But why are they so important and is it worth spending part of your bridal budget on these?
We look back at the history and the reasons why these could be an important part of your day.
Wedding favors date back from the 16th century where the bride and groom gave guests a keepsake as a special thank you for attending their special day.
The first wedding favors were believed to be a small trinket box made of crystal, porcelain, and/or precious stones filled with 5 sugar cubes. The sugar cubes were said to symbolize each of the five wishes commonly bestowed upon the bride and groom by their guests (health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity). By giving a favor the bride and groom were in turn wishing their guests the same.
Although the basic premise of these still lingers today, the wedding favor market has grown rapidly. Couples have updated the tradition and now put their own personal touch on favors.
Popular alternatives to the traditional favors include silver plated bottle opener or favor bags, picture frames, candles and candle holders complete with a personalized message.