Traditionally, Toronto wedding favors (also called bombonieres) are made up of 5 sugared almonds wrapped in an attractive cover of lace or presented in elegant boxes. The almonds idea comes originally from Italian cultural traditions, and they represent Health, Wealth, Happiness,
Long Life and Fertility. The giving of a bomboniere dates back to early Europe, when they were given by the aristocrats of the period to celebrate marriages, birthdays and christenings. In their earliest forms, Toronto bombonieres were made of gold, precious stones, crystal, or porcelain, and filled with sugar, which was a precious commodity. This gradually changed to the giving of the 5 sugared almonds as sugar became more available and everyone began to participate in the tradition, not just the wealthy. Now you can have chocolate wedding favor or even a coffee wedding favor , to delight your guests. Modern brides usually opt for the tradition of the Toronto bomboniere, but more and more Brides are choosing alternatives to almonds due to nut allergies, or even adding the 5 almonds to something else, like chocolates, or even precious stones. So what do you choose? Any combination of little goodies you wish can be put into a wedding bomboniere.
What are the interests of you and your groom? What are your personalities? What is the theme of your wedding? Any of these may be re-created in the bombonieres. Toronto Wedding bombonieres are fun! Glass motorbikes and miniature champagne bottles… chocolate truffles and beaded bags all can be used as wedding favors. If you are looking for a memorable party favor for your wedding, why not try Miniature swim fins as an idea, or a small vial labeled “oxygen” for the sea-diving couple! Or, a chocolate horse and a little miniature rider for the riding enthusiasts!Or consider the horseshoe, or a small horse charm. If the library is more your speed, you might think of hand-stamped bookmarks with ribbons to match your wedding colours. One innovative couple handed out a personalized CD of their 10 all-time favourite songs! Of course it included the song for the first dance. (You’ll have to research permissions for this, however, as you don't want to infringe on any copyright laws!)