(Closed) What is the purpose of the candy bar?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are you having a Candy Bar at your reception?
    Yes.. I am so excited mine is going to be awesome!! : (44 votes)
    24 %
    Yes but its not really an essential part of our reception : (27 votes)
    15 %
    No- will tell why in comments : (100 votes)
    54 %
    I'm not sure..still deciding : (15 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I figured the guest would prefer a real bar over a candy bar.  Haha.

    Seriously though, I think they’re a neat idea, but I just don’t get it.  There’s a meal, cocktails and snacks before the reception, two cakes, and plenty of alcohol, I don’t understand why they would need more sugar.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013 - Garden

    At the end of the day the only person who can say it is a waste of money and time is you. If somebody wants one at their wedding they’re obviously not going to feel as though it is a waste.

    I voted no. I think they’re a lovely way to replace wedding favours or to add a little extra dessert for couples who are serving their wedding cake as dessert. We’re thinking of having a cake buffet instead as we don’t eat gluten and we have vegan friends in the wedding party, we feel like we can cater to and include everyone that way.

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @proverbs131:  I think they’re intended to be a favor for the guests.  I’m doing a cookie bar for my guests instead, although I imagine they’ll eat a lot of them at the wedding and I’m giving them other favors.

    I’ve nothing against candy bars, they seem fun and harmless.  I guess it depends on your guests, your wishes and what if any favors you’ve got in mind. 

    Post # 6
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    872 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I cannot afford a cocktail hour, so I am going to have a few sweets for my guests to munch on while the wedding party is out getting their pictures taken. 

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

    I had a dessert bar.  It is not a requirement or anything, but i always like weddings that offered some food or snacks during dancing.  Liquor + dancing can leave you with an empty stomach.  My guests really enjoyed the extra treats!  

    Post # 8
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    1975 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    i was going to have a lolly buffet but we are now doing a cookie and cupcake corner 🙂

    Post # 9
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    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I think a candy bar is a fun idea that can double as end of the night treats and favors because people can eat it now or later. While it’s not totally necessary, my friend had one and I really enjoyed it – I have a bit of a sweet tooth! I’m not having one, though. We are having an ice cream bar… which is probably equally unnecessary but our venue threw it in for free and I can’t get enough sweets!

    Post # 10
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I am doing this instead of favors. I think of it this way. Would the guests rather have a pretty box and spoon to fill up with all their favorite sweets, or a corny photo frame with our names and wedding date engraved on it?

    Post # 11
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    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I think I actually like the decor aspect of candy bars more than the food aspect!

    Post # 12
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    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    IMO it seems like a very American thing. I’ve never seen candy/chocolate/icecream etc bars where I live and frankly I think it’s a dumb idea, but to each their own. I can see the appeal I suppose, but not for me. People here would think it was a little silly I think, like a kids’ birthday party.

    Post # 13
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I voted yes, because I’m not doing wedding favors.

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper

    I am only having 10-20 people in my wedding and it’s at a Sunday Breakfast Brunch – so a candy bar would make no sense! LOL

    Post # 15
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    5429 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Pokemon:  I like the idea of a lolly buffet!

    Post # 16
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It’s not an idea that appeals to me but to each her own! I’m not really a candy fan — I would prefer baked desserts over candy and savory treats over any kind of sweets. I suspect they are popular because they serve multiple functions: decor, favors, extra food. (To me candy is not really “food,” but I may be in the minority on that.) And they are festive.

    I’ve never actually been to a wedding with a candy buffet.

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