The five sugared almonds in the traditional tulle-wrapped favour are said to represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity. The giving of wedding favours to each of your guests is a lovely way to let each and every guest know they are special to you. Put a little thought into each gift, perhaps tying a hand written message onto each favour, or giving every guest a different favour; little sweets for younger guests, liquor miniatures, chocolates or even table fireworks for adult guests, each wrapped in brightly coloured tissue paper to help dress the table. Be careful in your choice of favours that you are not being too self indulgent – do your guests really want a commemorative egg cup with the bride and groom’s names painted on? Originally rooted in Europe, favours were given to guests as a token of thanks for taking part in the celebration of the Wedding. Traditionally favours or ‘bonbonnieres’ are five sugared almonds which represent health, longevity of life, happiness, financial wealth and fertility. Current choices for modern favours include ‘Love Heart’ sweets, retro sweets, chocolates, biscuits or jelly beans. Personalised candles to commemorate your event are available. Other alternatives such as beautifully scented soaps, wedding fortune cookies, personalised fortune cookies, or seeds enabling the recipient to grow a bloom from the bride’s bouquet, are increasingly popular. For gentlemen, what about a miniature bottle of spirits, or even a lottery ticket! Brides have even given young trees to grow as their marriage grows! Ask for your favours to be delivered well before the wedding and spend an evening writing each guest a little personalised note on pretty paper to tie to the outside or tuck inside the box. Order a few extra to send to guests that couldn’t attend – favours travel so much better than a slice of wedding cake.
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