Cravings welcomes guest blogger Natalie Burg (now Vial) with her story about choosing Cravings Gourmet Popcorn gift bags as the guest favors for her Made in Michigan wedding. Brava Natalie! You pulled off a meaningful and memorable celebration. We were proud to be part of it.
According to the very scientific study conducted by myself, utilizing the vast resource of my own recent memory, 78 percent of wedding favors are pretty horrible. A trinket with someone else’s name on it? What am I going to do with this? A book of matches? This is supposed to make me feel favored?
For our wedding, my now-husband and I wanted our gifts to our guests to feel like actual gifts. We like our friends and family; why give them something horrid? We also wanted favors to surprising, fun and something people would genuinely use. Oh, and they had to be Michigan made in order to fit into the theme of our wedding. Not that we were setting the bar high or anything.
It didn't take us long to dream up our ideal favor. Early in our relationship, I had taken my husband on an Old Town excursion for his birthday. He’s a musician, so I couldn't think of anything he'd love more than spending an entire day at Elderly Instruments. He did love that, but we ended up spending even more of our day at Cravings, where we sampled everything we could get our hands on and walked away with more popcorn than we could carry.
Since what we loved so much about that experience was discovering one delightful flavor after another, we wanted to share exactly that with our guests. So we made a bold proposal to Chad: How do you feel about making us 26 small batches of different popcorn flavors so our each of our guest tables can have its own? Is that asking too much?
It probably was, but that didn't stop the Cravings team from making it happen anyway. So on the night of our wedding, when our guests entered the ballroom at The Crofoot in Downtown Pontiac, they were directed to a table map showing them where to sit based on their popcorn flavor. Not only was everyone delighted by the deliciousness of their favors, but the map of flavors encouraged guests to mingle, checking out other tables and swapping flavors.
Fun, surprising, useful, Michigan-made: check, check, check and check!
The reason having an all Michigan-made wedding was so important to my husband and I is that we're deeply proud of our home state and all the amazing talent we have here. We couldn't think of a better thing to send our guests home with as a reminder of that fact than a bag of Cravings Popcorn.
I shouldn't neglect the one downside, however. For weeks, we fantasized about all the leftover and forgotten favors that we would inherit at the end of the night to take along on our honeymoon. But alas, with 250 guests, not one left their popcorn behind. We were equal parts bummed and delighted. I guess now that we’re married, we’ll just have to go back to Cravings and reload.
- the Crofoot Ballroom
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. We welcome visitors to our store and our website. Enjoy our unique naturally seasoned flavors and vintage sodas, and when you can’t come in person know that we will ship your favorites to you anywhere nationwide.