The tradition of giving wedding favors, or bonbonnieres, is believed to have started over 600 hundred years ago by European aristocrats, and were considered symbols of wealth and royalty. The boxes were often made of porcelain or crystal, and contained sugar cubes or other sugary confections. This custom of giving away edible favors has carried on for centuries, and today, the choices for both edible and non-edible favors are endless.
Favors are a great way to infuse your personality into your wedding, as well as a great DIY project for those hands-on couples. An outdoor reception might call for a late night bonfire. Consider creating a s’mores kit as a wedding favor. Create a cute packet with a few marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, and a skewer. If you would rather give a non-edible favor, try putting a few flower bulbs in a small bag or box with planting instructions, then adorn the package with a handmade label or photograph.
Locally sourced favors are also a great way to showcase your personal taste, or to highlight the character of the area. Working with local resources is also a great way to be eco-friendly. If you are hosting your wedding in Vermont, maple syrup is the perfect wedding favor! Many of the local sugar shacks can work with you to create a small favor and coordinating label.
While there are many great ideas for wedding favors, the goal is to offer something useful that won’t collect dust or be discarded. Consider making a donation to your favorite charity in honor of your guests. Charitable favors are a perfect way to support the causes you care about, such as animal welfare, cancer research, or natural disaster relief.
Wedding favors can double as decoration, or can be used as escort “cards.” No matter what you decide to do, your guests will appreciate the thoughtful gift.