Are you looking for an innovative touch at your wedding reception? Do you want your wedding reception to be unique? Then a candy buffet is what you should add to your nuptial party. A wedding candy buffet is nothing but a table full of candies waiting to be relished by guests at the wedding. Candies are placed in containers or baskets with scoops and guests are invited to take as many candies as they want from the table. The self-serve candy buffet is amongst the latest trends in weddings today! They not only add fun and color to the wedding reception, but also take the bride and groom back to their childhood days. Candy buffets bring a smile on everybody's face, irrespective of age, and add that extra touch of excitement to the wedding. An elaborate display of scrumptious sweets is sure to cause a lot of mouth-watering moments!
Candy Buffet Ideas for Weddings
While choosing candies for the buffet, one should consider the wedding theme, colors, and one's favorite candies. Buffets inspired by the wedding theme appear very attractive at the reception. Candy buffets with coordinated colors appear far better than the random-colored ones. Don't forget about the table centerpiece. The whole candy buffet is to be arranged around the centerpiece, so it's definitely an important aspect of the candy buffet. You can place anything large and attractive, such as vases filled with fragrant flowers, lamp shades, etc. Let's have a look at some candy buffet ideas for some common themes.
Romantic Themed Candy Bars
Red and white candies go great with love and romantic wedding themes. You can purchase heart-shaped red and white candies, candy canes or red and white jelly beans to go with your theme. Candy buffet doesn't mean that you can place only candy on the table. You can also use heart-shaped wedding cookies in between the candy to add to the charm of the buffet. This will give a little variety and will also keep your theme intact. For the centerpiece, you can place a large vase filled with fresh red and cream-colored roses. You can also place some red lollipops in between the flowers. If you manage to find some heart-shaped pillows, place them in between the containers to make the buffet even more attractive and appealing.
Fall Theme Candy Buffet
You can incorporate all the lovely colors of fall into the candy buffet. Gummy bears are great for fall wedding themes. You can also place orange, yellow, and green colored candies on the table. Your centerpiece can comprise a vase filled with fall leaves. You can also scatter some leaves on the table to have a more natural appeal. However, if you have an outdoor setting, then the leaves can fly off and cause a mess. So depending on your setting, adjust the arrangement. Moreover, if you happen to find maple leaf candle holders, buy them. Placing small electric candles in these holders and will add a definite glow to the whole setting. You can also keep a large lamp shade with maple leaf designs on them as the centerpiece.
Christmas Candy Bar
If you've chosen Christmas as your wedding theme, then red, white, and green are your candy buffet colors. There are scores of options for you to choose from. Right from red candy canes, Christmas jelly candies, snowflake candies, red lollipops, etc. For variety, you can also place some gingerbread cookies on the table. To accentuate the theme, you can hang a few stockings, wreaths, and candy canes above, on, or around the table. You could even place Santa soft toys. For the centerpiece, you can have a large gingerbread house, a large Santa soft toy, or anything else you desire. For the favors, instead of giving fabric bags, you could give little stockings.
For those of you who chose chocolate-brown as your wedding theme color, there is a lot of scope to make it look dazzling. Find an outlet whose chocolates you like the most and ask them to have different kinds of chocolates such as dark, milk, white, coconut-flavored, mint-flavored, orange-flavored, etc., to be displayed. It's best to label your chocolates for the convenience of your guests. For the centerpiece, a chocolate fountain is a good option. However, this will escalate your expenses considerably. Moreover, you will have to keep fruits, marshmallows, biscuits, etc., for dipping. Alternatively, you can keep a nice large brown teddy bear as the centerpiece. Chocolates can be displayed on trays or brown candy can be placed in clear containers.
Garden Themed Candy Bar
For garden themes, you can either have colored candies which symbolize the different items found in the garden, or you can also have your candies placed in baskets that look like flower pots. You can also place vases with beautiful flowers in between the candy pots. This will really add to the vibrant look of your candy buffet. You can also make a bouquet with fruits and insert marshmallows between them as an addition to your candy buffet.
Beach Themed Chocolate Buffet
Beach weddings are extremely popular, thus beach theme candy buffets are also gaining popularity. Various shell and fish-shaped chocolates are available which go with this theme. Moreover, one can also place salt water taffy, shark sweets, fish candy, rock candy, etc., on the table. If you get hold of a large seashell, you can place it on your buffet table as the centerpiece. Place small shells on the table in between the candies. If you cannot get hold of such fish-shaped candy, then go with a blue theme. Place blue and white candies on the buffet table, and use sky-blue runners to on the table.
Using Candies as Wedding Favors
Besides being a fun treat at the reception, wedding candy buffets are also great ways to thank the guests. Who can resist candy and chocolate wedding favors? Providing personalized bags or boxes serve as great wedding favors. Guests enjoy nostalgic childhood moments while choosing their own candies at the buffet. There are umpteen favor bags for you to choose from. If your budget permits, small personalized fabric sachets with the names of the bride and groom would also be great! You can also give little decorative containers in which your guests can fill their chocolates.
To set up an attractive candy bar, one will need to consider a few things. The first step is to get a hold of some neat candy containers and scoops. One can either purchase them or get them rented. Clear containers are the best as they showcase the wonderful candy selections. Clear containers in fancy sizes and shapes will look great. It's better to get medium-sized containers than to get some that are too large or too small.
Types of Candy Holders
If you do not wish to use glass containers, you can also opt for basket containers or tiered stands. Ribbons or bows made from tulle can be attached to the basket to enhance its look. You can also place your candy in plain trays or trays with inbuilt compartments to separate the candies. It all depends on your taste and your budget.
Candy Buffet Tables
Purchasing fancy containers is not enough; the containers have to be displayed artistically as well, for which you can create different levels to place the containers. This can be done by placing inverted milk crates, dessert stands, small benches or other supporting material covered by a neutral colored table-cloth to create different levels. As far as the table is concerned, one could consider decorating it with candles, table runners, ribbons, flowers, or even pictures of the bride and groom. When placing candles it's best to use votive or electric candles, in order to prevent any kind of mishap. Candies placed on the buffet table can be labeled or left as it is. Labeling is good, because if someone dislikes a particular flavor, he or she is notified immediately. Moreover, for the diabetic guests, one can have a separate counter with sugar-free candies.
How Much to Buy?
Once the theme, type, and color of the candy, has been decided upon, one needs to plan the amount of candy to be purchased. Logically, you may have enough candies for the guests to comfortably dig into; however, for the wedding candy buffet to look good, it is crucial to have enough candies displayed on the table. There's no easy way out here! Cutting down on the quantity will only make your candy buffet look bad. It's all about being appealing to the eyes as well as pleasing the palate of your guests. 7-10 types of candies, with 15-20 pounds of each variety would be substantial to make the buffet look good and lavish. This amount may appear a lot; however, it enhances the look of the reception.
Cheap Candy Buffet Ideas
Wedding candy buffets are added expenses and must be considered at the time of the wedding budget preparation. Cheap wedding candy buffets can be confined to common, cheaper candies such as Hershey's Kisses, Jolly Ranchers, mint candy, and Hot Tamales on display. These candies should be bought from a bulk candy store to cut down on expenses. Moreover, keep an eye out for seasonal discounts. If you end up buying the candies months before your wedding, don't fret. Only make sure the seal is intact, which will keep the candies fresh for the wedding. Simple containers can be used with fitting scoops. For cheap candy buffets, presentation is the key, which can make it look very opulent.
A candy buffet is an all-time crowd-pleaser! While setting up a candy buffet, the sky is the limit and one can be extremely creative! Wedding candy buffets are great to make the wedding unique and memorable for the wedding guests. So unleash your creative side and create your wedding masterpiece!