Jordan Almonds - The Traditional Wedding CandyJordan almonds are given out at many weddings. While these may not be most people's first choice for a favorite candy, this particular favor has a deeper meaning in many cultures. The first is the fact that fresh almonds tend to have a slightly bitter flavor. Adding the candy coating makes them bittersweet, reminding us how life contains both - bitter & sweet moments.
Greek wedding guests are given sugar-coated almonds called "koufeta." These are always given in odd numbers. The reasoning is that odd numbers are indivisible, just like the bond between the bride and groom should be. Tradition also says that if an unmarried woman puts the almonds from the wedding under her pillow, she will dream of her future husband.
Italian tradition sticks with the odd number theory, but they always give them away in groups of five. Each of these five almonds represent a wish: health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and longevity. This poem states it perfectly:
Jordan Almonds for Thee
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!
~by Jill Girardo
The Candy BuffetToday many weddings feature a candy buffet at the reception. A big table on one side of the room is filled with colorful jars of a wide variety of different candies. Guests are encouraged to nibble on these during the reception and fill an adorable container (bag, box, jar, sack,etc....) to take home with them before they leave.
There are a few different directions that you can take to "theme" your candy buffet. Fill each jar with treats in different shades of the same color or complimentary colors, or you can choose to pick out sweets to represent every color of the rainbow.
If you are throwing a vintage wedding, gather a variety of "retro" candies from the era that you are representing. Another idea is to fill a table with candies that are native to the area in which you are getting married.
Candy at Place SettingsCandy favors can make wonderful decorations at each place setting. You can make them pull double duty by writing guests' names on them for place cards. A few options to fill your candy wedding favor containers are:
- Jordan almonds
- Candy Kisses
- Personalized M&M's
- Mini candy bars
- Holiday-themed candy
The most fun part about giving away candy at your wedding is all of the taste-testing you get to do while you are wedding planning! Once you have decided on what you will use, visit WhereBridesGo.com to find the perfect containers to wow your wedding guests with. It is a wonderful way to personalize your special day.
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