By Daniela Degrassi
This week the spotlight is on a serious wedding planning task. The wedding favors! Edible favors are the most popular token given to wedding guests. It was tradition, between the 16th and 18th century, to hand out sugar cubes at weddings to show off wealth. The custom carried on to present days. So, dear vegan brides, here’s an occasion to show off all the best vegan delicacies to your wedding guests!
CONFETTI (or COMFIT)
This tradition, goes back to roman times! Confetti were donated to celebrate newborns and weddings as early as 447 BC. At the time, they were made of almonds, honey and flour. This is still the preferred Italian recipe for confetti (and they are a must wedding favor in Italy) and today there are vegan versions available! Maxtris is an Italian expert in this field for over a century, mixing tradition and innovation, hence, offering a vegan option too.
Probably the trendiest edible wedding favor of the last few years, macarons are a delight to the eye and palate. Rejoice, as there are vegan options for macarons too! If you’re in the United States, your to-go vendor is Vegaron. Los Angeles based, founder Shera Fournier started the company with the intention to serve her local area only, but she got so popular that is now shipping in every Stars&Stripes State!
Other companies you can try are Lagusta’s Luscious in New York, Naked Bakery in UK. And if there is no vegan bakeries in your area serving vegan macarons, you can try to make them yourself using these recipes on The Kind Bride Edible Favors Pinterest Board.
This may not be such a surprise, as vegan chocolate is available almost in every corner of the world. If you want a personalized packaging, you can create a custom tent box (with graphics depicting your names and wedding date) and fill it in with your favorite chocolates; or you can cover a regular chocolate bar with a custom adhesive print with your personalized wedding details. You’ll find all the necessary props on BeauCoup.
COFFEE AND TEAS
Let’s admit it, this is more about the cute packaging, right? Etsy is a great resource to find the package that best work with your taste, it’s up to you how you fill it up!
If you’re into healthy treats, spread the love with some seasonal fruit packaging. You name it: cherries in the Summer, figs in the Fall, persimmons in the Winter, blueberries in the Spring… or, just like with cookies, create a cheerfully colorful stand of the best local fruits available! Another idea is to gift fruit tree seeds in one of those cute Go To Favors bags. And, of course, fruit is also a protagonist of wedding favors as jams and marmalades.
BeauCoup also makes these adorable customized maple syrup favors. Each mini glass bottle contains a generous single serving of 100% pure Vermont grade-A medium amber syrup. Personalize with self-adhesive labels in the color and design of your choice directly from their website.
Sweet or salty (but no butter please!) pop corn is another pop..ular wedding favor nowadays! Set up a pop corn stand and get creative with your popcorn option, here are 27 unusual pop corn recipes that will make your guest quite curious, most of them are vegan so it’s worth a look!
An ‘infused with love’ DYI olive oil wedding favor is quite easy to make. Learn how via Wedding Album or pick your favorite design and flavor on Etsy.
Back where we started.. from confetti to limoncello, typical Italian products that are loved around the world. Limoncello is a lemon based liqueur produced mainly in Southern Italy, served as a digestive at the end of a special meal. It’s delicious (and my personal favorite liqueur) and a sure hit with your guests! Do I need to mention you can find various options on Etsy? 😉
Have you used or planning to use vegan edible favors at your weddings? We welcome more suggestions! Share your finds in the comments!
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.