By Ashley Goss
From the sprawling lawns of the University of Georgia campus to a world-famous music scene, from historic chapels and plantations to nationally-acclaimed restaurants and coffee roasters alike, it is no wonder why Athens is a destination for brides across Georgia. But an Athens wedding would never be complete without treating guests to locally-sourced tastes of the South.
Stripling’s General Store, where we have been making sausage for 52 years, offers wedding favors that appeal to a wide range of appetites. In addition to our link and pan sausage products, we have a range of Stripling’s brand seasonings, sauces, syrups and jellies—any of which can be packaged to taste and shipped, along with the sausage or Stripling’s own pecans, ham or beef jerky. For that personal touch, our people at Stripling’s put together each gift box to order by hand. Everything we offer is locally sourced and true to our unique Athens flavor.
Check out some of our favorite picks for wedding favors and flavors:
Custom Baskets (to say Thank You or Welcome)
Let Stripling’s help you pull together baskets from our large variety of local nuts, cookies, snacks—don’t forget to add a pack of jerky for the guys! Our customized baskets of specialty artisan foods make fantastic hostess gifts. From treating the hostess of your bridal shower to your brother who planned the engagement party, a personalized basket provides the perfect way to say “thank you” to your hard-working loved ones.
Add a jar of one of our jellies, jams or fruit butters to a pack of Stripling’s Buttermilk Biscuit Mix and your hostesses can enjoy a southern culinary favorite without any fuss!
Create an assortment basket of specialty southern jellies to thank your hostesses for their “sweetness” — especially two of our favorites: Mayhaw Jelly and Muscadine Jelly.
Gift of Good Taste for Groomsmen
Order any of our gift baskets for groomsmen gifts or create your own — Try our Just For Him Gift Basket or Kiss the Cook for your grillmasters, or pull together an assortment of steaks, meats & jerkies for your hearty meat lovers!
Parting Gifts at Wedding
For some perfect parting gifts, offer our smaller Jerky Packets or we can special order jams, jellies, honeys and more to provide your guests with a sweet reminder of your special day. Send your guests home with a mini jar of honey, so they’ll always remember you were “meant to bee!”
Catering and Hostess Needs
Stripling’s is your go-to for all of your catering needs and a hostesses’ best friend. We offer specialty meats, cheeses, jams, jellies, snacks and dressings for luncheons & showers. If you’re striving for culinary creativity, Stripling’s Sliced Country Cured Ham is perfect for pick-up sandwiches, and our pan sausage is great for casseroles.
Having an “I Do” Barbecue?
Try Stripling’s Smoked Links, Stripling’s BBQ/Brats/Ribs and choose from our large assortment of sauces.
Throwing a Post Wedding Brunch?
Treat your guests to Stripling’s famous sausage, smoked bacon, buttermilk biscuits, stone ground grits, southern style white gravy — we have everything you need for a Southern brunch to satisfy your guests for their trips back home!
All of Stripling’s products are available for order in gift combinations at www.striplings.com, or you can stroll the aisles yourself at the Stripling’s General Store on Monroe Highway outside of Athens to see our brands up close. A full-service grocery store with a butcher counter and countless additional brands of packaged goods, the store is a goldmine of locally produced foods.
Whether served on the family dinner table or packaged with care as a gift for friends and family, Stripling’s products promise a one-of-a-kind and tasty experience for the meateaters in your life.