Did you know wedding favours were first given to French Aristocrats many centuries ago and were originally known as Bonbonniere? If you were having your wedding in these times your guests would expect something very glamorous and expensive, as a sign not only of your gratitude for them attending your wedding, but also as a bit of a status symbol ‘We’re so well off we’re giving you sugar’ etc (sugar was a symbol of royalty, it was more centuries till sugar was readily available to the masses!)
Bonbonnierre were traditionally a small trinket box made from crystal or porcelain
encrusted with precious stones,meant as a symbol of good luck. In more recent times these were replaced by Almonds and then Sugared Almonds. These are given traditionally in sets of five to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.
Wedding favours now come in all shapes and sizes, so far this year alone we’ve seen candles, seeds, jelly beans, lottery tickets, charitable donations, soap, chocolate, ceramics....
Are you having anything unusual, something that’s not on our list? Or going for traditional sugared almonds?
Main picture: Single Truffle Wedding favours from Montezuma's