The history behind Wedding Favours

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Wedding favours are a time-honoured tradition

The giving of small gifts at weddings from the bride and groom as a thank you to their guests is very commonplace.  But how many of you know where this tradition originated? Let us enlighten you with this brief history of wedding favours!

 The practice of giving favours dates back hundreds of years to around the sixteenth century Europe.  At this time, they were called Bonbonniere.  A Bonbonniere was a small, intricate trinket box made of porcelain or crystal and sometimes embedded with precious metals.  The gift inside was usually sugar cubes or some form of confectionary. At the time, sugar was only affordable by the wealthy, so to give sugar to your wedding guests symbolised how wealthy and generous you were. As the price of sugar fell over time, the practice of giving Bonbonniere filtered its way down the class system and became more and more widespread.  Sugar coated Almonds were the popular choice, they became known as “Confetti”.  However, the distribution of Confetti dates back to Roman times, albeit coated with honey rather than sugar.  The resurgence of the use of Confetti at weddings gained popularity through the centuries.  These almonds were, and still are, called Jordan almonds and traditionally 5 would be given to each guest, to symbolise Fertility, Longevity, Wealth, Health and Happiness. Fresh almonds taste bittersweet and this represents life. The sugar coating is added as a sign of hope that married life will be more sweet than bitter!

 

 


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