The tradition of leaving wedding guests favours is a long standing one, originally called 'bonbonnieres' and it used to be that couples would leave small trinket boxes for guests containing sugar cubes. The price of sugar at the time was very high and as sugar became less expensive, the tradition of giving almonds replaced the cubes of sugar. The significance of a bonbonniere was to share good wishes to a new way of life. In the 13th century this then evolved to sugar coated almonds (called confetti) and this eventually became a tradition of giving 5 sugared almonds representing health, wealth, fertility, longevity and happiness.
As traditions move on and change many couples still opt to leave a little something for their guests, although this is certainly not expected as much today.
If you are thinking about wedding favour options and want a little inspiration, we have compiled a few ideas we have seen over the last few years.
Wildflower seed packets always go down so well and not only are you giving your guests something to enjoy over and over again as they watch their flowers grow each year, they are wonderful for the environment too by helping bees, birds and native wildlife. The Eden project sell wildflower seed packets, just down the road from us and you can get lovely ones made especially for your day by companies such as Little Green Wedding Co which double up as name places too.
Or why not try and make your own seed bombs as per this guide from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.
Delicious fudge, such a treat! We love Rolys Fudge Pantry and their choice of flavours is extensive. Small bags or jars of fudge make a wonderful option for favours, or how about a sweetie table of fudge for your guests to tuck into?
Cake pops! Delicious balls of cake coated in chocolate make the perfect sweet treat favour. Nicky Grant, based in cornwall hand makes chocolate inspired wedding favours that are like little works of art, definitely worth looking at. If you are planning your wedding with a christmas in mind, she even makes chocolate baubles. Or how about her beautiful chocolate seashells for a beach theme wedding?
Wedding favours for charity have become so popular over the last few years. Why not see what your preferred charity offers in terms of donations in lieu of favours and leave a little note or pin for your guests to let them know. Brides Magazine have a great article and list of charities for doing just that on their website here.
Whatever you decide, giving favours to guests is completely up to you. Some couples now opt for sweetie tables instead of individual favours or photo booths for both evening entertainment and a gift of photos. Others bake biscuits or make their own jam. Some couples leave little gifts of plants. Whatever you decide, favours or no favours, it is your day, your way!