Wedding bombonieres are small gifts for your wedding guests, usually placed on the dinner table at your reception, to thank them for sharing in your special day, and perhaps to give them a keepsake to take home.
The traditional wedding bomboniere consisted of five sugared almonds wrapped in a circle of white tulle, each almond representing health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity. However, times have changed and there are now hundreds of styles of bomboniere to choose from, allowing you to express your own personal style and taste.
When to order your wedding bomboniere
Because the supplier of your wedding bombonieres won’t actually be involved in your wedding day itself, you don’t need to order too far in advance. Two to three months before the wedding is usually enough, and if your bombonieres are edible you won’t want to receive them too long before the wedding so they are still fresh.
Even so, if you have very specific ideas about what you want for your bombonieres, and you’re not choosing something standard, you may want to contact the supplier a few months ahead of the wedding to make sure your ideas are possible, and to find out exactly when you should order.
How many bomboniere gifts to order
Be sure to order enough bombonieres for all of your guests, plus a few spares to make sure everyone gets one to take home. You will probably want a couple for yourselves as mementos, and a few for the guests that sadly couldn’t make it to the wedding.
Current trends in wedding bombonieres
Before deciding on the type of bomboniere to order, consider the style of wedding you are having. Will it be a fun, casual occasion, or an elegant formal affair? Matching your bomboniere to the feel of your wedding is becoming increasingly common.
If your wedding day will be light hearted and informal, a fun bomboniere such as a plastic noodle box containing jelly beans can add colour to your tables. If you are having a chic evening do, a personalised bottle of wine, or high quality bomboniere box of chocolate truffles might be more appropriate.
If your wedding has a theme, you can use this to come up with ideas for your wedding bombonieres. If you’re having a garden wedding, a small potted plant could make a great and long lasting gift for your guests. If you’re getting married on the beach, a bomboniere box decorated with shells would be perfect.
One important question to ask yourselves about your wedding bombonieres is whether you want a tasty treat for your guests to eat right away or a special keepsake that they can treasure forever? Some couples are choosing to combine their guests’ gifts with place markers, putting each place name in a small silver frame that can be used to hold a photograph from the wedding afterward.
Whatever type of bomboniere you choose, bomboniere boxes come in a whole range of contemporary materials, such as plastic, stainless steel, and cardboard, as well as more traditional fabrics. Most bomboniere boxes can be personalised with your names and the wedding date, and possibly even a photograph. They are available in a range of colours to complement your wedding scheme, and can be used to add splashes of stronger colour to your table.
Choosing the perfect bomboniere, that reflects your own personal style and captures the essence of your wedding day, can help to make it an occasion to remember for all your guests.