Any bride-to-be will know how much wedding planning is a thorough process, making sure every little detail is micromanaged. When I was going through the finer details with my wedding planner, she asked me what we would like to do for our wedding favours? I had no idea what these were so the research began and wow did it open my mind to a variety of different ideas!
Wedding favours are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during the wedding reception. There is a long history of these being a popular tradition stemming back centuries ago. It is believed that the first one was known as a bonbonniere – 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 symbolises wealth and royalty. Sugar was deemed as an expensive commodity and was treasured only among the wealthy.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. 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!
I am not a huge fan of sugared almonds so this was not on my list of priorities, but here are a few weird and wonderful ideas that I came across;
A piece of wedding cake – boxed and gifted after the cutting of the cake
Flavoured salts or spices – traditionally the ones used in your wedding menu
Popcorn – a sweet treat and modern day version of a sugared almond
Lemonchello – a smooth alcoholic shot which is the perfect digestive after dinner
Cake pops – a creatively cute and edible piece of confectionery
Seed bombs – eco-friendly and symbolising new beginnings of the new chapter of the bride and groom
Candles – if there is a fragrance at your wedding, a scented candle will create a nostalgic memories of the day
Mini champagne – bottles of fizz are always a great way to celebrate
Hangover kits – a small bag of plasters, vitamins and water to take away after the heavy night is practical yet playful
I must say, some of these are fabulous ideas, and I think with us having a Nikki beach themed wedding I’ve got a few surprises in store for my guests!
However, I wont be going too crazy like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did at their wedding, they gave each of their guests a $500 bottle of Bollinger champagne, $200 Creme de la Mer products, handmade souvenir trinkets with Kim and Kanye’s initials etched in Swarovski crystals and vouchers for treatments at the hotel’s spa.
You can go as big or small as you want for your wedding favours, but the most popular gifts are usually ones that are edible or personal to the bride and groom. Trinkets and bags can get abandoned at the end of the evening. Take your wedding theme into account and make it fun!