If you’ve just got engaged then this post is probably one to come back to at a later date…yes, it’s the mysterious world of wedding favours.
The origins of distributing wedding favours is a very old one. It is thought that the first wedding favour, common amongst French 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, which symbolize wealth and royalty.
But as the price of sugar gradually reduced, thus becoming more affordable to the masses, the elite couples replaced bonbonnieres with almonds.
For centuries after, almonds became commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life.
Today, the world of wedding favours is open to your own interpretation and inspiration.
I know I found budget (like with most aspects of the wedding) was a major factor in choosing our wedding favours.
I ordered boxes from Ebay and pink tissue paper.
I then ordered Thornton’s chocolates.
After costing it out, the foil wrapped hearts were so expensive I decided to order SIX boxes of Continental chocolates and then hand packed them with the tissue paper.
It worked out three or four per box per box (some chocs were slightly bigger).
Initially I was just going to do favours for the women (as my mum said this was the tradition!),
But my other-half wasn’t keen (surprise, surprise) and we then looked at options for the boys! We considered mini chilli jams (he loves chilli jam) and alcohol miniatures.
I wasn’t keen on the booze as I knew other brides whose venues had been strict (to do with corkage charges) on these, so I never checked with our venue.
So moved on to mini bars of Green & Black’s chocolate.
These bars are a little pricey but can buy in packs and I managed to get a good deal from Waitrose, of all places.
I then bought some ribbon and stacked them in twos, with some help from the girls.
They were then placed on the saucer. Et Voila!
I think if I was to start over I would stick to one type of favour
Well, I thought they looked lovely!
They were a lot more than I initially wanted to pay but that’s weddings for you.
Out of all the weddings I’ve been to I’ve never really paid much attention to the favours even when I was a bridesmaid for my sister (sorry Suzanne).
I think it’s one of those where if it’s your big day it becomes uber important but for the majority of guests its going to be a fleeting glance amid the hustle of guests being seated and drinks being served.
Don’t stress over wedding favours would be my advice.
I know it’s easy to say that ( when I am now not in the bubble of wedding planning) but just bear in mind guests won’t talk about wedding favours afterwards but they will talk about how gorgeous the bride/venue/bridesmaid are!
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