Wedding Favours have been around for centuries. It is widely believed that the European aristocracy began the tradition of bestowing wedding favours upon all of their guests. Favours began as a reflection of the happy couple’s desire to pass on their good luck to their guests.
Originally favours were called “Bonbonniere” and were typically small boxes of crystal or porcelain holding cubes of sugar. This was considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and royalty.
As time went on Bonbonnieres were replaced with 5 sugared almonds (Jordan Almonds) which were presented either in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric. The bitterness of the almond and sweetness of the sugar were said to represent the bitter sweetness of a marriage.The 5 Jordan Almonds are meant to bring health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife —
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
Nowadays, a wedding favour is a gift from the Bride and Groom to their guests on their Wedding Day. They are given as a token of thanks for sharing their ‘big day’ with them and they also serve as a reminder of the couple’s special moment.
Wedding favours are traditionally placed at a wedding guest’s place setting around the table and can even be combined with the guest’s place name.
Today, the wedding favour can be almost any kind of keepsake, and is often personalized with the couple’s name and wedding date. Other than that, the sky is limited only by the confines of one’s own imagination.
On our wedding travels we have seen a vast array of wedding favours – we love it when the children get extra special favours and the Christmas Wedding Favours are my favourite!!
I hope you have enjoyed having a look at the photos of some of our couples’ favours. As you can see the range is huge and very personal to each wedding!