Post # 1
Hey ladies…does anyone have any good recommendations for any affordable candy buffet people or candy caterers? I’m in need of one. If you have pictures, please include them as well.
If you DIY your candy buffet, how much candy did you use? Where did you get the jars and what container did you use for your guest to put the candy in?
Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
Michaels has BEAUTIFUL apothecary jars (that are quite expensive), but you can buy them for 40-50% off with coupons.
I am using 20 jars for a wedding of 120, and I will fill all of the jars. I’ve beeen told to count on 1/2 cup of candy person, but I am going with 1-2 c. per person, and Ive seen candy buffets run out of candy before some of the people even got a chance to go up to it.
You can also buy jars second hand off of someone else who recently had a wedding.
If you have a wedding planner/ coordinator they will likely be able to set it up at the reception, otherwise you’ll need to organize someone to do that.
Post # 4
We bought most of our candy at a grocery store that does bulk in the area (Wegman’s): jelly belly beans in pear and blueberry, airheads, colored m and ms, dove milk chocolate bites, andes mints, etc. The rest we purchased from nuts.com which we found to be most affordable for us with decent shipping as we are located close to headquarters. Great customer service too. We have roughly 70 lbs of candy for a 120 person wedding.
We bought our jars from mostly thrift stores, but some from TJMaxx/Marshall’s/Ross. We found the Michael’s jars to be awesome but way too expensive for us, even with the 50% off.
We bought kraft paper bags with glassine lining from Emma’s Paperie. We ran them through our printer with our logo and a thank you.
Our wedding is this weekend, so I’ll try to remember to post pictures afterwards.
Post # 5
I got a few cool jars at Home Goods, a few at Michaels (the cheaper ones and used 40% coupons), and quite a few at thrift stores.
I went for having them be full and look nice and had tons of leftover. The candy I just spent a few months buying a container full of whenever something red and tasty was on sale at the grocery store.
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Post # 8
@krobersontob, I would DIY. most of the vendors i’ve seen charge about 600 for candy bars. Like everyone else said look at tj maxx, michaels, ect. Sam’s or costco is great for bulk candy and there are some online stores (http://www.candywarehouse.com) as well.
Post # 9
we are having a hot cocoa – cider bar with stir ins ( candy, marshmallows, etc) we are diying..we have around 16 jars plus a big container for the marsh.. i am using a lot of OLD candle jars..my mom, myself an my moms friends all burned large candles for weeks then i just cleaned them out and threw lace around them.
the candy you can get in bulk online or at costco..good luck!
Post # 10
Hey! Hi! Hello!! New to WeddingBee & I noticed your post, so I wanted to provide a little feedback as my company specializes in Candy & Dessert Buffets.
DYI is ALWAYS an option, but is it really worth the investment of purchasing all the supplies needed JUST for the one day? When you add up bulk candy, desserts, jars, favor boxes, and embellishments it becomes expensive. Esp when trying to color coordinate your candy & dessert buffet to the color scheme of your wedding/event!
The truth is a candy & dessert buffet is not only one of the least expensive favor options, but it’s also a way for your guests to interact with one another. It gives your guests options and makes adults feel like kids in a candy store!
When hiring a professional, you have someone that can artistically arrange your buffet. Someone to restock and maintain the buffet, package the remaining candy and breakdown the buffet. You have less of a headache! ~smile~
Send me a direct messages if you’d like the web address to my company!
Post # 11
We did one! None of the guest’s had ever seen before and everyone loved it. People are still talking about it. However, it is quite an investment. For us it ended up being quite a bit more that we had originally planned…
Anyways, I wrote a detailed blog entry on what we did (where we got the bags, what size, what type of candy, etc.) I remember it took me forever to make all the little decisions and I wasn’t able to find as many tips on the subject as I would have liked. So I decided to share what worked the best for us.
If you have any questions let me know!!
Post # 12
My Day of Coordinator did ours (candy bar) http://www.sioreesouth.com. She will make a beautiful and whimsical one for you and VERY reasonable. Soiree South & Co. did our day of coordination and they did full planning on my sisters wedding. In both cases they are super affordable!!!! The candy bar was a huge hit and I am glad I didn’t have to work setting up before getting married. They also will only do candy bars or other wedding details. Try them! 🙂
Post # 13
These are so much fun!! We had one at our wedding and it was a huge hit! Our planner (which was the same as yours LindorsGirl) created one for us. We have lots of happy faces in pictures of grown-ups filling up bags of candy. The pictures of the candy bar were wonderful too! It was all set up so nice. Added a nice touch to my decor. I am addicted to pixie sticks now! LOL!!!!!
Post # 14
There are a ton of great pics on Pinterest, and even entire boards dedicated to candy and dessert buffets.
I really don’t think it will be that hard to buy supplies and set up your own. I wouldn’t hire a candy caterer unless you can’t get into your venue until like an hour before everything gets underway. If you think you will have time to set it up, there are two advantages to doing so:
1.) You will probably be able to source all the materials more cheaply than if you hired someone
2.) Once the wedding is over, you will be able to sell the jars, backdrop, signs, etc.
Plus, if you do it yourself, you can source everything. If you want antique bowls, you can have them. If you want Batman containers, you can have that, too. I would imagine candy caterers will only have the basic jars and bowls, because that’s what most people want.
Post # 15
Our planner didn’t charge us for anything except the candy. She didn’t even charge us for setting it up. We paid $50 for candy and had loads of choices! We had 15 different types of sweets to choose from. She had one special candy jar on it that went with my theme and gave it to us after. This was a cheap option for favors. Our guests loved it!!