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Wedding Favours: The History and Modern Ideas

134_1507066Well what do we know about the history of wedding favours? Where does this idea of giving the guests a sweet treat come from? Here’s the history bit!

The tradition of the wedding favour goes back to French aristocracy centuries ago, and the original name for the favour was ‘bonbonniere’ (how cute!) It was a small and curious trinket box made from something gorgeous like crystal, porcelain or precious stones filled with something edible. Think Marie Antoinette levels of luxury and decadence. The edible element was generally something made from sugar or similar confections, symbolising wealth and royalty, as sugar was extremely expensive and only available to the very well-off.

As the price of sugar decreased over the years, this tradition became more widespread and meant that the lower classes could also afford to offer their guests this special gift of thanks. Bonbonnieres were then replaced with almonds which were coated with sugar, known as ‘Confetti’ or ‘dragée’, (which a very hard by the way, tried these at a couple of Italian and Greek weddings and very nearly chipped a tooth! Not a great wedding look) which them became known as sugared almonds, becoming the traditional and popular wedding favour that we are familiar with today.

Below: An example of an original bonbonniere

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Traditionally, five Jordan almonds sit in the box to represent fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness. ‘Sugared almonds’ is meant to be a metaphor for married life: the bitterness (from the almond) of life and the sweetness (from the sugar) of love.

Jordan almonds originate back to Ancient Rome where honey-covered almonds were commonly eaten at festivities. When sugar became more readily available in the 15th Century, the almonds were coated in sugar instead. The Pelino family in Sulmona, Italy perfected the technique of creating the dragée almonds.

136_3960577As with all traditions, they fade and morph into something more modern. The idea of a well thought out favour can be really meaningful and a great way to thank the guests and help them remember the day by, and can even make a cute keep sake. One of my favourite wedding favours that I’ve received was at (my friends) Mr and Mrs Shrimpton’s Wedding. They filled a jam jar with as many strawberry flavoured ‘shrimp’ sweets as they could, with a lovely gingham lid and our names on each of the jars (similar to the image to the left, which also doubled up as a handy table name card!) I thought it was a really nice idea as this obviously had meaning to the bride and groom, and as a bonus we all got a little mini starter before the meal!

Favours obviously depend greatly on budget, amount of guests, and in a lot of cases, time! DIY favours for over 100 guests can prove quite a testing task for the wedding party to achieve! But we’ve put together a list of images with some ideas that we think you might like. These could also be further personalised (if you have the time and the patience!) but they are definitely cute enough as they are. Cute Maps love the Instagram photo personal coasters, and the bottles of bubbly (of course!)

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We Love Slattery’s Amazing Fantastic Wedding Cakes!

5_7925032On the Cute Maps blog we want to inform our followers of some amazing local businesses in and around Manchester. It’s so important to support local, and the businesses that we’ll feature truly are fantastic at what they do. We’re homing in on bespoke Wedding cakes today, which can be found at Slattery’s in Whitefield, Manchester.

Many of you from the area may have already visited this gorgeous building, for the purpose of experiencing it’s amazing café/dining area and splendid shop which first opened it’s doors over 40 years ago on Bury New Road, Whitefield. I, myself had a wonderful time in Masons Dining Room, supping one of the best hot chocolates I’ve ever had (and yes, I am a connoisseur! The glass mug is coated with melted chocolate and then filled with hot milk, yum!) and munching gorgeous moist chocolate fudge cake, surrounded by ornate Tiffany lamps and the Grand piano.

It’s a little slice of heaven.

6_9591701However, its not exclusive to chocoholics (although, it helps!) The Dining Room offers breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas as well as drinks and cakes.

What you may not be aware of is their vast selection of wedding cakes on offer, all bespoke, based on your own ideas or something that you have seen displayed in the shop or their extensive portfolio of images. They also have a viewing window into the production area so you can see the cake decorators in action!

The chocolate finished cakes are just simply incredible; they can even incorporate chocolate which can be coloured to match your wedding theme, so yes, they can pick out details in a pink, violet or even blue chocolate! Imagine! Some of our favourites are the Ruffle cake and the Blache with flowers (the stripy milk and white chocolate cigarillos). All the chocolate wedding cakes are created using the highest quality Belgian chocolate. Most designs can be created in milk, white or dark chocolate or even a combination of different chocolates. They are show-stoppingly wonderful, this certainly would be the centre-piece on the big day!

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Traditional Iced Wedding cakes are of course part of the offering which can be altered and adapted to suit your colours and scheme, or a bespoke design can be created to cater specifically to your requirements. The novelty cakes are fabulous and just so skilfully crafted, as well as cupcakes, on-trend cake pops, edible wedding favours and cake toppers. There is a great selection of fillings too and you can mix it up within the layers, we like the sound of one chocolate filled, one vanilla with jam and butter cream, and one and lemon filled! (We’re not greedy at all.) See the images below to view some of Cute Maps faves.

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Whether or not you need a fantastical wedding cake, Slattery’s is an absolute must-visit, this is artisan chocolate and deliciousness  at it’s best. The shop serves a whole host of splendid treats which make wonderful gifts too. Check out their website at http://www.slattery.co.uk/

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