When to set up candy bar? Make people wait until after dinner?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: 1. When should we set up the candy bar? 2. Should we put up a sign to wait until after dinner?
    1a. Set it up before cocktail hour : (12 votes)
    24 %
    1b. Set it up after cocktail hour : (9 votes)
    18 %
    2a. Put up a sign to wait until after dinner : (14 votes)
    29 %
    2b. Let people eat candy whenever they want! : (14 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    is your venue setting it up?? we had a candy bar- my moh and i set it up at 6 am the morning of the wedding. the venue only restocked the candies during the reception.

     

    if venue is setting it up i would do it after cocktail hour. if you have to have a family member or do it yourself then it would have to be done befor everything else happens

    Post # 4
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    9226 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    Make them wait until after dinner, is there any way it can be set up on a rolling table type thing so it can be all ready to go out the back and then be rolled out after dinner?

    Post # 6
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    2189 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Why would people have to wait until after dinner? I’d be all over that. I’d also think it was weird if there was a sign telling me to wait. I would just set it up right away or after cocktail hour.

    Post # 7
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    728 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I would have them set it up durring dinner or while you are cutting the cake (if you are having a cake). That way people don’t get to it until after and hopefully they will be distracted so they won’t see it. even if they do see it getting set up though I don’t think it’s a big deal. Ours is being set up while everyone is outside for fireworks after dinner, but people will still see it. even though we only have a few kids, our coordinator told us that parents don’t like it when their kids get to the candy bar before dinner because they will be hopped up on sugar all night long.

    Post # 8
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    4223 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    You should have it open the entire time. We did this, and everyone really appreciated having a bit of a sweet hit. We went to a wedding where they tried to have it only open after dinner, everyone tried to raid it anyway. The wedding co-ordinator got confrontational with guests who just wanted some dang candy. It’s wasn’t clear that it was intended for after dinner, so they made an announcement to stop eating it. Everyone who had some looked super embarassed. It was just awkward. 

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I agree with PPs, if it is there before dinner, they will raid it despite the sign

    Post # 10
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    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I would probably just set it up before the cocktail hour and let guests eat it whenever they want. I don’t think it really matters but I would say the only thing you should NOT do is set it up early, without a sign, and expect people to wait, because that could easily turn awkward like @YUNO1 mentions. It just depends on what you would prefer–if you absolutely want it to be an after dinner thing, I would have it set up during dinner and I don’t think anyone will care that they can see that happening. But if you don’t care when they eat it, I would probably just do it ahead of time for ease. Assuming you’re having cake, guests won’t be looking for something sweet after dinner and may even prefer to have it before dinner. 

    Post # 11
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    2620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    we had over 300 pounds of candy and it was gone before dinner was served.. ( i think 45 minutes from the time the first guest go to reception site to when we( groom and i walked in) i didnt think that much candy would go so fast but it did..

     

    Post # 12
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    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2001

    I would wait until after dinner. Especially if there are children there. I once went to a wedding with 25 plus kids. They attacked the unsupervised candy bar hard as soon as they laid eyes on it. They tore through it like Tasmanian devils. Not a single adult got any candy. Because of their sugar high induced crazed state, they were constantly running around knocking into guests and trying to do headspins on the dancefloor during the first dance 🙁

    In short, wait until people have eaten. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I would set it up the same way you would if it were a wedding cake.  So, after dinner.

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