Ordering wedding favours from a website like eBay or Etsy can be a great way to find exactly what you’re looking for. However, if these items are food-related, it is likely that you are buying from someone who is not health inspected or approved. Someone making or packaging chocolates, cookies, or other food-related products in their home kitchen will not follow the strict health and safety guidelines enforced by an authority like Alberta Health Services. This could mean their space isn’t clean, their hands aren’t washed or gloves aren’t worn, or that they are not properly sterilizing their equipment. It is important to ensure you use a reputable vendor for all of your wedding products and services. In the case of edible wedding favours, using someone without the proper processes and permits could mean that you’re putting your guests at risk of illness.
Your guests are very important to you, and their health should be very important to anyone creating favours for your wedding. If you’re choosing an edible wedding favour – whether it’s cookies, candy, or our tea – be sure that you’re using a licensed vendor with the right health permits and inspections. Tearrific’s prep space is AHS approved and inspected to make sure we’re meeting all of their strict standards. The Tea Wagon, which is available for catering private events like weddings or parties, is regularly inspected as well. These inspections check to make sure that our sanitizer is the right strength, our fridge and freezer are set at the right temperatures, our water is hot, and many other things related to keeping everyone safe and healthy when consuming food products. I’ve also taken food safety courses so I know important information like what temperatures things should be stored at and how often sanitizer needs to be mixed. Very few online sellers have this food safety knowledge or dedicated, sanitary space.
Have you ever purchased something online that turned out to be a lot smaller or larger than you expected? Choosing a local vendor for your wedding favours means you have a chance to see the product you’re interested in giving to your valued guests in person. We have our wedding favours on display at Event Core so you can check out the different designs and see the quality of our tea before you place an order. You can see the size of the favours and take a look at our different label designs to see if they’ll match your theme. Working with a Calgary-based vendor also means that you can avoid shipping charges, duties, and fees – this can be a huge bonus when dealing with a tight wedding budget.
Tearrific uses all natural ingredients in our teas. All of our blends contain no artificial flavours, colours, or sweeteners and are a safe option for people with gluten intolerance or dairy allergies. Many people avoid choosing edible favours because they worry they can’t cater to the specific needs of every one of their guests – but with tea, it is much easier! We use only quality tins and jars, which ensures that the tea is kept in an air-tight environment and your guests are able to get the most flavour out of their tea. This extends the shelf life of our favours too, so you can cross something off the list early and order your teas more than six months before your wedding.
I will hand-package your tea favours and inspect the jars, tins, and tea ingredients with the same attention to detail that I gave my own wedding favours (which were tea too, of course). I know how busy brides and grooms are in preparing for their big day. Don’t stress about your favours arriving in time from another country or worry about being unable to see the quality of your favours before they show up on your doorstep. We offer personalized service and can often customize our favour labels to exactly the style you’re looking for. If you’re unsure what blend you’d like for your favours, we can send you some tea samples to taste at home. You can also come see us at events around Calgary and order some tea from The Tea Wagon. The tea we serve on the Wagon is the same premium tea that we use in our favours.
Working with a credible local vendor is a great alternative to purchasing your wedding favours from an anonymous online seller. When it comes to food products, it is especially important to be wary of anyone who does not specifically state that they are inspected by their local health authority. These inspections and permits cost money, and many online sellers don’t worry about them because they assume no one will find out. In many cases, you get what you pay for when shopping on the Internet. By working with a local business, you can meet and talk to that person about your needs and see your favours in person before you commit to them. Don’t be disappointed – choose your favours from an Event Core member and know that you’re working with some of the best vendors in the city.