Hello 815! Just in case you missed the second edition in the Rockford Register Star on Sunday, we wanted to get you all excited about the fall edition of the new hyperlocal magazine, 815. We were pumped to see the fall edition this past Sunday and it had us feeling that we want fall to last all year long. The fun news for us is that we have another feature in the magazine. It’s always a thrill for us to see our efforts in print. Today, we wanted to give you a peak at what we wrote and encourage you to pick up your own copy of 815 ASAP Check out Becky Rose’s article in the Rockford Register Star to see how to get your copy. Here is our piece:
We fell in love with Rockford and we fell in love IN Rockford. Emily met her husband in middle school, and they married in October 2010 in Rockford. Liz met her soon-to-be husband after college in Rockford, and they will marry here this November. Our love stories started in the 815, so it just feels right that the first Fall 815 article will be on weddings.
Sharing the love of our city with our wedding guests was and is extremely important to us, so we compiled a list of ways to share the 815 with wedding guests visiting the area.
Our first suggestion is to greet your guests with hotel welcome bags that have a Rockford twist. Welcome bags have become increasingly popular over the years as a form of hospitality. Adding some local snacks such as individual bags of Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips, Chocolat by Daniel and Trident gum made here in Rockford at Mondelez.
Another great option for providing your guests with a taste of something local, is to give wedding guest favors from local businesses. Whether cupcakes from our favorite Sugarjones, or handmade chocolates from CACAOCUVÉE, tasty treats make for a great favor. You can also opt to have something designed and printed locally by Rockford Art Deli, such as can koozies!
Sharing Rockford with your wedding party is another great way to show the 815 some love. A great option for groomsmen gifts would be a beer carrier or bottle opener hand crafted in Rockford by Rockford Woodcrafts. For the bridesmaids, a nice piece of local jewelry or carrying tote from Urban Farmgirl could be just the thing.
Finally, a nice touch to your wedding website, or to the welcome bag at the hotel, is a map of your favorite local establishments. Be sure to include a breakfast stop such as Mary’s Market or Stockholm Inn, a family attraction such as the Discovery Center or Burpee Museum, and a downtown watering hole such as Prairie Street Brewing Company or Carlyle Brewing Company.
Weddings are a time of love overflow, so why not share your love for the 815, too.