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About Bomboniere / Jordan Almond Favors

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What are bouboniera?

Bouboniera - also known as bomboniere, bomboniera, boubouniere, are jordan almond favors given out in celebration at weddings, baptisms, engagements, anniversaries, and any special celebratory event. The favors traditionally contain jordan almonds (koufeta) that are wrapped in tulle or satin and tied with a ribbon. Boubonieres are given out as parting gifts to each guest. 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.

Bomboniere is the traditional word in Italian and Greek. In Italian, the name can also be “confetti”.


What is the tradition of the favors?

The gift of bomboniera is an Eastern Orthodox tradition is said to be over 3,000 years old - when the almonds were originally coated with honey. However, the first popular use of jordan almonds at weddings did not emerge in written records until the 1400s when the almonds began being coated with hard coated sugar - and could be handed out to guests. Filled with koufeta – or jordan almonds – the favors are given as tokens of good fortune and happiness. Bomboniere are symbolic 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
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Bombonieres are always filled with an odd and an indivisible number of almonds/ koufeta. The traditional amount is 5 almonds – which symbolizes:

(1) health
(2) happiness,
(3) fertility,
(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.

Bonboniere can have explanation cards added. These are little cards that explain the symbolism of the almonds. Here are the explanations for each event and almonds:

EXPLANATION CARD - Wedding, General version

The white symbolizes purity; the egg shape represents fertility and the newly married life. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage; the sugar coating symbolizes the sweetness of life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as the Bride & Groom shall remain undivided.

EXPLANATION CARD - Wedding - 5 almonds

The white symbolizes purity; the egg shape represents fertility & newly married life. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage; the sugar coating symbolizes the sweetness of life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as the Bride & Groom shall remain undivided. The five almonds represent: health, happiness, fertility, wealth & long life.

EXPLANATION CARD - Wedding - 7 almonds

The white symbolizes purity; the egg shape represents fertility & newly married life. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of marriage; the sugar coating symbolizes the sweetness of life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as the Bride & Groom shall remain undivided. The seven almonds represent: health, happiness, fertility, wealth, long life, purity, Unity with Christ.

EXPLANATION CARD - BAPTISM - 5 almonds

Jordan almonds are a traditional Orthodox favor. The white symbolizes purity. The egg shape represents the newly baptized life. The sugar coating symbolizes the sweetness of life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as the bond between the child and Godparent shall remain undivided. The five almonds represent: health, happiness, fertility, wealth & long life.

EXPLANATION CARD - BAPTISM - 7 almonds

Jordan almonds are a traditional Orthodox favor. The white symbolizes purity. The egg shape represents the newly baptized life. The sugar coating symbolizes the sweetness of life. The odd number of almonds is indivisible, just as the bond between the child and Godparent shall remain undivided. The seven almonds represent: health, happiness, fertility, wealth, long life, purity, Unity with Christ.


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 a year. 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 up to about 6 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.

Blessed Celebration gets our almonds in nearly weekly. They are freshest in the industry! Almonds used in your favors are at the very start of their shelf life. They will arrive super fresh. You will be able to smell their sweetness.


What's the correct spelling and how do you pronounce bomboniere?

Traditionally pronounced: "Bom-bon-yea-re" 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 popular are:

Boubouniera, bouboniera (singular or plural)

Boubounieres (plural)

Bonboniere, bomboniere (singular)

Bomboniera, Bomboniere

... the list goes on.


Do you offer other colors besides white for the jordan almonds?

Yes - We also offer pink, light blue and ivory jordan almonds. You can substitute these colors in your bomboniere if you wish - at no extra charge. To do so, you may request this option in the comment box at checkout.




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