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Everything for your wedding favours at One Eyed Cat
One Eyed Cat is an established and trusted online retailer. We have been selling DIY wedding favours online for over 10 years and 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, while still having lovely favours to give to their guests. Even a small bomboniere or 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 up these small gift boxes or bags.
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 favour 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.
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 Wedding Favours
Wedding favours are small gifts given to guests as a token of appreciation from the Bride and Groom on their Wedding Day – they are usually given out at the Wedding Reception, and often form part of the table decorations.
The tradition of giving wedding favours goes back many years: it is thought the first wedding favour was the ‘Bomboniere’- a small trinket box made of porcelain or crystal and often decorated with precious stones. These were limited to the European Aristocracy and Upper Classes, and usually contained sugar or confectionery which symbolised wealth and royalty. At the time, sugar was an expensive delicacy which was only affordable by the wealthy (it was also thought to have medicinal qualities), but as it became more widely available to those of lesser means the tradition of giving Bombonieres became more widespread.
Over time, bombonieres were replaced with almonds – given to guests to signify good wishes for the couple’s new life together: 5 almonds to signify Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life. In the 13th Century sugar coated almonds, or Confetti, were introduced, which are still popular today.
These days, the gifts given to Wedding guests are known as Wedding Favours, and the tradition is popular among a wide variety of cultures worldwide. The huge range of options now available means that although many couples may choose the traditional almond favour, those who are looking for more unusual wedding favours are sure to find something suitable.