Post # 1
I’m considering doing a candy buffet at our reception and have already started to purchase the jars for the set-up, but here’s a question for people who have done one in the past – was it a hit? Did you have a lot of candy left over, or was it really worth it? I attended a wedding last weekend where most of the candy was hardly touched and I’m starting to reconsider spending the money on it.
Post # 3
Take this with a grain of salt because I haven’t actually had a candy buffet yet. I think it depends on the kind of candy you have plus the kids/adult ratio. If you have a bunch of kids they will go crazy over whatever you put out! If it is mostly adults, I think you have to make sure you get stuff that is really tasty. Some of the hard candy that looks really pretty in jars is not something most adults would generally eat. I’m looking at you, Circus Peanuts (although there is a small vocal faction of people who LOVE Circus Peanuts, which I cannot fathom.) Think about foods that people always go for -cookies, chocolate, etc.
Post # 4
I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I went to a wedding and it was so popular there was a line! I think it depends on how prominently the area is displayed. At that wedding it was almost the first thing you saw when you walked into the reception area.
Post # 5
I had a candy buffet at my wedding a few months ago. It was a HUGE hit. I got many compliments that night and still do when I see guests from our wedding. I did have some candy left over, but not much. I agree with the previous poster that it does depend on what candy you have on the buffet. My husband wanted Jolly Ranchers on the buffet badly. I have almost all of them left over! Much of the candy was gone before the end of the night. Hope this helps.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
Every wedding I’ve been to with a candy buffet has had it pillaged. I mean pillaged nothing left gone!
Post # 7
The weddings that I have gone too there were lines and lines at the candy buffet, even before the dinner! I did one for a bridal show I went to and we had a HUGE line!!
Post # 8
My vendor coordinator told me last week that she usually sees that the brides buy too much candy and they usually have some left over. I also agree with the type of candy that you have make a huge difference- and the placement of it is important too.
Post # 9
Let me just say that I LOVE CIRCUS PEANUTS!!! We are thinking about doing a candy buffet, also, but have decided more towards an ice cream sundae station…. But I’m still a year away so we have some time to decide. I think it’s an AWESOME idea, especially with little personalized bags or containers for your guests to take their candy home.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
I’ve only been to one wedding that had a candy buffet, and it was displayed somewhat oddly. It was set up in the foyer of the country club–essentially, right by the exit–and only at the end of the reception. I think the idea was for people to take a bag of candy as they left. A lot of people did stop and take some, but a lot of others were drunk/tired/whatever and didn’t. There was a lot of candy left over.
Post # 11
i’m doing a candy buffet too. we are just going to have the candy reflect the color of our wedding. i was wondering too…what is good candy? my Fiance were thinking jelly bellys and such.
Post # 13
My candy buffet was a huge success! Not one piece of candy was left over. The average price of a candy buffet is around $500. I did mine for less then $200. We had 120 guests. Click the link to see the pictures.
Ikea had amazing prices on jars. Get your scoops from http://www.orientaltrading.com. Don’t get your candy from there. It has really bad reviews. The following two stores is where I got most of my these my candy: http://www.ohnuts.com and http://www.bulkcandystore.com . Publix had the best price on twizzlers. CVS and Walgreens sell the large lollipops for $1 a piece. That’s cheaper than anywhere else. We used wrapping paper as the table cloth. It really brightened everything up.
This was such a great idea and is still being talked about!
Post # 14
Ok so those that had really successful displays, what kind of candy was the biggest hit?
I have some already so I can’t change too much, but just curious!
Post # 15
That looks so fun, but I think with as many kids as will be at our wedding…I just really don’t want the sticky hands all over my dress…(CRINGE) I have no problem with sticky hands when I’m in my usual jeans and t shirt, but in a dress (an expensive dress no less) eeps. That’s just scary. I’d have to put out wet wipes. Lol
Post # 16
I think the most important thing is the placement of the candy bar, at my friends wedding I recently went to, barely anyone touched the candy buffet! It was by the door but for some reason it was really hard to notice, I didn’t even see it till one of my friends pointed it out. I felt bad for her b/c basically ALL the candy was left there….so place it where people can easily see it or maybe make an annoucement for people to hit it up before they leave.