With all of the drama of the Great British Bake off last year moving from the BBC to channel 4 it made us consider the new trends for weddings when it comes to Cakes and Desserts. Dessert bars/tables are becoming a popular choice for foodie couples looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding-cake stand — and we understand why. The Event Style team have a very sweet tooth.
Aside from the open bar, the dessert table will most likely end up being the most visited spot of the night. Plus, it's great for guests of all ages and tastes. We all know trying to find the one perfect dessert for all your wedding guests can prove to be very tricky.
Would you go for something citrus? cooked fruit? or indulge in some chocolatey?
Difficult choice - so what better way to treat all of your guests than with a stylish table full of yummy treats?
From rustic homemade tarts to elegant French macarons, these desserts not only satisfy guests' sugar cravings, but they also add personality to your overall wedding. Our favourite cake suppliers are now creating more and more delicious dessert treats - which we're not ashamed to say we've been tasting at our recent wedding fayres and consultations.
Working closely with your Dessert Supplier is very important or if you’re doing a DIY wedding dessert table, that probably means you’ll need to do more than just wait for your desserts to be delivered. What is really important when creating your table is considering the quantity required. We think it’s always better to have more food than not enough, and that goes doubly for desserts - if you have guests who love dessert as much as we do, they will want to try one of everything and then will still go up for cheeky seconds.
However, for a table full of mini-desserts we would suggest allocating about 3-4 mini-desserts per person if you are not planning on also have a traditional wedding cake. Now although we would love to have 'all' of the desserts this can become very confusing for your guests. You don’t want to overwhelm guests with too many options, so we would recommend choosing 2-3 options than what you’re allotting per guests. For example, if you are assuming 3 mini-desserts per person, you should have about 5-6 dessert options. That means if you’re having a dessert table and a wedding cake for 100 people, we would suggest the following amounts based on expert advice we have acquired:
2-3 servings (including cake slices) per person, or about 250 dessert servings total.
4-5 different types of desserts to choose from
Once you have chosen the Desserts then you can grab your creative hat and start bring your table to life.
Desserts are great ways to tie in with your wedding theme or important traditions/ heritage you may which to express as a couple. As with all other elements of your wedding day, you’re going to want to follow some kind of cohesive theme when it comes to your dessert table. Having a 1930's-themed art-deco wedding? Make sure to incorporate any colours and motifs from your wedding theme to the dessert table. Picking cake plates, decor and tablecloths or a backdrop within this theme is a good starting point. If your family has roots in different countries you may wish to acknowledge the heritage through desserts. From Mexican Pan Dulce Bar, a table full of French Pastries or something exotic like a Persian tea station — displaying a vibrant array of traditional sweets, fruit, and Iranian teas.
The difference between a blah and beautiful wedding dessert table is HEIGHT — this is the one key element that will turn an ordinary table full of desserts into a Pin-worthy masterpiece. It creates depth and visual interest, and allows you to emphasize the most important elements of your dessert table, like the cake. So how does one achieve height on their dessert table we hear you ask? Cake stands are an obvious choice, and allows for you to create a cute display for each dessert. You can also use vintage crates, antique books, boxes, or whatever else you can find that will create height: Who says you need to use cake stands? If your wedding has a rustic theme, old wooden crates or boxes could work just as well to create height. A vintage suitcase as a cake stand and a large distressed windowpane as a backdrop for the table can really add drama and if a statement is something you really want to achieve, try oversized gold foil letter balloons for an eye-catching backdrop spelling fun words like CAKE or YUMMY.
However, if you still want to serve a traditional wedding cake, you can still incorporate the trend into your big day. Instead of a full dessert station, go for a coffee and tea bar with cute touches like a printed banner and hanging burlap. From inventive pie stations to candlelit donut bars, they are a great way to end your wedding breakfast on a sweet note.
Couples are deciding to skip the giant wedding cake for a more varied assortment of sugary goodies. After all, why choose one dessert when you could offer your guests a whole buffet table full of your favorite desserts? Not only does the dessert table offer your wedding guests more choices, it also can be more cost effective, depending on what type of desserts you’re serving, and how much of it you’re DIYing.
While a dessert table might seem pretty straightforward (cakes + donuts = success, right?) event styling rookies might have a tough time creating a DIY wedding dessert table that looks as drool-worthy as the sweet spreads on Pinterest. So be sure to talk to the Event Style team to discuss how you can create a table thats worthy of it's own board on Pinterest.