Today we consider wedding favours as a cute memoir guests can take home as a sweet reminder of the wedding, but do you know how they came about?
Wedding favours date back to almost 400 years ago in Western Europe. During the medieval period, guests were given confectionery. Sugar was considered a sign of prestige because it was so expensive at the time.
These sugar-coated treats, or even sugar cubes, were gifted in “bonbonnieres”.
As sugar became more affordable, the tradition was adopted by people of all social backgrounds.
In Italy, five sugar-coated almonds were often given to symbolise wealth, health, fertility, longevity and happiness.
Today, wedding couples have become more creative with their choice of favours but what remains is that they’re always pleasing to those with a sweet tooth!