Wedding Dessert Table Ideas: How to Create a Mind-Blowing Display

If you want to make your big day extra sweet, consider these amazing dessert table ideas – try to get through this without getting hungry!

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Creating an amazing wedding cake display will seriously impress your guests, but if you want to take it up a notch then consider having a delicious dessert table at your reception. We’ve come up with some mouth-watering dessert table ideas that will make your big day that extra bit sweeter.

Tempt Your Guests

“Desserts look best on the table when displayed at varying heights,” suggests Sergei Strelets from Pret-a-Cake. “Instead of spreading everything out to fill the table, keep everything close together to make it look like there is an abundance of food. 

“If you’re including your wedding cake, use it as a focal point in the centre of the table, then build your dessert table around it.”

We can’t stop staring at this incredible dessert table that was put together by Pret-a-Cake, which has an appealing variety of heights just as Sergei mentions. Metallic details are a hot wedding trend right now and there’s plenty of luxe gold elements in this display – plus, how amazing does that croquembouche tower look? 

Wedding dessert table ideas

Or how about this crazy colourful sweet table by Hands on Sweets? We’re getting heart palpitations just looking at this incredible layout. The multi-coloured pattern on the cake has been complemented with an array of visual delights that are impossible to miss. Even though there’s a lot going on, the monochrome sign and black tablecloth keep it all balanced.

Colourful dessert table

Image credit: Sunglow Photography

If you take a closer look at this multi-coloured treat of a display, you’ll notice that sprinkles are a running theme throughout the dessert table. If you want to grab your guests’ attention, adding colour to your dessert table is a surefire way to do this – especially if you’re building it around an eye catching wedding cake.

Colourful dessert table sweets

Image credit: Sunglow Photography

Glamorous brides will love this floral themed display which is also by Hands on Sweets. The vases of flowers beautifully highlight the floral wedding cake and the desserts have been served in varying ways on elegant stands. Adding decorative touches to your dessert table is a surefire way to tempt your guests closer.

Glamorous dessert table

Cake Alternatives

Dessert tables are a fantastic idea if you’ve chosen not to have an actual wedding cake. A Sergei explains, the possibilities are endless when it comes to filling your table with wedding cake alternatives: “If a wedding cake is not your thing, then there are plenty of other great dessert table ideas – a tower of chocolate coated strawberries, a macaron tower or a display of chocolate truffles would all look great in place of a cake.”

Macarons seem to be having a moment at weddings right now, so hop on the trend and opt for a tower of these delightful French treats for your dessert table. We love this chic pastel coloured one from Ginger & Cacao

Macaron wedding tower

A croquembouche tower is another great alternative to a wedding cake, especially if you love profiteroles. This glitzy dessert table by Hands on Sweets will inspire you if you’re looking for glittery wedding ideas. Even the cake pops have gold and silver chevron straws!

Croquembouche dessert table

If you’re not so keen on the macaron or croquembouche ideas and want something a bit fresher, consider a tower of strawberries for your dessert table. “A tower of chocolate coated strawberries is versatile enough to match with most wedding colour schemes,” says Sergei. “Try decorating it with fresh roses.”

Strawberry wedding tower

Let’s face it, why wouldn’t you want to include doughnuts in your wedding? This tower of doughnuts from Krispy Kreme will have your guests scrambling to get to the dessert table and the 'let them eat cake' sign only adds to the quirky appeal.

You could even pile the table high with Krispy Kreme’s individual boxed doughnuts if you’re looking for unusual wedding favour ideas.

Doughnut dessert tables

Image credit: Pit Hall Barn

Match Your Theme

“The design of the dessert table needs to blend well with the rest of your wedding theme,” recommends Sergei. “Everything on the table should also complement each other – don’t forget details such as the backdrop of the table as well as scoops and spoons.”

If you’re adding Disney references to your day, take a look at this Cinderella themed dessert table for inspiration. This enchanting display features a host of glittery details and an amazing sign – we love that the fairy godmother’s famous line has been given a sweet twist. 

Take a look at our edit of Disney wedding cakes which would give your dessert table a sprinkle of magic.

Disney themed dessert table

Image credit: Sarah Kathleen Photography

If you don’t have a particular theme for your wedding day, incorporate key bits of your colour palette into your dessert table instead. This whimsical layout was arranged by Ginger & Cacao and would easily suit a vintage wedding as well as a celebration with red or pink accents.

Red and white dessert table

If the phrase ‘floral wedding ideas’ brings you joy, then take a look at this blooming lovely (sorry) dessert table from a wedding at Brympton D’Evercy House. Everything complements each other beautifully, from the show stopping cake to the rose themed desserts.

Floral dessert table

For a vintage themed dessert table, think pastel cake stands, fresh strawberries and cream, jam tarts, Battenberg, scones and delicate china plates. We love how this retro inspired display has been given a modern update with fancy lettering in the background – it also proves that a single tier wedding cake can be instantly jazzed up if surrounded by an array of cakes and sweets.

Vintage themed dessert table

If your wedding cake has a strong look or theme, make sure that your dessert table highlights this tastefully. This birdcage and butterfly themed cake from a wedding at Tone Dale House has been paired with matching cookies (check out our tips for baking wedding biscuits if you want to earn points and make your own).

Themed dessert table ideas

The time of year could also provide a big influence when you’re planning dessert table ideas. If it’s not possible to have a beach wedding, bring the seaside to your reception by having a super summery sweet buffet – like this one at the Sidmouth Harbour Hotel.

Beach themed dessert table

This incredible gold themed dessert table by Hands on Sweets would definitely add some 1920s Gatsby glamour to any wedding celebration. A dessert table with luxurious, jewel-toned details is a great way to glam up your wedding reception and is so easy to achieve too - a gold tablecloth, sparkly wedding confetti, ornate photo frames and metallic vases, plates and stands are just some of the ways you could recreate this look. 

Gold dessert buffet

Image credit: Esther Louise Photography

If you're tying the knot at a unique wedding venue you could always use your surroundings as a source of inspiration for your dessert table. This amazing aqaurium themed dessert bar from Hands on Sweets would be incredible if you and your partner are a pair of ocean lovers - plus, that unique wedding cake topper is too cute for words. The sea inspired table featured an array of delicious treats such as lemon meringue pies, passion fruit mousses, cake pops, mini cupcakes, mini cheesecakes and even coral made out of sugar!

Sea themed dessert table

Provide a Variety of Desserts

There’s something about a buffet that gets people excited, especially when there’s lots of treats to pick and choose from. So with this in mind, it’s important to make sure that your dessert table has plenty of options to suit everyone.

 Sergei suggests: “Offer at least three flavours if you're serving mini cakes or cupcakes and add things like macarons, cake pops, candy jars and biscuits so there is plenty of variety. 

“A range of soft desserts in shot glasses and cups would also look great on a dessert table - panacotta, tiramisu, fruit jelly and trifle are always popular.”

Cake pops

Image credits: Stratton Court Barn; Dan Rayner Photography; Lemon Zest Cuisine

Pastries are another delicious dessert table idea – think profiteroles, cinnamon swirls, tarts, cream horns and eclairs. Speaking of eclairs, how incredible do these choux pastries from Maître Choux look? They’re cooked up by a Michelin starred chef at the London based patisserie and the range of flavours makes them perfect for wedding receptions.

Dessert table eclairs

We love the variety of this dessert buffet made by Emmy’s Brigadeiro. With a mixed range of cakes, cupcakes and sweets on offer, there’s something here to tickle every guests’ tastebuds - top marks for highlighting the vintage theme with a birdcage too.

Vintage dessert table ideas

Creative Displays

Who said dessert tables have to be, well, on tables? Choose a quirky way to display your desserts for something a bit different. We love this awesome dessert ‘shelf’ from Hands on Sweets which is a stylish and contemporary twist on the trend.

Creative wedding dessert buffets

Image credit: Renee Nicole Photography

The gold shelves in the previous display are packed full of mini treats such as naked cakes, fruity desserts and trays of cookies. Pink and purple flowers are a beautiful combination alongside the luxe metallic elements.

Gold dessert buffet

Image credit: Renee Nicole Photography

Or how about this display which is a chocolate lovers dream? Also arranged by Hands on Sweets, it features some deliciously indulgent desserts paired with contrasting accents of green in the form of macarons. If you do go for a display like this, make sure the shelves are placed somewhere where they won’t get knocked over.

Chocolate dessert table

Image credits: Djamel Photography

Use unusual objects to hold your cakes for an interesting and quirky look. These brownies are being displayed by weighing scales which we absolutely love! The scales have been given a luxe transformation for the reception by being spray painted with gold.

Unusual dessert table ideas

Image credit: Sarah Kathleen Photography

Hands on Sweets have come up with another quirky dessert table idea in the form of this seriously creative vintage style layout. The antique, weathered look of the unit works well with the display of mini naked cakes. A contemporary touch is added by the ombre wedding cake. 

Creative wedding dessert buffets

If you’re in cake mode after reading this, we’ve got 50 fabulous and fun wedding cake flavours for you to browse.



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