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10 Inspiring Dessert Table Ideas to Make Your Wedding Reception Unforgettable

Add tasty flair to an elegant or rustic wedding reception with a dessert table that tantalizes guests while reflecting your unique personality.

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Handmade wooden Sweets sign standing in the middle of the table. Cupcakes, tarts, tartlets, pies and cakes on background. Wedding. Reception. Candy Bar; Shutterstock ID 638964427Shutterstock/dfrolovXIII

Modern Farmhouse Chic

Tear a page from the Magnolia Home decorating handbook with a rustic dessert table featuring homemade tartlets, cupcakes and parfaits among other charming treats.

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Sweet strawberries in chocolate served,blank space; Shutterstock ID 559916296Shutterstock/ltummy

Berry Tempting

Show your colorful personality with berries galore, from beautiful berry tarts to strawberries dipped in chocolate or candy coating colored to match your wedding hues.

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Doughnuts Delight

Grab-and-go doughnuts and doughnut holes can be the perfect sweet treat for a morning wedding or a late-night reception. Stack them up, nest them in a tray or hang them on the wall for a gravity-defying display.

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on decorated buffet table in wooden boxes are cakes and snacks; Shutterstock ID 314779967Shutterstock/Alex Gukalov

A Little Bit Country

Use wooden boxes to display pies and other treats made from your family’s heirloom recipes to add just the right flair for your country wedding style.

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candy bar with various types of chocolate; Shutterstock ID 565346995Shutterstock/Alex Andrei

For the Love of Chocolate

What could be more romantic than a dessert table of chocolates? Include homemade chocolate-mint bark or any of these chocolate candy treats.

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Candy Bar. Delicious sweet buffet with cupcakes. Sweet holiday buffet with cupcakes and other desserts. ; Shutterstock ID 417012499Ecaterina Petrova/Shutterstock

Dreaming in Pastels

No matter what the season, romance will be in full bloom with a pastel-colored candy bar. Add pretzels covered in white chocolate for a salty-sweet combination, or pastel almond bark.

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Strawberry and cream cake; Shutterstock ID 287478845Shutterstock/Magdanatka

Captivating Cakes

Who says you should have only one wedding cake? We say, the more the merrier. That way, you won’t have to settle on one flavor or style, either. Think ganache-draped chocolate cake, Victoria sponge layered with berries, butter cake with lemon curd filling…whatever you like!

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Sweet bar on summer wedding. Layer cakes with protein cream and fresh cherry and berries on a cake stand outdoorsShutterstock/Kachergina

Spring Is in the Air

Team up with your florist to surround a variety of cupcakestarts and this cherry angel trifle with flowers to create a garden-wedding dessert theme.

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A table with assorted wedding treats.Instagram/thesweetbashco

Everything on a Stick

No utensils (or plates!) needed when dessert comes on a stick. Fill a table with chocolate-dunked goodies like Rice Krispies bars and caramel apples. Or have a chocolate fountain with dippers like fruit skewers, bite-size brownies and soft pretzels (for that delectable salty-sweet combo). And if chocolate brown doesn’t fit your wedding palette, choose a different hue.

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A hot chocolate stand.Instagram/marreroevents

Drink Your Dessert

Sure, there’s a bar, but we’re talking about a treat on the sweeter side. For a winter wedding, how about a hot chocolate bar? In the summertime, guests could make their own milk shakes. (Your caterer provides a big batch of vanilla shakes, friends and family mix in the flavorings.) S’mores, anyone?


Sherrie Giddens
As the wife of a minister, I am heavily involved in serving our congregation. I have several articles focusing on women and their Christian walk, at As a certified professional interior decorator and have used my skills to help women gain control over clutter in their homes as well as bringing more order to their personal lives. This includes saving time and money in the kitchen, creating a home which can serve the needs of each individual family, and learning to set priorities when it comes to the use of time. As an author I write fiction and nonfiction for women and their families. All of my books can be found at Amazon.

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