Chris and I are getting our heads round the fact that if we are having a wedding we are going to do it properly. That includes all the things that we weren’t originally planning on such as a wedding cake and photographer.
One thing that I thought we’d leave out were wedding favours. As far as I’m concerned they are a bit pointless but after getting swept up in the number of purple options available 😀 and looking at the history of them, I’m beginning to change my mind.
Originally favours were made of sugar to signify wealth and generosity as it was expensive and rare. Sugar was also believed to have benefits to health so was a sign of caring for the wellbeing of the guests.
Centuries later almonds covered in sugar (known as confetti) became popular and traditionally 5 were given to each guest to symbolise wealth, fertility, health, longevity and happiness.
The almond and sugar combination represents the bitter sweetness of marriage (don’t panic, Chris!)
Today’s favours can range from chocolates to soaps, candles to bubbles. There is a huge variety of choice (a little overwhelming!) and I haven’t decided yet what would suit us and our guests best. I like the idea of carrying on with the tradition of having 5 but think we will steer clear of almonds…