You may be swearing off sweets for the new year, but don’t forget about your wedding dessert which will taste that much better after your new years cleanse!
Wedding desserts have come a long way from the traditional past of a single cake. When it comes to dessert couples are getting creative: doughnuts, s’mores, ice cream sandwiches to name just a few. Whatever dessert you choose, don’t get caught making these major sweet mistakes!
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1. Ordering Too Much
Wedding cakes are very expensive and walking away with the entire bottom layer is a sad waste. While large tiered wedding cakes can be gorgeous, they can also be costly and often times go uneaten.
Kelsey’s rule of thumb for ordering a wedding cake is a slice per person for 75% of your guest count.
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2. Not Ordering Enough
The only thing worse than walking away with an uneaten cake, is a dessert bar that is gone in mere seconds! When you’re ordering a dessert bar make sure to order enough. You’ve now given your guests variety (which they love!), but this also means they are going to want to try multiple goodies and because these cute little treats are bite size, they will likely put a few on their plate at a time and maybe even come come back for seconds.
Kelsey’s ordering rule of thumb for a dessert bars is 2 pieces per person. This will help balance out the unknown of who will have five and will have none.
Giving guests variety is a smart way to ensure your desserts will be eaten. Kelsey is a big fan of the dessert bar for this very reason. Your guests have specific dessert preferences, especially with cake- the red velvet cake you adore many of your guests may not. Ordering different flavors for different tiers on a cake or different types and flavors of smaller desserts helps aid this issue and satisfies all sweet tooths!
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All this talk about dessert bars does not mean you have to say farewell to your wedding cake. There is something lovely about a couple’s first cake cutting, not only is it a perfect photo opp that likely generations of women in your family have partaken in, but it’s a very sweet ceremonial part of the day.
Kelsey suggests doing a small 1-3 tiered cake to cut and serve alongside your dessert of choice.
When you have beautifully crafted desserts that someone likely put hours into creating, make sure to display them. Your cake table is a perfect way to show off the sweets people will soon be able to enjoy. Use simple flowers or a runner to draw more attention to the table and don’t forget to label your desserts -especially if any of them are allergy friendly ( a simple V for vegan, GF for gluten free will do, as those folks searching out vegan and gluten free items will know what to look for!).
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