Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception. Usually well deserved, most guests have had a hand in your relationship as well as the wedding itself. They are especially nice for a destination wedding when most guests have spent quite a bit in travel expenses. While the gesture itself is nice, as a wedding professional I must be honest in that most favors are a bit of waste. If you are looking for somewhere to save, this is a good one. Most times people never take them. That said, if done right they can be great. We had a wedding recently that used customized tumblers as favors, that doubled as a seating chart. It was a huge hit! It can also be a great way to incorporate your wedding style and colors. This website Beau Coup has a lot of cute cutomizeable options.
We love these flamingo bottle openers!
Here is a little bit of history on the wedding favor for you to chew:
The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty. (In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits). As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favor for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five Jordan almonds are 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 are a metaphor for the bitter sweetness of a marriage.
(Info from Wikipedia)
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