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There's more to the dessert portion of your wedding than just the cake. The final course is just as important—and pretty!—as your plated, buffet, or family-style dinner. Plus, it gives you yet another opportunity to inject your personality into the wedding reception. We consulted two wedding planning experts, Elizabeth Kalin of Betty Brooklyn Catering Co., and Tara Maxey of Heirloom L.A.—for creative dessert table ideas. Here's what they had to say.
"Not everyone likes cake, so consider offering other treats, like candies and cookies," says Kalin. "You can even highlight family recipes and history by serving homemade desserts."
"The key to a polished dessert table is abundance; you don't want it to look empty," says Maxey. "Display sweets on trays, pedestals, and stands to create a full look, and have extras in the kitchen so the staff can replenish."
"Offer three to five bite-size options that range from light and fruity to chocolatey and nutty. When ordering, estimate that guests will eat five pieces each. And keep in mind that vanilla and chocolate are always the most popular flavors," says Kalin.
"If you're creating a dessert buffet, you can save money by ordering a smaller cake for the cutting ceremony and displaying cake slices on the table rather than passing a piece to every guest," says Maxey.
Remember: This is still your day! The wedding cake you end up choosing, along with the desserts set alongside it, should not only mesh with your wedding decor, but also, most importantly, tickle you and your hubby-to-be's sweet tooth.