Sweet Dessert Stations: A Wedding Reception Alternative

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Planning a wedding reception can be one of the most exciting times of a young bride’s or groom’s life. However, it can quickly change from planning fun and exciting details to agonizing over expensive specifics. Among the dress, cake, and reception center, the food for your reception is one of the most important parts of the day. Unfortunately, things can get complicated really quickly. Even just beginning with the hors d’oeuvres, there are numerous options. Then you’ve got to decide on the appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Imagine the headache trying to fine-tune all those details can cause—not to mention, the expenses that each course holds.

Well, we at Weddingbee are here to help. May we offer a simpler, less expensive, and dare I say, more creative option for your wedding reception?

Dessert is everyone’s favorite part of a three-course meal, right? So, why not just skip right to it with some dessert stations? It may sound too simple, but we can guarantee this crowd-pleaser will be a huge hit. Here’s an assortment of dessert-only options for you to consider for your big day.

1. Doughnuts

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This one may sound tacky, but trust me, there are many gourmet bakers out there who know how to dress up their doughnuts. The smaller bakeries especially would love nothing more than a mass order like yours. It may take a few phone calls to find the right baker, but once you do, you can request the flavors, colors, and extras that you and your soon-to-be-married heart desires. You’ll need some cake tiers, platters, and domes to dress up your doughnut display with the right amount of elegance and fun. And please, don’t forget the milk!

2. Crepes or Waffles

If you haven’t seen a crepe or waffle station at a wedding, then you’ve seen nothing yet. Many restaurants near you hire out their chefs to come and act as made-to-order crepe and/or waffle makers. The chefs are right there in the food line so that once you get your freshly prepared crepe, you can move on down the line and delight on the many fixings that are provided. The choices of toppings are endless. They can range anywhere from fruits and whipped cream to melted chocolate and crushed peanuts. Talk about a classy way of making your reception more unique and exciting!

3. Hot Chocolate or Coffee Bar

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What could make a better treat for the guests at your winter wedding than a hot chocolate or coffee bar? There are many companies that will send a barista with an espresso cart for a small fee. Or, on the more playful side, the hot chocolate bar can be much like the crepe/waffle option in terms of fixings available. We’re talking marshmallows, peppermint sticks, Andes mints, whipped cream, caramel sauce, Irish cream—I could go on and on, but I will let your imagination take it from here. Pair that with unique, mismatched mugs and your hot chocolate bar is complete.

4. Ice Cream Bar

Just like winter weddings ask for a hot chocolate/coffee bar, summer weddings beg to have an ice cream bar. Companies like Coldstone are all too happy to rent out their ice cream carts and provide staff to come and tend to your guests. Their portable carts can bring all your favorite flavors to your event, and they’ll provide all of your favorite toppings as well. You can keep it as elegant as roasted almonds and white chocolate or be more playful with gummy bears and Oreos. This is a great way to let your personality come through and be as creative as humanly possible.

5. Candy Bar

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For you sweet-tooths out there, this one is for you. Image a candy bar, not like the Hershey one, but a bar full of candy. You’ll need to buy or borrow an assortment of apothecary jars, and then pay a visit to your local candy store. That’s it! Your guests will also need some sort of grab-bag to carry all their loot away in. There are a few ways to do this. You can simply purchase all your favorite treats, no matter what the color or type, or you can be more dedicated to your color scheme and purchase only those treats that fall into that palette. The best way to do your color specific candies is online. There are many online stores that will sell color-coordinated candies in bulk, cutting your costs immensely.

6. Soda Bar

If you’re having an alcohol-free wedding, consider an open bar of soda. Soda, in and of itself, can seem too casual, so in this case we suggest old-fashioned sodas. Just like the color-schemed candies, there are many websites that will sell old-fashioned sodas in bulk. Make sure you add an assortment of straws for your guests to make their choices even more whimsical. If you want to add a bit more excitement to your soda bar, consider adding some ice cream to the fun. Your guests will be able to create their own floats using the collection of sodas you have available.

For your guests, possibly the most important part of the wedding is the food. It might even be for you too. So, if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box approach that is a sure crowd-pleaser, but not a bank-breaker, then a desserts-only menu is certainly the route to take. You and your guests will not be disappointed. It’s important to display the happy couple’s personalities on the day of their wedding, so don’t be afraid to be a little creative. Expand on the ideas we’ve provided and make it yours. After all, it is your day!

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