Trust Us, There's More to Bonboniere Than Sugared Almonds
There's no denying that the wedding day is about the bride and groom. But after the champagne runs dry and the heels come off, the wedding favour has to become a sentimental take away for guests to remember the special day by. But, with the rules of wedding protocol shifting and changing, we're seeing the humble sugared almond bid us farewell with beautiful, practical mementos taking their place.
What will you be seeing this season? We asked managing editor of Cosmopolitan Bride and beauty and lifestyle director of Cosmopolitan Australia, Alexis Teasdale to share her own wealth of knowledge on the burgeoning trends she thinks will be a popular choice this season. Teasdale also points out that this has changed over the years, with favours becoming a lot more elaborate and unique, with some couples opting not to give favours at all.
Below, Teasdale gives her tips for choosing something that matches you and your partner's personality perfectly.
TREND #1: ELEVATED NAME TAGS
"I'm seeing a lot of favour ideas that double as a name placement. Think engraved marble coasters, or leather tags you could use for luggage later."
trend #2: gifts with personal meaning
"There are still a lot of couples opting to gift something that really represents them or the day. For example, one couples' family made their own olive oil, so they filled jars with chillies and lemons and had them lined up and waiting for guests as they left the reception. Another couple is living in Canada, so they gifted authentic maple syrup. Homemade jam is still a really popular choice, too."
TREND #3: FLOWERS FROM THE WEDDING
"I often think a nice idea is to gift the table flowers. These days, couples spend a lot of money on their florals, so it doubles up as a lovely take-home for guests. You could choose to have big arrangements in the middle of tables and small vases dotted around, which guests could easily take with them. Or, have your wedding coordinator set up a station with paper and twine in a corner, and as the dance floor fills up late in the night, they can start wrapping bunches."
TREND #4: DONATIONS TO CHARITY
"If gifts aren't a couple's thing, and they have a favourite charity, they could use the amount they would have spent on favours on a donation, and place a small card with the menu to explain it to guests."