How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Dessert

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Through all of the stress making your guest list and setting a date, one of the BEST parts of wedding planning is deciding on (and TASTING!) desserts! We have broken down our favorite desserts and best tips for you to help decide what is the best sweet treat for you. 

Dessert is a great opportunity to showcase your personalities and make an amazing statement or experience for your guests. Think about what dessert you love as a couple. What do you order for dessert at restaurants? Did you have dessert on your first date? Do you love camping and making s'mores by the campfire? What's a family favorite? Can you showcase a favorite place you've traveled together? Or something from your heritage? 

Think about how your desserts fit into your venue. Obviously a swanky ballroom would lend itself to a beautiful tiered creation, whereas pies would be more suitable for a rustic barn wedding.

Showcase the season you're getting married in with the flavors. Pumpkin spice would be a delicious layer in your fall wedding cake! 

 

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The Tiered Wedding Cake
The beautiful quintessential wedding dessert may be something you've been dreaming about forever. Your guests will "ooh" and "ahh" all over it! Here's some tips to keep in mind:

  • Personalize your cake's look to match your event; change up texture, shape, decor, etc.
  • We LOVE a customized cake topper! Show your personality here, the little people are ALWAYS a crowd pleaser!
  • Each tier can have a separate flavor to give your guests options
  • Keep in mind your caterer/venue may charge a cake cutting fee (up to $400)
  • Check with your venue to see if they have exclusive catering rights or food and beverage mins

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Several Small Cakes
Give your guests LOTS of choices (inside and out) with several one-tier cakes. This creates a beautiful presentation and can be a great money saver compared to a tiered presentation. Don't forget to get one that's gluten free for those couple of guests that can't enjoy regular cake! You may still need to pay a cake cutting fee; choosing to let your guests serve themselves may end up a big mess!

Donuts
Ummm... Donuts are amazing. Why NOT serve them at your wedding?! Donuts provide infinite possibility of flavors and would be SUPERB for a Brunch Wedding! Stack them up to look like a tall cake! Bonus - no cutting fee!

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Pie
American classic dessert -- pie. A pie bar makes an AMAZING presentation at a fall or barn wedding. Their relaxed and nostalgic vibe will bring a smile to your guests' faces! Expert Tip: look into having your caterer plate the pie pieces instead of having guests serve themselves. We all know the filling on a fruit pie can be a little messy; you'd hate to have a filling incident on your white gown!

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A Little Bit of Everything
Offer your guests a little of this and a little of that; centered on a small cake especially reserved for the bride and groom. Dessert Bars are becoming increasingly popular; guests can pick what they want, and finger food means no plates or cake cutting. Guests can 'grab-and-go' a variety of items, like mini cupcakes, macarons, tartlets, chocolate covered pretzels, rock candy, etc.!

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Ice Cream
Perfect for a hot summer day, allow your guests to customize their own ice cream sundaes with every topping they could dream of! 

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S'Mores
 

Cultural Heritage

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Favors
Send your guests home with sweet treat for the road! Give a favor they'll ACTUALLY enjoy! From cookies, caramels, salt water taffy, personalized M&M's, caramel apples, the list goes on!

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