Wedding favours are popular at weddings throughout the UK, but many people do not know the history and that this tradition, has been around for centuries to thank their guests.
Wedding favours are a way for the bride and groom to thank their guests for sharing their big day.
They were also considered as a symbol of good luck, and so the couple would be sharing their luck and happiness with their guests.
It is believed that this tradition, originated from the French aristocracy in the 16th century. Where guests would be presented with a small gift called ‘Bonbonnieres’.
Bonbonnieres would typically be a delicate jewel encrusted box that contained sugared almonds or sweets.
This was at a time when sugar was considered a luxurious delicacy, as it was believed that sugar had health-giving properties.
A gift of a bonbonniere was a symbol of care to all guests. Sugared almonds carried additional significance at weddings, as the bitterness of the almonds and the sweetness of the sugar was thought to symbolize the bitter-sweetness of marriage. In the Middle East, the bride gave 5 almonds to her guests and this was to represent fertility, wealth, health, longevity and happiness.
The tradition of wedding favours can also be found throughout Europe for hundreds of years, with the Italians giving chocolate wedding favours. The Spanish would give their guest a vase of orange blossoms as this symbolized fulfillment and happiness. Greece also offered their guest’s candy coated almonds and these were called ‘Bom Bom Yara’. In England, couples would give hand crafted ‘love knots’, made of ribbons and lace, expressing the gratitude to their guests.
Now, wedding favours are common throughout ceremonies all over the world. The Sheridan Suite is proud to offer couples help with incorporating this ancient tradition into their special day to say thanks to their guests. For more information about The Sheridan and wedding favours, please feel free to contact us to find out more, on 0161 203 5444.