Why wait till the end to serve the best part? For couples with a sweet tooth, the wedding dessert bar is a perfect, creative alternative or complement to the traditional wedding cake stand. 

The mix-and-match nature of a dessert bar is guaranteed to please picky guests at the wedding reception, while unique presentation and décor makes for especial eye candy (pun intended!). 

Below are several creative wedding dessert bar ideas, each suitable for different wedding styles, but all sharing that lovely dash of whimsical fun!

 

Credits: Knots and Kisses / Tim Robison Creative

Credits: Knots and Kisses / Tim Robison Creative

1. Cotton Candy Station

Make a sweet occasion even sweeter with this quintessential candy! Rent a vintage cotton candy machine, or prepare and arrange the delectable poufs ahead of time for guests. The bright pops of color are a throwback to childhood, guaranteed to melt guests’ hearts.

 

Credits: Chic Vintage Brides

Credits: Chic Vintage Brides

2. Doughnut Dessert Table

In their sheer variety, doughnuts and crullers have no match. Stack varying styles in scrumptious towers, and make sure to have a little something for everyone — the expected vanilla and chocolate favorites, along with a few seasonal and surprising flavors.   

 

Credits: Wedding Chicks

Credits: Wedding Chicks

3. Milk & Cookies

It’s never a mistake to go back to the staples. This one is perfect for sweetly quaint, vintage-style weddings. Try pairing delicately-packaged gourmet or homemade cookies in a favorite flavor with personalized mini bottles of fresh milk — gorgeous, sweet, yet filling at the same time.

 

Credits: Katie Jackson Photography

Credits: Katie Jackson Photography

5. Rustic Desserts

If you want to go rustic, go all the way. Homemade tarts, naked cakes, and chocolate-hazelnut-dipped pears atop squares of raw burlap and vintage crates, and intertwined with garlands of leaves — the result is highly original and striking. 

 

Credits: Kristyn Hogan

Credits: Kristyn Hogan

6. Coffee Bar

Leaning hard on caffeine, this one’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Go for antiqued coffee pots, a variety of syrups, and plenty of cream and sugar. Porcelain cups, burlap detail, and pastel florals complete the picture, as your guests happily energize around the table. 

 

Credits: B. Lovely Events / Tiny Water Photography

Credits: B. Lovely Events / Tiny Water Photography

7. Waffle Bar

For some reason, breakfast just tastes better at every other hour of the day. This dessert bar is ideal for daytime weddings, where there is plenty of light flooding in, showcasing newly-toasted waffles and a spread of chocolate chips, fresh berries, and syrup. 

 

Credits: Olive Photography

Credits: Olive Photography

8. Holiday Dessert Stand

When all else fails, go broke for the favorites: delicious chocolate truffles pinned with berries, airy French macaroons and enchanting cups of crème brulee. It’s a truth — very few can resist the combined charm of this magnificent, classic trio. 

 

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