Bonbonieres – should I bother?

Bonbonieres or favours are traditionally gifts the bride and groom give the guests as a thanks for celebrating their wedding.

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Years ago the traditional gifts were a small organza style bag of sugar coated almonds or chocolates.

Nowadays a quick search of the internet reveals numerous options – from chocolates with the bride’s and groom’s names on them to personalised candy, picture frames, succulents, seed packets, stubby holders and little boxes with lollies or chocolates.  Some also ask for donations to particular charities that are meaningful to the bride and groom.

However, you should not be obliged to provide such gifts or make requests of your guests.  It is truly optional.

You might like to provide them as a personal touch, or save the money and put it towards another part of your wedding.  If you do provide something though, make sure it is likely to be well accepted and appreciated.  Many are regularly forgotten and left behind at the venue!

Ultimately it’s up to you!