Eight Wedding Dessert Bar Ideas

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When planning your wedding day and the big things are all taken care of, it comes down to those final details. And once you come to the ideas for your dessert table, it’s definitely the most delicious. Have a look through these eight ideas to get you well on your way!


Eight Dessert-Bar Ideas

Dessert bars are one of the latest food trends in wedding parties, and there are a lot of reasons you should have one too. While wedding cake is certainly a tradition, it can be expensive especially if you go for the ones with tiers. A dessert bar offsets the lack of cake and even adds more value to your reception feast by adding plenty of alternatives through variety and edible decorations that are also a treat for the eyes.

With cake, you only have to worry about a handful of things like the type, flavor, color, and decorations. It can be a little difficult to decide what kind of treats you want to present on your dessert bar because the ideas are endless.

Before deciding, make sure that the delicious goodies are in sync with the theme or the general vibe of your wedding. If you’re looking for ideas, read on to find out.

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Warm Waffles

While waffles are closely associated with breakfast, it can be surprising to have them as a treat for the dessert bar. Instead of plating it already made, have guests make their own waffles by setting up a dedicated station for waffles since it is expected for people to hang around when waiting for their waffle to get cooked.

Make sure there are a lot of treats for guests to decorate their waffles with, such as fruits, chocolate chips, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream, and many more.


Colorful Candies

You know those treats you and your partner enjoyed as a child? Why not evoke some feeling of nostalgia on your most important day by putting up jars and bowls of these delightful treats for your guests at the reception? You can arrange for them to be as colorful as you want them to be or design them to coordinate with the colors of your wedding theme.


Mesmerizing Macarons

Macarons are luxurious, gorgeous to look at, and delicious—the holy trifecta of the kind of treat you want and need on your dessert bar. Although they have a uniform look, there are a lot of flavors to choose from, which makes macarons a versatile little confection that can transform into anything you want it to.

If you plan to have multiple flavors of macarons, display them creatively using tiered cake stands and or platters. Presenting them in different layers or tiers helps them look more enticing to your guests.


Delightful Donuts

Who would’ve thought that the humble donut would make a great dessert-bar food? Not only can they satisfy a sweet tooth, but their varied shapes also make for an interesting decor on the table. You can arrange them in a wall or lay them on different platters and cupcake holders. You can also individually wrap them as edible giveaways.


Captivating Cookies

What’s warm, gooey, and best served fresh out of the oven? It should make a lot of sense for cookies to be one of the biggest crowd pleasers in the dessert bar. They can be made in batches so there are always plenty to go around, and you can mix a couple of different flavors for variety.


Cookies are delightfully flexible that they can be paired with other desserts and sweet things like ice cream or served simply with some hot or cold milk.


Tasty Tarts

Depending on how you wanna make them, tarts are easily the most colorful and filling type of pastry that everyone is familiar with. What’s great about having tarts on your dessert table is that they can easily embody the aesthetic of your wedding theme and they can be made way ahead of time. Plus, there are so many great recipes out there that you can make many of different kinds.


Sensational Sundae

If you have a lot of kids or kids at heart at your reception, a sundae dessert bar is sure to be a smash hit among them. This sweet ice-cream dessert is perfect for hot summer nights and a great way to cool off your guests at the reception.

Make sure there are plenty of toppings to go around such as chocolate chips, nuts, cereal, fruit bits, gummy bears, and even some sauces like chocolate, caramel, and many more.


Crafty Cake Pops

Introduce a fun new way to let people eat cake by having cake pops instead. These sweet treats are made with cake but portioned into round bite-size pieces on a stick to look like lollipops. They can be customized to taste and look the way you want, and they turn the heads of children and adults alike.


Be Crafty

The dessert-bar idea is still a popular go-to for couples looking to find a way to give guests postmeal treats whether alongside their wedding cake or not. Having a dessert bar is a win-win for everyone—it can be a cheaper alternative for the couple on a budget and/or a place of solace for guests looking to ease their sweet tooth. There are no rules as to what you can and cannot put on your dessert bar, so if you plan to have one, get creative with it.

Do you have dessert-bar ideas you want to share? Share them on the comments section below.