Think beyond the standard wedding-cake stand! Whether it's a donut tower or tiers of pie pops, a bar of sweets is an easy way to impress your guests.

Dessert bars are becoming a popular choice for foodie couples looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding-cake stand — and we understand why! Aside from the open bar, the dessert table will most likely end up being the most frequented spot of the night. Plus, it's open to guests of all ages. So what better way to treat your all of guests than with a stylish table full of post-dinner treats?

From rustic homemade tarts to elegant French macarons, these desserts not only satisfy guests' sugar cravings, but they also add personality to the overall wedding. For example, as a nod to their heritage, one couple created a Mexican Pan Dulce Bar, where guests were free to take home assorted native pastries and cookies. Another bride incorporated her ethnic heritage with a Persian tea station — displaying a vibrant array of traditional sweets, fruit, and Iranian teas. One crafty couple used a vintage suitcase as their cake stand and a large distressed windowpane as a backdrop for their sweets table. If you want something a bit more statement-making, try blowing up oversized gold foil letter balloons for an eye-catching backdrop to your sweets table.

However, if you still want to serve a traditional wedding cake, you can still incorporate the trend into your big day. Instead of a full dessert station, go for a coffee and tea bar with cute touches like a printed banner and hanging burlap.

From inventive pie stations to candlelit donut bars, find out you how could end the night on a sweet note by clicking through to see our roundup of inspiring dessert table ideas!

Photo: A pink-and-cream dessert bar on wooden barrels featuring miniature cakes and cupcakes, created by Ditzie Cakes.

Photo: Katie Jackson Photography

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