GREEN PIECE: Local, natural wedding favors

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First Posted: 9/9/2013

If you didn’t already know, I’m getting married soon – in one week to be exact. I had a lot of fun planning the wedding. I also had a few freak-outs. But as the planning is coming to an end and the actual day is right around the corner, I couldn’t be happier.

The major decisions like the venue, food, and music were all really easy for me. It was the little details that had me stuck. I was back and forth on what to do for favors. In the end, we decided to have a photo booth which would also serve as favors for everyone. It was something we really wanted and something we think everyone will enjoy.

Before we decided on having a photo booth, we had a few other ideas for favors that I really loved. In the end, I wish I could have it all, but let’s be realistic! A local soaperie in Scranton was one place I had in mind for favors. The Fanciful Fox is a great spot if you’re looking for wedding or shower favors, or even just a great gift.

What caught my eye right away was that they are 100 percent dedicated to cruelty-free standards and sell vegan products. It’s tough to find 100 percent cruelty-free anything, so right off the bat, the Fanciful Fox proves they are passionate about vegan standards. Products made at the Fanciful Fox are completely plant-based. Ran by a mother/daughter team, the Fanciful Fox has been making soap since 2004. They even were a PETA Compassionate Business award recipient in 2009! Originally, I had thought of purchasing a bulk order of small soaps as favors. I loved the idea, and still do! Not only will you find soap at the Fanciful Fox, you’ll find a wide variety of products including bar soaps, hair care, baby care, tattoo care, and even pet products.

The Beekeeper’s Daughter is another local business that offers great products to use as wedding favors. Based out of Dallas, Pa., the Beekeeper’s Daughter is a fourth generation family of beekeepers. The family first started harvesting honey from hives back in the 1800s! The family also migrates the bees from Pennsylvania to Arcadia, Fla., in order to keep the bees in shape during the winter.

We planned on having small jars of honey as favors, which we think everyone would have loved. These guys can fit any budget and do 2 oz. plastic bears to 4 oz. vintage jars dipped in beeswax. You can find the Beekeeper’s Daughter at the Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market, Hillside Farms, Star Bakery, and at the Back Mountain Memorial Library Farmers’ Market. A variety of different flavors of honey are also available, including orange blossom, palmetto, Brazilian pepper, wildflower, and goldenrod.