Are you giving your guests favours at your wedding? The traditional wedding favour was five almonds in an organza bag or tulle net tied with ribbon, which signified Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Longevity. They were given to guests by the bride and groom as a gesture of appreciation and gratitude. The tradition started in Ancient Rome with the almonds being sweetened with honey. It was in the 15th Century that the hard sugar coating started to be used and the only option then was white for the colour. Of course these days they come in a huge range of colours including silver and gold. Often a white bag or net is chosen to signify purity.
Symbolically the sweetened almonds represent a successful marriage, the taste of the sweet coating being more dominant than the more bitter taste of the almond itself, “in good times and in bad”. As well as the significance of each almond the number of them should be an odd number as an even number can be divided which superstition says could mean a separation of the couple in the future.
Centuries ago guests of European aristocrats would be honoured with small boxes made of crystal, porcelain or even jewel encrusted silver or gold. Filled with sweet confections they were known as bonbonnieres. Lower classes who could not afford these boxes would use a small bag filled with the five almonds or other nuts instead. As weddings were believed to be lucky the giving of bonbonniers to guests was seen as the bride and groom passing on some of their good fortune.
Nowadays many couples choose to give their guests something perhaps personalised which is significant to them and which can be kept as a memento and reminder of the day.
Traditional style net bonbonniere with 5 sugared almonds decorated with a poinsettia flower for a Christmas wedding. http://www.lilguy.co.uk
1. Silk covered padded favour box with matching ribbon and a diamante buckle
2. Square favour box decorated with satin ribbon, a posy of flowers and Swarovski crystals
3. Glass votive candle holder in aqua with a silver diamante starfish attached
4. Place Name Card decorated with satin ribbon and a silver diamante brooch
5. Small bottle of Homemade Sloe Gin
All by Lilguy Stationery.
Planning on having retro sweets as favours? Or perhaps a sweetie table? Zap Sweets may just have what you’re looking for.
Depending on your budget the following companies may have something to suit your theme, just click on the images for further information and products: Utterly Personal; Letterboxlove; Always Personal.
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The company featured here today is just up the road from me in Cowfold, in the heart of West Sussex and they make traditional jams, jellies, chutneys and sweet treats. No preservatives, food colouring or artificial additives are used in their products.
Cow Bell Pantry offers a selection of delicious preserves and sweet treats that are perfect for gifts, special occasions or just for you. Our lovingly homemade traditional jams, jellies, chutneys and sweets are made by hand in our kitchen in the heart of West Sussex. Ingredients are sourced locally and we specialise is using seasonal produce.
We also tailor make gift bags and hampers to suit any occasion and recipient. Alongside of this we have now started offering a wedding favour service. We work with the bride and groom to create delicious and beautifully presented favours for the guests on their big day.
Mini jars of preserves can be made for up to 100 guests or small boxes of sweets can be made for up to 60 guests.
I’m a big fan of sloe gin and try to make some every year, especially now that we live in the countryside and have loads of sloe trees in our fields. A couple of years ago I gave bottles of it as Christmas presents to some of the family, which went down rather well! Demijohn has lots of different and delicious sounding drinks to choose from, and for those who prefer something non-alcoholic they also have oils and vinegars, jams and chutneys.
The liquid deli Demijohn has created these wedding favours, where the bride and groom want to offer their guests something special and different. The bride and groom choose the size and shape of the glass bottle and then can choose one of 60 delicious artisan liqueurs, whiskies, spirits or fruit vinegars to go inside. Demijohn will even write a free message of their choice, making this a completely bespoke wedding favour and an attractive table decoration.
The range of drinks is both huge and wonderful, as are the bottles. Many opt for the summery Raspberry Vodka, with its brilliant pink colour and smooth flavour of Scottish raspberries infused with vodka. Or for a more Scottish wedding favour choose the Bramble Scotch Whisky liqueur, which brings together the flavours of Scotland in a wonderfully rich and fruity tasting tasty alcoholic drink. Damson or Sloe Gin are equally good after-dinner aperitifs. For those wanting something non alcoholic there is Raspberry Vinegar, which is delicious when mixed with sparkling water.
For a traditional wedding favour choose Traditional Mead, which is the oldest alcoholic drink in the world. A rich, sweet drink, mead was consumed at weddings hundreds of years ago and is believed to be the source of the word ‘honeymoon’ as it is made from honey. Demijohn sells Traditional Mead at just £3.60/100ml making it a very affordable wedding favour.
Demijohn has a large array of miniature bottles from the charming 40ml Apotheker bottles to the most popular slender, teardrop shaped, 100ml Goccia (pictured above) and guests can even bring their bottles back to Demijohn and have them refilled once they have finished.
Demijohn Owner Angus Ferguson says: “Brides and grooms across the country love our wedding favours, because of the way they tastefully enhance their table place settings, while providing a memorable treat for each guest. Our offer of a free handwritten message on each bottle makes them one of the most original, personalised wedding favours around.”
Demijohn’s products also make innovative wedding presents or thank you gifts for members of the wedding party. The romantic heart shaped bottle is a winner for those in love (£25.20), while a personalised engraved wooden box containing six Mystic 100ml bottles is priced from £60. For a sporting fan there is the exclusive Demijohn Sporting Box containing four 500ml bottles filled with Demijohn liqueurs of your choice and two removable trays of eight shot glasses each.
Favours or gifts, these are products to be loved by anyone who enjoys fine drinks.