With how busy you are going to be on your big day, you might not have the chance to thank everyone for coming face to face. Wedding favours can be a great way to do just that, while also offering your guests a special keepsake. However, did you know these cute trinkets weren’t always given? Let’s take a look at the history of wedding favours and how they differ around the world.
Renaissance England, France, and Italy:
The first mention of wedding favours is in England during the 16th century. While they were little more than love knots, made from lace and ribbon. These were handed out to guests as a way to not just symbolize the everlasting love of the wedding couple, but also to bring love to the guests as well. The French and Italians gave their guests ornate boxes full of candies or little commemorative trinkets, which they call bonbonnieres. Even though they were originally handed out at any party, they soon because primarily wedding only gifts.
By The Victorian Era, Jordan almonds, or any other sort of sweet treat, wrapped in a decorative cloth became the vogue thing to give out. Consisting of five pieces of the goodies, it was said to represent the five wishes most guests wished to bestow on the couple: wealth, health, longevity, fertility, and happiness. These little packets of treats were a way for the couple to send that wish back to their guests.
While you still may get Jordan almonds, more and more couples are moving toward personalized wedding favours. Some of the most popular gifts are engraved glasses, little boxes with self-care products, or even flipflops for guests to slip into at the end of the night after dancing for hours. This is especially true in America, where the trend of super personalized gifts seems to be the way most couples go.
Gifts From Around the World:
However, some couples have not given up on their country’s traditional wedding presents. If you are going to an Italian wedding you still may receive a bonbonniere, full of lovely chocolates and a fantastic keepsake box. In Russia, you will probably get candles and a picture frame. Where as in Ireland, wedding bells are common to receive. And in India, wedding guests can expect to get a small hand-crafted elephant memento.
So even if it is an old school love knot, something personal, or a nod to your cultural heritage, it is sure to be a special treasure for your guests to remember the day you and your partner vowed to love each other forever.