Move over cake and hello forgotten sweets! I guess Marie was wrong when she said “let them eat cake”, because now they want a whole assortment of confectionery delights. This year the buzz on the street for wedding treats is the “dessert bar”. Couples all over are setting up huge spreads at their wedding for desserts. No longer will we wonder whether or not to have a slice of cake, now we can just indulge in decadence.
Dessert bar, an over indulgence?
I’m neither pro nor con for this trend, actually rather impartial. I like the concept and think it serves its’ purpose very well, but I still have to wonder whether or not it is necessary? I’m sure people feel the same when I have blogged about my love affair with the candy bar, but at least it can be used for favors for your guests. A dessert bar on the other hand is just that… an over indulgence! Personally I love dessert, so going to a wedding where the couple had a table like this would put me in heaven. I don’t eat wedding cake, and I know a lot of readers out there are like me in this aspect. I ate one bite of cake at my wedding reception… the one my husband gave me!
Do it for your guests!
A dessert bar gives people an excuse to leave their table and meander around the reception. For some this is great, because they don’t dance. So this gives them that chance to get up and move around and interact with others rather than stuck in their chairs. You could still use the dessert bar as a favors for you guests by leaving baggies or boxes by the side of the table, or use it as an end of meal option as a snack until cake cutting. Or if you really don’t want to have a cake, use this spread in leu and make it the most exquisite display of desserts anyone has ever seen! No one says you have to have a cake.
Compensate with a smaller cake
Should you choose to have both a cake and dessert spread, you could always opt for a smaller cake. Place it in the middle of the table as a centerpiece and surround it with confections like chocolate mousse cups, assorted candies, truffles, bon bon’s, mini cupcakes and tortes, candied apples, meringue, mints and s’mores. I’ve even seen a few couples have a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits, pretzels, and marshmallows to dip into the chocolate. Some of the neatest dessert bars I have seen are simple and sweet. The cake in the middle gives great shots for the photographer. Keep it all one color or use a variety of colored desserts. You can keep with your color theme or just pick whichever desserts sound best to you.
When you go to start researching your cake vendors, check to see if they provide other services. Some do cake only, and others will be able to provide a wider range of confections. If your vendor does not offer other treats than your cake, I am sure they can point you in the right direction. You can go to almost any pastry shop and find a wide selection of goods. Treat your guests at the end of the night with a sweet reward!