The final piece to an unforgettable wedding is not one cake, but an entire dessert table! If you love sweets, you’ll love what we have in store for you! Some genius finally realized that no one should have to choose between a cupcake tower, a naked ombre cake and a side of macarons topped with edible glitter. Why not have it all?
First of all, a dessert table works in one of many ways: constant edible entertainment for you and your guests, an opportunity to decorate some more and a fabulous photo backdrop! Trust us when we say you need a dessert table at your wedding!
Assuming you were convinced from the beginning, you’re probably wondering where to get started. Lucky for you, we’ve prepared an simple list of five ingredients to a dessert table you’ll love and be proud of!
(1) A PALETTE THAT WORKS
When doing anything creative, one can easily get distracted allowing valuable time to fly away. Ask yourself, what is the inspiration for your dessert table? The answer to this question will help you decide on the desserts you order, the decoration and more. Is it your navy blue and sparkling silver invitation? Is it your wedding’s woodland theme? Is it your three-layer pink ombre cake? When planning anything, a focus is necessary and often times the theme is your focus and inspiration for the rest of the event.
Photo via Ruffled Blog.
An all white table with powdered donuts and cake pops would be perfect for a winter wonderland wedding!
If you’re having a spring wedding, citrus with a touch of berry pink may be just what you’re looking for!
(2) ONE FOR ALL
The second ingredient is the sweetest and surely your favorite: the dessert! Think about your favorites and consider using your local bakery for an added personal touch. Also note that a dessert table doesn’t have to be made of more than one or two desserts. If you’re a pie person, there’s no reason why you can’t just serve pies of all flavors!
These days you’ve got friends and family with all kinds of requests and dietary restrictions. Avoid having to stress over reserving that single gluten-free cupcake or hiding the handful of candy without nuts from the rest of the guests and order a variety. While, it’s nice to think of others, don’t forget your favorites! It is your wedding after all…
If you decide to stick to one sweet, do add a little variation in terms of toppings!
Is your wedding smack in the middle of July? Your guests may prefer icy popsicles to melted chocolate…
(3) IT’S IN THE DETAILS
Since you’ve decided to swap out the traditional cake for an entire dessert table, you already know that a dessert table is more than just something for guests to nibble on. What do you want your wedding to look like? Simple and sophisticated? Luxurious and lavish? Or perhaps you’d prefer something a little more personal with a touch of DIY here and there. Whatever you decide will help you with the styling of your dessert table. Consider whether or not you will have a backdrop, a tablecloth, flowers or DIY garlands hanging from the table corners.
If you’re going for simple and sweet, you may want to tuck a few fresh flowers between the desserts for creative, but still clean look.
Photo via Happy Wedd.
If you’re not afraid of a little glitz and glam, you may want to opt for a sequin table cloth like this one here! This will definitely make your table pop!
(4) PACKAGING AND LABELING
We’re almost there! You’ve got an array of desserts and an idea of how to style them. Now it’s time for the finishing touches like individual packaging, if needed, and labels! There are so many fun options to consider so we’ll leave you to it!
For certain desserts like glazed donuts and popcorn, you may want to consider individual packing. This will allow for guests to mingle while enjoying the dessert you’ve provided without making a mess!
Dessert labels are not only useful to guests, but can also add a nice decorative touch to the table. While, printed tent labels are traditional, you can also use one large chalkboard, print mini labels on toothpicks and stick them into the desserts or place the labels in mini frames around the table!
For a larger dessert table, you may want to opt for a single sign like this one!
(5) THE “TABLE” ITSELF
The desserts and decor have been decided on, but where will it all go? There’s nothing worst than an entire macaron tower going to waste! Your dessert table must draw your guests to it. If you’re wedding’s theme is something fairytale like, then what about placing the desserts on an intricate, white, carriage? If you’re going for a woodland theme, what about a rustic wood table topped with wooden planks and cut tree trunk as serving platters? Take into consideration the season, the location, your theme and the amount of desserts you will be providing.
Planning something as simple as a dessert table can become quite stressful if you let yourself go overboard! Work with your partner to come up with a dessert table that will make the both of you happy. Start with your inspiration and the rest will come naturally.
We can’t wait to see the peachy dessert tables you all come up with! Oh, and don’t forget to do a tasting before your decide on what to order! We trust you’ll have a wonderful time nibbling on sweets all afternoon…