Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas Your Guests are Sure to Love

A dessert waffle with cream and berries

While you and your spouse-to-be are bound to be as sweet as can be, no wedding meal is complete without some sort of dessert. Are you, however, looking for an alternative to the traditional cake selections for your upcoming wedding? Don’t assume your options are limited. In fact, there are a wide variety of tasty treats available that you and your guests are sure to love! What’s more, opting to downsize or eliminate wedding cake from your menu can save you money. Consider these dessert options when planning your wedding; your wallet and your guests will thank you for it!

Candy Buffet

Do you remember taking a trip to the local candy store to fill up a goody bag of your favorite sweets? Bring that cherished memory back to life for your guests with a candy bar! Offering bulk candy at your wedding isn’t only cost-effective, but also provides your guests the opportunity to pick their favorite treats. Consider ordering personalized to-go bags for friends and family to fill before leavingthese sweet sacks can even be a wedding favor too! Additionally, setup for this dessert is easy. Making candy look good is a simple task and your guests will enjoy seeing some of their childhood delights on display.

A s'more bar at a wedding reception


Campfires and s’mores are extremely popular, so consider setting up a station for your indoor or outdoor wedding. This may be easier than you think! While having an open flame may not be feasible, there are flameless options available that still embody the s’more experience. A marshmallow fondue pot, for example, will still provide heat enough to melt the chocolate without producing any potentially dangerous flames. Consider setting out trays of graham cracker options (cinnamon, chocolate, honey, etc.) and a spread of fun-sized candy bars. While chocolate is traditional and always a hit, get creative and throw in some other tasty candies as well.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls aren’t just for breakfast anymore! Consider serving some of these fresh, gooey rolls for dessert at your wedding. Your guests will love the smell of cinnamon as it fills the reception hall and their mouths will be watering long before this sweet treat hits the table. Apart from traditional cinnamon rolls, consider variations that include nuts or citrus. Also consider adding orange zest to your icing and spreading a delicious orange marmalade inside the roll to create a sweet and tangy twist.

Waffle Bar

Waffles are the perfect vessel for a variety of dessert ideas. Have a waffle-making station available for fresh, crispy, fluffy goodness. While the options are endless, waffle sundaes are sure to be a hit! Have a few ice cream flavors, whipped cream, and delicious toppings available at the dessert table. Your guests will love creating their very own dessert masterpiece! This is especially delightful for children. Alternatively, you can make waffle strips to dip in a variety of sauces. Chocolate, flavored icings or syrups, and even peanut butter can be the perfect match for your waffle dippers.

Two berry parfaits


Looking for a lighter dessert option for your wedding menu? Even the most health-conscious individuals typically enjoy the ingredients that go into parfaits. Parfait stations are an enjoyable way to incorporate healthier options, like fruit and granola into your reception. Consider offering a variety of fruit toppings, yogurt flavors, and granola available for your guests to create their own custom dessert dish. Everyone will enjoy having a healthy, but scrumptious, mix of crunchy, creamy, and sweet to munch on. As an added bonus, parfaits also look gorgeous!

Milk and Cookie Shots

Who doesn’t love cookies and milk? If you’re a fan, consider these delectable treat as an alternative to cake. You can purchase cookie molds shaped like shot glasses. These cookie shots can then be lined with melted chocolate. The result? Adorable little shot glass that can actually hold milk! The best part about this dessert and drink combo is that there’s plenty of opportunity to adjust this dessert to suit your specific needs. You don’t have to stick with standard chocolate chip cookies Try snickerdoodle, sugar, peanut butter, or even double chocolate if that’s what you and your fiancé prefer! The possibilities are endless! Consider having soy, almond, or cashew milk available for guests who are lactose intolerant or dairy-free.

Cake Pops

The perfect companions to a smaller wedding cake are cake pops. Talk with your baker to see if they offer these as an optional add-on. Guests will love being able to sample a bite or two of your wedding cake without committing to an entire piece. This is also ideal if you want to offer your guests multiple flavors. Additionally, cake pops are visually fun and can be set up in a variety of designs. Consider creating a cake pop tower or bouquet by pressing the sticks into foam blocks!

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