The practice of handing out wedding favours has been part of the wedding related tradition for hundreds of years and it is widely followed across the globe. In fact people have been giving out wedding favours since the Middle Ages, but while back then the favours tended to be beautifully packaged candies and sweets in specially crafted trinket boxes, nowadays wedding favours range from exquisite chocolates to small silver trinkets and everything in between.
Back in those days sugar was a very powerful symbol of wealth and royalty because it was extremely expensive. The trinket box was something special as well, made of metal or porcelain and usually decorated with precious stones, it was meant to act as a reminder of the happy moment. As time went by, sugar became more easily accessible and this meant that the tradition of giving it as a wedding favour started to migrate to the lower classes as well.
The wedding favors were meant to be more than just keepsakes, and while they did that very well, reminding people of certain happy events, they were also meant as a thank you from the bride and groom to their guests.
Nowadays however, anything and everything can be a wedding favour, anything from personalized golf balls to disposable cameras.
Some of the most common wedding favors are the edible kind. These are usually personalized chocolates, but can also be almonds, specific types of coffee or tiny honey jars.
On the non-edible front, there are the scented candles that come in a variety of shapes and sizes, or natural items like sea shells or engraved stones – as far as the nature theme goes, anything the couple deems important to them or to their union can be used as a wedding favor, maybe something like specific flower seeds.
If silver is your thing then there is no shortage of silver items that you can give out as wedding favours: drink coasters, cookie cutters, bells, wine stoppers, ice cream scoops, small figurines, the sky is the limit.
Wedding favors nowadays tend to revolve much more around the personality of the groom and the bride, rather than pure tradition. Of course they follow the tradition of giving out the favours, but what they give out nowadays can be extremely personalized within a particular theme that is either important to their event or to themselves. Currently engraved and marked favours are very popular, marking the name of the happy couple and their wedding date on favour boxes or personalizing wine bottle labels are seen as offering something unique and special to one’s guests.
This tradition has also spread to other important events such as birthdays or baptisms, but just as it is with the case of the wedding favours there are no clear or formal guidelines as to what the favours should be.