(Closed) candy buffet? do it or not?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: how popular are candy buffets?
    people love it! : (21 votes)
    57 %
    people are lukewarm about it : (4 votes)
    11 %
    meh...don't waste your money : (12 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee

    I think it’s an adorable idea and makes for some really great photos. However, I’ve never seen one actually done IRL .. but it kinda seems like a waste of money to me.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We did one and I loved it, loved the pics, loved the concept – but we had tons of candy leftover.  We didn’t go color crazy and stick to a theme and only bought candy that we really loved though, so we didn’t mind the leftovers!   But if I had to do it over again and was worried about money, this would be the first thing from our wedding that we cut. 

    Post # 5
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    144 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I work some pretty upscale weddings to supplement my income and I have seen a bunch of candy bars…people go nuts for them….Just don’t get too many differnt kinds…..once wedding season starts for me, I post a bunch of pictures for ideas…on anything, if anyone needs them!!

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We had one at our wedding and had lots of stuff leftover, our dinner was a 10 course traditional chinese banquet, our wedding cake were cupcakes. I had 90 guests and I ordered 120 cupcakes. Oh and we had appetizers before dinner =P

    In hindsight I would have had less quantities of candy for the buffet.

    So if you would love to have it then do it, but don’t spend/have too much if you are already spending/having a lot of food before that.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    We did one and people ravaged it. They LOVED it and we had hardly anything left over. It was hilarious watching DHs 90 year old gramma light up like a little kid and grab for the pixy stix.

    I say do it! Ours was a MASSIVE success!

    Post # 8
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    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I can’t speak from experience since I’ve never seen one in person, but I can share my opinion. At the beginning of my wedding planning journey I was seriously considering a candy buffet. They look amazing in and I love the detail photos.  But then I really starting thinking about it. Our guest list is 96% adults.  I just don’t think adults will go gaga over candy, especially after dinner and cake.  

    Instead, I am doing a modest dessert buffet at our welcome dinner.  I think adults are more apt to try mini desserts than loads of candy.  I also agree with the PP that say you don’t need a ton.  I won’t have one of each dessert per guest at the welcome party (that would call for an insane amount!!!).  I’ll probably do about half the amount because I don’t think everyone will take one of everything, and I certainly don’t want leftovers!

    Post # 9
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    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    Personally, I love them! I would rather eat candy or any other dessert besides cake. 🙂

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think if you can have one and you want one, you should go for it!  I definitely wanted one but it was out of our budget 🙁 In order to get the look I wanted, we would have ended up spending like $5-600, and I definitely couldn’t justify spending that on favors given the overall budget. But I love them!

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Not a huge candy person myself, so I’m not going nuts over the candy buffet concept in general, but I’d imagine lots of people really enjoy themselves.  Now if it was a gum buffet, I’d be all over it.  I’m addicted to gum.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee

    We’re doing one that combines an “in loving memory” table with the candy buffet.. we’ve selected candy types that were the favorite candy of deceased loved ones/family members, so each type of candy offered is a tribute to someone who can’t celebrate our special day with us.. we’re going to include pictures of us with the people who the candy is in honor of..  we’re having Almond Joy for FI’s grandmother, Whoppers for my grandfather, Reese Cups for my brother, etc…

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