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Tradition of Jordan Almonds

Jordan almonds have long been a popular wedding favor among brides and it’s not just because they’re tasty and inexpensive. The tradition of serving Jordan almonds at a wedding stems back to Italian and Greek customs. Jordan almonds are raw almonds coated with a sugar shell. The bittersweet taste of the almonds is intended to represent life, while the sugarcoating is added to ensure that newlyweds will experience more sweetness than bitterness in their new life together.

It’s customary that Jordan almonds be distributed in odd numbers. Since odd numbers are indivisible, this is meant to symbolize unity between the new couple. In Italian ceremonies, Jordan almonds are packaged in groups of fives to represent five wishes for the couple: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. Tradition also holds that if a single woman sleeps with the Jordan almonds under her pillow, she’ll dream of her husband-to-be.

Jordan almonds can be packaged any way you desire, whether in a small bag, personalized box, out of a bowl, or atop a silver platter. If you’re planning to hand out Jordan almonds at your nuptials, consider attaching a tag with the traditional Jordan almond poem to explain the significance of the candy:

 
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat

To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.

Five wishes for the new husband and wife —

Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!

3 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas

Picking wedding favors seems so easy, but it is one of the hardest details to plan. You don’t want to waste money on a wedding favor that will just get thrown away after the reception, but you’d like something more creative than a candy bar with your name on it. Well, fear not. Here are three unique favor ideas that your guests will love.

Personalized Mugs

Before you start thinking that you can’t afford a personalized mug for every guest, relax. One, these cute favors can double as your escort cards, so you won’t have to purchase both. Two, you can get creative and make the mugs yourself. Go to the dollar store, big box store, or an online retailer and purchase plain, inexpensive mugs. (You might even be able to get a discount for buying so many.) Then, get some fun paints at the craft store and have fun.

Gifts in a Jar

Mason jars are great for fun, crafty projects. You can use chalkboard paint to personalize each one and use as glasses at the reception, or you could fill them with homemade goodies like jam, cake mixes, or spices. You can make these easy favors super cute by creating personalized labels.

Everyone Loves Plants

Give away easy-to-grow plants like succulents in cute jars. Every time your guests water their plant, they will remember how much fun they had at your wedding.

Wedding Favors 101

Most brides provide wedding guests with favors as a token of appreciation and love. While wedding favors aren’t an absolute necessity, they are a nice gesture to thank family and friends for joining you on your big day. Here are few basics of finding the perfect wedding favors…

Budget:

Set a budget for the overall expense of favors and then determine how simple or elaborate they’ll be based on the number of guests in attendance.

You can save major cash by purchasing favors in bulk, especially through an online retailer.

Cut costs by giving one favor to each couple instead of individuals.

Make favors perform double duty as place cards or centerpieces.

Depending on the number of guests, why not try making homemade favors to save cash?

Made-from-scratch sweets or a hand-painted gift can make a fabulous favor without breaking the bank.

Time:

When selecting a favor, be sure to plan for assembly time. If you’re planning to give out boxes or bags of treats, remember they’ll need to be packaged at some point, and if they contain perishable foods, you’ll have to assemble them in the days before the wedding.

Save time by selecting a favor that requires little to no work, like prepackaged gifts that can be laid out at each guest’s seat.

Be sure that everyone receives a favor by selecting a time and place for their distribution.

Set favors on each plate, create a favor station by the exit with an easy-to-read sign, or task waiters or ushers with the responsibility of distributing favors as guests arrive or leave the reception.

Eliminate your job altogether by requiring guests to assemble their own favors. Set up a cutesy candy stand with bags or boxes for guests to grab their own sweet treats.

Presentation:

Like every other aspect of your wedding, presentation is everything. Package favors in cute or interesting ways that complements the wedding theme and décor. Online retailers and craft stores sell everything from colored bags to craft boxes and ribbon to create a fun and stylish wrapped favor.

Choose favors in the same color or theme as your wedding. For a holiday affair, pass out Christmas ornaments or frosted gingerbread men, while a jar of jam or basket of fruit is perfect for a rustic outdoor gathering.

Spruce up any item with a personalized tag tied to the top including your names and wedding date, expressions of your thanks, or a meaningful quote.

The arrangement of favors can be artful in their own right—stack them together to create chic centerpieces, hang them from a fabric-covered corkboard, or add a splash of color to place settings by centering them on dinner plates.