Our candy was put into the jars on the wedding day. We had a coordinator take care of it, but I also had given two friends the job of monitoring it just in case. I opened all the candy on Friday night (Sunday wedding) and put it into large ziplocks, just so they’d have somewhere to put the leftovers (plus easier to open).
I had laid out the table in advance as well and took pictures for our coordinator. She then took what I did and laid it out on the table there, which was definitely larger, but she made it look fabulous. I recommend toying with ideas before, and just sitting the big bags of candy in the jars.
Our wedding was a Sunday wedding at 4PM, candy bar opened around 6PM. We had a 3 tiered wedding cake, which had TONS leftover. Darling Husband wanted a larger cake, so we just went with it. He ate a lot of the leftovers, as the cake was so yummy.
Here was a post I wrote about it as well a few weeks ago:
We have 8 jars (2 were flatter jars, 1 is hidden) and 2 lollipop trees (which I made).
I had just under 100 guests, and made around 150 lollipops and I think about 40-50lbs of candy. In the end, I had enough to fill about 15 boxes I believe, but no one really touched the peanuts. I only had I think 5 seahorse lollipops leftover as well!
Our candy buffet was open all night and the DJ announced it. It was a huge hit, and with our guest number, I was estimating about 1/2lb of candy per person, but it was probably more towards 1/4 or 1/3lb. It really just depended on how full people filled the pint size take out containers.
Figure out what type of container you want your guests to have. That will also help determine the amount they need.
I originally thought the nuts would go over well, considering the older crowd. People wanted those gummy sharks more than anything! I still hear comments about them – they were a huge hit! The jawbreakers, not so much, but my DH’s coworker liked them so I sent the leftovers to his work.