Even though there is very little significance given to the process of gifting presents at weddings, it has always been one of the most important of weddings for centuries. There are a number of interesting facts about this process that most of us are unaware about.
It was believed to pass on good luck
In ancient times, marriages were considered to be occasions filled with a lot of positivity and blessings. Attending a wedding was said to bring good luck to the guests. In early England, the couple who was getting married would give love knots made of ribbons to each guest who took part at their marriage ceremony. This was the very first time the concept of wedding favours was brought forward. The love knots were a way of passing on the good luck that is associated with the wedding to all the people who were kind enough to attend it.
The introduction of bonbonnieres
Bridal favours which started off as ribbon knots then progressed into a type of gift called bonbonnieres. This was simply a little box that was made up of crystals and precious stones. Inside it would be some sort of sweet, usually coated in sugar. This was once again a symbol of good fortune that was been passed from one home to the next.
Each country has its own way of showing appreciation to their guests
Since the introduction of favours at marriage celebrations, each country has come up with unique ways to extend their appreciation to guests. These methods are closely aligned with the cultural practises observed in that specific country.
For instance, in Irish weddings guests go home with small bells that symbolize the joy of the celebration. In India, most cultured families bid farewell to their guests by presenting them with a little wooden elephant that is carved by hand. In Spain, men and women are given different types of favours. Men usually leave with cigars while women receive a small ornament or a piece of jewellery. Russians gift their guests with a small picture and trinkets at the conclusion of the event.
It is also meant to bring luck to the couple
With expenses related to weddings rising with every day, it is a surprise that people still stick to the tradition of sending their guests off with valuable gifts. This is mainly because most couples believe that giving their guests something would bring luck to their marriage. As they start a new chapter of their life, the couple feels a sense of happiness and contentment by being generous towards their guests.