(Closed) chocolate fountain yes or no???

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

My aunt had a very formal wedding, she just got married last year, and had the chocolate fountain.  It was a HUGE hit but it was pretty messy.  Someone got the chocolate on their dress, I think one of her bridesmaids?  But the line for that thing was pretty long.

Post # 4
6248 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

I think some people are prone to spilling things on themselves (guilty) so that shouldn’t be a deciding factor for you. I mean, you wouldn’t choose to not serve red wine just because someone might spill it, right?

Post # 5
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

How many guests are you having? If it’s a big wedding you may have guests that wait in line a long time, or never get a turn at it.  Also would you use a commercial one or a smaller home use one (the kind you get from bed bath and beyond etc.).  I worked with a caterer for 5+ years and these can be very temperamental.  The bigger models work well but the smaller ones seem to have a lot of problems.  The temperature in the room, the humidity etc can have a huge impact on how well it works.  As analternative could you do chocolate dipped platter with strawberries, bananas etc?


Post # 6
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They have one at our work functions from time to time, and it is hugely messy. An hour in, there are chocolate smudges everywhere – on clothes, chairs, in hair. It’s really yummy, but I tend to stay away from it now. 

Post # 7
368 posts
Helper bee

Will there be any children at your wedding? I was a guest at a wedding with a chocolate fountain, and the kids got pretty messy, since they were unable to resist it. Adults would probably be able to stay cleaner, but if you’re having children there, I’d say no.

Post # 8
3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve been to two weddings with them, and both time the fountains were a huge hit. Hire someone to do it though, and ensure that you’ve looked at their reviews. There should always be plenty of plates, skewers, and napkins on hand…should help alleviate the spilling.  

Post # 9
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think its a really super cool idea!

I am the only chocolate lover in my group Frown

but i totally think you should go for it!

Post # 10
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@vegempanada:  I was going to say the same thing!

Post # 11
3264 posts
Sugar bee

While delicious, I don’t think of a chocolate fountain as a black tie activity.  If I am wearing a fancy gown, I am not going to risk dripping chocolate, and I just don’t think eating dripping chocolate off of a stick is as classy as you are going for.

Post # 12
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We really want one so I say yes! Our wedding reception is outdoors though, so we decided against it given that summer heat and outdoors = potential for bugs/pollen/etc to end up in there. Ew.

Post # 13
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I would think it looks really pretty but most likely I wouldn’t use it. I might ask my husband to use it for me though. 

Post # 14
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

The only wedding I went to that had a chocolate fountain, the flower girl had it all over her, lol. So I agree that it’s maybe not great for lots of kids if you wold mind a mess.  The adults seemed to do fine with it during the wedding, but after I helped to clean up and it got ALL over my dress and ruined it.  I wasn’t mad, but there defnitely won’t be one at my wedding.

Post # 16
164 posts
Blushing bee

I say no.  I say this because a lot of people don’t realize that pure oil is a main ingredient in most chocolate fountains and a lot of people can wake up feeling really, really gross if they overdo it.  I have also been at many events when people that have a bunch get quite sick almost immediately.  I also think the cost is a little extreme for what you get and it can get quite messy.


we chose a fancy dessert bar and it was the same cost and WAY nicer and less messy!

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