(Closed) alternative to candy buffet?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel

Food as favors is always a hit – I think that’s a great idea! 

Post # 4
163 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

dancemom- I’m right there with you. I think you’re golden no matter which you do!

I recently decided to swap from a candy buffet (due to the high quantity of candy required) to a sweets table which enables us to DIY the baking. Not sure if you’re into that, but lots of it can be made before hand and frozen making it less stressful?

I’m considering doing some variation of both now, making either DIY brownie favours (ala this: http://www.twigandthistle.com/blog/2009/02/diy-sweetheart-brownie-valentine/) or possibly truffles like these (a la Mrs. Springroll): http://www.weddingbee.com/2008/12/23/truffle-recipe/

& having some brightly coloured candies on a table as an aside. My brain’s all over the place, so I’m kinda thinking out loud!

Good luck!  

Post # 6
10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I love the idea of a food favor for the guests!

Post # 7
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It’s a little bit silly, because candy is just dessert. I have never been to a wedding where dessert was extra and was supposed to be the "favor" that I took home.

However, it really all depends on the formality of your wedding. If it is not very formal, then a candy favor is perfectly fine. However, if it is a formal event, then a candy favor is very silly.

Post # 8
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve been to a number of formal weddings with a candy bar and it wasn’t silly. It was whimsical! I personally think they’re something that can be skipped, but I feel that way about all favors. It’s always the first thing I suggest people cut out of their budget. I much rather have fun AT your wedding then take home something to remember it by.


Post # 9
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

I think this is a great idea…. Go for it!

Post # 10
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I don’t think that candy or food favors are silly at all!  I’m sure that your guests will appreciate receiving something sweet to enjoy after the reception has ended.  There are so many cute ways that you can package your favors to make them as formal (or informal) as you like.  Pick up any issue of Martha Stewart Weddings for examples.

I think that your idea of pre-packaging the candy is a great way to use your original idea while staying within your budget! 

Good luck!  :o) 

Post # 11
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Another option might be a popcorn bar, i’ve heard of people doing that instead since it’s cheaper, or just a munchie bar with chips and pretzals, a little less money than all candy!

Either way an ediable favor is def. the way to go!

Post # 12
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think candy buffets and just edible favors in general are the best. I’d SO much rather take home something edible than some random object with John and Jane Doe’s name and wedding date on it – where am I going to put that? What use do I have for that? Gimme the snacks!

Post # 13
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t think candy favors are silly at all! I’ve heard of candy as favors at many a fancy wedding, and honestly, it’s typically the ONLY kind of favor that’s well-liked (all the other trinkets and such, while cute, end up in the trash).

Have you thought about a "morning-after" bar? We considered doing this in lieu of a candy bar, but in the end, it made sense for us to do candy because we’re kind of obsessed with candy 🙂 Think of some breakfast-y treats your guests might like for the morning after (doughnuts, doughnut holes, coffees, teas, other pastries, mini cereal boxes, etc.) and offer litttle gable or take-out boxes for them to take home. Or, pre-assemble them as the favor so that you don’t have to buy extra for fear of running out, and put a tag on each one that says, "for you to enjoy tomorrow morning …"

I’ve also heard of cookie bars and popcorn bars, which are both really cute ideas.

Post # 14
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think your dessert bar is plenty.  I don’t think you need another bar of any kind.  I also agree with others that giving candy as a party favor is not silly.  But I also agree that if your budget is tight then why do a party favor at all.  I’m not doing party favors because I think most people throw them away and you spend lots of time and money making them. 

When we were looking at venues one of the sales reps told us that a girl ordered in breakfast tacos about an hour before everyone got ready to leave. I thought that was neat because after drinking and dancing you want something to nibble on.

If you do a popcorn bar like suggested above, at Christmas time they have those big tins full of variety popcorn cheap. 

Post # 15
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It can be even more personal if you pick a few of your favorite candies and put them in a small package for your guests!  it’s a great idea.

and for favors on a budget: i bought 2 inch chinese takeout boxes for my candy buffet favors for $.09 each at http://www.papermart.com!

Post # 16
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - Kindred Oaks, Georgetown

I found this tutorial awhile back and plan to do it at my wedding. It seems pretty cheap and you can prepare in advance making the days before the wedding much more relaxing. Here’s the link:


Anything edible is the way to go for wedding favors as far as I’m concerned. Hope this helps!

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