On Eating Candy

There was one thing I knew I needed to have at my wedding, way before I was even engaged. (Besides the groom, of course. And a white dress. And a videographer. And an open bar…) And that was…


Image via Style Me Pretty / Styling by Amy Atlas

…a candy buffet! I’d seen them all over wedding blogs (and all over party blogs too) and they’re always the prettiest part of the whole affair. I found pictures like these, with colorful candy-filled apothecary jars:


Image via The Sweetest Occasion / Photos and styling by Kojo Designs

And candy buffets always have really beautiful backdrops, too, which I am just itching to DIY:


Image via Kara’s Party Ideas / Photos and styling by Bubble and Sweet


Image via Kara’s Party Ideas / Photo by Ellemenopee / Styling by Candice and Ezra


Image via Hostess with the Mostess / Photo and styling by KaLice Events


Image via Catch my Party / Photo and styling by Sheek Shindigs


Image via Amanda Doublin / Styling by Sweet Emilia Jane

Candy buffets are like killing three birds with one stone, too (if you’re into bird-hunting):

  1. They can replace a favor—and this favor will actually get used, unlike a paperweight with the couple’s monogram etched into it.
  2. Filling up your favor bag counts as an “activity,” which I’m all for. I know not everyone is into dancing at weddings, so to keep guests from getting bored, I’ll just direct them to the candy buffet (or the photo booth, but I’ll save that for another post).
  3. Candy buffets are pretty (see above)! One thing that’s really important to me throughout wedding planning is making sure our reception is pretty. A candy buffet is a great way to add some color (and an amazing backdrop) to your wedding.

I can’t wait to get started making everything for my candy buffet. I wish I could buy the candy now! My guests won’t mind a little stale candy, right? Can gumballs and rock candy get stale?

Are you having a candy buffet at your wedding? Share your inspiration photos!


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
Getting My Hairz Did
Playing Movie Stars: Wedding Videography
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  1. parasol Member
    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:42 am

    I love all of these inspiration pictures! They are so amazing and were definitely in my wedding folder. Sadly, though, the candy buffet was one of the things we had to cut, but life went on. I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

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    dalmatian 592 posts, Busy bee @ 8:44 am

    Yum, yum, yum! I love how colorful the candy is. My sister had a sweets table (cookies, brownies, some of my grandma’s homemade whoopie pies – yum!) and it was a big hit. Can’t wait to see what yours looks like!

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    MeganTacky2247 922 posts, Busy bee @ 8:48 am

    I AM I AM!!! And I am so excited!!! At first, It poped in my head and I really wanted to do a candy buffet. But then, I went to a cousins wedding and she had one. THEN, I went to another wedding and THEY had one. And I got really discouraged, and began changing my plans. Then i thought “heck NO!!” I want my candy buffet, and Im going to have it!!

    Then I got to the thinking of…” well mine will just be better than theirs” haha.

    ps… LOVE the ones you have found!!

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    Vegas Pug, Guest @ 8:49 am

    The Candy Buffet and Photo Booth were my two “must haves”. I am so glad we had the candy buffet, people still talk about it a year later! Unfortunately, in my area, venues are catching onto the craze and are starting to not allow couples to do one unless the venue provides it directly at $$ per person. So glad, I had mine before that started happening!

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:07 am

    I am totally jumping on this bandwagon! I love your pictures and am also super excited (for now) about some backdrop DIY time!

    My only concern is that I will be too busy stuffy my face with candy all night to dance (joking (mostly)

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:46 am

    We had a candy buffet and a cookie table. They were in two different places in the room. the candy buffet took the place of favors. Ours was no where near this fancy but people loved it.

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    raccoon 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:03 pm

    Not much for bird hunting but I totally see what you’re saying! Great point about candy bars being an activity for those who might not be dancing.

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:03 pm

    So in love with candy buffet’s, and the backdrops, and the colors, and the yumminess…but we aren’t having one. So I’ll look forward to seeing yours come to life!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:16 pm

    I LOVED looking at your candy bar inspiration photos. I had considered having one at the beginning of my planning, but it’s kind of fallen to the back-burner for the time being. Can’t wait to see how you put yours together!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:30 pm

    I love candy buffets, they are so fun, cheerful, and, most importantly, full of sweets!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:55 pm

    I wanted one of these but it was an item that got scratched during our planning. They are so pretty and fun! I’m going to have to have one at a party sometime! I’ve never been to a wedding that had one and I’m dying to see one in person! ha ha Can’t wait to see how you design yours.

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:58 pm

    @Vegas Pug: Ugh I hate when venues catch on to trends! I’m not allowed to bring any baked goods or “food” for my candy buffet, most likely because venues now offer sweets tables.
    @kayakgirl73: yeah ours will also take the place of favors. Who wants a favor when you can have CANDY?!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:45 pm

    I love those backgrounds. Maybe I’ll be ambitious and make one for our dessert bar.

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    Molly, Guest @ 8:42 pm

    DD’s was fun to put together but in the end we did have a LOT leftover. You can find guidelines all over the internet for how long certain types of candies can store in order to take advantage of post-holiday sales. We successfully bought hard candies very early, gummy candies beginning at 8 months before (and froze them) then soft candies like taffies and chocolates no more than one month ahead. Everything was wonderful!

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