(Closed) Candy Buffet

posted 11 years ago in Favors
Post # 4
4822 posts
Honey bee

I havent, but read the same thing. Its more popular with the kids than with adults. I think its better in concept, than reality.

Post # 5
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes!  It was one of the best decisions we made.  It was a huge hit and everyone was still talking about it weeks later.  As far as what it cost, our was a lil pricey because we chose some higher end candy and we had over 200 guests so we ended up spending about $1k.  But I think if you buy your jars second hand and buy candy in bulk, you could get away with spending about $300 or so.  

EDIT:  Need to clarify that the $1k included the personalized satin pouches we used and the 20 jars/bowls that I purchased along with the scoops, tongs…etc

As far as being more for kids…so not the case.  I think adults love candy just as much!

Post # 6
5385 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I think my buffet will cost about $300 too. I am having about 350-400 guests and planning to purchase 125-150lbs of candy. Plus, I plan on buying about 70-100 rock candy sticks and/or suckers.  We will also serve the wedding cake and groom cake.

My wedding planner is providing some jars and a family friend is letting us borrow some. I am going to purchase the bags online.


Post # 7
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are doing one. It is going to cost about $300.00 for us too, and that is for only 50 guests. Cost really depends on the type and cost of the containers you are going to use and also the type and cost of candy you are going to use. I wanted specific containers and specific candy. The containers were around $150.00 and the candy is going to be approximately another $250.00. I got our containers on sale at Michaels, Joanns, and a couple of our local thrift stores and the candy I am going to get at ACandyStore. You can do it for a lot less if you don’t want the fancy apothecary jars and you use a more generic candy.

Post # 8
7772 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We are doing one! I actually set up the trial run of it tonight so I could map it out. Overall, I think we spent $300-$350 on the candy and the jars. We got about 14 different kinds of candy from a local wholesaler and Sams and most of the jars are from thrift stores, 50% off sales at Hobby Lobby and from Marshall’s/HomeGoods.

Post # 9
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we picked the candies we love.  am buying for 260 adults and 20 kids.

jars – i think i have purchased…13 or so to-date, probably need more!!  I spent over $250 on those 13, i’m kinda picky about glass/jars so i dont buy the cheap looking ones.

candy – i spent over $500 so far and i’m not done.  I expect to be spending $700 total on candy.  Toblorone, Hi-Chew, Sour belt, candy tins from Wolrd Market, etc.  We try to buy pre-wrapped candy for sanitary reasons, so that’s why our candies costs more.



Post # 11
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve been to a wedding that had a candy buffet and they had little chinese takeaway boxes you could fill and take home. I filled it to the brim with red cinnamon hearts, yum!

Post # 12
87 posts
Worker bee

TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods has really affordalble jars and vase that will work nicely for a candy buffet. Also, check out Goodwill, you never know what treasures you might find there. We stumbled into a Goodwill with perfect timing, a bride had just donated 32 14inch cylinder vases; we got them for 99cents each! 

Another note about Goodwill, people say I wouldn’t put food in something from Goodwill … HELLOOOOOOO… do you think when you go to a restaraunt they serve you off of brand new dishes???? 


Post # 13
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had a cookie bar and rented glass jars from a rental company.  I only paid $3 each to rent them.  If you are looking to cut costs, check to see if there is a rental company in your area.  

These were the jars (not my picture – I had cookies!)  I used the two bigger sizes.

Post # 14
71 posts
Worker bee

We had 300 guests come, and had 24 kinds of candy.  Spent about $275 on jars, $375 on candy, $25 for scoops and cellophane bags, $10 for custom banner made by MOB, and $30 for extra linens. 

The candy was a lot cheaper than it would normally be, because we got a lot of it at after-holiday sales, and didn’t order any that had to be shipped.  A lot of it was chocolate including Lindt truffles, M&M’s etc. and it was all color coordinated.

The candy buffet was cleaned out before everyone had some.  We were able to refill some of the jars for a little while only.

Post # 15
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had one.  I got old fashioned candy jars and our favorite candy and it didn’t cost more than $40.  It was rather small, but we didn’t have a lot of leftover candy and everyone seemed to enjoy it. 

Post # 16
91 posts
Worker bee

Hey! Just wanted to pop over and say that the $300 was for the candy only (and you see we got waaaaay too much of it!), for 260 people (only 8 of which were kids!). People did really enjoy it. For the glasswear, I probably spent < $100 and the middle tower that the cookies are on was like $40 (it’s cardboard, I jazzed it up as much as I could). With the glassine bags and cookie materials, I’d estimate the whole shebang was about $500 – but you can totally spend less because we had WAY TOO MUCH of everything! Good luck!

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