The History of a Wedding Bomboniere
How a “high class” element became essential in weddings
Wedding favours are small presents that are handed out, by the bride and the groom, as a token of their appreciation, towards their guests during the ceremony.
Their first appearance was amongst the “high class or aristocrats ” and were known as bomboniere. A bomboniere used to be a small box, made of crystal, porcelaine and valuable stones. The content of these boxes was actually cubed sugar, delicacies, sweets and candy. They represented wealth and reign, during that era sugar was expensive and was considered an element of the wealthy. They also believed that sugar had healing qualities. As the decades went by and the price of the sugar start decreasing, it became a tradition to hand a bomboniere to the guests of a wedding and was adopted by the young couples.
As the cost of sugar was becoming smaller and smaller, it was replaced by almonds. For centuries almonds were handed out to the guests of a wedding ceremony, so they could give their best wishes to the couple to -be, for a wonderful life. In the 13th century almonds were covered by sugar known as confetti. According to tradition, five almonds from Jordan were wrapped in elegant pieces of fabric and was a symbol of wealth and happiness, health and long lasting life.
The bitterness of the almonds combined with the sweetness of the sugar, represented the bitter and the sweet moments throughout a married life. The colour of the almond is usually white or light pink for weddings, red for graduations, golden or silver for a 25 or 50 year old anniversary .
Today, guest’s presents are known slightly as wedding favours (with that name in USA and Canada) and are recognised and used by different ways in every culture.
Bomboniere, constitute such a significant piece in the planning of a wedding leading to a huge business category. (image)
Tips on buying bomboniere or favours :
- Before you rush into ordering or buying bomboniere, you might want to consider where is going to take place your wedding ceremony, the style and the theme. If the ceremony takes place in a hotel venue then they should be more chic and as opposed to more simple to an outdoor venue where you can choose more designs and play with colour
- If the ceremony takes place in a hotel venue then they should be more chic and as opposed to more simple to an outdoor venue where you can choose more designs and play with colours. If your bomboniere are big and colourful and you would like to place them on top of your guest’s tables, make sure they do not take a lot of space , because space is valuable. Place them in a big tray, together or on a separate table, which is easily accessible and obvious to all the guests, during their entrance or exit.
- In warmer climates, like Greece, chocolate bomboniere must be avoided, unless they are maintained in an air-conditioned room, where the guests can receive them from.
- If you are thinking of making the bomboniere by yourself, think about the amount of time that you are going to need and of course their wrapping. If you are busy, you could easily ask for help of your friends and family.
- Edible bomboniere are preferable more welcome to the guests, but need special preparation. Cookies, cakes and fresh delicacies need to be stored in particular containers so they remain in perfect temperature.
- Don’t use materials that are going to cost you a lot, because they are simply gonna go to waste, unless of course your budget is not a tight .
- Organzas and satin boxes are indeed beautiful, only if you can handle the cost.
- Try out something cheaper and less fancy or prefer something that has a long term usability that you can simply decorate with a small satin bow in your favourite colours.
- If there is no wedding planner, who is going to hard out the wedding favours, make sure you have friends or family taking care of bomboniere. If this is not possible, make sure that they are visible and accessible to guests.
Finally how is your guest personality? serious, friendly, laid back? try to adjust them so they can enjoy them.