If you are new to this wedding planning malarky you are probably bemused by the new words you come across as you look for wedding ideas. With this in mind we have put together a handy list of words and their meanings.
What on earth are chocolate dragees and how do I pronounce it? Don’t worry, this is just the word for sugar coated chocolates. Usually these are dark chocolate and they are covered in a hard crispy shell which keeps them fresh and yummy. Chocolate dragees usually have a very long shelf life which is perfect if you want to buy these months in advance of your wedding. The crispy coating means that they don’t melt so these chocolates are perfect for summer weddings and weddings abroad. You can usually buy these by the kilo and in a huge range of colours. You can also buy heart shaped chocolate dragees in a variety of colours and sizes but you can see more about these later.
Sugared almonds are the most traditional wedding favour you can buy. The ancient Romans used to cover almonds in honey. The idea of throwing confetti originated in Italy hundreds of years ago and the sugared almonds we have today are derived from this tradition. It is customary to use 5 sugared almonds and these represent health, wealth, happiness, fertility, and long life.
Our range of sugared almonds includes pearlised sugared almonds which are really pretty alongside our extensive range of colours including blue, lilac, burgundy and even green. Green sugared almonds are traditionally used for engagement parties and according to tradition different coloured sugared almonds are used for each wedding anniversary:
1st wedding anniversary – pink sugared almonds
5th wedding anniversary – fuchsia sugared almonds
10th wedding anniversary – yellow sugared almonds
15th wedding anniversary – beige sugared almonds
25th wedding anniversary – silver sugared almonds
30th wedding anniversary – aquamarine sugared almonds
35th wedding anniversary – blue sugared almonds
40th wedding anniversary – ruby red sugared almonds
50th wedding anniversary – gold sugared almonds
For those of you that would love to use sugared almonds but prefer chocolate you could always choose from our range of chocolate sugared almonds. This decadent range combines the almond with a chocolate filling and is coated is the usual unique crispy shell.
What are these and why organza? Organza is a very fine, sheer fabric made traditionally from silk and used a lot in bridal wear. The great thing about using organza bags to carry your wedding favours is that you can see through the fabric, giving your guests of taste of what is to come.
Organza bags are available in a variety of colour and we stock them in gold, silver, white, ivory, pink, baby blue, lilac and chocolate brown.
Dragees are an ideal filling for organza bags as the chocolate is unlikely to melt. A nice idea is to fill the bag with either the same colour dragees or a contrasting colour. I.e. you could fill pink organza bags with pink sugared almonds or if you want to go down the contrasting route you could fill white organza bags with black chocolate dragees.
You can either decorate your bags with little accessories such as silk flowers to match your wedding flowers or tiny pearl accessories if this fits in with your wedding theme. Likewise the bags are just as pretty tied up and placed one on each place setting – nice and simple.
Chocolate hearts are a very popular choice of wedding favour. They can be made of milk chocolate and covered in foil in a variety of colours or can be dark chocolate encased in a sugar coated shell.
You will always need placecards to let your guests know where to sit. Everyone tends to mill around once the doors to the wedding breakfast are open so one really great tip is to have attendants at the door with the guestlist and that way they can point out exactly which table your guests need to head for. You can combine your placecards with wedding favours to create a really unique touch. Add little tags tied with organza ribbon to your favour boxes or organza bags. The tags can be handwritten for an extra personal touch. You can usually persuade an older relative with lovely handwriting to take on this task for you.
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