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Best Wedding Dessert Table Ideas

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Online wedding planner for over 10 years. My goal has been to show everyone the best way to plan their wedding without breaking the bank !

Ideas And Tips For Your Wedding Dessert Table

A wedding dessert table can be a delicious feature at your wedding.Just about any dessert can be featured or you can do combination desserts . It's up to you. Keep in mind the location of your dessert table. If you are having a dessert table as the main food selection, it can be set up right away. If it id to be served later on wit your cake, you may want to have the cake out and the other additions placed out after the meal as your guests are dancing the night away. The reason behind that is that some guests will start picking at it before you are ready to serve it.

It can serve as a compliment to your coffee service at the end of your reception or as the main feature of a home reception. Either way, it can be a touch that your guests will long remember and appreciate

What You Need For Your Dessert Table Display - A Swet Treat For Your Wedding Reception

Dessert tables are a great addition to your wedding reception. They can be served right after dinner with the wedding cake or later on at the reception with coffee, just before your guests leave. No matter which way you decide to go, here are the things you will need for your display

  • A table and tablecloth You may want to add a runner or napkins used to highlight areas of your table. The best way to use napkins is to put them as diamonds under cake stands and plates
  • Plates and forks to serve your desserts on Remember if you chose paper and plastic, that you should use high quality to make your display looks elegant.
  • Theme Items to complete your display Items like signs, banners, and décor that is themed to your color or theme add ambiance to your display
  • Your desserts They can be almost anything. You can include cakes, cookies, cup cakes pies, or any of your favorite desserts.
  • Add a plate of mints or candies for an extra sweet treat Either scatter some candies on your display or place them on a dish

Check With Your Vendor First

Rules Vary At Different Locations

Some vendors offer dessert options at as part of their packages or options. Some vendors will work with you, especially if they do not offer dessert tables as an option. When you are speaking to your vendor, ask if he will work with you. If you are bringing in your own wedding cake, ask if you can bring in some cupcakes with it. If you are having your wedding at a hall with a caterer, or doing your own home wedding, then you will have more options open to you. The Country club that I had my wedding at, allowed me to have a candy buffet and even bring in chocolate covered cherries. They even set it up for me. So with your dessert buffet simply tell them what you are planning and ask if they will work with you on it !

Pie Dessert Table

Is Pie Your Favorite Dessert ?

Then why not feature pie on your wedding dessert table? An assortment of pies can be a tasty idea for your wedding guests. You could even do this idea in lieu of a wedding cake. Why not have the bride and groom slice a piece of pie instead of cake? Pie and coffee or tea-it's a wonderful thing !

You can include mini tarts or tarts with this dessert buffet. Add some tags for each pie telling your guests what kind they are

You could bake the pies yourself or have members of your family help you. This would be a very personal touch. Don't attempt this by yourself unless you have experience making pies. You clould also buy pies from the bakery at your local supermarket.

Theme your pies to your wedding. For example if you are having a fall wedding, you might want to have apple and pumpkin pies. Spring weddings might include strawberry and blueberry pies. Summer themed wedding might include lemon and other light pies.

No matter what pies you decide on, your guests will appreciate the option of an extra dessert.

Amazing Cake and Pie Stands

Cake and pie stands add heights to your desserts and make a delightful display. Best of all, you can reuse them long after your wedding. Check with your vendor or vendor to see if they have any available. You can also loan one or two pretty ones from your friends and family Make sure to put a tape with the name of the owner on the bottom. You can also check with your local thrift store where you may be able to find cake plates and stands at reasonable rates.

Dessert Table Tip One

If you are serving more than one pie, make sure to have extra pie cutters. You can purchase inexpensive plastic pie servers. The other option would be for your caterer to pre-cut the pies. Or you could have a server assisting your guests

How About Cupcakes?

Hot Dessert Item

Cupcakes have been a very hot dessert item at wedding for some time. Sometimes used in place of a wedding cake, they are a sweet addition to your wedding. I know as a bride, you always have a hard decision on the flavor and filling of the wedding cake. Adding cupcakes are a perfect solution. You can order them in numerous flavors and filling with lots of icing choices. Flanking them around your wedding cake is a fun idea. Provide labels to tell your guests what they are is a thoughtful idea.

If you are having them made, use a cupcake liner in your wedding color or theme. Cupcake liners are inexpensive, add color and carry your theme. You may also want to provide cupcake boxes for your guests to take them home.

Cupcakes can also be your wedding favor ! You can save considerable money by baking them yourself !

You Gotta Have Cookies

Who Doesn't Love Them !

Cookies are a great alternative or addition to your dessert table. There are thousands of cookies you can choose from. From the traditional cookies that we all love to the more sophisticated wedding cookies, they are always a big hit. You can either chose to have an all cookie display or mix and match with other desserts.It's your choice. You can go with a specific cookie theme or color or go for your favorites. You can even mix your favorite boxed cookies from the supermarket. There is no end to the way that you can use cookies ! Have some bags for your guests to take a few home. Or bag them yourself with decorative touches and place on trays. They can be your wedding favors ! Remember, most cookies can be made and frozen ahead of time !

Wedding Dessert Table Tip Two

Continue your theme colors on your dessert table. It will make a "finished look" in your reception room

Do It Yourself Cake Stand - Every Dessert Table Needs A Focal Point

Your dessert table needs both height and a focal point. Now you can do it yourself with this eye pleasing cake stand. If you have a different motif, color or theme in mind, you can substitute a different plate. Click on the picture for more information

Petit Fours

Delicious Little Cakes

These little mini cake are a perfect addition to your wedding dessert table. A plate or two of these delicious little bites are a savory way to end your wedding reception. Unless you make them yourself, they can be a little pricey. I would suggest pricing them at a Sam's Club or a Costco. They are very pretty on your dessert table especially if you have a particular color in mind

Add Some Sweet Candy

A bowl or two of wedding cansy is a sweet touch to add to any dessert table. It is colorful and your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness

Wedding Dessert Table Tip Three

Your wedding cake can sit as the center of your dessert table. The other desserts should be spaced around it so that guests will have access to everything

How To Create A Wedding Dessert Table

As a courtesy for your guests and to help those with potential allergies, label each of your desserts

How To Save Money On Your Wedding Dessert Table

You don't have to spend a fortune to add this element to your wedding reception. Here are a few considerations if you are planning to add this to your day

  1. First and foremost, check with your vendor, reception coordinator or caterer. A reception venue may or may not allow you to bring food into their venue. If you have the funds in your budget, have at it. Otherwise, speak top the people working with you. I had a candy buffet, and my reception manager allowed me to bring in some chocolate dipped strawberries to add to my table. They were made by a friend of mine as a gift. If you have a caterer, or are renting a hall, then naturally you will have more leeway.
  2. If you have people who can bake for you, you can save lots of money
  3. No time to bake, price and shop for some baked goods from your local supermarket
  4. Check out your local thrift store, You will find cake stands, cupcake stands, serving plates and more for pennies on the dollar

It's All About The Small Touches

One Last Thought

Remember when thinking about your dessert table, it's all about the small touches. Adding some items around your dessert table from your theme makes it all the sweeter. Signs and banners that identify your desserts are also a nice touch. Using napkins or an overlay tablecloth in your colors over a white base tablecloth also make a nice statement. Think about your dessert table and decorate it to showcase your theme and good taste

Have Your Recipes Available

If you have made something special, why not have the recipe for your favorite dessert available for your guests to take home. They will appreciate your thoughtfullness

Beautiful DIY Cake Stand

With just a few mirrors and some cande sticks from the dollar store you can make this delightful cake stand
With just a few mirrors and some cande sticks from the dollar store you can make this delightful cake stand | Source

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    • linfcor profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda F Correa 

      5 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @amandascloset0: Glad you enjoyed it

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      amandascloset0 

      5 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks for posting!

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