But why are they so important and is it worth spending part of your bridal budget on these?
We look back at the history and the reasons why these could be an important part of your day.
The wedding favours date back from the 16th century where the bride and groom have given guest a keepsake as a special thank you for attending their special day.
The first wedding favours were believed to be a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones filled with 5 sugar cubes. These were said to symbolise each of the five wishes commonly bestowed upon the wedding party by their guests (health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity).
Although the basic premise of these still lingers today, with many of you opting for chocolates or almonds in a box, the wedding favour market has grown rapidly with other couples taking gifts to the extreme.
Popular alternatives to the traditional favours include silver plated bottle opener or favor bags, picture frames, candles and candleholders complete with a personalised message. However, none of these resemble the symbolic meaning of what these gifts are all about.
Therefore we advise brides on a budget to consider making their own traditional favours, which will not only keep the symbolic meaning but also keep the costs down. We’ll be showing you how to do this tomorrow.