I LOVE styling sweet tables at weddings. Often it’s that last décor touch to really leave an impression on your guests and those ‘sweet’ details should never be overlooked. The wedding dessert table has become a staple as many couples opt 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 design yourself. Here are some things I think about when creating a sweet table:
Cohesion and Theme
For extra added impression, add some themed touches to your desserts — you can do this with a cake topper, edible glitter, colorful floral touches and lots of cute signage and napkins.
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? Cake stands are an obvious choice, and allows for you to create a cute display for each dessert. Make sure to find a varied assortment of sizes and heights — having a table full of cake stands that are the same height wouldn’t have quite the same visual effect you’re looking for.
If you don’t have a bunch of cake stands to use for your dessert table, you can find some fairly affordable options if you search around! Ikea and Home Sense are great places to start.
A back drop really helps to call out your dessert table and give it that extra-special touch, and doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Some amazing backdrop ideas include:
- Ribbon garlands
- Photo garlands
- Marquis lights
- A simple fabric backdrop
Visually speaking, you need décor to fill out your sweet table. The easiest way to do this is to add flowers, candles, table top confetti and/or whatever else you’re using for decor. Make sure when you’re talking with your florist (or whoever is doing your flowers) that you mention needing a few extra vases for your dessert table. Adding in candles is also a great option! Just make sure you leave enough space for plates and serving utensils.
There is no steadfast rule but I like to approach orders like this: for a table full of mini-desserts (no cake), allocate about 3-4 mini-desserts per person but scale this back to 1-2 minis per person if you also have a cake.
You don’t want to overwhelm guests with options so I go with 5-6 varieties of sweets, max:)