What is a Wedding Favour?
A Wedding Favour is a traditional gift, given to each guest at a wedding by the Bride and Groom.
While a Wedding favour can essentially be any gift you like, it usually consists of a box, pouch or other delicate material design holding five sweets.
These symbolize Health, Wealth, Happiness, Longevity and Fertility. As five is a prime number, it can not be divided which provides further hope and symbolism for the newly married couple.
The Favour is not exclusively a gift for weddings however. It is now often given at any special event, such as birthdays, christenings, anniversaries etc as a table gift for all guests.
Whatever the reason for giving your favours, it will be a treasured keepsake for those people attending as your guests to remind them of your special day.
History of Wedding Favours
The wedding favour that is usually given today has several origins, dating back many centuries:
- Early European history records gifts given to guests by wealthy hosts at special occasions, such as Weddings, Birthdays and Christenings. These consisted of, or contained gold or precious stones.
- Couples from England and Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries gave gifts at their weddings made from lace and ribbons called 'Love Knots'. This tradition however died out after this period.
- In Victorian times it was fashionable to give gifts similar to what we think of today as crackers, which contained sweets or gifts.
- Brides and grooms in Italy and other parts of Europe have traditionally given a gift known as Bomboniera which are gifts containing sugar coated sweets. These normally consist of sugared almonds, wrapped in delicate fabrics.