Confetti (candy-coated almonds) is a traditional favor given at Italian weddings. Wrapped in tulle and tied with a ribbon, the sugared almonds are part of the bomboniere, a small gift or sweet given by the bride and groom thanking the guests for being part of their wedding day celebration. Usually there are five, each almond representing the hope for a happy, healthy, wealthy, fertile and long-lived marriage. Dating to the 15th century, the sweets given in a bomboniere were considered a delicacy and only given on special occasions.
Sweet treats and a little luck are part of the traditions of a typical Italian wedding and so are a few superstitions. In ancient times it was also believed that evil spirits could attend marriages with the purpose of causing mischief and disharmony. As Roman law demanded ten witnesses be present at a wedding, the attendants all dressed in identical clothing to the bride and groom so that the evil spirits wouldn’t know who was getting married. Following this custom today bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers all wear clothing that is similar to the bride and groom!
*The classic Italian bomboniera is a little organza or tulle sachet, but much more elaborate fabric, ceramic, metal or even crystal containers are also common today.