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“Are you giving your guests a bonbonniere/wedding favour?” is a question we always ask our couples at the final arrangements appointment.

We normally get one of two responses:

  1. A) “Yes it is ……..”
  2. B) “Do I have to do a bonbonniere?”

At the end of the day, it is really your choice as to whether you do or don’t have bonbonniere – in recent times they are simply meant as a kind gesture to say thank you for coming and your gift etc. There are a thousand-and-one different options (with a different price tag attached to each) But no, it is not taboo if you do not have them!

Here are some ideas to get you going:

Back in the day, it was traditional to give guests 5 white sugared almonds which symbolised: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and a long life. These days you don’t see the sugared almonds all that often – or sometimes you will see them accompanying a more modern bonbonniere.

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Boxes or Jars filled with yummy goodness:

Lollies or chocolates are placed inside a jar for each guest to take home. Your jar can be personalised if you wish to include a label with your names, or to even double up as a place card by having the guests name attached too. You can even get hard candy personalised with your own names!

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An extension of this idea can be to have a lolly buffet:

This way if you can’t decide on just one type of lolly to give to your guests, you can have a multitude and each guest can create their own jar/box to take home! An interactive and fun way to get your guests to mingle too!

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If your heart beats true for chocolate, than a great option is chocolate bars that also double as your place cards (and sometimes thank you card too!)

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Or maybe you love things that smell amazing! Candles are also a popular option.

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If you are handy in the kitchen, why not make your bonbonniere – like jam, honey, sauce or mints to name a few. There are also some hilarious and cute tags you can add!

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Or if the garden is more your forte, why not grow your bonbonniere? Succulents, herbs and seeds are great ideas for gifts that will keep giving long after the wedding.

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Or maybe you have a wedding theme that you want to run throughout you day?
Did your love story start or marriage proposal happen in a special city/country for example?

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But honestly there are endless options. From wine openers and stoppers, to coasters, to photo frames, to pens, to salt and pepper shakers and so so so many more.

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