Exclusive Personalised Bridal Gifts for All Tastes and Budgets
For centuries, it has been every bridal couple’s honour and privilege to present the guests at their wedding with some token of thanks and appreciation in the form of small gifts. It is only the nature of these gifts that has varied, as times, fashions, trends, beliefs and economies have changed and evolved.
Originally, bridal gifts consisted of foods, which were distributed amongst guests at the beginning of the festivities, so that they could be eaten during the ceremony and subsequent celebrations, undoubtedly the forerunner of today’s meals or finger snacks served at modern wedding receptions. The more affluent the hosts, the fancier the food tokens would be, particularly in the case of sweet treats at a time when sugar was scarce and a precious commodity.
Steeped in Symbolism and Tradition
Much as at countless other rituals and ceremonies, marriages and weddings are filled with symbolism, notably so the wedding rings, which are circular in shape to symbolise true, undying and eternal love, since a circle has no beginning and no end.
Another tradition which endures to this day involves the bride having with her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. The old is symbolic of her past life up to the point of becoming one of a couple, whilst the new could be her wedding dress or a jewellery piece, indicative of her new life following her marriage.
For luck, she carries an item borrowed from another woman, typically a happily married lady such as her mother, a favourite family member or close friend. Love and loyalty are represented by the colour blue, hence something blue, often in the form of a garter, yet another wedding custom. Placing a silver coin in one shoe was said to ensure future prosperity.
Such an auspicious occasion required that security measures be taken, hence the presence of bridesmaids, who were originally meant to distract the attention of evil spirits, leaving the actual bride free of their negative energy.
Cutting the wedding cake together and feeding it to one another is indicative of fertility and reproduction, as was throwing confetti, traditionally consisting of rice or other grain. As a foolproof way to ensure that the newlywed woman did not trip over the threshold and bring bad luck into the couple’s new joint home, the groom carried her through the doorway upon the couple’s initial entry.
Customary or Contemporary
Whether you choose to go the customary route by presenting your guests with sugar coated almonds encased in a variety of decorative, personalised packaging options or adopt a contemporary bridal gift theme, we are your one-stop supplier of high quality, innovative wedding favour solutions, delivered to your doorstep anywhere throughout South Africa.