(Closed) Candy Overkill?

posted 6 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
1697 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Depends on how big you want it to be. I hv no idea how many pounds I bought.

Post # 4
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you also need to consider what kind of people will be at your wedding, If it’s going to be mostly adults and older people then you will probably not need so much. But if you’re having a lot of children and young adults then i would go with 60 pounds. Older people just don’t like candy for some reason… 

Post # 5
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

For me, it was more about how the candy buffet looked rather than how much we actually needed. I read that you should have 1/4 – 1/3 pound for each guest. We ended up getting about 1/2 pound per guest so we could fill the candy jars (I wanted 9 jars). Needless to say, my mom is still eating candy 6 months later. She doesn’t mind though Wink

We also had a photobooth. Not sure if you had any questions about having a photobooth and a candy buffet…

Post # 6
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think the amount of candy you get depends on the amount of guests.

And I’m having a photobooth AND a cookie bar so I definitely say go for it! Your guests will have a lot of fun!

Post # 7
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It depends on how many people you are having, and how inclined you think your guests would be to have it (time of day, etc). We got several different types of candy, and got more of some than others based on what we think would be most popular.  We are expecting 160 ppl and having a french theme:


Peanut Butter cups:6.5 lb

Lindt Truffles: 6.5 lb

Petit Fours: 216 pcs

Truffetts de FranceL 8 lb

French Macarons: 200 pcs

Pink Marshmellows: 200 pcs


Post # 8
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I have no idea but I want to go to a wedding with a candy buffet!

Post # 9
1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Um I don’t think that’s overkill! I would be so happy if I were a guest at your wedding!!

Post # 11
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We had a ton of candy.  It seemed like total overkill.  When we set the candy buffet up we didn’t even have room for it all and we thought that we bought way too much.  However, people LOVED it.  It went so fast.  Our venue had to keep restocking it and there was hardly any left at the end of the night.

I should also mention that it was a child-free wedding so even with all adults it was super successful.  We also had a photobooth so that didn’t take away from the candy buffet.  We did mostly penny candy that was popular in the 40’s and 50’s but also had cracker jacks and big leage chew since we were married at a ballpark.  We got a lot of compliments on it 🙂

Post # 12
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We had a candy buffet and it was a HUGE success.  We purchased about 1/2 lb of candy per person.  We only had 4 kids and then 130 adults who were mostly in their late 20s/early 30s, so we knew they’d eat a good amount.  We bought 10 varieties of candies from BJs (definitely go to a discount store if you can!) and bought a little more of some than others.  I’d say we purchased between 60-70 pounds of candy. Most of the candy was gone by the end of the night.  Here’s the candy we purchased so you can see what was the most desired. 

  • M&Ms – bought 1 big bag and only had a handful left
  • Peanut M&Ms – bought 1 big bag and ran out
  • Reese’s minis – bought 2 big bags and only had a handful left
  • Assorted Hershey miniatures – bought 2 big bags and only had a handful left
  • Assorted Mars miniatures – bought 2 big bags and only had a handful left
  • Sour patch kids – bought 1 6 lb bag and ran out
  • Gummy bears – bought 1 6 lb bag and ran out
  • Skittles – bought 1 large bag (around 5 lbs) and ran out
  • Dum Dum lollipops – bought 1 large bag (might have been about 300 ct) and have a lot left
  • Lifesavers – bought 1 large bag (about 4 lbs) and have a lot left


Post # 13
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You can never have too much candy… but yes 60 pounds sounds like a lot. I would say purchase 1 pound of candy for every 3 guests.

Or… you could make a photobooth made out of candy… that would definitely be 60 pounds. Tongue Out

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