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Take a peek at our picks for the best local treats for guests­—perfect for favors, welcome bags, and more

Wedding favors go back to the 1500s, when European couples would gift their guests sugared nuts and treats to spread what was believed to be their inherent good luck and as a show of the bride’s family’s wealth—sugar having been a pricey commodity. Since those days, the tradition immigrated stateside, and favors have evolved into myriad options. Whether you’re gathering goodies for your bridesmaid luncheon, showers, rehearsal dinner, or reception or if you’re loading up welcome bags for out-of-town guests, Charleston vendors stock locally made and themed treats aplenty for your consideration. 

 

“I am a big believer in saying thank you,” says Lisa Thomas of Ooh! Events and owner of South (843/856-3585; TheArtofCreating.com), an Old Village gift boutique that features regionally made goods. “Whether it’s food, a gift, or even a penned sentiment, favors are a little nod to your family and guests for sharing in your special day.” For great ideas from South and other boutiques, check out the winning treats above—and more—when you launch the gallery.