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November 19, 2021

Wedding dessert table ideas

The wedding dessert table has continued to be a popular choice for couples looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding cake. Or maybe even just as an addition to sweeten up their day. And we get it. The dessert table usually ends up being the most frequented spot of the night (aside from the open bar and dance floor!).

Providing a dessert spread is a great opportunity to give your guests a tasty post-dinner treat and infuse your personalities or theme too. If you are still looking for ideas for your dessert bar, here are some elements to consider:

PLANNING A WEDDING DESSERT TABLE

Nothing Bundt cake wedding ideas

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Sky is the limit – variety makes for a great dessert table, so you’ve got tons of room to play. Brownies, cupcakes, donuts, pudding – you name it! Always keep your guest count in check though when looking at the number of options.
  • Consider the season – seasonal favorites will always be a hit, and can also be cost-effective. If your wedding is in the spring or summer, consider offering fruit and flower inspired treats. If you’re getting married in the fall, pumpkin pie and apple cobbler could be a great, festive addition.
  • Keep your dessert table in the theme of your wedding – the dessert table is another opportunity to play into your wedding’s theme or color scheme. Consider introducing color accents or themed florals in the decor – or even in the dessert themselves. Play around with colors including the accents either in the decorations or on the actual desserts.
  • Double up with the favorsas the dessert table can be one of the most visited tables at a wedding, you can also use it as an opportunity to combine the sweet treats and favors for your guests!
Wedding day cake ideas for guest dessert table

CAKE ALTERNATIVE IDEAS

Here are a few dessert ideas you may want to consider adding to your table:

  • Cake pops – a great way to draw attention to the dessert table, and an opportunity to bring your color scheme to life.
  • Bite-sized desserts, tarts and cakes – a fun “choose your own adventure” for guests allowing them to mix and match their dessert options.
  • Artisanal donuts – everyone loves a good donut! And there are so many creative ways to present them on wedding day. Stack them up, nest them in a tray or hang them on a wall!
  • Chocolate – a simple classic dessert but a winner. Check out these chocolate inspired treats that will have you drooling.
  • Custom cookies – these are a great way to combine wedding sweets with guest favors! You could design them with the florals you have on wedding, your name & wedding date, or general matching to your theme.
  • Cake buffet – maybe you plan to have a regular dinner buffet, but what about one for cakes too? This could be multiple small cakes, pies or cheesecakes featuring different flavors for your guests to pick and choose. Display them on different cake stands at varying heights to create visual interest.
Wedding day pie ideas for dessert table

Looking for some more ideas? Check these out…

The Knot’s 15 wedding dessert tables that are calling your name

Junebug Wedding’s 9 dessert ideas that will make you reconsider your wedding cake

What treats would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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