Whether you've lived here your whole life or are flying hundreds of miles for a destination wedding, you know the South's coastal setting is a big reason you're getting married here. So let your locale inform your details. Choose one of these ideas for a touch of Savannah or multiple to push a theme.
Let your guests play the role of cigar smoking, Southern gentlemen (or women). Order up a couple of boxes of Savannah's finest stogies, or treat your groom's guys to the finest tobacco the region has to offer. $1.20 per cigar to $598.50 a box, depending on the brand. Savannah Cigars Inc., SavannahCigarsInc.com
For a classic Savannah exit, leave your ceremony in a traditional horse and buggy ($175 for the first hour, $100 for each additional hour) or go modern and coast around on the South coast like the Euro-chic do. Scooters are fuel-efficient and make parking a cinch. Rent a couple of scooters for your big exit, or to let your wedding party explore the nooks and crannies of Georgia's coastal views. Rental fees start at $34.95 plus tax. Coastal Scooters, CoastalScooters.com; Historic Savannah Carriage Tours, (912) 443-9333, SavannahCarriage.com
Mix It Up
Give guests a taste of local flavor with regionally inspired sauces, flavorings and marinades. Flavors like praline and blackberry will add a bit of the sweet South to any dish. They also come in sugar-free. Buy a bunch and make a gift basket! $6.00 – $8.50, Savannah Cinnamon & Cookie Company, SavannahCinnamon.com
Raise Your Glass
For real Southern flair, serve your signature drinks or a local favorite, like iced sweet tea, in old-fashioned Mason jars. They're easy to find and can be used to hold centerpieces in a pinch. For a personal touch, have them monogrammed or tie satin ribbon, in your wedding colors, around the mouth of the jar.
Custom Cake Toppers
How about a quirky cake topper created in true Savannah style? Sarah Neuburger of The Small Object makes all kinds of fun bride and groom toppers, complete with seersucker suit and Spanish moss! She'll even customize one just for you. Prices range between $135 and $185. The Small Object, TheSmallObject.com
Reflect your Southern coastal theme with a variety of shells arranged in pretty glass containers. Looking for the perfect bridesmaid gifts? How about some beach inspired accessories to accent your seaside celebration? Sterling silver earrings made from the cast molds of shells collected from Georgia's coast are the perfect detail! $26 a pair. Jewelry by Kathryn Riechert, KathrynRiechert.com
While your photographer is documenting your big day, have an artist capture your guests' silhouettes. Georgia artist Edward Casey practices this unique art form by hand and in person, starting at $20 a portrait. Silhouette Portraits by Edward, EdwardsArt.net
Package up a Southern classic for your guests or serve them up in a Dixie style candy buffet. Pecan Pralines have been a popular treat in Georgia for generations. Continue the tradition by indulging in Savannah's sweet side. Prices start at $19.95 a box. Savannah's Candy Kitchen, SavannahCandy.com
Let Georgia's natural crops inspire your menu and your favors. Serve up a juicy peach cobbler or top your tables with the old fashioned honey jars or, for a more elegant look, display flutes of artisanal, flavored nectar, like Organic Acacia and Orange Blossom, from the Savannah Bee Company. $5 for 3 ounce jars to $24 for 20-ounce flutes. (912) 234-0688, SavannahBee.com
Life in the South moves slow and steady. Let your guests experience that by setting up a relaxed atmosphere. Having an outdoor wedding? Hang hammocks from the trees and decorate with plush pillows in your wedding colors or offer an alfresco seating area with natural, organic cotton covered chairs.
It's no secret Savannah is rich with history. The same can be said for their famous ice cream. Treat your guests to a local sweet treat that's been drawing crowds since 1919. Leopold's Ice Cream is made right on the premises, from recipes (like Huckleberry Sundae and Rum Bisque) that have been handed down through the generations. Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah, LeopoldsIceCream.com
Set the Scene
Incorporate scenes from the South into your destination wedding with postcards depicting the beauty and intrigue behind this historic city. Slip them into your guests' welcome bags or use them as escort cards or table numbers. Dixie Postcards & Souvenir, Savannah, (912) 234-2300
See the Sites
Have some time between the ceremony and reception? Arrange for your guests to get a classic look at historic Savannah on an Old Town Trolley tour. Stops include the historic Mercer House, where many scenes of the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil were filmed, City Market and Telfair Museum of Art. Old Town Trolley, TrolleyTours.com
Personalize your cocktail hour and serve up some local beer from Moon River Brewing Company. Slow-vannah Pale Ale and Savannah Fest are two crowd favorites, but they have a number of other local microbrews that might make you swoon. Looking for a fun favor? They even have Savannah Fest soap (made from beer!), with a refreshing lavender, rosemary and lemon grass scent. Prices for the soap start around $20 for a 5-bar pack. Moon River Brewing Company, MoonRiverBrewing.com
Pass the Napkins
While it's probably a bit casual for your reception, a Low Country boil would be a fun way to get everyone acquainted at your rehearsal dinner. Ask your caterer about putting together this Southern favorite that includes shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage and spices. The ingredients are simple, but the flavors are spectacular! Throw in some checkered tablecloths, warm bread and plenty of napkins, and you've got yourself a party.