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
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  1. sunhat Member
    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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