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What is a Wedding Favour or Bomboniere?


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Wedding favours are also known traditionally as bomboniere, bonbonniere, bombonieres and favors... and so many other names!  Favours are simply thank you gifts for your guests left at the wedding reception.  They should be mementos of the day and also symbolic in some way - they might match your wedding theme, be personalised with your names and wedding date or be representative of your new lives together.  Here are some ideas on how to incorporate wedding favours on your big day.

Edible favours are among the most popular.  They are usually well-received by guests and are relatively budget conscious for the bride and groom to give.  Some edible wedding bombonieres might include pieces of wedding cake given in a wedding cake box or personalised bag, a personalised lollipop with the bride and groom's name on the wrapper, wedding chocolate hearts presented in a clear cellophane bag tied with a coordinating ribbon, nuts, candy or other treats meaningful to you, or traditional wedding almonds presented in a tulle circle.

Traditional wedding almonds are presented in sets of five.  If you choose to include bomboniere almonds in your wedding favours, they are traditionally presented to guests in sets of five.  The five almonds (or ‘confetti' as they are known in Italy) are presented in lots of either three or five - three to signify the bride, groom and their future child; five representing fertility, longevity, happiness, health and wealth.  Place them in the centre of a tulle circle and pull the tops of the circle together and wrap with a pretty ribbon to give to guests.

For less traditional ideas, incorporate your theme into your favours.  Wedding bombonieres can also be less traditional and become symbolic of your wedding theme.  For example, if you choose a vineyard wedding, your gifts might be chrome bottle stopper favours which will remind guests of your special day and where the wedding was held.  Similarly, beach wedding favours might include decorative seashells presented in a miniature tin pail.

Wedding favours can also double as decorations.  A particularly handy hint is to double your wedding bombonieres as table decorations such as decorative wedding place card holders or frames so not only will your tables look spectacular, your guests can take them away after the reception has finished.

Send a message through your wedding favours.  Let guests know how much the day has meant to you, or send a special message to your guests through your favours.  Some ideas include fortune cookies with a personalised message included inside or decorative paper wrapped around a votive candle inscribed with a message of love.

Personalise your wedding bomboniere.  It is now possible to personalise just about any favour by including a personalised wedding tags, printed ribbons or even personalised bomboniere boxes.  By customising your wedding favours, you are creating a unique gift for your guests that won't be reproduced at other weddings the guests attend.



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