Post # 1
Ok so I was planning to have a candy buffet for several months, but as planning went on I am cosidering cancelling the candy buffet idea for a few reasons;
1. THE COST!!!
2. We would have to set it up ourselves the day of the wedding
3. we are having an adults only reception
We made these cute chinese take out boxes for people to fill, but now I am just considering filling it with a VARIETY of candy and setting them on the tables! Will I regeret not doing the candy buffet?
Post # 3
Everyone LOVED ours. It didn’t end up being super cost-prohibitive either. We bought all of our candy at Sam’s Club and through a local candy wholesaler in St. Louis. Most of our glassware came from garage sales, thrift stores and craigslist. I think we spent about $300 when all was said and done. Ours guests were blown away by it.
I just wrote a fairly extensive breakdown of what we bought and how much along with pictures in this post not 5 minutes ago: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/has-anyone-done-a-candy-bar
If I had it to do all over… I’d still do our candy buffet.
Post # 4
I think it would definitely be worth the money. We are definitely having one at our wedding, because it sets your reception apart from the others, and it is something that everyone enjoys!
Post # 5
@Future Mrs.Schug: Adults love candy so that’s not really an issue. I loved ours and so did our guests, but to be honest it cost us $500 for 120 guests. That’s a pretty pricey favor think. I could have used cheaper candy, but then why do it?
Post # 6
I went to a banquet (not a wedding, but the idea can work) where the hosts always provide a favor. Last year, they bought big round glass bowls at a dollar-type store and filled them with candy based on a specific color theme. Then, they had decorations tied to wires popping out of the bowl. At the end of the evening, they dropped favor boxes in front of everyone and told them to dig in for the candy.
It served as centerpiece and then favor. Our table might have already started raiding it before the meal was over. Of course, our table is always the one with the troublemakers. 🙂
Post # 7
I am having a smaller wedding about 70 people and I was blown away by how cheap my decor lady said a few vases rented from her including candy would cost us. Only 100.00 bucks!
I say go for it yet again its nothing you will look back on and regret.
Post # 8
Maybe I’m going against the crowd, but I can’t imagine that anyone would look back on their wedding a year later and say, “Gosh, it would have been such a magical day, if only I’d had a candy buffet!“
I can see regretting not having a dress you love, or the right venue, or picking the wrong maid of honor…but I can’t see regretting not having a candy buffet.
Post # 9
I am not a favor person generally speaking, but given the above choices I would fill the favor boxes with candy and either use them as:
– escort cards by attaching a nametag
-placecards by attaching a nametag
– or use them in the traditional way at the place setting of each guest
There have been thousands of weddings without a candy bar and there will be thousands more.
Post # 10
@mightywombat: Thank you this was helpful for me, while the other posts saying how great their candy bars were was nice, I was more trying to get confirmation that I owuld not regret my decision to not have one, because its is very pricey when on a tight budget, and that $300+ I could put towards more vital things! I was personally feeling that while it would be fun for the night, how many people will look back on our wedding and be like “oh the canyd bar is what really made it” I was getting concerned that I was making the wrong decision by cutting it!
Post # 11
I considered having one, but i don’t really think it seems to be worth the price/effort unless it’s something you REALLY want.
Post # 12
I like both ideas. I love the idea of having a candy buffet but I would be totally cool with going to a wedding and getting a little box of candy too. I didn’t vote because either way there is going to be candy at your wedding and I love it!!!
Post # 13
I looked at the cost last year when I started planning my wedding and said no freaking way am I going to pay that much for candy… Then we decided to do it anyway and just buy candy here and there so the overall cost wouldn’t be sticker shock. After holidays candy prices are soooo low!
I am so glad we did decide to do it because it’s my favorite part of our wedding planning!
I don’t mind having to set it up because we have to set everything up ourselves anyway and were also having an adult on reception, I asked friends and family about it and everyone excited, they all plan to snack on it and fill their favor boxes to take some home to share with theiir children.
Post # 14
@Future Mrs.Schug: Glad I could be of help!! I really do think it’s easy to get caught up in all the million different ways that magazines/bridal sites suggest you make your wedding “special” and “unique.” I certainly did when I was planning. But in reality, almost none are going to be the dealbreakers for whether you and your guests have a good time and are happy with the wedding.
Post # 15
@Future Mrs.Schug: Of all the possible things you could regret I doubt not having a candy bar will make the short list. I voted no, however I would have woted “need details of your wedding to make an informed decision”. Candy bars are cute, so IMO the wedding has to1) be chalk full of children or 2) be very whimsical and avant garde or 3) be a backyard type wedding. If I went to an elegant wedding at an upscale venue and then there was a candy bar (even though I LOVE candy) it would seem out of place. If I went to a wedding were the only flowers were sunflowers for example and the decor and attire was very whimsical or VERY not traditional then I could see a candy bar as a nice touch.
There are so many amazing ideas for weddings but we can’t all have them all. What works for one wedding doesn’t neccesarily work for another. I saw these adorable DIY frames painted pink (bride’s colours) with each guests name, name origin and meaning. They were PRECIOUS but at my wedding they’d look ridiculous given my theme/tone. I think theme/tone is the first thing to consider when deciding on things like a candy bar. Another example backyard wedding, super colourful, with Mexican food(YUMMY!!!), margaritas as a signature drink and a mariachi band well a pinyata would be super cool and fun given the theme and laid back venue. Stick a pinyata (sp) in a country club or banquet hall and it looks out of place or tacked on like an after thought imo.