Edible Wedding Favors: A Sweet Tradition

Today many wedding resource guides and lists will tell you that favors are a waste of money and that they usually get left on the table. That may be true if you go with imprinted napkins or matchbooks but if you stick with the tradition of providing sweet, edible favors you will hardly be presented with “leave behinds”.

The practice of providing sweet wedding favors to wedding guests is a practice with roots in Medieval European Aristocracy. According to Wikipedia, the practice began with the giving of small trinket boxes which were made of precious materials and filled with sugar. During this era sugar was rare and expensive and thus represented the couple’s wishes for the wealth and happiness of the guests. During the 13th century sugar became less expensive and thus declined in status. At this time it was replaced by almonds which represented fertility and the bittersweet nature of marriage.

There are many options for the couple who want to provide edible favors to their guests.  If you have a creative, DIY streak you could make s’mores to give to your guests. Instructions for making these delicious treats can be found here http://tinyurl.com/2dwtpfg

Caramel apples, either plain or decorated with sprinkles or edible glitter, provide a sweet seasonal favor for guests at autumn weddings.  Instructions for making caramel apple favors are located here    http://tinyurl.com/73t44nw

Simpler, ready-made, edible favors include Jordan almonds, M & M’s printed with your wedding date and candy bars packaged with your names and wedding date.

Photo Credit: Connie Jones-Steward

November Is A Tricky Month For Weddings

November in Los Angeles is an iffy month weather wise. I’ve been officiating weddings since 2010 and made it through two Novembers. In that time I’ve seen two outdoor weddings moved indoors due to rain and my garden wedding on 11/11/11 was touch and go for awhile until the sun finally broke through.

The moral of this story is, when planning an outdoor wedding in Los Angeles during the months of November through February it’s always a good idea to have an alternative plan. Have tents or an indoor space available just in case. If your plans include a dove or butterfly release, it would be wise to have a unity candle or sand ceremony setup available as an indoor backup. Finally try to book an officiant who will be flexible and calm enough to handle unexpected acts of nature.