Wedding favours are small gifts give by the bride and groom to their guests as a token of appreciation. The custom was originally started by European aristocrats who would give a precious box containing sugar cubes to guests at their wedding receptions. Sugar was expensive and it was believed to have medicinal benefits.
Later sugar was replaced by almonds and sugar coated almonds became popular. The bitterness of the almond combined with the sweetness of the sugar symbolically represented the bitter sweetness of marriage. Traditionally, there would be five almonds in a confection box or wrapped in elegant fabric to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness.
Today there are many options available to choose for wedding favours although the custom is not always followed in a modern wedding ceremony.
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