Best Bomboniere Practices
Weddings are a joyous time in our lives. Watching a friend become part of a union can be as helpful to your souls as tying the knot yourself. With all the pomp and circumstance surrounding weddings, couples can get drawn under a tidal wave of things to do. Picking out flowers, deciding on wedding venues, selecting a dress, choosing your caterer and your foods and menu, tailoring a set of tux’s, choosing your colors; the whole process is completely over whelming. With so much to accomplish in sometimes a very short amount of time, it is easy to overlook the old traditions.
The tradition we are talking about is that of wedding favors. Giving your guest a memento to remember your most sacred day is an old tradition that goes back far in to the history of Italy. You may be very surprised to hear that most of our modern wedding traditions stem from Italian roots. Being as simple and cost effective or as grand and elaborate as a couple wants, the wedding favor or bomboniere is a great tradition that guest love to be surprised buy. With modern twist on the old classic perhaps helping to obscure its origin, people have lost track of where this proud tradition started.
The traditional wedding favor, or bomboniere, was constructed very deliberately. With symbols and meaning behind all of its components. Construction the favor correctly was meant to show a reverence and respect for your guest, and to court the good will of all involved. The traditional version of the wedding favor held five sugared almonds. All five almonds would be white, though sometimes a color for each could be used depending on meaning of each almond.
The first of the sugared almonds was always for Health. Symbolizing the health of you, the health of your guests, and the health of the marriage to be blessed that day, the almond could be white or red.
The second of the sugared almonds was for Wealth. It symbolized prosperity and good fortune of you, your honored guests, and of your marriage. This almond could be white or green. The third almond represented happiness. This typically white or purple almond was meant to bring true happiness to your guest and your marriage for years to come.
The fourth almond was for fertility. The fertility almond was typically white or blue. In day’s pasts, nothing showed that the fates favored a marriage faster than a healthy child as soon as possible, and if that blessing was passed onto your guests, then truly yours is a blessed and holy union.
The final almond was the most important, and contingent upon having all the things the other almonds represented. If you wished someone long life it was a great gift and a truly complimentary sentiment. If you have all these things, Health, Wealth, Happiness, and Fertility, then long life is the only blessing anyone needs to ensure. This almond was typically yellow or white.
These five almonds together were called Confetti. Today the almonds used can be sugared, or Jordan if you want the colored version. The receptacle for the favor, or bomboniere was also important to the symbolism of the favor. Traditionally for weddings, the receptacle was a bag in which the almonds were placed. That bag was then placed in a porcelain box, usually shaped like a bag. The white porcelain box was made to represent a clean and virtuous union. The white of the porcelain symbolizing the innocence and purity of the bride.
The whole thing would be finished with a note displaying the names of the happy couple and the date of the union. They could then be further decorated with silk or paper flowers, never real flowers. Real flowers would wilt and die and then be seen as a bad omen for the happy couple. If real flowers were to be used, they would be properly dried and preserved, but it could be seen as tempting fate.
Another variation on this is that of the wedding favor cake, otherwise known as The Torta Bomboniere. This is when your favors are also a center piece for the table in the decorative shape of a cake. The porcelain boxes of almonds, with the cards inside, are laid out and displayed in a decorative cake shape.
Another newer variation on the Torta Bomboniere tradition is The Porcelain Artisan cake, also known as Pasticceria Artigianale in PorcellanaThis is a series of displayed porcelain figurines with boxes made to look like a decorative cake. The display is usually in groups of forty figurines. This form of bomboniere is used for all manner of occasions, and the figure is changes to represent each occasion. For instance a wedding might use a bride and groom figurine, or a bouquet of flowers figurine. While a birthday or christening may use cartoon character figurine or that of a baby.
The Torta Bomboniere figurine displays can be extravagant on the pricing front, but they make wonderful keepsakes for your guests. They come with boxes that have a card displaying the date and names of the wedding.
No matter the form your favor to your guests takes, your guests will love it and cherish it. Whether it is a more modern gift, or something that speaks to tradition, it is given in the spirit of love and union. There is something to be said about the simple elegance regarding these traditional versions of bomboniere. Sometimes simple and meaningful can out do any extravagance you can imagine.