4. Candy Bars
A few years ago, newlyweds began trending away from large wedding cakes as their sole dessert option. In an effort to satisfy their guests’ sweet tooth, candy displays hit the scene. Not only were they hugely popular but they also provided distinct benefits. For example, they offered guests a new area to check out while taking a break from the dance floor, they served as an aesthetic detail by incorporating the wedding colors and guests could also take them home as favors.
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Over time, the novelty factor wore off. "Everyone loves candy but the candy table concept has taken its last bow," says Robin Naluai at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Rrivre Davies of Rrivre Works suggests that couples personalize their late-night snacks to make the experience more unique for their guests.
One creative option is to have his-and-hers treats tables. "Maybe the groom is a sucker for a good PB&J with no crusts and a cold milk while the bride has always loved caramel apples," Naluai explains. Siladke recommends including your favorite childhood treats while Hennings loves quirky details like state-shaped cookies (to represent the couple’s hometown). Setting up interactive stations like a waffle bar, s’mores station and chocolate truffle-wine pairings is another great way to entertain your guests.
Savory late-night snacks are also becoming more popular. Imagine a "pub crawl"-themed station with snacks like potato skins, chicken fingers and bacon caramel corn. Yum! Blush Events also recommends edible favors that guests can grab on their way out, such as mini gourmet egg sandwiches.
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So do you really need to include cake? Experts stand divided. "The wedding cake is over! Well, at least here in Brooklyn," says Jove Meyer of Jove Meyer Events. Out of 40 weddings that he planned last year, only five couples opted for cake.
On the flip side, Sunny Ravanbach of White Lilac Inc. predicts that lots of couples are going back to one large dramatic wedding cake in lieu of a dessert station. "There are talented cake artists who can create a one-of-a-kind cake that would beat any dessert table display," he advises. Not into the icing or fondant? Try a naked cake. "Not only are they delicious, but they’re also a delightful twist on an old favorite," says Šolaja.