In a trend away from the traditional tiered wedding cake, many brides and grooms are opting for dessert buffets. This choice has many advantages and is a nice alternative to traditional cake.
- Cater to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. We suggest including some traditional "cake," whether in the form of an actual cake slice or a mini cupcake, something for chocolate lovers (a rich brownie or a chocolate mousse cup), something light (such as a miniature fruit tart), something rich (like a cheesecake bite), and something for those who do not like chocolate (such as a pecan pie bar or lemon bar).
- Personalize your dessert menu by including favorites of the bride and groom, or favorites of family members.
- Allow your guests to enjoy dessert at their own pace throughout the event.
When considering a dessert buffet, you can forgo traditional cake all together, or incorporate a smaller presentation cake into the buffet. This way you can preserve tradition and offer variety.
When planning your buffet, consider the type of reception you are having. For instance, if you are having heavy hor d'oeuvres and then a dessert buffet, we would suggest allowing 2-3 pieces per person. Similarly, if you are having a heavier dinner, but then a long reception, you may also want to plan on 2-3 pieces per person, as people may graze after dinner and on throughout the night. Alternatively, if you are having a luncheon or a heavy dinner, then you may plan for fewer servings, such as 1.5-2 pieces per person.