July 27

History of Wedding Favors

History of Wedding Favors

History of Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation or gratitude to guests from the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony or a wedding reception.
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 boutonniere. 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).[citation needed] 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.

Today, gifts to guests are commonly known as wedding favors and are shared in cultures worldwide. Wedding favors have become a part of wedding reception planning, especially in the United States and Canada. Wedding favors are diverse and usually complement the theme or season of the event. Classic favors can range from the classic sugared almonds or individual chocolates to candles and scented soaps. Modern gift trends include: CDs with the favorite music of the bride and groom, shot glasses filled with colored candy or silver picture frames with a photo of the couple. Gifts may also be personalized with the couple’s names, initials or wedding date.

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September 29

Wedding Favor Etiquette

Your wedding day wouldn’t be nearly as much fun or memorable without all your loving friends and family who traveled near and far to celebrate with you. Express your thanks with wedding favors that are meaningful and will be appreciated by your guests. Don’t waste money on tchotchkes your guests will almost certainly throw away, or leave on the tables. Giving wedding favors is an age-old tradition that has evolved tremendously over the years. Today, couples are using their creativity and presenting favors that are thoughtful and personal. There are no set rules of etiquette in presenting favors, but here are a few guidelines to help you get started.

Are wedding favors necessary?

While wedding favors are not as crucial as say, the wedding cake, they are a wonderful way to thank your guests and give them a lasting memory of your wedding. A couple should definitely think about giving favors if their budget allows for them. Favors do not need to be extravagant or expensive…it really is the thought that counts.

When choosing a favor, be original and pick a favor that is meaningful to you and your family. Or if you have a wedding theme, favors are a great way to complement your theme. Personalized favors are extremely popular because it is a fun way to add your personal stamp to the wedding day. You can also look to the favors you have received attending other recent weddings to gauge current trends and fashions and get ideas, but also definitely try to be unique with yours!

How much should I spend on bridal shower and wedding favors?

Look at your budget, figure out what you can afford and then what you want to potentially present to your guests. Many couples present an inexpensive, yet personal, favor to each guest, while other couples present a more elaborate favor to each couple or family. Creativity is key here…check out our Fresh Wedding Favor Ideas series for some ideas. However, whether you decide to give one favor per guest or per couple, be sure to have extra wedding favors on hand. Some guests may want (and take) more than one or you may have unexpected last-minutes guests in attendance. Many couples also send favors to friends and family who were not able to attend your wedding.

If you are giving one favor per guest, present each gift at each place setting or as part of the table centerpiece. If you decide to give each couple a favor, label the wedding favors with the couple’s or family’s name and place them on a table so that guests can pick them up upon entering the reception.

I would really like to give wedding favors, but my budget is pretty tight. Any suggestions?

Wedding favors can be a single flower that is meaningful to the couple or a handmade paper booklet of how the couple met. The true value of wedding favors is the inherent significance behind the gift and the lasting memory guests will have of the wedding. We suggest browsing our favors sorted by price if you are constrained by a budget. Putting inexpensive custom labels, personalized ribbon or hang tags on almost anything will add the personalized touch to your wedding favors. If personalization isn’t something you want, a small gift wrapped in pretty boxes or accented with beautiful ribbon can often make a big impact. Place card holders can also double as wedding favors. Simple picture frames or place card holders are practical favors that guests can take home and enjoy.

Should I give favors to children?

Children are usually given the same wedding favor as adults, but many couples have opted to give special favors that children particularly will enjoy. Present a bag of the couple’s favorite candy in a clear cellophane bag with a personalized label that says “Life is Sweet” or something similar, or give personalized cookies, whether creative, classy or elegant, that you know the children will enjoy. Our adorable wedding bubblegum buddies are always a favorite among the little guests.

On that same note, if you are having trouble finding wedding favors that are pleasing to both men and women, consider giving each gender different favors.

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