Post # 1
I am getting married on August 2nd and I am currently finishing up last minute details. We are having a candy bar and one thing I am totally confused about is how much candy should I purchase? There will be 100 people at the wedding. It will be Houston in August so i am trying to avoid chocolates as I think it will be too warm.I know I need enough so that the display doesn’t look terrible but i am on a tight budget!
All ideas and suggestions on how much I should buy are greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Are you trying to stay within a certain color scheme? If you don’t want to over buy, but also don’t want the table to look empty, ask the caterer for a slightly smaller table ( a little sneaky, but effective) Put the favor bags or boxes in a basket. There are several ways to "fill up" the table, without spending a fortune on candy. Choose less expensive sweets, so you can purchase a larger quantity. Although, I’m fairly certain that there is no such thing as having too much candy at the candy bar. Guests (especially the adults) go nuts over the candy! 🙂
Make sure you check out the selection and prices at a wholesale club, before buying anything. BJ’s, Sam’s, Costco, etc…
Post # 4
Thanks so much for the reply. The suggestion to put it on a smaller table is a great one! I am not planning on sticking to a color theme (my colors are Ivory, Champagne and Gold) I just want lots of candy! I have had my fiance, his mom and my family all pick their favorites and the candy bar will be made up of their choices. I am going to label each candy as ‘Greg’s pick’ or ‘Reggies pick’ so that everyone knows that we all chose something for it. I am just totally confused about the weight of candy to buy, I read about 80lbs but thats seems so much! Thanks again 🙂
Post # 5
http://www.favorideas.com/wedding-blog/candy-buffet-ideas/ has a good article on setting up a candy buffet, including estimated weights to buy.
Another trick you can do to make the table look fuller is to have the caterer put an upturned milk crate or box on the table, then cover it with a tablecloth. This creates tiers and the illusion of more candy on the table.
There are also a bunch of online stores that sell bulk candy, so you might be able to get it on the cheap. 🙂
Post # 6
I am also getting married in August and I am doing a candy bar avoiding chocolate too! The only chocolate I am going to have are jordan almonds but I am not going to let them sit out too long before the reception starts.
I found a couple different websites…but my favorite is http://www.ohnuts.com where they have tons of candy like jelly beans, wedding mints, and jordan almonds that you can get to match your colors (pink, green and white are mine)
Also, http://www.saveoncrafts.com has beautiful apothecary jars you can use to hold your candy…
I also found a ton of candy on ebay…search for bulk candy…
I am doing jelly beans, wedding mints, and jordan almonds for sure…trying to decide on 2-3 more options. Possibly sweet tarts? I am probably going to get a couple pounds of each. I am expecting about 150 people…
Post # 7
Thanks so much – I just discovered Save on Crafts they have some great stuff. Metrocandy delivered all my candy Friday and it arrived early but the boxes were a little beat up which meant we had to tape them up so that the candy would keep to August. Good luck with your day! 🙂
Post # 8
I got married in October and had a candy buffet at my wedding. There wound up being about 80 people and we stayed with purple and white candy to match our colors. Here is the breakdown of what we had:
1 pound grape twists (like Twizzlers, but purple)
10 pounds Island Punch Jelly Bellies
5 pounds Fench Vanilla Jelly Bellies
80 grape barber poles
5 pounds gummi grapefruit
24 purple and 24 white rock candy sticks
All of the above candy I purchased from http://www.bulkfoods.com since they had the best prices, as well as free shipping with orders over $50. Customer service was easy to deal with (unless you are ordering chocolate and shipping it to Texas like I tried to do, but you said you weren’t so no worries.)
In addition to those purchases made online, I also had:
Whoppers (bought from Walmart – a whole bunch of those 99 cent boxes, I think I wound up with 3 pounds)
Hershey’s kisses – bought in the large bags from Walmart, both in milk (silver wrapper) and dark (purple wrapper.) I think we bought three bags of milk and two of dark.
Chocolate dipped pretzels – A few days before the wedding, I hand-dipped chocolate pretels using Wilton’s candy making chocolate in purple (bought from Michael’s)
I also custom designed candy bars, using a template I found here. [I copied the image and pasted it into PowerPoint (you can fit two per page) and then just filled in my own design. We bought Hershey candy bars in 6-packs from Walmart and then wrapped them in foil and slapped a label on them.
I hope this helps some. You can find a picture of the final turnout here. Good luck and happy candying!