When we saw these wedding favors we thought they were so cool, we had to find out more about them! The bride’s family is from England so in the spirit of English tradition, the bride and groom placed a cracker at the place setting of each guest. The crackers were filled with paper crowns, fake mustaches, confetti and Rudolf noses. It turns out that crackers have been around since Victorian times and were invented by a London pastry chef in the 1840’s. Traditionally in England, crackers were enjoyed by children and adults at Christmas time. They would be placed in stockings, used as tree ornaments or given as welcoming gifts to visiting guests. Today they are used as party favors and table decoration to celebrate just about any special occasion from birthdays to dinner parties to weddings. They were commonly filled with a paper crown, a joke or riddle, a snap ( popping device ) and a small gift or sweet. Today, brides and grooms may place a personalized message, a trivia question, an edible treat, as well as a paper crown or hat and a silly prop to get the party started. Crackers are opened by being pulled by two people holding on to each end. The cracker is slowly pulled apart using steady pressure and a twisting motion. Crackers makes a popping or snapping sound and the treats inside come flying or tumbling out. This adds a fun element and sets the mood for a good time. Besides favors, crackers can also double as escort or place cards. This is an inexpensive, albeit time consuming DIY, see these tutorials here and here. You can also buy them online and on etsy for the DIY challenged. We’re loving this new trend!
Photography by Shane and Lauren Photography