(Closed) Brides who did a candy buffet: was it worth the time and effort?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did it! You can PM me if you’d like. I thought it would be overdone, as so many brides opt for it, but no one at my wedding had seen it before. We tend to forget that ideas we see on here (a website for brides!) are not as often seen in the “real world” 😉

I bought all my candy at BJs. I was not picky with having to have my wedding colors, and that saved me a TON of money. I purchased the containers in the entire year leading up to the wedding from Savers, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, etc. I also wasn’t shy about asking family members to borrow items. My family helped come up with some adorable signs, and assemble the ribbon the day prior to the wedding. My coordinator set it up that day (included in our venue price). 

The DJ played “I want candy” as they announced it was open. A few people picked up on the idea right away and booked it – but most people didn’t get it, because they had never seen one! Once people caught on, the line was ridiculously long, but everyone loved it. We did run out of every candy except twizzlers and tootsie rolls. I wouldn’t have bought more candy, though, because people would have just taken more and more, you know? I felt like it was hard to know where to draw the line. We purchased 1/4 lb per guest – about 45 lbs for our wedding. It cost less than $1 per person. 

And now some photos!

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Bumping this because we’re doing one too, and I’m curious what other bees thought!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did a dessert table which we made way too much for….but.

For those doing a candy buffet we had glass candy which is super cheap and easy to make! We had about 10 different flavors (again too much). Just to give another idea 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My friend did this at her wedding, and she had a TON of candy left over. I guess not everyone likes sweets as much as she does! I admit that I didn’t take any candy, because I don’t have a huge sweet tooth and after eating a big meal, I wasn’t really hungry anymore. They had a big variety, but she also had a cake/brownie/dessert table, so it was really sweets-overload.

Also, the candy buffet was in the back of the room, so it wasn’t really visible to most people. If you have one, make sure it’s front and center so that people partake in it!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@blurmeblue: Agreed! I think that is why we did not have as much eaten as we could have. Although people did know where to find the cake and it was in the same place….lol

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I loved our candy buffet!  I didn’t do matching candy, I just picked things we liked.  My Mother-In-Law had a ton of glassware, so we used that instead of buying anything new.  I bought tin-tie bags online, and printed out round labels with our little logo on them.  We had a chalkboard sign that said “take a treat for the road” since the candy was our favor.  The candy was from Amazon and Target (Target has AWESOME sales on candy!) and we saved a lot by starting early (3 months before) and storing it up.  The hardest part was not breaking into it for a snack!  We bought 45 pounds of candy for 160 guests.  The key for me was to buy 1/2 pound size bags so people weren’t overloading.  We ended up having some candy left, but less than I thought.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I haven’t personally had one, but two of my friends did at thier weddings, and they had SO MUCH left over. Hardly anyone went to it and they spent quite a bit of money on them! I think at my wedding we are just going to have some Hersey kisses with a personalized label on the bottom and that’s it. IMO, seems like a waste of time, but I guess it really depends on if you think your guests would enjoy it.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m concerned about how much to buy. I’ve heard 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb per person, but I’ve also heard that a lot of people have a ton leftover. How much did everyone buy per person?

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We didn’t have one, but we recently went to a wedding that had one and I loved it! The best favor so far!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MM423: I did 1/4 lb per person (or even less). We went through all the candy (QUICKLY!) with the exception of a good amount of tootsie rolls and twizzlers left over.

@bklynbridetobe: thank you! The labels had the quote, 

“A good marriage has in it all the pleasures of friendships, all the enjoyment of sense and reason – and indeed all the sweets of life.” – Joseph Addison

Thank you!

Alison & Anthony

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

Ours was VERY successful. Everyone loved it, no one had seen one before and everyone still comments about it a year later. We didn’t go color specific and just got our “childhood favorites” so we had things like giant pixi sticks, tootsie rolls, pop rocks, rock candy, candy bars, etc.

I think we spent about $300 on candy. I want to to say I had about 3/4lb per person. We had some leftovers, but nothing ridiculous.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We did one and it was a huge hit. People still talk about it now. It’s funny because no one at our wedding had ever seen one before. lol.  We did purple, ivory, and gold to match with our color scheme. We did have larger bags though. It’s good to no your audience when deciding how much to buy. We bought quite a lot of candy and didn’t have a crazy amount left over.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did and loved it! No one in our family had seen it before, so it was a huge hit. I asked my DJ to announce it randomly throughout the evening if he saw no one there. At one point there was a pretty big line going on.

Our guest count was just under 100 and I probably bought 40-50lbs of candy, and had some leftover. No pics yet, but I had:

-saltwater taffy (2 types)-jelly beans (2 types)-gummy sharks-mini jawbreakers-peanuts-homemade seahorese lollipops (vanilla flavored)-dove chocolates

Of all the candy, we had the majority of nuts left over, some saltwater taffy, and a tiny bag of the rest. It was enough that I made about 15-20 containers of candy and either brought them to work (hubs or myself) or gave them to neighbors. I had bought extras as we were looking at over 100 people originally. No big deal – I’ve got hungry neighbors and coworkers.

I used the pint sized chinese takeout containers from Uline in white and Mother-In-Law and SIL decorated them.

Don’t underdo the candy – if you think it’ll be a hit at your wedding, it’s better to have extras than not enough. I wish I had more gummy sharks, as they were the big thing.

Buy bulk online – and depending on when your wedding is, do it early. We had a late summer wedding, so I ordered candy in the spring. This allowed me to pay for ground shipping, as it was still cool out. I just stored it in the basement until the wedding.

Watch for coupons too. I got about 10 bags of Dove Chocolate for about $3.50, as it was buy one get one at a local grocery store, and they were doubling coupons up to $1.98 during that time. I collected the coupons from my family and coworkers and managed to get all the chocolate I needed. If it wasn’t for those, I wouldn’t have bought Dove for the wedding.

Oh, and doing colors to match your wedding is nice, just mix up the flavors. We were blue and orange, so I bought passion fruit and mango saltwater taffy (instead of orange and blue raspberry), and my dove chocolate had blue wrappers. Otherwise, all your candy is really the same flavor, and in my case, I HATE orange flavored things!

If you can do anything yourself, it helps. A girlfriend and I spent an evening making the lollipops. I ordered the seahorse molds online and picked the candy waffers from a craft store. We melted them down in plastic squeeze bottles and made about 150 lollipops, which we individually bagged. It took about 4 hours to do (I only had two trays – I recommend more next time), but those suckers were a huge hit.

I still hear praise about my wedding, and the candy bar.

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