What Do the Five Almonds Mean at a Wedding?

by William Lynch

Jordan Almonds are a tradition at many weddings, particularly in Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern cultures. They are sugared or candy-coated. Five of these almonds, wrapped in white tulle and tied with a ribbon, are often given to the guests as wedding favors. They serve as a reminder that life is both bitter and sweet -- and also represent five wishes for the new husband and wife.

Significance

The bittersweet taste of fresh almonds symbolizes life. The sweet candy coating represents hope that the newlyweds will enjoy more sweetness than bitterness. The five wishes for the bride and groom that the almonds represent are happiness, health, wealth, children and longevity.

Considerations

The number five is indivisible. It’s used to symbolize the strength of the new union and to show that the couple will share everything and not be divided.

Types

White Jordan Almonds are often used for weddings, but a couple can use colored almonds as well. These almonds are also used at other celebrations, with sky blue and pink used for christenings, red for graduations and green for engagements. They are sometimes called “confetti."

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About the Author

William Lynch has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years, working for various web sites and publications. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts program in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. He hopes to one day become a mystery novelist.