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Unique Wedding Dessert Ideas

September 12, 2019

Alternative Wedding Dessert Ideas For The Millennial Couple That Is Over Cake

As someone with a sweet tooth, I’ll admit a favorite part of my job is the wedding dessert table. (Guilty!) Look at any wedding blockbuster and you’re bound to see an elaborately iced wedding cake with cascading flowers. Having a wedding cake is a tradition that’s literally been passed down for centuries. And while the history of this traditional wedding dessert is fascinating, I’ve noticed more couples breaking tradition in favor of something that represents them more. Which I am all about! Below is a list of a few of my favorite unique takes on a wedding dessert:

Doughnuts (or Donuts)

Sogno del fiore wedding reception in Santa Ynez modern donut dessert table with gold sequin table cloth

I’m going to start with my favorite alternative wedding dessert: Donuts! Donuts are my favorite in general, but I love the way couples are adding these delicious bites to their day. From witty “donut” signs, to donut towers, to epic donut walls like from this wedding, sign me up for this wedding treat. 

Sogno del fiore wedding reception in Santa Ynez modern donut dessert table with gold sequin table cloth

Confections + Pastries

An ocean view wedding ceremony at The Redondo Beach Historic Library, dessert table
Photo by: Chloe Moore Photography

If you’re looking for a variety of dessert options to offer guests, consider a mix of confections + pastries. From marshmallows, to cake pops, a vendor that specializes in confections can bring your wildest dessert dreams to life. Incorporate your wedding colors or cookies in the shape of your home states like this couple. Or you can take your love international by incorporating a dessert like a croquembouche

An ocean view wedding ceremony at The Redondo Beach Historic Library, dessert table with teal cake pops
Photo by: Chloe Moore Photography
Photos by: Mary Costa Weddings
Photo by: Sisterlee Photography 
Photos by: Katelin Wallace Photography
Photos by:  Sun & Sparrow Photography

Pie

Green Gates at Flowing Lake wedding reception, wedding pie, celtic inspired wedding

When two of my dear friends got married in Washington last year, they served different pies for their celtic inspired wedding. The sweetest part was that all the pies were baked by their friends and family, making it even more memorable. 

Green Gates at Flowing Lake wedding reception, wedding pie, celtic inspired wedding
Green Gates at Flowing Lake wedding reception, wedding pie, celtic inspired wedding
Photos by:  Jennifer Apps Photography & Kelly Clare Photography

Straight Up Candy

Sugarfina Wedding Pasadena Wedding Unique Wedding Ceremony
Photo by: Rafal Bojar

Sometimes a baked good won’t do, and you just need to have candy. Using candy is a really great way to combine a wedding dessert with a guest favor too! I have worked at some really fun and unique wedding venues in my time as a planner, but when a couple chose the famous candy store, Sugarfina, as their ceremony spot, I knew it was going to be a hit. 

Photos by: Rafal Bojar
A music festival themed wedding reception at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, sugarfina guest favors
Photo by:  Kadi Tobin Photography
Photos by : Elizabeth Burgi

Dessert Truck or Cart

Photo by: Birds of a Feather

For an extra special treat for your guests, consider bringing in a dessert truck or cart. I’ve had a couple park an ice cream truck outside of their reception for a taste of nostalgia or another couple that hired Cool Haus to bring the chilly goodness inside. Another fun wedding dessert vendor is Bon Pouf. They’ll arrive with a cotton candy cart and attendant to give your guests a light and airy pick up during dancing.

For those of you who still want a hint of the tradition, consider a smaller cake just for you and your partner to cut into. No need to save any layers either; just ask the bakery to make you something fresh on your anniversary. If you’re worried guests will start eating the dessert thinking there’s a cake later, you can use a sign like this couple letting guests know to wait until after dinner to indulge!

Maravilla Gardens Wedding reception, hold your sweet tooth dessert table
Photo by: Sisterlee Photography

I hope this list helps you and your loved one pick the perfect wedding dessert for you. If you’re ready to start planning your dream wedding day (with amazing desserts), click the contact button on my homepage here and let’s set some time to chat! 

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