Origins and Tradition of Unique Wedding Favours

28/07/2016

Unique Wedding Favours
If you've ever been invited to a wedding, chances are you walked away with a small gift in your hands. Be it a precious matchbook with the couple’s name or a refined crystal glass, you’ll be sent home with a memento of such a special event. But why are wedding guests presented with these small party favours? When and why did this tradition start? As you may already know, the history behind unique wedding favours is quite unique and enchanting. Let’s start by saying that party favours represent the gratitude of the bride and the groom. It’s their way to thank you for your generous gift and loving presence during their most important day. The origins of wedding favours date back to the eighteenth century. We’re in France and at that time favours were called “bombonnièrs”, a french word which means bonbon box. Bonbons are refined chocolate pralines which had a high value especially in that specific period. The box or tins which contained them were also very precious and elaborated. Bombonnièrs were not only delicious and valuable, but they also had a symbolic meaning, bringing good luck and prosperity to the spouses’ friends. Before the French bombonnièrs, though, there were traces of wedding favours back in the fifteenth century in Italy. Here, families used to exchange precious confetti boxes named “Confettata”.

Tradition and quirky of unique wedding favours

Don’t mistake english confetti with Italian ones. Confetti in Italy are, in fact, toasted almond covered in sugar. They’re usually white, but they can also be of different colours and with a huge variety of fillings and flavours (pear, chocolate, coconut.). On top of the “Confettata”, the Italian tradition also wanted the groom to give the so called “coppa amatoria” to the bride. It was a cup made in ceramic filled with confetti and with a woman’s face or a pregnant rabbit at the bottom. The drawing was a sign of love and prosperity for the couple. In England party favours were born around the sixteenth century as a generic gift to donate in special occasions and not just in occasion of a wedding. They were called “sweetmeat boxes” and they were made with precious materials: gold-plated silver, pure gold with crystals or gemstones. Inside there were candies and sweets of different types. For the new year of 1574, for example, Queen Elizabeth I was given a party favour. At that time noblewomen loved enjoying their luscious boxes in the privacy of their rooms, an activity which was considered very sensual.
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