(Closed) Candy Buffet

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I haven’t had mine yet, but what I would do is decide how many types of candy you want, how much you’ll need based on guests, factor in the costs of bags/boxes you’ll use and the containers you’ll display the candy in. Research candy options online from discount candy websites, as well as places like Sams Club, Costco, BJs, etc.

 

Just as a random note, if you decide to go with name brand things, the costs can sky rocket if you order straight from the company. A 10lb bag of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans costs $70.  

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2007 - Wynbrick Center - a historic mansion in my hometown.

Beccs..why don’t you try researching the bags/boxes your guests will take the candy home in?  I doubt anybody will fill their container all the way to the top, and some people probably won’t take any at all, but figuring out the total capacity of all your containers (number of containers x oz per container / 16 oz in a pound) would give you a rough idea of the max. amount of candy to buy. From there, I’d subtract several pounds to account for the non-takers, etc.  This is sort of the formula I used when figuring out how much food to buy for my dessert buffet.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Also, if the candy buffet is going to be available all night, you may need to take into account the people who will be helping themselves throughout the night to the sweets.  It may not be alot, but each person takes about 2-3 candies 3x during the night and that can add up to some too!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2008 - Riverside Hotel

I am not sure if I will be doing one or not, and of course, I haven’t as yet actually done one, so take what I say with a grain of salt, but in terms of a formula, the only thing I have across in terms of suggestions (as part of my research) has more to do with how the buffet will look than with how much candy people take home.

Supposedly, so that the buffet looks "full" (not sure how important this is though…), you should have about 15 lbs. each of 5 to 10 different types of candies.

At least with this idea in mind, you can get a notion of price, since most candy comes bulked by the pound — this should be able to tell you if the cost is in your ballpark.

Hope that helps…a least a little! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I priced it out – but I would have to say I couldn’t really do it oer person (or more likely that I didn’t) I had to buy all the containers, and the candy – it got pretty expensive. I nixed it when we decided that we woulnd’t be having any kids at our wedding. Figureing that the kids would be the ones to get it going and keep it up through out the night. I didn’t want to be stuck with a million leftovers.

 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

beccs, not sure where you’re at but if you’re anywhere near norcal you can stop by the jelly belly factory store in fairfield and buy bags of belly flops for much cheaper. they’re still jelly bellys just irregularly shaped. my mom gets these all the time.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Hey this might be good to know if you are trying to order jellybellys and do care if they are perfect. Got it off the Jelly Belly website. 🙂 It’s the site that sells the slightly misshapen ones.

JellyBellyOUTLET.com

 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2008

sorry forgot to put this on the last post $8 bucks for a 2lb bag 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

i bought all of my candy last week for my wedding from http://www.metrocandy.com.  i found them to have the cheapest bulk candy.  i’m having 300 guests and i hope this is enough.  i was specific in wanting only white candy.  so here’s what i purchased:

(2) 0196 – PRETZELS MINI YOGURT COVERED @ $31.95

(1) 076350511008 – POP ROCKS FRUIT PUNCH 18ct @ $8.24

(2) 0474 – ROCK CANDY<BR>DEMITASSE STIX WHITE @ $21.00

(1) 076350512005 – POP ROCKS STRAWBERRY 18ct @ $8.24

(2) 0192 – YOGURT RAISINS @ $14.30

(1) 0708 – WHITE CHOCOLATE<BR>GUMMY BEARS @ $37.76

total with regular shipping is $243.87.

oh, side note, the poprocks are for the kids, not the candy buffet.  i loved pop rocks as a kid!

i’m using really tiny bags (so as not to encouarage people to hog the candy at one time) that my friend had left overs from her wedding.  she purchased a case of 2000 from http://www.papermart.com/templates/11-0-60.htm#GO_11060 it was the 4.5 x 3.5 size. 
so price per person for just candy, came to 81 cents.  however, this does not include what i’ve spent on the jars.  i don’t have an itemized list of this since i purchased them separately over time.  but i’d say that i spent another $100 on jars from ikea and walmart.  $10 here, $19.95 there… plus i already have some large vases from home.  it adds up.

good luck ladies!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m researching bulk candy so I can do an inexpensive buffet at my wedding in May. hometowncandy.com has the best per lb prices I could find anywhere and LOTS of options. Also, shipping is free on orders over $175.

My plan is to borrow vases and glassware from friends so I don’t have to spend much (if any) money on the jars. Anything else I need will be purchased at thrift stores or Hobby Lobby, using their 40% off coupon. HL also puts glassware on sale (50% off) at least once a month.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve been randomly buying vases and jars fro Ikea, Walmart, Target…anywhere I can find inexpensive vases and jars. I think the key is to have a good variety of shapes and sizes. I’ve bought jars and vases that cost anywhere from $2 to $10. 

Some candy sites are:

http://www.candywarehouse.com/
you can search candy by color on this site

http://www.candyfavorites.com/

http://www.candyxpress.com/

http://www.candydirect.com/&nbsp;

Post # 16
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Wannabee

@ Abbi – I highly recommend NOT to order from hometowncandy.com!  I also liked their prices & placed an order with them in June and requested to receive the candy by July 1st.  They charged my credit card immediately.  When July came, I didn’t receive any email notifications on the status of my order.  I tried to call & email them and didn’t receive any responses until I filed a dispute with my credit card company.  I also found others have been scammed when I did a google search.  http://www.typetive.com/candyblog/item/have_you_ever_ordered_from_hometown_candy_or_jordan_almonds/

Then few days after my credit card dispute, miraculously I received the shipping status of my order from hometowncandy.  I think I was one of the lucky ones to even get my candy, but the stress was not worth it!  I wanted to post this so other brides don’t fall victim, like I almost did.  Good luck with your candy buffet!  I’m sure it’ll be great!  🙂

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