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What are bouboniera?
Bouboniera are favors given out in celebration at weddings, baptisms,
anniversaries, and any special celebratory event. The favors
traditionally contain jordan almonds. Boubonieres are given out as gifts
to each guest after the wedding or baptism at the reception. Styles can
range widely for these favors. Traditional favors are simple white, ivory, pink
or blue puffs of tulle tied with a ribbon. However, styles can range widely and
can extend to the elaborate, distinctive and fun.
What is the tradition of the favors?
The gift of bomboniera is an Eastern Orthodox tradition over 3,000 years old.
Filled with koufeta – or jordan almonds – the favors are given as tokens of
good fortune and happiness. Bombonieres are symobolic of life with their
bittersweet taste. The sugar coating represents the hope that life will be
blessed with more sweetness than bitterness.
How many jordan almonds do boubouniera contain?
Bombonieres are always filled with an odd and an indivisible number of almonds.
The traditional amount is 5 almonds –
(4) wealth and
(5) a long life.
Favors can be filled with more than
5 almonds, if desired – but the number has to be odd and indivisible (i.e., 7,
11 or 13 almonds). Favors cannot be
filled with 9 almonds, as 9 is a divisible number. In a wedding, the indivisible number symbolizes
the union and indivisibility of the newly married couple. In a baptism, the indivisibility of the union
of the baptized child with his or her Godparents.
When are favors given out and how many should I order?
Traditionally one favor is given to each guest. For both baptisms and
weddings, the favors are usually given out at the reception (although sometimes
given out directly at the church after a baptism). For weddings, they may
be placed out at the table settings, distributed at the end of the night,
placed out along with table assignments, or given out by the bride and
groom. For baptisms, they may also be distributed to guests by the
Godparents or the parents of the baptized baby.
How long do Jordan Almonds stay
fresh? How soon before my event date can I order my favors?
Jordan almonds stay fresh for up to months. The hard sugar coating provides
a protective wrap that keeps the jordan almond fresh for many months.
White jordan almonds keep fresh for 6-12 months. Colored almonds - which
may start to fade in color after a few months - stay fresh for only up to 4
months. Foil-covered gold or silver almonds stay fresh for up to 4
months. Any favor with jordan almonds should be stored in a cool, dry place
away from direct exposure to light. If
your timing allows, we recommend ordering about 2 months before your event
What's the correct spelling and how
do you pronounce bouboniera?
Traditionally pronounced: "Boo-bon-yera" or
"Bom-bon-yera". There is no one correct way to spell this word
- you will likely encounter a variety of spellings. Some of the most
- Boubouniera, bouboniera (singular or
- Boubounieres (plural)
- Bonboniere, bomboniere (singular)
- Bomboniera, Bombonieres
... the list goes on.
Do you offer other colors besides
white for the jordan almonds?
Do you offer koufeta explanation cards?
- Yes - We also offer pink, light blue and ivory
jordan almonds. You can substitute these colors in your bouboniera if you
wish - at no extra charge. To do so, you may request this option in the
comment box at checkout. We do also offer silver colored jordan almonds
(these are silver foiled wrapped) at an additional charge. If you would
prefer silver colored almonds in your favors, the additional surcharge is $0.85
We do not offer printed explanation cards with our jordan almonds. However, we do offer to our customers the standard text that they can use to print out their own explanation cards. The copy is:
"The white of the sugar coated almonds symbolizes
purity; the egg shape represents fertility and the new life that begins with
marriage. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage; the
sweetness of the sugar symbolizes the sweetness of future life. The odd number
of almonds is indivisible, just as the Bride and the Groom shall remain
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