Wednesday, April 21, 2010
How Sweet It Is! Building the Candy Buffet of Your Dreams!
So — you've caught the candy buffet bug. You're not alone. More and more brides want to see a tower of sweets at their reception. Motives differ: some like how buffets allow guests to hunt and pick according to their personal sweet tooth, others like the fairytale flavor.
Candyland, Babes in Toyland, Willy Wonka: some of our earliest dreams involve forests where gumdrops hang from trees, chocolate runs in rivers and pillars are peppermint sticks. But just as with Hansel and Gretel, there's a catch to the candy buffet. Namely? Pulling off a successful one involves a touch of magic.
And if that makes you nervous, rest assured you have company. A candy buffet isn't free. Like any other "wow" aspect of a wedding, it's part of your overall investment. And while the wait staff might pass the hors d'oeuvres and the venue lay out the linens, you could be on your own when it's time to design the candy buffet.
* You choose the flowers because they're beautiful, the candy buffet should be too.
* You have to budget the candy buffet into your wedding expenses. It doesn't work well as an afterthought.
* When it comes to candy, the more the merrier. If you have a large table overflowing with candy, you have presence. The biggest disappointment I hear is that the candy buffet didn't look substantial.
* Have a focus. Focus can be anything. Candies you personally like, or a theme, or a texture. If you're having an all-white wedding, you'll want an all-white candy buffet. If you're having a destination wedding in an exotic location, you could choose dramatic, Caribbean types: Island Punch Jelly Belly beans.
When you think about it, it’s just a trend people are enjoying right now. But when you really dig down, it's not about the candy at all. It's about the nostalgia. In a lot of weddings, two people are taking a major step toward adulthood. The candy buffet lets them connect back to any fond memories they have of childhood. Candy is powerfully reminiscent, and oh how sweet our memories can be.