Choosing The Perfect Wedding Favours

Unless you have been nicely nestled and living under a rock, it won’t have escaped your notice that there is a rather special event taking place next week Saturday (and no, I’m not talking about the FA Cup, although, with the rather delectable Olivier Giroud playing for Chelsea, that will be pretty unmissable too.). No, I am, of course, talking about the royal wedding, with the lovely Meghan Markle about to make an honest woman of everyone’s favourite Prince, Harry. As with all royal nuptials, the upcoming wedding is increasing interest in anything to do with weddings, from the dress and flowers, to everything else in between.

One thing that has grown in popularity in recent years has been wedding favours, the little gifts that are given to guests by the bride and groom. These can be presented as part of the table setting if their is a sit down meal, or can be handed out by the bridesmaids, or placed on a dedicated table where guests can collect one. Wedding favours are one of the finishing touches that add another dimension of style to your classic wedding, something that can reflect the style and personality of the bride and groom.

Favours in the Past

Wedding favours are not a new thing, believing to date back to the 16th century when they took the form of a love knot and were considered to bring good luck to the happy couple. As a child I seemed to be attending a wedding every week and clearly remember favours in the form of a book of matches, tastefully packaged in a card that matched the wedding invites, and with the date of the wedding embossed on the back. With smoking now frowned upon in most places, and with the rise of vaping, matches have fallen out of favour as a wedding favour.

Bonboniere

One form of favour that has a long history, but still works well in modern times is bonboniere. My husband is Italian, so I first become familiar with this form of cheap wedding favours through my mother-in-law, who would create these favours for family weddings. Her form of bonboniere was made using organza and net, cut into shape using pinking shears. Pretty coloured sugared almonds were placed inside the bag, which was then secure with silk ribbon to create a pretty bag effect.

Bonboniere are great handmade wedding favours as they can be made to match your wedding colour scheme and look great as part of your table arrangements, and are relatively inexpensive. The sugared almonds can be replaced with a wrapped chocolate if you are giving them to children too.

If you don’t want to make your own favours, then the chocolate or almonds could also be placed in a small box that could then be displayed on the side plate. Many companies will sell small keepsake boxes in bulk, and again these can be personalised with the name of the bride and groom, and the date of the wedding.

Candles

Another wedding favour that I received at a wedding and thought was a very stylish idea was a small, scented candle. These were given to just female guests and again made use of organza, this time a small drawstring bag.

The fragrance of the candle was one of the bride’s favourites, and a little note was attached saying we hope you enjoy burning the candle and remember sharing our lovely day. I thought this was a lovely touch, and by giving them just to female guests, you would be able to keep the cost down.

Rustic Style Wedding Favours

Jam Jars and Mason Jars are becoming quite a trend for those who have planned a more rustic style wedding. These can be used in many different ways, to holding candles on the tables (I know a friend who spent months covering the jars with glitter for just this purpose.) A recent wedding I went to used pretty looking jam jars as sweetie jars as a form of wedding favour. They had a table covered in old style sweets and chocolates, and jam jars for each guest, complete with names on old style luggage tags.  Guests were then invited to go to the sweet table and fill their jars with their favourites.

I loved this idea as it worked for all guests, adults and children alike, and it was just so charming and lovely.

If sweets are not your thing, popcorn in a personalised box could be a tasty alternative.

Did you have any wedding favours at your wedding? What did you have?

 

 

How Significant Is an Engagement Ring to Modern Couples?

An engagement ring has always been significant through the course of time. As soon as the first rings were exchanged, this symbol of love meant that the couple could display how serious and committed they were to one another.

Showing this commitment, that you are about to enter a lifelong relationship with your partner as a modern couple. still holds the same weight. Even though divorce rates are higher than ever, the tradition has been around for most of human history for a reason, it is a visual, visible sign of a commitment. one which you hope will be forever.

However, searching for the perfect engagement ring can be extremely difficult. Bu it may be a fact that you just aren’t looking in the right places. Searching online may be a different way of shopping, but can provide a wider range of choice. You can discover some exquisite engagement rings at Serendipity Diamonds for example. With all their rings crafted to the highest standard and with the perfect settings, you can find natural certified diamond rings perfect for your engagement.

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When looking at the level of significance engagement rings hold today in the 21st century, there are some main points that stand out.

 What makes them so important to the modern day couple?

  • The rings value often reflects the relationships value

As superficial as this may sound, in the modern day you see examples of this constantly. With the proliferation of the ‘selfie’ and social media, there’s always an official announcement, alongside a photograph, of course.

What do people look at first? What’s the first thing they see before even reading about the circumstances behind the engagement? The ring! Whether we are aware or not, when we see engagement rings we are coming to conclusions about a couple’s relationship.

Not only this, but an engagement ring and elements of it (cut, clarity and other features) can signify the couple’s financial success and just how well they work together as a team.

 

  • The ring can now be a display of your team-work and balance as a couple

More commonly these days, as the modern couple is splitting the workload equally, more decisions in the relationship are shared. This applies to engagement rings! Whereas, in the past, the man may’ve chosen a ring and presented it to his future wife, these days women are just as likely to choose their own ring. With research showning that women are making more financial decisions than ever before in the household setting, the ring now represents a big choice you are making together as a couple. With new ways to buy engagement rings too, such as the brand new jewellery affiliate scheme, you can now even earn a commission when buying engagement rings!

 

As you can see, the modern day significance of an engagement ring has evolved over time. Even though, the deeper symbolic display of love and commitment to one another stays the same.

Designer Vintage Wedding Show – an update

The hottest date in the wedding calendar is just a few weeks away, but there is some very important information that fashion-mommy has been asked to share with all those brides-to-be out there.

DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING POPULARITY OF THE DESIGNER VINTAGE WEDDING SHOW, THE VENUE FOR THE NEXT EVENT HAS BEEN CHANGED!

The event, which takes place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June has moved to the newly refurbished Warwickshire County Cricket Club at Edgbaston after literally outgrowing the previous venue.  And to celebrate the new venue, there is a special offer to buy your tickets to the show for just £6 each, until 6pm tonight,  Friday (30 September).

This should be a fabulous venue as there is nothing so British as cricket, so come and enjoy a typically British afternoon tea and your chance to meet the very best, handpicked bridal talent.

See you there!