The tradition of giving a small gift to wedding guests has a long history and is now shared in cultures worldwide. Wedding Favours are a small gift, a gesture of appreciation and gratitude from the bride and groom on their wedding day. This practice has become popular for other occasions and celebrations; baby showers, engagement parties, bridal showers, retirement parties, anniversaries, corporate events, dinner parties etc.

In England the earliest account of a wedding favour dates back to the 16th century: to represent a couple’s love bond, each of the guests would be given love knots made of lace and ribbon. In the 17th century  sugar was an expensive ingredient and thought to have medicinal properties and at this time wedding favours among the European aristocracy took the form of sugar cubes or confectionary presented in a box made of gold, porcelain or crystal, and decorated with gemstones, often called a Bonbonnière. Charbonnel et Walker, famous for its innovative packaging, were Leopold de Rothschild’s wedding favour chocolates of choice when he married Marie Perugia, 1881 in London.

As sugar became more affordable, aspiring middle classes enthusiastically embraced the trend of sweet wedding favours until eventually it became a widely accepted norm across the whole social strata. Bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds, traditionally, five almonds are 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 are a metaphor for the bitter sweetness of a marriage.

Nowadays couples tend to choose wedding favours that reflect their budget, taste and personality; representing their love story and complementing their individual wedding theme or decoration. Wedding favours may include personalised gifts or perhaps a photo frame with a picture of the married couple. Just as in the beginnings of the tradition, confectionary wrapped in beautiful packaging is still a fabulous choice!