The first I'll tell you about are the bonbonieres, which are so pretty and pictured below. Inside each one are five sugared almonds, and they represent 'Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life'. I remember going to lots of Greek weddings as a child and always being handed one of these. I always knew that on my wedding day, I would have these for my guests too. I made them myself by using special cups that hold the almonds, bundled up with layers of tulle, tied with a ribbon (which had the represented words printed on them) and then topped off with a decoration.
I handed these out to just the female guests during our receiving line before dinner. I bought a couple of cupcake stands to hold them safely. I still have mine, and it sits in my wedding memories jar in our bedroom.
The second favour that we handed out were individual Greek wedding cakes. I LOVE these, and again, growing up and being invited to lots of Greek weddings, meant we got given these little cakes. They are so delicious - mixed nuts like pistachio and almonds, encased it a biscuity crust, and dusted with icing sugar. There is a hint of rosewater in there as well. A very unique flavour, but one of my favourite Greek confections - just a shame you can only ever really get them at weddings!
Again, I knew that when "I grow up and get married" I would want Greek wedding cakes! As my sister was getting married the same year, a few weeks before us, in Cyprus, my dad ordered a quantity for us to bring home for our wedding. They come in plain white packaging, which I embellished with purple ribbon and made little tags to go with.
I then placed them all into a basket, which I decorated with a ribbon rose. My sister, my chief bridesmaid who was part of the receiving line handed them out for us.
This is a photo I took a few months ago after my parents brought home some Greek wedding cake from a wedding they'd been to in the UK.
Our final favour doubled up as the place cards on the tables. We had two different sized favour boxes, the larger in purple, and the smaller in white. Inside the purple box went a couple of heart shaped, purple foil wrapped chocolates, and in the white box a small tube of Love Hearts candy. I then tied the boxes together with purple ribbon and attached the name label to each one. I loved how they turned out!
Not really a favour, but were at the guest's table places were bottles of bubbles. We bought plain bottles from eBay and I decorated them with ribbon.
|The bubbles went down well!|
We had only a few children at our wedding, and for the kids, I made goodie bags for them to kept them entertained for the couple of hours that we would be having dinner and speeches. I bought plain white paper bags, and attached a label with each child's name on it. They were then placed at their table setting.
We had varying ages of children, so I customised the bags for each child, as well as making them unique for a girl or boy.
I made some colouring books for them, again, tailoring to their gender.
And I also devised a photo challenge for the children, by providing them with a disposable camera and a list of things to take photographs of. They all had fun taking photos, and they were great to look at after the event!
|A photo that my son took as part of the photo challenge!|