Who wants cake when there are candy buffets? It’s your wedding—don’t shortchange your sweet tooth! Candy buffets look fabulous, are interactive and playful, and provide endless options for those of us who like a little variety in life.
Carla Kellogg of San Diego Candy Buffets in Vista, California and Cheryl Weise of CW distinctive DESIGNS in Brick, New Jersey give you the delicious details on trends, hiring tips, and taking your wedding candy buffet to the next level.
Any tips when hiring a candy buffet specialist?
In person or on the phone is fine for the initial meeting, but Cheryl warns against vendors who post photos from other businesses and boast as their own. She recommends requesting photos from a company’s most recent wedding candy table. Carla agrees you should always research the company and their reviews before moving forward.
Both ladies urge you to cover your bases. Make sure the company is bonded and insured, says Carla, and Cheryl says always have a written contract. Without a contract, nothing is a guarantee.
What are current trends in the candy buffet world?
Trends come and go each year, but in recent times the rustic looks has been popular, according to Carla. More than candy buffets having trends unto themselves, she explains that the tables are a fun way to reflect the overall theme of your wedding. You can achieve this with an array of candy in your colors mixed with fun baked items to create the perfect ambiance, says Cheryl.
How does it work?
Many customers don’t know all the candies available to them, shares Carla, so she helps clients narrow it down to a mix that usually includes at least one yogurt, chocolate, gummy, and sour. Once she knows a couple’s wedding palette, she can assist in recommending sweets that will complement the theme. To keep the overall look cohesive, Cheryl recommends to her clients no more than four colors. This keeps your theme from going crazy…unless you want the circus look, which is completely fabulous—cheers to a rainbow table.
The candy specialists provide everything you need for your table, including the table, linens, glass jars and candy dishes, the candy (obviously), tongs, customized tags, candy bags, and all those pretty touches you love. They set up the whole shindig, keep it classy throughout, and break it down afterwards. You just enjoy the sweets.
What are creative ways wedding clients can convey their theme?
Keeping the look cohesive is key, as Cheryl mentioned. She recommends signage for playful quotes if you have a lighthearted vibe. Backdrops or customized labels are a sweet way to incorporate your colors and your stationery font styles, and really tie your theme together.
Each table is fun and unique, says Carla. She’s used chandeliers and mirrors as decor for her tables to create an elegant vibe, while another couple may get large lollipops and bold colors to reflect their sassy tone. Communicate your vision and theme and work with your candy specialist to create something extraordinary.
What’s the average cost per guest for a candy buffet?
CW distinctive DESIGNS says an average price is $5 per guest for wedding candy buffets.
San Diego Candy Buffets offers a variety of packages that vary based on number of candies you want to choose from and how many guests you will have.
Generally speaking, the more lavish the candy selection, and the more ornate the table decor, the higher the cost. The benefit of hiring a candy buffet specialist is convenience, and actually, cost savings. San Diego Candy Buffets shares that when you round up the cost of buying glass jars, scoops, linens, table decor, tags, candy bags—not to mention, all your favorite candies, you save money hiring a pro. Another perk is being relieved of set-up, maintenance, and breakdown after the event.
One last treat…
Brides (and grooms!) love candy buffets. Cheryl often hears that the candy buffet was the hit of the wedding from not only the couple but the guests. She also says your grandparents will love it! Many older generations say the fancy buffets remind them of penny candy from back in the day.
Carla speaks from experience that candy buffets are successful at weddings. She had a lavish 12 foot buffet at her reception and says it was the hit of the party.