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What are wedding favours?

 

If you have been to a wedding recently, you may well have come home with a little box or silk pouch filled with sugared almonds or some other sort of confectionery. Though many think the idea of 'wedding favours' is relatively new, it in fact is a wedding tradition that goes back several centuries.

Initially, favours were reserved for the weddings of the upper classes as a way for the bride and groom to thank their guests for being a part of their celebration. European aristocrats presented their guests with a gift of a small box, usually filled with sugar, as at the time this was a very expensive commodity. However, as sugar became more affordable, it was eventually replaced by five sugar coated almonds, representing health, wealth, longevity, fertility and happiness, with the contrast between the bitterness of the nut and the sweet coating representing the bitter and sweet in a marriage.

With the huge expansion of the wedding industry and the desire for couples to have a wedding that is unique and personalised to them, favours now come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. It is completely up to you as to who you decide to give favours to - some couples give favours to each guest, others give them only to their female guests or you could have different favours for your male and female guests.

Favours can also be given to your guests at christenings, baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, civil partnerships, hen parties or any occasion when you want to give your guests a special something!

I hope you can find the favour you are looking for here. However, please get in touch if you have any queries.

Elena

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