Favours, Gifts & Accessories
- The History of Wedding Favours
The History of Wedding Favours
Contrary to the more hopeful imagination of some grooms, a Wedding Favour is a small gift given by the Bride and Groom to their guests at a wedding reception in appreciation of their love and support on their special day. The tradition of distributing wedding favours is a very old one and it is believed that the first Wedding Favour, common amongst European Aristocrats, was known as a Bonbonniere.
A Bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. and the contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolized wealth and royalty as sugar was an expensive commodity in those days.
As the price of sugar decreased through the centuries, the tradition of presenting gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of more modest means and Bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. Traditionally, five sugared almonds were presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy symbolise the bitter sweetness of a marriage.
Favours can be co-ordinated to match the colour scheme or theme and make wonderful table decorations. They can range from the traditional sugared almonds or chocolates to individual designer gifts which guests can take home as a reminder of a wonderful day. Wedding Favours have become a part of wedding reception planning and are becoming more diverse and enterprising, making them a great talking point amongst guests who may be meeting for the first time.
Whatever style of Favours you are looking for, you can be sure that we have the perfect solution at affordable prices.