DIY wedding favors were the earliest wedding favors to exist. Before the more modern and upscale wedding favors, such as towel cakes, gumball machines, soap and bottle stoppers, there were bonbonnieres. These favors were tiny trinket boxes, usually made of porcelain or crystal and sometimes decorated with precious stones. The boxes were filled with confectionery items, which at the time symbolized wealth, as sugar was expensive. Later on the boxes would be filled with almonds, then sugared almonds or Jordan Almonds.
Though bonbonnieres are considered the "ancient wedding favor", today there are many couples who still feature similar favors at their wedding. Yet these favors have also evolved: along with trinket-like favor boxes, there are folding wedding favor boxes, mint tins, miniature pails and candy jars. Many brides choose to fill these with a candy of choice, like mints, gum, chocolate or fruit candies. But just like the favor box, Jordan Almonds are still given at weddings too. The sugary almond is meant to represent the bitter sweetness of marriage (the bitter taste of the almond, and the sweetness of the coating). Traditionally, five almonds are presented in the packaging to represent good health, lots of wealth, fertility, long lives for both the bride and groom, and of course, happiness.
Though there are modern brides who opt for a more extravagant favor to easily display on their table settings, there are still many traditional brides who lean toward candy packaging. Perhaps these brides enjoy sticking to tradition, or just want to use a classic favor. Whatever the case, there are other benefits to DIY candy favors as well.
1. They're Great for the Creative Bride. Many wedding favors are sold packaged and ready to display at a table and be given to your guests. But there are definitely brides who want to add their own personal touch to their favors. Yes, you could add a personalized tag to a favor, but with a DIY favor you're really going the distance by taking your time to add the final touches of perfection. But you must remember that DIY favors do take a little bit of your own personal time to fold, fill, close and add the finishing touches to. So if you're in a bit of a bind with time, be sure you'll be able to set aside a day to put the favors together.
2. They're Great for a Low Budget. It's no secret that nowadays there are many people who have been cutting costs. If money is tight, a DIY favor might be the best bet for you. A lot of our candy boxes or bags are less than a dollar a piece! Many of our boxes are sold in sets; with some, you'd be paying $0.60 per piece at the lowest tiered cost. All of our plain, non-personalized mint tins and pails range between $0.50 and $0.75 per piece, and many of our personalized candy jars are as low as $0.99.
3. It's Completely Customized. Even if you buy a plain, silver mint tin, there is a lot you can do with such a basic favor. Personalized or plain ribbon, personalized or themed labels/stickers, hang tags, and candy can easily turn something from drab to fab. If you're having a spring or eco-friendly wedding, why not fill it up with wildflower seeds? A 'message in a bottle' favor can have a little thank you note inside of it instead of candy. Or if you have a specific coordinating color theme, you can fill the tin up with candy of that color, as well as a label or some ribbon (let's face it, there are not many lime green/lilac favors on the market). Many of these items are even sold with personalized labels at no additional cost; other mint tins are sold with a personalized label already adhered, are pre-filled and shrink wrapped for freshness.
4. They're Practical. Many brides are concerned about whether or not their favor will go to use. Though there are many other practical favors, boxes full of candy are actually useful too! First of all, who doesn't have a bit of a sweet tooth now and then? A wedding is a time to relax, let loose, and have fun, so chances are most of your guests won't resist a few Jordan Almonds or chocolate candies. If you choose to use glass candy jars or mint tins, your guests can use them post-wedding as well. The tiny containers are great for holding small items such as pills, paper clips, thumbtacks, even spices for their kitchen, and much more.
5. Hey - Extras Can't Hurt. Since a lot of our favor boxes are sold in sets, there is a high chance that you'll have a couple of extras left over. So if your frustration gets the best of you and you rip a box or two, having the extras won't hurt. Not to mention all the candy you might have left over! Fill up a bowl with the spare sweets as offerings to guests that visit your home, or to dip your hands in when you feel the urge. If there were a couple of people that couldn't make it to your wedding, you can always make a favor from the leftovers to give to them as well.
DIY wedding favors are great for creating your own unique wedding favors. Not only do we have wedding favor packaging, but personalized labels, stickers, tags, cards, ribbon, tie-ons, decorations and bulk wedding candy to fill your favors with too!
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