10 Unique Wedding Desserts To Wow Your Guests

Author Sam Hussey
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Date Aug 28, 2016

Wedding traditions are a thing of the past! Gone are the days where your wedding has to have the traditional 5-tier cake. We've noticed more and more Boston couples are opting for more unique wedding dessert options, such as the cupcake tower, dessert table, ice cream bar, and even edible favors. The wedding cake (although still present) is often not the focal point of the wedding dessert table anymore.

Dessert is one of the many ways you can use food and beverage to make your wedding your own. Together with tips and advice from local wedding dessert expert Cakes For Occasions, we've found eight unique wedding desserts that will give you the opportunity to do something special not only for your guests, but for yourself, as a representation of who you are as a couple.

Here are 8 out-of-the-box wedding dessert ideas that will set your Boston wedding apart from the rest:

1) Cupcake Tower

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Featuring: Cupcake Tower by Local Wedding Dessert Expert Cakes For Occasions

Cupcakes are a fun alternative (or compliment) to the traditional tiered wedding cake! The best part of this dessert trend? You can mix and match different flavors to ensure there's something every one of your guests will love (even those picky eaters). Aside from this advantage, cupcakes can be used as a decorative element to your reception as well. Cupcake towers are one of the biggest wedding reception dessert trends we've seen this season.

2) Mixed Dessert Table

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Featuring: Dessert Table by Local Wedding Dessert Expert Cakes For Occasions

This is perfect for the couple with a major sweet tooth. If you're indecisive about what you want your wedding dessert to be, give your guests a little bit of everything with a dessert bar featuring you and your S.O.'s favorites.Offer up bite-size treats, like mini cupcakes, cheesecakes, cannolis, brownie bites, cookies, candies, and chocolate-covered strawberries.

Cakes For Occasions Expert Tip: "This is a great way to display who you are as a couple. I had one couple do a 'sweet and salty' dessert table, because the groom loved sweets, so they did half the table with cookies, cupcakes, and pastries. While on the other half they had chips, salted pretzels, and popcorn."

Another option? Choose seasonal treats to tie into your wedding reception theme/venue. For example, for a summer wedding have a dessert table featuring sponge cakes, bold fruit flavored tarts, or citrus flavored desserts. Dessert bars are becoming very popular because they allow for a wide variety of desserts. Although the cake may not be the focal point, Cakes For Occasions notes that almost all of these dessert tables normally surround a small tiered cake for the bride and groom to cut. So if you want something unique for your wedding reception dessert, but still want to take part in the traditional cutting of the cake, definitely consider a dessert table or bar!

3) Make-Your-Own Sundae Station

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Guests will love a make-your-own sundae station! This is a fun and unique wedding desserts option that you could take so many twists on. Pick a few of your favorite ice cream flavors and then provide your guests with a wide variety of toppings so they can put there own twist on your wedding dessert. For all of you planning a summer wedding, this is a great dessert options that will help your guests cool off after working up a sweat with you on the dance floor. Make the ice cream sundae station even more personal by renaming the flavors after something meaningful to you and your S.O.

4) Cookie bar

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Cookies or cake? If your answer is normally cookies than you have to take advantage of this out of the box dessert idea. A cookie bar is the perfect alternative to a wedding cake. There are so many ways you could make this your own whether its through flavors or presentation. Pick out you and your groom-to-be's favorite cookies and pair them with a shot of milk for a fun dessert that guests can grab and go. Even better - combine this with the ice cream bar, and let people make ice cream sandwiches for something really creative!

5) Donut Tower/Wall/Bar

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Guests will go absolutely nuts for donuts! Glazed, chocolate frosted, sprinkles, blueberry, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. Whether it's a donut tower, bar, or wall this sweet treat is a great way to make your wedding reception stand out from the crowd. This dessert option is definitely rising in popularity especially for fall weddings.

6) Candy Buffet

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Now this is an amazing way to personalize your wedding reception. Choose a few of your favorite candies and set up a buffet for guests to serve themselves. For those who know you (and your sweet tooth) best, this is a great way to infuse a little bit of yourself in the festivities. This is easy and fun because guests can serve themselves. Take your buffet to the next level by providing cute bags for guests to fill with they're favorites.

Tip: Tie this into your overall wedding theme by having your custom wedding invitation designer design the bags!

7) Edible Favors

Unique Wedding Desserts For Your Boston Wedding

Featuring: Monogram Cookie Wedding Favor by Local Wedding Dessert Expert Cakes For Occasions

Why give your guests a little trinket that will (most likely) never be used again when you can give them something they'll really love?! Edible favors are a great way to leave a lasting impression on your guests with a personal and delicious treat. After a long night filled with celebrating, dancing, singing, and drinking, you can be 100% certain they'll LOVE something sweet (or salty) to finish off the night. One great idea that will really express who you are as a couple: monogram cookies!

Cakes For Occasions Expert Tip: "We often see couples now giving edible wedding favors such as monogram cookies which I personally love because I think the wedding should be as personal as possible."

Another way you could take advantage of the edible favor trend is to tie the treat into the theme of your wedding. For example, if you're having a fall wedding, give guests caramel apples or a bag of mini cider donuts to take with them!

If you're nterested in hearing more about some of these creative dessert options, contact local expert Cakes For Occasions now!

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