Confetti

Confetti has Latin origins, and the modern tissue paper and rice can be linked to the custom of throwing grains and sweets during meaningful occasions, such as a wedding. Different cultures have used this tradition, dating as far back as pagan times. Rice or grain is an ancient symbol of fertility, so throwing this on a newly married couple is a way of wishing them well with their family life. The word confetti comes from the Italian sweet – an almond covered in a colourful sugar coating – which was thrown at special occasions, carnivals and celebrations. Again, the sweet is said to represent fertility. Nowadays the sugared almond is given as a favour to wedding guests rather than thrown on the newlyweds (good job too, they’re pretty...

Lovespoons

A ‘lovespoon’ was given to a woman as a sign of affection from a would-be suitor. This tradition dates back to the 17th Century, when a man needed to prove to a girl’s family that he was capable of hard work to provide a living for his family. The intricacy of the decoration on the spoon reflected the skill and ability of the man, an attractive quality to some! Different symbols were used in the carvings, from lucky horseshoes to crosses for faith. Some incorporate a caged section contains little wooden balls to indicate how many children they hoped for. The UK tradition of Lovespoons originate from Wales, but there are versions in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, where they have their own customs. Today, lovespoons make a thoughtful and pretty gift to a new couple on their wedding day....