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Wedding Traditions Explained: Wedding Favors
There are so many traditions we incorporate into weddings, but many of them we don’t know the rhyme or reason why. Take for instance giving out wedding favors at a wedding reception, most couples partake in this tradition, but few know the history behind this popular custom.
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After doing some research of our own we found out that wedding favors date all the way back to the 16th century. European aristocrats started the tradition by giving wedding guests small boxes of sugar cubes, which were a rare treat at the time and symbolized wealth. As sugar became more prevalent, brides and grooms began handing out sugar covered almonds. Traditionally guests would each receive five almonds representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a longevity. Candy covered almonds turned into couples giving out all kinds of sweet treats. For example, French nobility would give guests bonbons in glass boxes as a display of their wealth.
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Many couples today still partake in these classic wedding favors by leaving five Jordan almonds at each guests’ place setting, or placing a mesh bag filled with chocolates on reception tables.. Modern day brides and grooms love to incorporate their personalities or family traditions into wedding favors. We have seen so many creative favors at Hudson Valley weddings. Some of our favorites include mini champagne bottles, homemade jars of jelly, custom soaps and cookies. What has been your favorite wedding favor that you’ve received?
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