The history of Favours

The history of Favours

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party favor or party favour  is a small gift given to the guests at a party as a gesture of thanks for their attendance, a memento of the occasion, or simply as an aid to frivolity.

It is traditional in some Western cultures for the guests at bridal showers and weddings to receive party favors; these vary in price and durability in accordance with the desires and budget of the host or hostess. This practice has spread to many other formal occasions such as baby showers, engagement parties, retirement parties, anniversaries, and holiday gatherings.

For small social gatherings such as birthday parties, guests may receive a simple and inexpensive favor such as a small toy. In some cases guests might receive a small "gift bag" with a handful of favors toys or trinkets, candy, pencils or other small gifts. Occasions such as birthday parties, seasonal parties, unique events such as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Christening are a few social gatherings where favors may be appropriate.

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 bonbonniere. A bonbonniere is a small trinket box made of crystalporcelain, 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). 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 Jordan 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 are a metaphor for the bitter sweetness of a marriage.

When should you buy your favours?

At least 3 months before the ceremony. Better to be ready than to rush, in fact the preparation can take a long time and is very delicate and articles can sell out in peak periods.

Who should I give a favour to?

Normally favours are given to all members of your family however you can 1 to couples. You would normally give something more important favour to your witnesses. For the rest of your guests and those who send telegrams and flowers, you would give a gift bag filled with confetti (sugared almonds / sweets).

Cotton Wedding Anniversary

1st Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with cotton. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 pink confetti (sweets).

Silk Wedding Anniversary

5th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with silk. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 fushia confetti (sweets).

Tin Wedding Anniversary

10th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with tin. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 yellow confetti (sweets).

Porcelain Wedding Anniversary

15th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with porcelain. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 beige confetti (sweets).

Crystal Wedding Anniversary

20th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with crystal. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 light yellow confetti (sweets).

Silver Wedding Anniversary

25th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with silver. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 silver confetti (sweets).

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Pearl Wedding Anniversary

 

30th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with silver. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 sea green confetti (sweets).

 

Saphire Wedding Anniversary

 

35th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with silver. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 blue confetti (sweets).

 

Emerald Wedding Anniversary

 

40th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with silver. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 green confetti (sweets).

Ruby Wedding Anniversary

 

45th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with gold. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 red confetti (sweets).

Gold Wedding Anniversary

 

50th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with gold. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 gold confetti (sweets).

Ivory Wedding Anniversary

 

55th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with ivory. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 silver confetti (sweets).

Diamond Wedding Anniversary

 

60th Wedding Anniversary is celebrated with diamonds. You should package your favours with 3 or 5 silver confetti (sweets).

First Holy Communion

For First Holy Communions you should package your favours with 3 or 5 white confetti (sweets), alternatively you could use pink or blue to match the favours you have chosen.

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Baptism

For baptisms you should package your favours with 3 or 5 white, pink or blue confetti (sweets).

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Confirmation

You should package your confirmations favours with 3 or 5white confetti (sweets).