Italian wedding favors ideas

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in Favors, News, wedding reception | 5 comments

Italian Favor boxes are a tradition that originated many centuries ago in France and Italy. The Italian word “Bomboniera” (favor) comes from the French “Bombonnière” that was a precious small box made of crystal or porcelain containing sugar sweets. In that era, sugar was considered a really expensive delicacy and was thought to have medical properties. When sugar became more affordable, the sweets were substituted by almonds and in the thirteenth century almonds coated with sugar, the modern “confetti”, were introduced.

In Renaissance the precious box with confetti was considered a good omen: in Italy the new engaged couple used to exchange a box with confetti during the engagement party and in 1574 the Queen Elizabeth I received a sweetmeat box as good omen for the new coming year.

Today, gifts to guests are known as wedding favors and have become an important part of the wedding reception. These small boxes or gifts are accompanied by five sugared almonds which symbolize fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. Wedding favors are diverse and most of times recall the theme, the place or the color scheme of the wedding. They can be small elegant boxes, silver picture frames, candles, special objects and each of them can be personalized with the couple’s names or initials and wedding date.

Here there are some examples of modern wedding favor:

Gift box

Glass boxes with sugar almonds

Candles wedding favors

Boxes with sugar almonds

Handmade linen bags with almonds

Paper boxes for almonds

Sometimes a wedding favor can recall the couple itself. In this case the theme of love and Black/White colors, which symbolize respectively groom and bride, become the protagonists!

Ceramic heart – salt & peper

Bride and Groom ceramic Salt & Peper

A destination wedding is a wonderful experience for both spouses and guests, it turns out to be a beautiful vacation for everybody. Exclusive Italy Weddings planners recommend something typical of the area, something that can be brought home as a souvenir of the event and the place that guested it.

Food, wine, coffee and handmade china are only some of the most famous Italian souvenirs.

Bottles of Italian olive oil

Ceramic pottery

Espresso coffee machine

Italy is a beautiful country with such a different realities, from the antique and unique Venice to the romantic lakes, from the colored Riviera to the eternal city of Rome, from the Tuscan countryside with its fields of olive trees to the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast…. Each area has its own history and its own typical products that your wedding planner would be happy to show you! An Italian favor would be really appreciated by your guests who would bring home a piece of our history and tradition…and why not…of their vacation!

Venice is famous for its masks and glass creations:

Venice Masks for favors

Venice Masks wedding favors

Venice Masks wedding favors

Murano Glasses wedding favors

Tuscany is characterized by its fields of olive trees, what’s better of a bottle of olive oil and a small bag with cantucci cookies?

Olive tree wedding favors

Cantucci biscuits wedding favors

Olive oil bottles wedding favors

Personalized bottle of wine

Amalfi Coast: Bright colors, blue sea and fresh lemons! The Limoncello liquor is famous all around the world! This is the perfect favor for your guests!

Limoncello bottles wedding favors

A beautiful surprise for your guests is the WELCOME BASKET or BAG, this is something that we can organize and contains some of the most famous local products such as pasta, olive oil, wine or tomato sauce and an useful brochure with touristic info about places to see and a culinary deliciousness not to be missed!

Welcome basket

A wedding favor is an appreciated souvenir and an original gift to thank your guests for coming: ask your Italian wedding planner for some suggestions, it will be an unexpected favor for everybody!

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Rome, a historical and unique wedding venue
Balloon decorations for your wedding in Italy
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  1. Love the idea of the wedding basket or bag! Great page. Thanks

  2. awesome ideas. i like the Candles wedding favors idea’s very simple and cute.

  3. This is a beautiful post and I am a big, big fan having gifts on weddings I attend. It’s the best idea to make memorable your special day – make homemade personalised wedding favour.

  4. Hi where can we get wedding favors? How much is the olive tree or olive oil bottle?

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