The act of giving wedding favours began in Victorian England. Wealthy brides gave small fabric bags of sugar cubes or sugared confections to their guests. Sugar was expensive and usually only affordable for the wealthy classes, therefore giving sugar gifts signified their status. Edible wedding favours appear to be the first favours and their popularity continues to this day, as one of the most appreciated of all!
As sugar became more affordable generally, brides adopted the practice of presenting "Bonbonnieres" which is a box containing bonbons (candies) to their guests, as well. Sugar covered almonds also became a popular choice. These represented the bitter sweet aspects of marriage. Each guest received 5 almonds wrapped in fancy damask fabric bags. The five almonds stood for fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity for the marriage.
Favours are also given at birthday parties, particularly children’s birthday parties, these are usually in the form of a little bag containing a small toy and some lollies or candy.
Today, gifts given to wedding guests are commonly known as wedding favours and are shared in cultures worldwide. Wedding favours have become a part of wedding reception planning, including in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Mostly these gifts contain lollies or chocolate, but also small plants or gifts such as candles have become popular. Gifts are often personalized with the couple's names, initials or wedding date, or simply a sticker saying “thank you”.
These days wedding favours are often focused around the theme of the wedding, for example pink and white jelly beans to complement pink bridesmaid dresses etc. Wedding favours can also double as a table decoration, thereby reducing the amount needed to spend on other table decorations. They can also provide a source of small talk for guests when they are first seated at the reception, especially as an ice-breaker if you don’t know the other guests at your table that well.
There really isn’t any limit to what you can give guests as favours nowadays, it’s all about personal preference, budget and how it might fit with other aspects of the wedding. The internet is full of options for ready-made wedding favours to purchase, or you could easily create your own.
Are wedding favours necessary?
While wedding favours are not essential, they are however a great way to say thanks to your guests for coming to share your special day. If you can fit them into your budget, they present a lovely touch on the table.
Doing our own wedding favours versus having someone do them for you
Weddings are an extraordinarily busy and stressful time. There are a million things to think about and the more you can lift some of those little things off your own shoulders the better. There are a number of online businesses dealing in wedding favours, check out www.sweetasgifts.co.nz – they have the most gorgeous lolly wedding favours, all made up for you to place on the table.