Post # 1
I’ve been wanting to do the "candy buffet" thing that so many of you in the hive have been talking about for awhile now, but I don’t know if it’s something that I can really incorporate into my budget or something that the Fiance is really on board about.
However, my aunt and mom both have chocolate fountains that they haven’t used and are brand new. They’ve offered to have them at the reception, but I’m thinking maybe it’s just a little out of date and not really going forward with a 2008 bride’s modern style.
What do you all think? Is this still something that we could have and maybe make it a little more creative then the norm? Or, are we doomed to come across as a bit too 80s and less en vogue?
We were thinking of having those large pretzel sticks, graham crackers maybe use white chocolate instead of just brown . . .
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
Whether they are in/out of style (I have no idea) I know people always go GAGA for chocolate fountains at weddings. Always a big crowd drawer 🙂
Post # 4
if i were to see a chocolate fountain at a reception, my first thought would not be, "oh, that’s so 2007." it would probably be, "i need to eat some of that before somebody sticks their tongue in it." : ) i say go for it, especially since you won’t have to rent one!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t worry about what’s in style because it really depends on you and your guests. If you’re inviting guests who have been to six chocolate fountain receptions, then maybe that’s pause-worthy, but if no one/hardly anyone has experienced it before, then you’re going to give them a real treat.
I’ve only been to one wedding that had a chocolate fountain, and it was in 2006. I wish more people I knew would have them because it was yummy!
Post # 6
Okay out of date – no way – yummie have them more often!!!!.
However, oh and PULEZE don’t take this the wrong way……the only time I went to a wedding that had a little personal sized fountian at it, it looked really cheap and it broke down from over use after like 2 hours.
I don’t want you to think I mean the little ones are cheap – but when you rent fountians you get an attendant and all the fruit and stuff so if anything happenes someone is there to fix it. And it just was sooooo small that only 1-2 people could be around it at once. It really kinda sucked.
Just letting you know my experiance with seeing the personal sized (smaller) ones.
Post # 7
chocolate + free equipment….. ‘nough said…..
just beware of double dippers!!! ewwwww
Post # 8
I say chocolate never goes out of style. Hehe.
Post # 9
I recently went to a wedding with a chocolate fountain. I must have gone up to the fountain, ten times. It was a delicious, decadent treat. I say: GO FOR IT
Post # 10
i was at a party for work in december with a chocolate fountain. im not a huge chocolate person, but EVERYONE including myself was all over it- it ran out several times. and its not like there was lack of other food/ options. and it was also holiday party time, when everyone’s sick of eating junk. if a non chocolate lover who is junk food-ed out can get a little crazy over a chocolate fountain, so will your guests. PLUS it saves you buying a hundred mini bags, candy scoops, glass canisters, finding your favorite candies in your wedding colors, etc. UNLESS you get waxed bags & let people make a chocolate pretzel for the road. combo favors, i love them.
Post # 11
Well, I’m planning on having a chocolate fountain at my wedding in May 2008 so it better not be out of style! hahahah
Post # 12
um you do NOT want to know what else they add to the choco!!
Post # 13
I totally hear your concerns–but chocolate is chocolate.
And everyone loves it. I think it can totally be a go, and you could even consider the dippers you put out as kind of a dessert buffet, and pay attention to how you display them if you’re considered about appearance/style (you know, use some cake plates of different heights, pretty arrangements). A wedding that I went to that did a chocolate fountain also included strawberries, marshmallows and miniature cream puffs (yes, the ones from Costco, but I heard no complaints or snippy comments, only "Yummmmm")…
Post # 14
I think it is a GREAT idea and definitely one i considered. If you are having a catered 3 -course meal, you may want to consider asking your caterer if they will switch out the dessert portion for a range of dippable good like pretzels, marshmallows, fruits, etc. MY site was going to do that for me at no extra cost because I wouldn’t want to pay for a chocolate fountain on top of another dessert.
I have to agree with sweeny2be in that I went to a wedding with one of those smaller chocolate fountains and it seemed out of place because really, only one person was able to get to it at a time, and it caused quite a traffic jam. But that being said, the traffic jam is definite testament to the fact that it was still popular! The only thing is, the reception was outside and that was no good for the chocolate fountain. With the little bit of wind we had, the chocolate was flying everywhere and soon dried out 🙁 But grown men and women (and grandmas and grandpas) were still trying to salvage as much chocolate as they could! it made for quite a hilarious site. 🙂
Post # 15
Thank you for all the feedback, everyone! I didn’t know that so many of you were so supportive of the ol’ fountain.
I think someone had a sort of "survey" of which you would like more, fountain or candy buffet and everyone chose the buffet.
I think the fountains are not small and should work for the reception. I’m to further investigate and see what all I need to get. But I appreciate the suggestions on strawberries and other fruit, too. Great idea!
Post # 16
strawberries, bananas, sponge cakes, marshmallows, pretzels…they’re all tasty when dipped!