... small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from
the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or reception.
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Interesting Wedding Favor History ...
The tradition of distributing wedding favors is a very old one. It is believed that
the first wedding favor, common amongst European aristocrats, was known as a bonbonniere.
A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones. The contents
of these precious boxes were generally sugar cubes or delicate confections, which symbolize
wealth and royalty. In this era, sugar was an expensive commodity and was treasured only
among the wealthy. It was believed that sugar contained medical benefits.
As the price of sugar decreased throughout centuries, the tradition of providing gifts to guests
reached the general populace and was embraced by couples of modest means.
As sugar became more affordable, bonbonnieres were replaced with almonds.
For centuries, almonds were commonly distributed to wedding guests to signify well wishes on the
bridegroom's new life. In the thirteenth century, almonds coated with sugar, known as confetti, were
introduced. Confetti soon transformed to sugared almonds, which later evolved into the wedding favor
for modern day weddings. Traditionally, five sugared almonds are presented in a confection box
or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.
The bitterness of the almond and the sweetness of the coated candy exemplify
the bitter sweetness of a marriage.