The bomboniere has been a feature at weddings for centuries. In early Europe aristocrats gave their guests gold, porcelain and crystal. Sugared almonds later became the standard bomboniere at weddings, but soon brides sought alternatives. From cork stops and fans to chocolates and customised lollies the choices today are limitless. These days it's not just the range that's expanding. The role of the bomboniere is expanding too.
As brides worried they would have to break the bomboniere tradition to avoid breaking the budget the solution became clear...
Let your bomboniere multi-task.
If your budget is tight it doesn't mean your guests have to miss out. It's all about being smart with your bomboniere. Find a way to make the gift useful at your wedding and incorporate it with other necessary costs. Here are some ideas to get you started on a multi-task bomboniere.
Use the bomboniere as a place card, table setting, or table number. Think candles, flower vases, glasses, napkin holders - anything you can stick a name or number on!
Instead of having a cake that often goes to waste at the end of a wedding, opt for cupcakes or macarons that guests can take home as a bomboniere. Personalise them with cupcake picks like those pictured below.
I went to a wedding in February this year in the Hunter Valley. It was such a hot day and there was no air conditioning in the church. Luckily the bride and groom had thoughtfully provided bottled water for their guests. Even in cold weather we all love a bit of hydration so why not use bottled water as a bomboniere?
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