How to Create the Perfect Wedding Candy Buffet
Wedding Candy Buffet
I am getting married in August, and I've decided to partake in one of the latest trends in today's weddings; the self-serve candy buffet. A candy buffet can add fun and color to your wedding reception, and bring you and your groom back to your childhood roots!
Before you begin desigining your candy buffet, an important thing to remember is that the candy buffet is an added expense and must be included in the planning of your wedding budget.
After reading a lot of articles about a great candy buffet one theme rings loud and clear, buy enough candy!! It is suggested that candy buffets work best when they are planned through the eye and not the numbers. Some articles suggest buying a certain number of ounces per guest, but the more successful candy buffets seem to be those that are planned by the size of the table and the containers that will be on the table. It is suggested to choose 5 to 10 types of candy that you want to display and purchase 15-20 pounds of each of these candies. This may seem like an overabundance of candy, but a large table overflowing with candy has a presence at your wedding and does not look like something you threw together at the last minute.
What kind of candy should you buy? Well it depends on the theme of your buffet. Do you want an all white buffet, or do you prefer that the candy buffet matches the color scheme of your wedding, or are you having a theme wedding? For example if you are having a beach theme wedding, you can serve candies from the boardwalk: saltwater taffy, caramel apples, fudge, peanut brittle. Another option is to have a retro candy buffet displaying such items as candy bracelets and necklaces on the elastic cords or the little waxed bottles filled by sugar water.
After you've decided on the types of candy that you want to display you will need to decide how you are going to display the candy. Interesting containers will change your candy buffet from ordinary to extraordinary. Use containers in different shapes and different heights. Clear containers are the best to show off your candy displays. Also use containers that are wide enough for a candy scoop to fit inside. What's the use of having cool containers if your guests can't get to the candy? A suggestion to make the whole look pop is to use displays to raise some of the containers, giving your buffet height. An old catering trick is to take a catering rack or a milk crate and turn it upside down on the table, and cover with a cloth. A finishing touch would be some flowers or candles matching your theme on the table with your candy.
Lastly, you need to think about how your guests will take the candy away from the buffet. Some brides have suggested using small cellophane bags, or classic white bags, or even take out containers matching the color theme of the wedding. Whatever type of container you use, make it fun and personalize with small stickers.
Good luck and best wishes!