How Many Koufeta Should Be In Your Boubouniere

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Bomboniere or Bomboniera or Boubounieres are favors for Weddings, Bridal Showers, Engagements or Christenings/Baptisms.

Bomboniere is an Italian and Greek tradition, which is spreading across the world. Bomboniere are the traditional keepsakes given as gifts to guests in appreciation of their attendance. They can be incorporated on the table settings or distributed from a decorated basket during the celebration. While their most popular use is at weddings and christenings, they can also be given at First Communions, Birthdays, Silver/Gold Anniversaries, Dinner Parties, Christmas and many other social gatherings.

Each bomboniere consists of at least 5 sugared almonds/koufeta which represent: Health, Wealth, Happiness, Prosperity and Long Life.

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The Number of Koufeta in Bomboniere

Koufeta are the Jordan almonds that are traditionally used as wedding favors. The Italians refer to these sweet sugar almonds as bomboniere and the Greeks refer to these wedding favors as boubounieres. These are given to the guests at a Greek wedding. The Koumbaroi typically purchase the koufeta as part of their gift to the Bride and Groom on their wedding day. A common question that is asked is about the number of koufeta that should be used inside the boubounieres and why is the answer that it should only be an odd number. Here are some great points about the number of koufeta in boubounieres
Why is an odd number of Jordan almonds used for the koufeta?

The Greeks use an odd number of koufeta in the boubounieres and on the wedding tray because an odd number is not divisible by 2. This represents the concept that the number cannot be divided as so, the new couple will never be divided or break up.

Why should the number of koufeta be a prime number?

The koufeta within the boubounieres should be a prime number, namely: 1,2,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17 because prime numbers are divisible only by unit -1 – by themselves and no other number. The unit -1 – symbolizes that only one thing, death, can separate the couple and the division of the numbers by themselves symbolizes the fact that the wife and husband themselves and their egos can bring their union into separation.
How many koufeta should be used?

The wedding bomboniere is traditionally composed of an odd number of koufeta 3-5-7-9-11. The most common number is 7, since these are the Divine Mysteries of the Church.
Others say that the number of koufeta should just be 5, symbolizing health, joy, fertility, prosperity and longevity.
Is Koufeta used for anything else apart from the wedding boubounieres?

Koufeta is also placed on the wedding tray along with the stefana (and red ribbon/rose petals for those who come from Cyprus or a few of the smaller Greek Islands). The number of koufeta placed on the wedding tray should also be an odd/prime number.
Koufeta is served to the guests at the house on the morning of the wedding as everyone is getting ready. It is also a tradition that single women should sleep with koufeta under their pillow at night so they can have a sweet life.
Koufeta is also given for other Greek celebrations and parties such as Christenings.

In the early days of the Church, honey dipped almonds were offered to the newlyweds by the priest. Today the koufeta has evolved in to a product of different shapes, flavors and colors but it still has a strong symbolic meaning at a wedding. The egg shape represents fertility and the new life which begins with marriage. The hardness of the almond represents the endurance of the marriage and the sweetness of the sugar symbolizes the sweetness of their future life.
What color Koufeta should be used?

Traditionally for a wedding, white koufeta is used. The white symbolizes purity.
However many couples these days are matching their boubounieres and koufeta with their wedding themes and use colors such as gold and silver. Gold and silver koufeta colors as well as other colors such as pink, blue, green and orange.
Is it ok to use flavored Koufeta?

Flavored koufeta is becoming more and more popular. It tastes sweeter and they are nicer to eat. You can find a range of different koufeta flavors including: strawberry, lemon, pistachio, hazelnut and caramel.

The tradition of giving favors to wedding guests has become popular around the world. Today this tradition is practiced by people of all cultures and not just the Greeks. As the tradition has spread across the western world, there have been changes to the traditional koufeta Jordan almonds used as boubounieres. Chocolate hearts are commonly used as well as pearl shaped hazel nuts and some use the couples’ favorite candies instead of the Jordan almonds.

How many koufeta did you give in your boubounieres?


Koufeta Significance, Origins and Symbolism

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Decorated Confetti

The concept behind why we give out Koufeta or Jordan sugar almonds, originated in France, around 300 years ago, when a small box of sweets, bonbons was given away to guests on happy occasions. Over time the idea spread to other parts of Europe, and in particular to Italy and Greece. Confetti, as they are called in Italian or Koufeta, as they are referred to in Greece, consists of an uneven number typically 5, of sugar-coated almonds, representing the bittersweet life of a married couple.

The five almonds have significant meaning – each Koufeta symbolizes wishing the new husband & wife: happiness, health, wealth, children & a long life. The gifting of the Koufeta or confetti is also traditional for christenings, baptisms, communions, confirmations, and graduations.

There are many creative ways that these koufeta and confetti are gifted. Some are placed in tulle and then placed on top of another wrapped favor gift such as a picture frame, vase, serveware, decorative items such as candlesticks. Other koufeta and confetti presentations can include the almonds added to create a flower. I have seen these as a decorative accent on top of the wrapped gift or as a flower that is actually on a stem and displayed in a vase which doubles as a centerpiece and where each guest takes one at the end of the night. Another way that I have seen jordan almonds presented is in a small gift box. These gift boxes typically follow the wedding or event’s color scheme or theme. Tiffany blue with the 5 koufeta inside and wrapped with a white satin bow is a very popular way that these boubounieres are given out. These koufeta now come in different colors, different flavors, or my personal favorite ones that have a decorative design. For a wedding I have seen these designs in the form of initials of the bride and groom right on top of the almonds or an actual sugar design of a bride and groom affixed to the almond (white usually is the color of the almond with these) and are given out in a clear top box so that people can see the design. For baby themed celebrations, I have seen a baby sugar decoration (they are so cute)! I will try and find a picture or link to who sells these so that you can purchase them if this is what you are interested in.



Sleep With a Sugar Almond Under Your Pillow

Koufeta On a Plate


Small bomboniere (wedding favor) with koufeta (sugar almonds or jordan almonds)

“Sleep with this (koufeta-sugar almond) under your pillow the night of the wedding you just attended and the person you will marry will be revealed to you in a dream” according to this Greek custom! I had slept many nights after attending friends weddings with a koufeta under my pillow and nothing was ever revealed to me but then again I never remembered any of the dreams I had – so who knows!

Have you ever tried this? Does it work?