The tradition of giving edible wedding favours dates back to the 13th century and it’s a trend that continues today: a wedding is a super sweet occasion that calls for some super sweet treats. One Eyed Cat is an established and trusted online retailer and we have been selling DIY wedding favours and supplies online for over 10 years. Our knowledge and enthusiasm for the products available is second to none!
There are many reasons brides choose to make their own wedding favours. For many it’s a chance to be creative and save money at the same time – a way to still have lovely favour for their guests without breaking the bank. Even the smallest token such as a bomboniere or little favour box can bring a smile to the face of your wedding guests as they will appreciate the time and effort that’s gone into making them.
Making DIY wedding favours can also give you the advantage of not being restricted to the designs thought up by a readymade favour supplier. There are plenty of places to get some inspiration and favour ideas, and with over 1300 products listed on this site you should certainly be able to achieve any style or look you can imagine!
If you’re here looking for ideas as a starting point then take some time to browse through all the categories, in particular our favour boxes and favour nets sections, as they have plenty of pictures of lovely favours already made-up. A traditional bomboniere favour is still very popular - the favour nets section illustrates the vast choice of colours available, and then head to the flowers and sprays category to see what you can add in the centre for that extra special touch.
Some Ideas for Wedding Favours
If you’re looking to create ‘natural’ or ‘earthy’ favours why not try making your own chocolate tree bark!. There are many different recipes that can be used to make this tasty treat which you can find by doing a quick search online. You can even be inventive and add your own flavours such as mint or even chilli pepper. You are limited only by your own imagination.
Another great idea that’s’ become more popular lately is to use mini mason or kilner jars and fill them with a mix of sweets. Many couples often choose to go for retro sweets that remind them of their childhood but you really can go for any theme you like here. Nor are you limited to just putting sweets in the jars: how about a cake or cookie mix layered in the jar, with instructions on making on the tag? If you’re getting married at Christmas you could put some mulled wine spice mix in there. A great one for winter weddings is a hot chocolate mix with marshmallows –yum!
Another twist on the cookie mix option would be to give cookie cutters (hearts are the obvious but again you can go for any theme you like) and print out a recipe and message to tie to the cutter. Then every time someone uses your cookie cutter they’ll think of you!
Sweet buffets are becoming more popular too – you don’t have to go for the expensive option and hire the whole thing, you can just head to your local supermarket or go online and stock up on a variety of sweetie options. These days you can pick up things to hold your sweets relatively cheaply on places like eBay – look out for glass fish bowls and giant cocktail glasses. You can even head to Ikea or a budget supermarket and look for cheap vases and bowls for holding the wedding sweets – there are some great products about if you just keep your eyes open and really look.
Don’t forget to try and link your food choices with yourselves if possible eg if you met at a cinema make sure you have popcorn on the table!
Cupcakes are another very popular option nowadays, with many couples even using them instead of a traditional wedding cake. If, however, you decide to have cupcakes for your favours there are so many options and choices that means you can match them to your colour scheme or wedding theme without much trouble. You can either display them on tiered cake stands so that guests can help themselves or package them individually for guests to take away. There are boxes available to hold cupcakes safely and securely that are either plain white and ivory or see-through so you can show off your creations.
These are just a few of the ways in which you can incorporate edible wedding favours into your special day. There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to letting your creativity flow in your quest to create some truly unique and memorable favours.
Above all, remember that making your own wedding favours should be fun and rewarding - why not make an evening of it with some friends. Don’t forget also that many of our boxes can be used as small gift boxes if you need to package gifts for Bridesmaids and helpers at your wedding.
Finally, if you need any advice or have any questions about our products please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to help.
A Little on the History of Favours
It’s been a tradition to give wedding favours for many years but history suggest that the first favours would have been small trinket boxes which were made of crystal or porcelain. This is where the term ‘Bomboniere’ comes from and these boxes would likely have been decorated with precious stones and crystals as well. It’s no wonder, then, that such gifts were confined to the upper classes and Europen nobility! What was inside these boxes? They usually contained sugar and confectionery as these were very expensive at the time and hence a great delicacy and status symbol. At that time, incidentally, sugar was also thought to have medicinal properties, so whether this had any influence on its use in wedding favours can only be guessed. It was only as sugar became more widely available that the tradition of giving bombonieres started to be more widespread.
As time went by bombonieres were replaced with sugared almonds: 5 sugared almonds were given to guests to signify Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility (5 is also a number that cannot be divided – just like the Bride and Groom!). and this is a tradition that still continues today. You may have heard sugared almonds referred to as ‘confetti’ – this is the Italian term for sugared almonds as they were introduced there during the 1400’s and are still hugely popular there, and exported from there for the rest of the world.
A Little on the History of One Eyed Cat
One Eyed Cat grew from of a passion and obsession with crafts and card making! As a very keen maker of handmade greetings cards I started to look into the possibility of making them for a living - something flexible enough to do from home and that would suit a single mum with a young family. One thing led to another and of course the natural progression was to provide all the accessories and extras that go with wedding stationery, including the favours! After a great deal of research and hunting I found my current supplier, a family run business with close links to Italy and over 40 years' experience in the industry. Our partership has grown and their vast knowledge and product selection allows us to offer you the best possible choice in favour making supplies. The favours took off to such an extent that we no longer supply wedding invitations and concentrate solely on the wedding favours and accessories for table decorations and venue dressing.
2014 marks the 10th birthday of One Eyed Cat and we look forward to helping you make stunning favours for the next 10 years too!
(and yes, I used to have a one eyed cat - a pure white Persian called Sheba)