(Closed) Tips for anyone that wants a Candy Buffet

posted 12 years ago in Favors
Post # 17
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

What a bummer I really wanted a Candy Buffet at our wedding, now after reding all everyone’s  experiences am not too sure if I still want to go ahead and have a Candy Buffet! Is there any polite or nice way to have a sign saying take one per person?….’

Maybe taking out the Candy Buffet towards the end of the nght would work?…Hmmmm

Post # 18
4437 posts
Honey bee

We’re going to use little chinese food containers as our candy buffet boxes. I’m planning to do as some suggested and place one at each place setting so it is clear that they should only fill their one container.

Post # 19
6980 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

wow that sounds nuts! My cousin had a candy bar at her wedding last year and we did NOT have that happen. I’m totally guessing bc I didn’t ask her any questions… but I would say about 150 people and there was maybe 5 kinds of candy, one big jar each. I didn’t go to the candy bar until we were on our way out the door and there was still plenty left. Maybe my family just aren’t candy people? 

Post # 20
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

though i wouldn’t be taking 6 bags, i can say that i probably would’ve been one of those greedy guests. i love my candy–i just can’t help it!

Post # 21
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

At FSIL’s wedding, she also did a candy buffet as her main favor.

Instead of escort cards, she used small clear boxes that had their names on it. Then guests could fill their box with candy – Hershey Kisses, Whoppers, Gummi Rings, M&M’s, and other small candies. There were no extra boxes. I’m not sure if someone continued to stock it during the wedding, but she had candy leftover.

Post # 22
1640 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

What about putting the candy bag/box at each place setting and not having extras?

Post # 23
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh wow! I am glad I read this post! I am definitely doing a candy buffet, but I know I think we’ll keep some extra candy around to replenish the jars. I also think that maybe we won’t announce that it is there until after lunch? Or, I like JoJo’s idea and leaving a bag at each place setting.

Post # 24
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think the BEST way to have a buffet is to put bags at each person’s place setting. That way, every guest gets ONE bag and that’s it. If desired, you can put extra bags out later, but that way every one gets a chance.

Never be surprised at people’s greediness. We had cupcakes at our wedding – meant to serve as dessert. They were ALL gone by the time we had walked into the reception. 

Post # 25
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

I am stunned speechless.  My Fiance and I really want one for our at home reception.  I can just picture a black friday style stampede for the candy bar.  *sigh*

So I want to ask a question.  Minus the overly greedy people, do you think the rate at which the candy was eaten had anything to do with the time the reception started?  So lets say the reception started at 7pm, I would be STARVING by then and might eat more of the candy than normal.  Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

Post # 26
3952 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am wondering…could you have this table brought out or unveiled at the end of the night or from the middle of the reception on as to avoid the greedy folks out there who have no problem taking candy away from the kids at receptions or eating far too much?

That is indeed crazy! 

It could be kinda cool to have it behind a partition or something until you’re ready to unveil the big surprise to the guests (and create excitement).  

So sorry this has happened, but it flabbergasts me that grown people act this way.  I’m almost tempted to use the “t” word here for their behavior!!!

Btw, beautiful candy buffet in those pics!  Just fantastic!

I’m doing a cupcake buffet and favor table for when they get ready to leave and will have it brought out then!   

Post # 28
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh my goodness! When I read the OP My jaw dropped, and then I couldn’t stop laughing! what is it about candy that makes people want to hoard? Little shiny treasures to line their nests, office desks and tops of refrigerators with. Too funny! I will make sure I have something that they need to consume right then and there or to have bags pre-made for them to take!

Post # 29
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Thank you OP! I had no idea people would be so greedy…question though how many guests did you gals have? We’re estimating only about 50-60.

Post # 30
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it’s probably best to put the candy buffet out of site until later in the reception or in an area that isn’t the “main” area (maybe by the door, so people will stop by on their way out?).  Two weddings I went to last summer had candy bars- one wasn’t brought out until the end, it was pretty picked over by the time we saw it but we were some of the last guests to leave; the other had the candy buffet set out by the door. 

I like the idea of putting bags at everyone’s place so that they can only take one bag’s worth.

Post # 31
1354 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow, this is shocking.

I am planning a dessert buffet, with candy added in, but no bags. I’ve been worried that people will take two of everything, and this seems to confirm it. The coordinator and I will have to find a way to do a reveal of the buffet later on. Table on wheels? Armed guards?

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