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About Boubouniera

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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 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.

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 date.

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 popular are:

  • Boubouniera, bouboniera (singular or plural)
  • Boubounieres (plural)
  • Bonboniere, bomboniere (singular)
  • Bomboniera, Bombonieres
  • ... 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 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 per favor.
Do you offer koufeta explanation cards?
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 undivided."

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