Why giving wedding favors ?
The earliest records of such gifts date to various European countries in the 16th to 18th centuries. During this time, it became traditional for the nobility to give gifts of sugar or confections not only at the weddings, but at any parties and receptions. It eventually became traditional to give "five candy-coated almonds" said to symbolize the gifts of fertility, longevity, wealth, health and happiness wished on the bride and groom in their new married life.
Wedding favors are almost taken as a necessary part of a wedding reception now.
Modern Wedding favors are said to be a symbol of the bride and groom's thanks to their guests for sharing their special day and for the gifts given to them. Often the new couple will distributed favors by hand to each person at the wedding reception as a way to share the blessing of their love (but alot of time just put it on the table). It is also nice to personalize the favors by placing the guests name or the couple's name and the date of the wedding on a small decorated card to be placed inside the favors box container.
There is increasing demand for useful favors that guests will keep and that will remind them of the wedding of friends or family.