Best Local Maine Items to Include in Welcome Bags and Wedding Party Gifts

Today on the blog, we are featuring some of our favorite local Maine brands that make the best products to include in welcome bags for your guests as well as gifts for your wedding party! These items range from classic Maine favorites like whoopie pies and blueberry jam, locally handmade artisan crackers, and even salt scrubs that are crafted using only organic ingredients.

welcome bag gifts

Below are examples of welcome bag gifts that we put together using our local favs. We love to have a good mix of salty and sweet items in each bag. These gifts are meant to be things that guests can eat as a snack before or after the wedding as well as a nicer item that can be brought back home to try after the wedding—like jam and honey!

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the brands we used

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Maine Street Bee

Products made using only natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients, and plastic-free, compostable, recyclable packaging with zero negative impact on the environment. It's that simple. These products bring a sampling of Maine’s rich resources right to your door.

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Coastal Maine Popcorn

All popcorn is made by hand, one batch at a time, and hand-sifted to ensure that customers don’t end up with broken pieces and unpopped kernels. Focusing on quality throughout the entire process. The popcorn is the foundation for all of the fun and lively flavors, so it is always made with the best non-GMO corn that can be found.

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Mill Cove Baking Co.

All crackers are made with 50% Maine-grown grains and 100% Maine-made butter in a small, Portland-based woman-owned company focused on delivering tasty and unique crackers to markets in Maine and beyond.

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Bixby & Co.

Chocolates made with a conscience. Ethically sourced chocolate, always non-GMA, gluten free, and ingredients you can pronounce. Born from a commitment to fairness, sustainability, minimal environmental impact, and community enhancement.

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Wicked Whoopies

In Maine, when something’s good, we call it “good.” When something’s great, we call it “WICKED!” With a team of dedicated bakers, over 20 varieties of whoopies are made fresh every day in Maine bakeries. It’s time to find out why they say there are at least 10 smiles in every Wicked Whoopie Pie.

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Bleuberet

In Maine, summer is short and the wild Maine blueberry season a blip. The jams, sauces, and relishes are made with locally grown, sustainably grown and produced fruit and vegetables, with a mission to support local farmers and other artisanal producers and businesses.

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Grandy Oats

The organic products are made in small batches in Maine, because after 40 years, they’ve learned that the purest pleasures are found off the beaten path. The rivers and mountains of Maine have shaped the spirit of the company and the products made.

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The Maine Crisp Co.

Maine Crisps are made in good spirit, from the best possible natural ingredients, and responsibly farmed with a mission to delight. They are THE perfect match to our favorite cheeses from Pineland Farms.

Vintage Maine Kitchen

Small batch techniques and premium, locally sourced ingredients make these chips stand out. The small family operated business uses ingredients sourced form local family farms and producers to provide a delicious treat with flavors built on unique nostalgic New England food memories.

Poland Spring

100% natural spring water born in Maine. Their commitment to Maine goes beyond community involvement. They care about the quality of their products and sustainability of Maine’s spring sources.

Maine Root

Want to know what makes Maine Root different? Take a sip. That’s not high-fructose corn syrup you’re tasting. It’s 100% organic sugar cane from Brazil that is used as the sweetener in the Fair Trade Certified beverages. Born in Maine but enjoyed everywhere.

Moxie

The official state soft drink of Maine. Distinctively different. can be described as both "a great tasting soda" and "an acquired taste."


wedding party gifts

Below are examples of wedding party gifts that we put together using some of our favorite local products. One for the bridesmaids and one for the groomsmen.

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Wedding party gift: bridesmaids

For the bridesmaids, a lip gloss and bath salts by Salty Girl Beauty, a drinking mug by Live ME, a gorgeous necklace of Maine by D.Cole Jewelers, and a makeup bag by Erin Flett.

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wedding party gift: groomsmen

Treat your guys to local Bimini Gin, Coastal Root Aromatic Bitters, a Live ME drinking glass, and a Flowfold wallet. This gift is perfect for every guy—alcohol and outdoor gear; simple but sure to be a crowd pleaser.

the brands we used

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Live ME

Live ME is a lifestyle brand founded by some friends who love Maine and its endless activities. Providing men and women’s shirts, hats, glassware, coozies, magnets and more. All apparel is proudly printed in Portland, ME.

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D. Cole Jewelers

Whatever Maine represents to you, the Ryan Cole Collection is a way of keeping it close to your heart every single day, with necklace pendants covering all aspects of Maine.

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Salty Girl Beauty

The two female founders wished there was a beauty brand that focused on organic, nourishing ingredients but also stood for something bigger than beauty! So, using their own experiences as their guide, this brand was created.

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Coastal Root Bitters

These bitters are all natural and made using only organic herbs and spices, being worked on in very small batches to ensure a high quality consistent product. They are your tool to unlock a unique flavor experience enhancing cocktails, mocktails, baked goods, and food.

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Flowfold

Inspired by the unpredictable Maine environment, this company makes minimalist gear for everyday adventures. No bells, no whistles, just high quality outdoor gear you can use every single day.

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Bimini Gin

Handcrafted by Round Turn Distilling in Biddeford, Maine, this gin is inspired by Maine’s warm sunny summer days. With the clean citrusy flavor of grapefruit zest, coriander, and hops, it's perfect for those refreshing drinks we crave in the summer and that help us imagine warm weather in the winter.

Photography by Heidi Kirn