Reception Dessert Styles

As you get closer and closer to the wedding day, you and your family sit down to chat about the menu.  Some venues have a dessert option built into their packages, but some do not. Or maybe, you want to include an extra special dessert, other than your wedding cake that you and your fiancé love.  Here are a few options we have encountered in our weddings.  What Dessert style are you?

The Cookie Table

A western Pennsylvania favorite! Featuring some of your favorite cookies is a way to cater to the many different tastes of your guests. These tables include a little bit of everything. They usually come from the kitchens of close friends and family and is a great way to honor their kindness on your wedding day. Not to mention you won’t have to ask twice for the great homemade recipes!


The Cupcake or Cake Table

Aside from the wedding cake, or maybe in lieu of the wedding cake, some couples decide to feature these delicacies to honor some of their favorite cakes and local bakeries.  Gourmet cupcakes have become very popular in the past few years in city centers around the US.  However, we have even seen whole cake displays, or should I say buffets, in addition to the wedding cake. Others place whole cakes in the center of each guest table in lieu of a floral centerpiece.  Can you imagine?!? So yes, you can have your pie and eat your cake, too.


The Ice Cream Bar

Not featured too often, but definitely something to mention.  These bars let you personalize your dessert giving you the hands on experience you’ve wished for your guests. It’s a great idea to give guests activities for your wedding reception, especially if they are a little shy of the dance for. However that is for a whole new post.  Anyways, the Ice Cream/Sundae bar can be a little sticky and possibly messy, but will be something people will go home talking about. Don’t forget the whip cream and cherries!


The Candy Buffet

Another new trend gracing America’s wedding receptions are candy buffets. These can become as elaborate and elegant or as simple as you want them to be.  Some couples choose to purchase candy that matches the colors of their wedding. Careful. Sometimes this option can get you into trouble and the candy ends up being so generic, it tastes like cardboard.  Other couples choose candy of their pastime.  Some of my favorites were the candy cigarettes and candy necklaces.  It’s a great option if you want to get a little creative with the setup. Apothecary jars and cute boxes are often used in these displays, adding to the décor of the wedding.  I can’t forget to mention that Wedding Boutique North offers a service for these setups so contact them today if you are interested!


The Popcorn Buffet

One of my personal favorites.  Popcorn bars are great to include at your wedding reception for a number of reasons. 1-They cater to both sweet and salt lovers. There are so many gourmet flavors to choose from, you can bet that almost every  guest at your wedding will visit this table.  So, jazz it up! 2-It can act as a pre-dinner snack! Yes, you will most likely have hor doeuvres, but having this available allows some guests to fill up “lightly” as opposed to vigorously at the hot appetizer station.


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