest of your weekend.

Need more favor inspiration? Find it all on our Local Vendors page!

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