Wedding cake is the most traditional dessert option for your upcoming nuptials, but it doesn’t have to be the only sweet treat you offer to guests. If you’re a sugar enthusiast, non-conventionalist, or someone who just hates cake, you might want to consider other after-dinner options for your reception. These options can be done in lieu of wedding cake or as a fun, creative addition:
1. Cupcakes: Ok, so they’re really just cake in a different form, but they’re fun, adorable, and simple. Offer a variety of classic or eccentric flavors for guests to munch on or supply them in cute boxes as favors.
2. Ice Cream: Ice cream by itself can be a little boring, but you can certainly glam it up to make it wedding-appropriate. Offer gourmet ice cream sundaes, frozen cocktails, or a fun do-it-yourself assembly station, loaded with fresh fruit, chopped candies, and scrumptious sauces.
3. Candy: Candy can be an entertaining and clever way to add excitement or whimsy to your gathering. For a formal affair, fill apothecary jars with monochromatic confections to match or complement the wedding colors. At more relaxed events, offer a wide array of the bride and groom’s favorite treats along with bags for guests to help themselves.
4. Pastry Bar: Please a more sophisticated palate with an assortment of delectable pastries like adorable petit fours, airy cream puffs, or filled croissants or danishes.
5. Pie: Who doesn’t love pie? Add charm to your soiree with a selection of fruit and cream-based pies. Or, step it up a notch, with personal, mini pies available for each guest.
6. Crepe Station: These French delicacies can be filled with cream, fruit, or ice cream to create an elegant and delicious treat. If you’re holding your reception in a hotel ballroom or restaurant that traditionally offers brunch, find out if they have a crepe station that you can rent for an additional fee.
7. Fondue: Everything tastes better when it’s covered in chocolate. Set up a fondue station for guests to enjoy. Provide delicious dippers like strawberries, banana, pineapple, pound cake, and marshmallows along with an assortment of fondue flavors such as chocolate and peanut butter, white chocolate, or dark chocolate.
8. Regional: If there’s a dessert that’s particularly famous in the area of your wedding, incorporate it into your gala. Serving a local favorite will impress guests and leave a lasting memory, all while paying homage to the city of your nuptials.
9. Theme-based: Choose a dessert option that supports your wedding theme or vibe. Consider distributing popsicles for a summer affair, serving tiramisu to honor your Italian heritage, or celebrating holiday magic with pumpkin or gingerbread cookies, cheesecakes, or pastries.