The practice of presenting wedding guests with small mementos dates back to the 1500s. While swan wedding favors are a long standing European tradition, modern brides are very creative and personal with their favors.
The budget for your wedding favors ties closely to the overall budget for your wedding. However, even if you are watching costs closely, you should still plan to provide some type of thank-you wedding favor or memento for your guests, no matter how small.
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It is widely believed that European aristocrats started the time honored tradition of giving wedding favors. The first wedding favors were tiny boxes made of porcelain or crystal called bonbonniere. These boxes often contained a cube of sugar or other small confectionery. Because sugar and other sweets were rare and expensive, wedding favors were only given out by the wealthy. Over time, as sugar became more readily available and less expensive, even couples of modest means adopted the tradition of giving wedding favors as a sign of the couple's appreciation. In fact, tradition states that the giving of gifts leads to years of good fortune.
With virtually thousands of products on the market today, deciding which wedding favor to give can be a daunting task. You want the wedding favor gift to be meaningful, yet practical. While your budget will be an important deciding factor, your guests will truly appreciate that you took the time to choose a meaningful memento of your big day!
These are favors that serve more than one purpose. They can serve as place card holders for your seating arrangement and then be taken home with your guests as a wedding favor. Small photo frames holding wedding place cards can easily hold a photo of you and your new husband. Simply send the appropriate size photo along with your thank you note.
Thank you favor cards embedded with real wildflower seeds that are ready for planting when your guests take them home make the perfect green wedding favor for the environmentally conscious bride and groom.
There is no right or wrong way to present your guests with their wedding favors.
For formal receptions, an elegantly wrapped wedding favor that coordinates with your wedding colors can be placed at each place setting. If you are using "double duty" favors, this solution works well with place card holders as well.
For less formal affairs, use a decorative basket containing wrapped gifts and a note that reminds your guests to pick one up on their way out of the reception.
For practical wedding favors such as personalized glassware, simply place them on the table to be used during the reception.
Wedding favors come in a variety of themes and often range in price from under $2 each to $5 each. Choose wedding favors that make a statement about your personality and represent "you" as a couple to your guests. This makes them much more meaningful and less likely to be throw aways!
Did you know that throughout history, salt has been revered as a symbol of wealth and good fortune? Or that black pepper was used by Europeans in the Middle Ages to pay dowries? It's true! In fact, since 2200 BC, salt has even been used as currency in cultures as far away as Tibet and Ethiopia and as close to home as Virginia during the Civil War. During the Middle Ages, black pepper was considered so valuable that only the very wealthy could afford to use it.
Today, salt and pepper have come to symbolize the perfect match ... just like you and your fiancé! Practical and reusable salt and pepper shaker are exquisitely designed and are sure to charm your guests. This is one wedding favor idea that is sure to add spice to your big day!