My Koumbara asked me a question the other day…
‘Can we be traditional with the bomboniere? I want it to be a surprise on your wedding day!’ she said.
Bomboniere (or Bonbonerie) have become so commercial these days. The old tradition is not only practices by Greeks and Italians any more but also by most modern Brides. There is a large variety of Bomboniere available now and they are advertised in every bridal magazine. The Bride (or the Koumbari) can choose from a range of different colours, shapes, sizes, flavours and ornaments as the choices become endless.
Whilst bomboniere are traditionally a gift from the Koumbari, many Brides these days are making the choice themselves.
When The Bride Chooses The Bomboniere
- Be polite and first have the approval of the Koumbaro/Koumbara before making the choice – especially if the Koumbari are the ones paying for the bomboniere.
- Chip in and offer to pay for the bomboniere if you want something specific.
- Make sure that the Koumbari are happy with your choice and with the price. Ensure that it is within their budget.
When The Koumbari Choose The Bomboniere
- Bomboniere always look nice when they match in with the theme of the wedding so ask what the colours are going to be.
- Ask the Bride and Groom for ideas on what they like and what they don’t like.
- Go shopping with your Bride and Groom or perhaps with the Brides mother who could probably help with the decision making.
- Consider the price and multiply it by the number of guests. You don’t want to spend outside of your budget.
Do you have any other advice for Brides or Koumbari about choosing bomboniere?
I am very lucky to have a wonderful Koumbara and a fantastic Koumbaro. I trust them both and I know that whatever they choose as bomboniere for my wedding will be just perfect. It is their gift to us and I personally don’t care what they are going to look like (as long as they match my colour scheme 😉 ).
So I said
‘Yes, Let’s be traditional! I think it will be a nice surprise!’