Although five sugared almonds will always be a popular and significant choice for traditional wedding bomboniere, many couples are thinking up unusual bomboniere to give their guests as a token of their appreciation.
Here are seven of the hottest trends in wedding bomboniere:
Home made goodies
Nothing is as personal as giving your guests sweet treats you have baked yourself and cookies and cupcakes make charming and inexpensive bomboniere. Iced monograms of your initials can add a unique touch, and biscuits can be wrapped in cellophane bags, while cup cakes work best in open baskets.
DIY candy bars
Have your guests make their own bomboniere by setting up a wedding candy bar. Place several large glass jars containing a variety of sweets and chocolates on the bar, and provide cute boxes or bags to be filled up by your guests. Make sure there is a fun sign telling guests to help themselves, as some may be a little unsure what to do.
Using local and seasonal produce is becoming popular in every element of wedding planning, and bomboniere are no exception. Choosing a sweet treat that is made locally rather than having bomboniere imported supports your local economy and reduces transport costs.
Photographs will always make special gifts, and pictures can be used as bomboniere in a variety of ways. If you had an engagement party, try to find photos of each of your guests from that event and place them in small frames that can double up as place names. You could also have photos taken of each guest during your cocktail hour, and have the pictures presented to guests as they leave. If you don’t have time to print the photos, simply post them with your thank you notes.
Support a good cause
It is increasingly popular to donate money to charity rather than having a gift list, and the same can be done with bomboniere. Instead of placing a gift in each place setting, just include a small note saying that a donation has been made in your guests’ name to a certain charity.
Choosing a bomboniere that reflects the theme of your wedding is a fashionable option, and provides plenty of scope for your imagination. If you are having a beach wedding, inflatable beach balls are a fun choice, and if you are having a garden wedding try giving personalised packets of seeds or a miniature pot plant.
Whiter than white
With all white weddings being the trend of the moment, simple all white bomboniere are very fashionable. Any type of sweet can be placed inside a pure white box, tied with a ribbon, but for a contemporary touch place mints or white chocolates inside clear Perspex boxes and decorate with white ribbons and sparkling crystals.