How to Select the Right Wedding Favours For Your Ideal Wedding


  • Author Sian Mcfee
  • Published August 31, 2011
  • Word count 722

There are many things that one needs to complete a wedding ceremony. These can be anywhere from table crystals for weddings used as decorations, a wedding guest book and wedding favours. These items need to be chosen through meticulous planning. The more choices there are the harder it is to narrow down the list and make just the right selection.

Wedding favours are a very old tradition of distributing small gifts to guests of the wedding as a token of appreciation or gesture of gratitude from the bride and groom. Bombonieres were believed to be the first wedding favours given away by European aristocrats as a sign of wealth and royalty. It is a small trinket box that contains sugar cubes or confections and is usually made out of porcelain, crystals or precious stones. During this time sugar was only afforded by the wealthy but as it became cheaper throughout the centuries, almonds took its place. By the thirteenth century, sugar coated almonds known as confetti to the Italians became the trend. By tradition, a confection box containing five Jordan almonds symbolised health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life. Jordan almonds, sugared almonds or confetti are almonds covered with candy coating of various colours that originated from Italy and are great wedding favours for traditional weddings. Colours represent certain celebrations where white Jordan almonds are used for weddings, red for graduations and yellow, pink or blue for baby showers. You may be wondering why sugared almonds are ones used for wedding favours. This is because the bitterness of almonds combined with the sweetness of sugar symbolise the bitter sweetness of a married life.

Nowadays, wedding favours can be anything that the bride and groom see fit for their wedding as long as it is within their budget. Always remember though, the wedding favours that you choose reflect your individual personality and style it is best to choose one the appeals mostly to you.

There are a variety of wedding favours to choose from and choosing just the right one can be an extremely complex and long process. To help you with your decision, here are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right wedding favours.

The first thing to consider is to decide whether you want your wedding favours to be edible or keepsake items. Edible items never go wrong they are consumed immediately afterwards. These can be Jordan almonds, cake, chocolate truffles, preserves, cookies and other confections. Keepsake items can be almost anything that deserves to be a memento of this special day.

The next thing to consider is the budget. Contrary to popular belief, wedding favours do not need to be expensive. It only needs a little creativity to fit your intended budget. In fact, some even do handmade souvenirs to make it more personal for their guests. In the event that you find these items too expensive, you simply have to contact the supplier if they can give you a discounted price. Most suppliers can make adjustments to the price depending on how much of the item you will be purchasing similar to a wholesale purchase.

Lastly, consider if the wedding favours you want your guests to receive are to be useful to them. A lot of couples do not give much thought on this and in the end, their favours just end up stored somewhere in the home of their guests. If items are useful to guests, there is a good chance that they will truly remember your wedding every time they use that item and they will greatly appreciate it. These can be decorative candles, champagne flutes, key chains, decorative letter openers or cheese knives and beautiful containers or boxes that can be used to store small items.

It is important to remember that your wedding favours should match the overall theme of the wedding. This is similar to how you pick out the colour of table crystals for weddings that adorn the centrepiece of tables and the colour of the wedding guest book you wish to use. And never follow trends. In choosing wedding favours follow your own instincts. It will be more of an accomplishment if you choose one of personal choice rather than ones that are popular. After all, the gifts you choose are a reflection of your own personality and style.

Sian McFee writes articles for Wedding & Party Store, a supplier of wedding accessories. On this site you can find wedding favours, a tradition of a small gift from the bride and groom at most weddings. You'll also find other perfect accessories such as guest books and table crystals.

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