Wedding Favors: Almond Wedding Favors

Almond Wedding Favors
Traditional wedding party gifts


Almond wedding favors date back to Medieval times when the nobility of Europe gave guests expensive confectionary to show their status and wealth.

Today, you will find it hard to spot these simple gifts on one of the many online wedding favor stores as modern brides have turned to chocolate and other forms of candy in place of their traditional almond friends.

But for those who love sugared almonds, these favors are perfect and they are EASY and CHEAP to make at home!

Traditional Wedding Party Favors History

  • Medieval nobility presented their almond favors in what was known as a "bonbonniere", a tiny box usually made of porcelain or sometiimes crystal.

  • As the price of sugar came down, the custom spread to the lower classes and included the giving of nuts and biscuits, mainly to feed the guests during the ceremony!

  • In time, it became traditional for all weddings to give 5 coated almonds known as "Jordan Almonds". Why five? To symbolize the five key hopes for the bride and groom, that of health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a long life.

  • So couples wanting to stick with tradition may want to consider the simple sugared almond as a wedding favor gift.

DIY Wedding Favors

Creative brides can have lots of fun creating their own wedding favors. It's the perfect game to play at a bridal shower too - just brainstorm ideas with the bridal shower guests then arrange a time to meet up and make them!

Ask guests to bring samples of voile or mesh fabric in your chosen color theme, buy some cheap candy and try making some favors yourselves. You may be amazed at how creative your guests can be!

See the pictures on this page for ideas on how to make your own favors. If you have an idea of your own DO share it with us too.

Make Yourself Wedding Favors

Homemade Wedding Favor

Top photo by Steve 2.0

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