Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding celebration. The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one dating back to the European upper class, which gave guests tokens of appreciation called bonbonnieres, a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones containing confectionery delicacies, at a time when sugar was quite expensive. As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. Traditionally, five Jordon Almonds were presented in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify the bitter sweetness of a marriage
Today, wedding favors are commonplace in ceremonies worldwide varying according to the culture, wealth, the interests of the couple, and/or theme of the wedding. The wedding favor has emerged as an integral part of wedding design and planning, with many couples favoring modern interpretations of old traditions.
We have found our clients using wedding favors as a way to bring in personal DIY touches to their celebration. With the pinterest craze, brides and grooms are being inspired to create a little something with meaning for their guests, while other clients share their love for sweets or the idea of reliving a childhood memory. Here are some of our favorite wedding favor ideas we have used and hope you become inspired as well::
Jenny + Ravi wedding favor idea was selected for not only their love of travel, but the majority of their guests traveling great distances to celebrate with them. Jenny create personalized luggage tags for each guest and not one was a like.
Giving edible party favors is indeed an exciting way to incorporate personal touches, especially when you create silhouette cookies. Izzie + Matt selected Michael’s Cookie Jar to create a custom cookie wedding favor for their guests. But, be careful…they looked so much like the couple some were a little nervous about bitting the head off. Just kidding – the cookies were so good, that didn’t last long.
Kaleigh + Jared’s wedding favor incorporated childhood memories of miniature pecan pies and the love of a little Dr. Pepper. The family estate was home to pecan trees, which Kaleigh’s father obsessed over, while Dr. Pepper gave tribute to the start of their relationship. When the two began dating, Jared would order pitchers of Dublin Dr. Pepper at the pizzeria where Kaleigh worked. A match made in heaven, we think.
Darby + Bart also shared a love for pie (and lots of it)! Nestled within their sweet buffet were pies on a stick, assorted tiny pies, and pies in a jar from Tiny Pies. With a little bag to take some home, their wedding favor was a gift that kept on giving all the way home.
Wedding favors should create something a little fun for your guests to enjoy. We believe a tried and true wedding favor is something edible or practical and definitely something your wedding guests will truly enjoy. Spend the dollars here wisely as we would hate for any wedding favor to be tossed away.