Origins and Tradition of 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”.