Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Beautiful wedding favour ideas
I thought I would write about wedding favours today as I want to shout about two lovely companies who have some gorgeous favours and ideas for packaging them up for your guests. Let me start with a little bit of history for you as I think we all take this age old tradition a little bit for granted;
The tradition of giving wedding favours is a very old one. It is believed that the first wedding favour, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize wealth and royalty.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds. For centuries, almonds were commonly given to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the bridegroom’s new life.
Today, gifts to guests are commonly known as wedding favours and are shared in cultures worldwide. Wedding favours are diverse and usually complement the theme or season of the event.
Mandy at Shug Toscana has some simply beautiful Italian inspired wedding favour boxes in her range, plus you have the option of filling them with her Tuscan beauty products, any guest would be thrilled!
Kate Aspen has just launched their UK company and let me tell you it is fabulous. Laura who works for the company has been kind enough to share some of her favourites with me for this blog. I love the Doves and the Tea for two (of course I do its tea related)
Lots of the brides I am working with for their vintage weddings are providing their guests with home brewed beer for the men and jars of homemade jam for the ladies, this is just so lovely, I found the photo below at a delightful blog, you can find it here
and for the men... Photo found here