The Italian "Bomboniera" (a wedding favour): a timeless gift

Sep 14, 2021 672

The use of wedding favours in Italy dates back to the 15th century with the custom of exchanging boxes of sugared almonds and gifts between the families of the future spouses during the engagement party.

On the wedding day, the groom would give a 'coppa amatoria' to his beloved, a ceramic plate with sugared almonds as a sign of fertility. The materials - used to make these plates - were painted ivory, mother-of-pearl, gold, and enamel.

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