(Closed) policing the candy buffet

posted 12 years ago in Favors
Post # 3
3856 posts
Honey bee

Some of the tips I’ve heard over and over are to set the bags/containers at each guest’s place setting, rather than in a stack at the buffett, because then people can only have the option to fill one (rather than taking multiples), to wait and uncover it later in the evening instead of before the meal, and to have an attendant who stands and ‘helps’ people – just knowing someone is watching will remind people to behave like reasonable adults!

Post # 4
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Wow! I have never heard of having problems with this. How crazy it that!? People amaze me! I like ddw’s idea.

Post # 5
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Have somebody work the candy buffet seems to stop most the problems.

Post # 6
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are thinking about roping it off somehow with ribbon and placing signs on the table asking the guests to wait until after the cake cutting to participate in the candy bar/dessert buffet.  I haven’t come with how to say this in a cute way yet, but so far that’s our plan!

Post # 7
2400 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

For my sister’s wedding, we have decided to abandon the idea, since we will have over 20 children!  Sad….

Post # 8
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I guess the easiest way would be to have your cater set out the bags or boxes your are providing to put the candy in until after the cake cutting. Also the bags and boxes size will help control the regulation of the distribution. But I guess you could still have people filling up their purses with milk duds…..


Why do people lose touch with realty at weddings and at the airport?

Post # 9
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m not really worried with it because my friend did one at her’s and they were begging people to take candy because so many didn’t take it home with them.  Ours will be on a table next to our wedding cake in the front of the room so I think it will be pretty clear that it is part of dessert and to wait.

Post # 10
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I want one but not sure yet…

Post # 12
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m definitely putting the bags at each place setting because I can foresee people stuffing multiple bags. Another idea I’ve heard is to use smaller jars for the candy so that you don’t display all of your stock at once. Have someone periodically refill the jars – I guess if there’s not as much out, people will feel guilty taking way more than their share?

Post # 13
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would also say that you should carefully select the size of the bags you are giving people.. odds are, most will fill it up.. if you don’t want all of those bags to be filled to the rim, get smaller containers.. just my 2cents!!!

Post # 14
736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had the same questions my dads relatvies are classless … you know the saying money cant buy you class they fit that description at every even they steal everything even out to dinner.. im nervous about even having a bathroom basket because of them. At my brothers bar mitzvah my ‘aunt” took her purse up to the candy table and literally dumped everything into her purse before even the kids could get up to get some… needless to say im dreading having a candy buffet because of them but i really one lol 

Post # 15
2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Is there anyway you can keep it covered or hidden until closer to the end of the reception??? Ahh… as a guest (and a bride to be) I would never grab candy from the candy buffet until I was instructed to! It’s like taking a slice of the cake before the bride and groom get a chance to take a bite… you just shouldn’t do it.

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