Post # 1
I know many people have done or will be doing candy buffets at their wedding. Anyone who has done a candy buffet or will be having one at their wedding…any suggestions or advice? We just decided to have one at our wedding as our favors. There will be around 250 people, so I am trying to determine how much candy and how much variety I need. Thanks in advance for your help!
Post # 3
I like it’s like 1/2 lb. of candy to every person. I think it’s always cute when the couple uses their wedding colors on the candy.
Post # 4
people will appreciate the candy buffet! I agree with the comment above about how much candy you should have. 250 is a lot of guests and imagine you’re the 250th person in line – you’d want to make sure they have something to bring home!
Hint : the smaller the packaging container you will use, the more for everyone else 🙂
Post # 5
I’ve had two friends do it at their weddings and all I have to say is be prepared to have LOTS of extra candy. It can be pretty and fun, but if there is cake/cupcake/other dessert, then only plan on a few per person. Not only are they already sugar satisfied, but a 1/2 pound per person!?!? Can you imagine walking up to a candy bar and shoveling out that much for yourself?? No way. First, why want that much, and second is that they wouldn’t want to look greedy or take too much leaving someone else without. Definitly downscal unless you want M&Ms coming out your ears for months to come.
Post # 6
I ran into this problem recently We’ve just started to plan out the stypes on candies and how much for our candy bar. I also read that 1/2 pound was what you should plan on, and then I posted a thread on WB and asked if I should get more than that just to make sure everyone gets some (in case some people take some home AND eat some while there). Everyone told me to get the recommended 1/2 pound per person, and if you run out, hey, at least you tried to accomodate everyone! Our worst fear was having all this extra candy to get rid of the day after the wedding, so we’re just sticking with the 1/2 pound guideline.
If you get the half-pint mini take-out boxes like we did, it equals a half pound. We’re using the boxes (in plum purple, our main color) as placecards (putting a tag on each box with the person’s name and table). Inside, will be a note inside that says to help themselves to the candy bar before leaving for the night.
We’re also only doing candies in our wedding colors to make it extra fun 🙂 And if you can, try to have between 10-12 types. This is mostly for affect. For 150 people, the table would unfortunately look a little sparse with fewer jars. We’re only expecting about 100 people, and we’re having 12 jars just to make it look good 🙂
Post # 7
I think 1/2 pound per person is A LOT…maybe too much.
There’s a good candy buffet calculator at this site http://www.favorideas.com/wedding-blog/the-2-by-2-favor-box/
You should have the favor box/bag you will use to get the most out of the calculator.
Post # 8
Thanks…any particular place you are buying your candy/ bags/ candy jars?
Post # 9
Gosh, half a pound seems like a TON.
Post # 10
Just an FYI, I went to TJMaxx this weekend and they had some nice apothecary jars. I didn’t check the price but its a place to look so you don’t have to pay shipping.
Post # 11
1/2 pound seems like a lot written out, but think of the times you go to FAO Schweetz… how quickly does the bag fill up with a POUND? 1/2 pound as a favor seems like just enough.
Post # 12
Keep in mind some people will take more, some will take none and some will just graze.
I actually prefer when candy buffets are NOT matchy to the wedding colors – meaning, bright, novelty candy. Like, pixie sticks, lollipops, ribbon candy, penny candy, jelly beans, m&ms, etc.
Here is a picture of one of the best buffets I’ve seen. In addition to candy, they had popcorn in red and white classic popcorn containers, cracker jack boxes, cookies, jones soda and a few other things:
Post # 13
You’d think that a half pound sounds like a lot, but our favor boxes can hold exactly a half pound, and they’re actually not that big! I know, it really surprised me, too. We did a test run at a candy store and filled them up with candies we were thinking of including, and you can’t fit as much as you think. My box was two mini peanut butter cups, a very small scoop of M&M’s, three peach gummis and two chocolate almonds.
Of course, we have to remember that some people won’t take any at all. So I guess it’s really what you prefer and think will work 🙂 We decided to stick with the 1/2 pound per person just to make sure everyone does get some. If we run out, then, well, we have our guests to blame!
Post # 14
What kind of bags/boxes are y’all using?
Post # 15
Can I ask you where you got your purple boxes for your candy buffet? I am doing a plum wedding. Thanks!