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Saturday, February 22, 2014

More About Wedding Favors

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Wedding favors are mementos or gifts given by newlyweds for their guests after the wedding or at the reception.

It is known that the history of giving wedding favors started with couples in the old European upper class, who would offer items to their guests as a token of their gratitude. The bonbonniere, as it was called, was their expression of gratitude to their friends, relatives and acquaintances for having been present to witness their blessed union. These keepsakes used to come in expensive boxes – tiny chests made of porcelain and other pricey materials — and contained costly sweets (sugar lumps) or confections. It was a display of great wealth, and rich guests deserved nothing less.

sunglassfavorsThe tradition had eventually passed on among commoners who accepted the idea, but rather than such pricey giveaways, they made do with a unique wedding favor that went within their modest means.

Somewhere along the line of the wedding favors’ history, almonds became the preference of the majority. The 13th century saw the rise of the sugar-coated kind, called confetti, and it was supposed to signify the bitter-sweet union that is marriage. The almonds were offered in odd numbers (commonly in 3s or 5s) to make them difficult to divide, and each nut carried with it a specific meaning, like health, happiness, or wealth.

Nowadays, offering wedding favors to guests is still being done. In fact, it has become an expected part of the reception, and the wedding feast seems to be incomplete without it. However, the tradition had since evolved from sugar and candy-coated almonds to other more diverse and unique concepts .

When it comes to picking unique wedding favors, a couple is limited only by their imagination and budget. But even budget limitations can be overcome with a little creativity and a lot of effort. And effort can be minimized by intensive research and excellent planning.

Wedding planners, wedding sites, and other experts all agree that the selection of gift should coincide with the theme chosen for the event. It can be a unique wedding favor, or a traditional one presented in a unique package. Depending on the couple’s budget, it can be costly or inexpensive – but it should certainly be unique and well-thought of. Customized with the couple’s names, the date of the event, the venue, and a small thank you note would serve as a great finishing touch.

There are a lot of concepts to choose from, and this Blog and the Internet are the best places to a look.

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