A Dessert Table at Your Wedding: Alternatives to Wedding Cake

One of the wedding style trends that has slowly gained momentum is the dessert table. Instead of the traditional tiered wedding cake, brides and grooms are offering guests their choice of dessert. This trend has also replaced the cupcake craze that appeared at many wedding receptions in the mid-2000s.

Dessert tables still include popular items, such as the cupcake, but also include homespun desserts that do anything but conjure up the notion of weddings. The following desserts are great additions to any wedding reception.

Using a Dessert Table as Wedding Decoration

Instead of focusing on one large dessert at the reception, creating a dessert table allows guests to make a choice of their favorite. As a decoration, a dessert table is an excellent conversation piece, and can create a unique visual.

Look for interesting cake stands, pie plates, and decorative items at secondhand stores for displaying any of the dessert table items. Stands of different heights and styles can be made to fit any wedding style, from shabby chic to contemporary and elegant.

Some other ways to use a dessert table at your reception include:

●        Focus one one dessert, then provide many flavors from     which guests can choose.

●        Only feature desserts that have a common thread, such     as a regional specialty or a color in common.

●        Buy the same dessert from many local bakeries and have     guests vote for their favorite. The winning dessert will be the     “official dessert of the bride and groom” that they can order     each year on the anniversary.

Using Pies Instead of Wedding Cake

Whether made of fruit, custard, or a family recipe, pies are an excellent option for any wedding dessert table. Cherry and berry pies are ideal for spring and summer weddings, when the fruit is at its peak, while apple, pumpkin and pecan can be shared during fall and winter.

Individual-sized pies are often available at many bakeries and offer a classy and personal touch to the wedding dessert table.

Tarts for Wedding Desserts

Tarts, which are essentially a one-crusted, elegant cousin to a traditional pie, can also be customized to meet the needs of the season. Fruit tarts can be used to create color schemes that match any wedding theme. Like pies, tarts can also be made in large sizes or in individual quantities.

Using Cupcakes in Your Wedding

Cupcakes garnered a lot of attention as a replacement for traditional wedding cake. While many couples still opt for a cupcake buffet in lieu of cake, this classic dessert also has a home among other desserts at the wedding.

Many bakeries specialize in creating unique cupcake flavors, or offer cupcakes to match the overall theme and color of the wedding. Beyond the traditional flavors of cupcakes, like white, yellow, or chocolate, cupcake flavors like red velvet and pink lemonade are great options for weddings.

Cheesecakes At Weddings

Like cupcakes, cheesecakes can be made to suit a variety of tastes. Beyond the traditional New York cheesecake, brides and grooms can choose flavors that coordinate with their wedding. Cheesecake appeals to many people, making it a must-have for most dessert tables. Choose flavors like turtle cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, or key lime cheesecake to wow both the guests and their taste buds.

Using Cookies at Your Wedding Reception

Cookies are appealing to young and old wedding guests alike. They are easy to eat, and they are friendly on the wedding budget of the bride and groom. Some couples opt to use cookies as wedding favors, while others will have their new monogram frosted on cookies. But one of the easiest ways to add cookies to the wedding dessert table is to have a variety of classic cookies – chocolate chip, peanut butter, M&M, snickerdoodles – for guests to choose from.

The spirit of offering a dessert table is to be playful, and offer guests the kind of dessert they’ll remember. Not only do dessert tables give guests plenty of options to choose from, they usually cost less than a traditional wedding cake, as well.