Ever wondered why almonds are popular wedding favours? It's no coincidence that these adorn many a table at wedding breakfasts and here's why.
Taste- Almonds have a bittersweet taste, which is supposed to represent the bitterness of life and sweetness of love. The sweet coating is added in the hope that the new bride and groom will have more sweet than bitter moments in their life together.
Luck- The marriage ceremony of two individuals is seen as a lucky occasion. When the bride and groom give almonds as wedding favours- it's a way of sharing the luck of their union with their guests.
Italy- In Italy, wedding guests are given five almonds each- which represent five wishes for the bride and the groom; health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity.
Greece- In Greek weddings, almonds are put in little bags in odd numbers because odd numbers are indivisible meaning the couple will share everything and not be divided in any area of their life together.
In Greece, people believe that if a single woman places an almond under her pillow she will dream of her husband to be.
Middle East- In Middle Eastern weddings the sugar-coated almonds are thought to be aphrodisiacs- they are in plentiful supply for the bride and groom so the new couple will be ready for their wedding night.