Whether you have a sweet tooth, or you just want to serve something a little bit different at your wedding, a sweet buffet is a brilliant idea.
It can be a fun - and sometimes cheaper - alternative or complement to a traditional wedding dessert or a full size wedding cake.
It works at any kind of occasion, but does lend itself particularly well to a vintage theme as you could choose retro sweets and packaging to suit the day.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that a sweet buffet only works at a wedding where children will be in attendance: grown-ups love a sweet treat just as much as kids do. Even if yours is an elegant, adults-only affair, choosing a sweet buffet of decadent desserts or luxuriously wrapped chocolates will delight your guests.
Here are some deliciously sweet buffet ideas to inspire your selection.
Personalised chocolate bars look fantastic as part of a sweet buffet - and guests can take them home as favours if they’ve eaten too much at the wedding breakfast. At Wrapper Star you can choose an existing design or request a bespoke wrapper to match your wedding theme. Each bar contains 10 chunks of delicious creamy milk chocolate, made in the UK.
A candy cart makes a fabulous focal point if you’re having a sweet buffet. As well as offering a sweet cart for hire, Essex-based Sweetz and Treatz also supply chocolate buffets, sweet shot towers, a sweetie-filled Ferris wheel and a stunning Ferrero Rocher pyramid that can hold up to 400 of the iconic wrapped chocolates.
Chocolate fountains are most people’s idea of heaven...just the smell of hot, melted Belgian chocolate makes your mouth water. Put a chocolate fountain on your sweet buffet and guests will be queuing-up to get a taste. Hot Chocolates in the south of England offers a choice of specially selected milk, dark or white Belgian chocolate fountains for hire, served on a unique, star-shaped illuminated surround, decorated to match your wedding theme.
You don’t need to be in your PJs with a glass of milk in hand to enjoy a cookie. At Cookie Delicious you can order special wedding cookies to tie in with your theme and colour scheme. Cookies can be ordered as wheat and gluten free by request, they can be personalised with guest names and they come wrapped in cellophane and tied with colour co-ordinating ribbon.
If you’re looking for a sweet buffet centrepiece, a sweet tree looks lovely. Package a Party supplies sweet trees for weddings as well as themed lollipop decorations.
Cake pops are a very fashionable choice for your dessert buffet. Easy to eat — not to mention delicious — Molly Bakes cake pops can be delivered across the country and they come in gorgeous designs. Choose from cute brides and grooms, tuxedos and pearls or pretty pastel colours topped with edible roses.
Cupcakes are perennially popular for a sweet buffet. If you’re looking for something extra special, Krumblies Wedding Cakes do beautiful rainbow cupcakes presented in jars, cupcake towers and even ice cream cone cupcakes.
If you’re working to a budget — or you just love baking — you could create your own cupcakes for a sweet buffet. Guests are bound to be impressed, and if you’re daunted by the prospect of baking a big batch, invite your girlfriends over to help in the kitchen: it’s a good excuse for a pre-wedding get together. To make them look the part, you can buy beautiful wrappers and cupcake decorations from My Crafty Cupcake.
Delicate, sweet and aesthetically pleasing, macaroons are a colourful and fashionable addition to a sweet buffet. Order them in the same colour scheme as the rest of your wedding or choose a rainbow of colours to jazz up your sweet buffet. As well as beautiful wedding cakes, Willow and Bloom in Brighton make the most delicious macaroons.
For good old fashioned sweeties, check out the Vintage Sweet Shop. They will design a complete candy buffet to coordinate with your event. Extras are provided, including sweet scoops and tongs, traditional candy stripe bags to match the décor and a personalised candy buffet sign for the table in a white rococo frame, then you can invite your guests to fill their own little treat bags. Sweet!
If all this dessert talk has got you in the mood for a sweet treat the take a look at our list of 50 delicious wedding cake flavours filled with creative dessert ideas.