Wedding favours are popular at weddings throughout the UK today. But many people are not aware that they are a centuries-old tradition, steeped in history.
It is believed that wedding favours originated amongst the French aristocracy and went by the name of Bonbonnieres (much prettier, isn't it?) The Bonbonniere was a small gift given to guests at weddings amongst the high classes and would typically be a small box, made of crystal or precious stones, containing sugared almonds or other sweet treats. This was at a time when sugar was considered a luxurious delicacy, as it was believed to hold medicinal properties and was a lot more expensive and difficult to get hold of compared to today.
This tradition spread across Europe, with the Italians giving chocolate wedding favours and the Spanish giving their guests a vase of orange blossoms, symbolic of fulfilment and happiness. Wedding parties in Greece also offered their guests candy coated almonds, giving them the name of Bom Bom Yara. Even as far as the Middle East, the bride would provide five almonds for her guests to represent fertility, wealth, longevity, health and happiness. And when wedding favours first came to England, around the sixteenth century, English bridal couples would give 'love knots' made of ribbons and lace.
Wedding favours are a way for the bride and groom to thank their guests for sharing in their big day. They were also considered as a symbol of good luck, and so by giving wedding favours to their guests, the couple would be sharing their luck and happiness with them.
Nowadays, wedding favours are commonplace in ceremonies across the world. Here at Forever Wedding Favours, we are proud to be part of this ancient tradition and enable couples to offer their guests thanks for sharing their special day. For more information about our products, please feel free to browse our full range online or call us on 01527853397.