wedding favours are given to your female guests
at your wedding reception; as a small token thank
you for sharing your special day. This tradition
can be traced back hundreds of years throughout
Europe where bonbonnieres were handed out; normally
a porcelain, crystal or metal box filled with
delicacies made of sugar, which over the years
have been replaced with five sugared almonds representing
health, wealth, longevity, happiness and fertility.
wedding favours are still a tradition; but with
many twists. From traditional bomboniere nets
to boxes, from chocolate hearts to jelly beans,
from heart bottle stoppers to organza bags; anything
goes and everyone is looking for that something
is right for you? Look at your wedding favours
from a different angle. Forget the traditions,
forget that your grandmother says you have to
have sugared almonds, forget what all your friends
had or are having. Look at the bigger picture.
what your guests will see when they walk into
the reception; then imagine what each guest will
see as they are seated. Imagine the full picture
and each individual picture. What will they see?
Look at it from your guest’s view.
wedding favours, whilst ticking the box for tradition,
should also form part of your wedding reception
décor and provide your guest with a token
that they want to keep and won’t be thrown
out with the mint wrappers.
a CD with someone else’s musical taste your
idea of a gift, or would you prefer a stainless
steel bottle stopper that will remind you of the
great day you had at your cousin’s wedding?
you want just a small gesture just place a chocolate
foil covered heart on a rolled, tied napkin –
inexpensive but effective. If you want to incorporate
your namecard with a wedding favour, add a personalised
tag to a box or net. If you go for boxes, why
not surprise your guests by having chocolate footballs
for the men and a preserved rose for the ladies.
you go for, ask the Bestman to add to his speech
a little explanation of what wedding favours are
and to remind your guests to take them home.
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