The tradition of giving sweet wedding favors started centuries ago when European nobility presented wedding guests with small boxes filled with sugar cubes to take home. During these times, sugar was very expensive and highly valued because it was believed to have medicinal benefits. From there, sugar coated almonds, which symbolize longevity, wealth, health and happiness, became the most common wedding favor.
Today, traditional wedding favors are small gifts given as a gesture of appreciation by the bride and groom to their guests. Favors have evolved and couples no longer feel that they are limited to trinkets and keepsakes as their only favor options. Over the last few years, less traditional favors have included CDs with the couple’s favorite music, seed packets and seedlings for guests to plant, ice cream scoops, measuring spoons, wine bottle stoppers, candles and lottery tickets, to name a few. Additionally, many couples are opting to give a donation to their favorite charities in lieu of traditional favors.
Edible favors have also grown in popularity. Some of the most popular edible favors are Godiva chocolates, hot cocoa packets, ground coffee and flavored teas, as well as honey, maple syrup and olive oil in decorative jars. Equally popular are customize wine bottles, sugar cookies and personalized M&Ms.
Celebrity couples have led the way with trend-setting unique and different favor ideas. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale gave boxed Krispy Kreme donuts to their guests at their wedding reception. Following their wedding, Krispy Kreme favors became a big trend and many couples paired the donuts with ground coffee packets and mugs.
The past couple of years, the Candy Favor Buffet has been among the most popular edible favors.
At Majestic Gardens, our most popular Candy Buffet is our wedding inspired buffet which is decorated in white and silver and features all white, silver and chocolate candies with silver take-out containers and personalized water bottles. Of course, couples can select candies in their wedding colors and can coordinate the colors of the water bottle labels.
An even newer twist is the Pastry Favor Buffet which combines the idea of edible favors with the favor buffet. Rather than cand
y in your wedding colors, guests are presented with pastries and cookies, decorated in your colors, to box and take home. The small bakery boxes are personalized and you can add a framed note thanking your guests for sharing your wedding day with you. Imagine how guests feel the morning following the wedding reception as they are having coffee and their favorite pastries.
Favors will continue to evolve and couples are sure to come up with more intriguing and creative favor ideas. We’ll be sure to keep you posted of new favor trends so check back often.
Till next time…