(Closed) Did you have a candy buffet?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re making ours now and I’m not going to be super helpful in terms of exact information, but just want to prepare you that it’s going to be more expensive than you might initially think.

I see that your wedding is next August, so I recommend starting to take a look at the local thrift stores and Marshalls/TJMaxx/Ross now to buy up the jars that you want to use. 

In terms of candy cost, think about how much you want to buy – we are looking at about 1/2 LB per person, and then look at pricing at your local bulk candy store or on the internet. You’ll see that some of the common items like one-color M&Ms can be upwards of $10 / LB. So just factor that in to the number of people you are going to have. Costs can escalate quickly! 

Post # 4
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7908 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I didn’t because of cost. Candy is expensive and you need a LOT, plus you have to buy the jars and the bags and the scoops. Instead, we bought candy and put it in small mason jars as favors.

Post # 6
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3627 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not having a candy buffet but I did price one out. Chocolate candy costs more than non-chocolate candy, and, honestly, cheap chocolate candy (e.g. not name brand – Mars, Nestle, See’s, Godiva, etc.) tastes kind of funny anyway.

It will be cheaper to do several colors versus one/two colors because then you can get whatever is cheapest, versus paying more because you are restricted to one or two colors.

If holidays are close enough to your event, then buy the day-after to get the sale pricing and then put it aside in a cool, dark place. This is especially great for things like M&Ms that don’t need packaging and come in a variety of colors as your guests won’t be able to tell they were Christmas M&Ms or St. Patrick Day M&Ms.

Check the classifieds/Craigslist for containers or see if a local candy buffet company or your caterer has extra containers you can rent. If you buy them at Home Goods/Target, they will set you back $10+ each for nice apothecary-style jars.

Get really small favor bags/boxes for the candy. Otherwise, each person will be eating their share and then taking home a ton of candy and that’ll add up to a lot of candy needed.

Price this all out before you start buying supplies. You may just find it easier to hire someone to do it, depending on your guest count. Then you don’t have to worry about setup and decor. For example, there’s a vendor here that is very well-known for candy buffets, linens and she charges anywhere from $4-$8+/person (depending on candy selection) for the setup, decor, signage, jars, candy, etc. which is a good deal for what’s included. It’s all the extras like decor, scoops, etc. that aren’t always considered but add up. Plus, she will be on-hand to help with refills, if needed.

Honestly, for the kind of candy bar we wanted, it was cheaper to just go with a high-quality dessert buffet from our caterer, which they will set up and provide cake stands/risers for about $4/person. Then our florist just has to add a few blooms and voila, we’re done.

Post # 7
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4661 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m doing a dessert/candy buffet.  I am making the desserts myself about a month before the wedding.  The candy will sort of be fill in’s between the larger plates.  I plan on spending around $100 on bulk candy.  Most of the desserts can be made more cheaply, you can get quite a bit out of a bag of sugar!  For containers and plates I bought everything at thrift stores.  Most GoodWills offer 50% off on certain colored tags on Sunday and Monday, guess where I was on Sunday!  

Post # 8
Hostess
11178 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We considered it but after reviewing the costs of having it done for us (crazy!) and the amount of effort required if we did it ourselves we decided against it. I am not a huge fan of candy anyway and neither is my DH so it wasn’t something we felt was necessary in comparison to all the other things we did for our guests.

I have attended two weddings with candy buffets and the only candy that was at all appetizing were the M&M’s.

Post # 9
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177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are planning one for our wedding April 2013. So far I have purchased about 10 glass jars. Every time I get a coupon for Michael’s or AC Moore I pick one up. I think it will cost more than if we just bought the ordinary favors but being the candy freaks we are it just suits us. I have contacted a few vendors about having them do it and the price was extremely high. I am in NY so I guess everything is high! UGH! Also we are kinda doing this in place of the viennese hour which was a big added cost but everyone seems to have these days. Instead we are having ice cream sundaes with our wedding cake and the candy buffet. Try picking the jars up on sale here and there and the candy I’m not sure since you are having a summer wedding. If it were winter I’d say after christmas at half price.

     

Post # 10
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@stephko99: 

Hello, I work at a candy store so I may be able to help you out! (Plus I am doing my own!) So generally you can do it from anywhere from $50-150 for 50 people. This is my works website. (We are a family owned business so our prices might be a little higher BUT unlike candywarehouse.com you do not have a minimum order you must make. & we do NOT mark up shipping. Also, all of our stuff is fresh because of how often we rotate it. & with me being a bride myself, I wouldnt order from any other place.) So anyway, the website is.. shopthebulkstore.com I promise you will be pleased with the selection. Oh, and anything you CANT find on the website, call and ask for Steve (The owner) and he will do everything in his power to get you the candy you want (even if we dont carry it)

Once you purchase your boxes/bags you will be able to determine how much per person. I did about 4oz per person. (over estimate im sure.)

 

 

@kate02121:  Just from work ( I see people come in ALL the time and buy candy for candy tables, even professionals) I think your estimate of 1/2 per person is way to much. Unless you are having large bags. Honestly I would say 1/3lb at max. You have to think not everyone will eat the candy. 9 times out of 10 people come back saying they bought too much and had lots of left overs!

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