Wedding Etiquette – The Bomboniere

Wedding Bombonieres have been around for many years, but in recent decades, they have experienced a fresh surge in popularity. In essence, they’re beautifully decorated little boxes of candy that your guests get to take home. There is usually a card attached to the box. Upon that card is generally inscribed the first names of both the bride and the groom along with the date of the wedding ceremony itself. There are a wide variety of choices of materials that the boxes can be made of or decorated with, and these decisions are among those generally made by the bride to be. The preferred confection for the boxes to contain is five sugar coated almonds, and there’s a reason for that.

The Sugar Coated Almonds

Almonds have long been recognized as symbols of prosperity. They have been present at weddings since the days of the early Roman Empire. The reason that there are five of these sugar coated almonds in the box is that they represent the five time-honored wishes of wealth, longevity, children, health, and happiness. To get the best tasting product for inclusion in your γάμος bomboniere, it’s highly recommended that the almonds themselves be of a particular variety known as the “Avola,” which is native to the region of Italy surrounding Sicily. Though this is a matter of preference, many people like for the almonds to be whole and peeled. The peeling results in a sweeter taste.

Who should get one?

There are some simple rules of etiquette which govern the distribution of these elegant wedding keepsakes. In general, a good rule of thumb is to give one to each family or couple in attendance. Some people choose to give one to each and every individual guest. This type of decision, along with so many others, is often determined largely by budgetary concerns. Sometimes, those who played a special role in the ceremony itself, such as groomsmen and bridesmaids, receive a slightly more elaborate box than the other guests. Also, anyone who is unable to attend but sends a gift or card should receive one as a thank you.

Other Factors

Though many colors are available for the sugar coated almonds themselves, the most popular color for weddings is, of course, white. Ideally, they should be distributed personally by a host or hostess. Alternatively, they can adorn individual place settings or a reception table. In any event, wedding bombonieres are sure to make one of the most important days of your life just that little extra bit more magical.