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Dessert Table Bonanza

Dessert Table Bonanza

Dessert tables have become increasingly popular and it’s not very hard to understand why. They’re ridiculously pretty and better yet, they’re ridiculously tasty! If you plan to treat your guests with a dessert table here are a few tips on how to make it look as great as it tastes. Once you’ve had your fill of advice click here to feast your eyes on 50 (yes 50!) jaw dropping dessert table ideas that will inspire you to create your own.

Step 1: The Bits and Pieces

Everything begins with a little spark of inspiration and a beautiful idea. First things first-you’ll need to select a theme or color scheme, because just like your wedding your dessert table should be visually cohesive.

Next comes the fun part, selecting all of your delicious goodies! An important part of every tasty table is variety. Since there are so many yummy things out there it is all too easy to find the perfect mix for your event.

Now that you have all of your delectable morsels chosen you know exactly what will be on your dessert table, but your guests don’t. Labels for each item, will not only look darling but will also help prevent any allergy uh-oh’s. It will also let your guests choose exactly what their sweet tooth is craving without any guess work. It’s also a good idea to provide some dressed up goodie bags or boxes. This way guests can enjoy some sweets on the way home.

pink and gold dessert table

Step 2: Create The Look

Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to set up your dessert table display; a day or two before the big day set up all of the display dishes and decor. This ensures that everything will be exactly where you want it to be and will look gorgeous. All you’ll have to do on the day of is pop the treats in place and voila! Are you loving the pink and gold dessert table above? Photographed by Lee Bird Photography and designed by Avie & Lulu.

As for the design of the table itself symmetry is often used to pull everything together, but balanced asymmetrical looks can be just as cute. Choose whichever one feels the most like you. Every dessert table has it’s focal point, most often the wedding cake, but if you are going cake free just choose whichever piece is tallest or most eye catching. To properly showcase all of your sweet treats it’s important to have lots of levels with the tallest in back and shortest in front. Tiered stands and a variety of heights of cake stands are a simple and easy way to pull that off, however we’ve seen some unique and cute ideas that are just as workable, such as mini hay bales, vintage crates and suitcases, or if you choose to display your treats on something other than a flat table like a dresser or cupboard they may have built in levels of their own.

Step 3: Embellish and Beautify

Draw attention to your dessert table. Lovely floral blooms and other decor pieces can be added to brighten up the table itself and accent all the goodies. One of the best ways to get all eyes on your dessert table is to have a super cute backdrop. This can be anything from dazzling signage, ombre balloon displays, streamers or ribbons, and banners or buntings, or a mix. You can also dress up the front of the table for a little extra sparkle. The very last thing to do also happens to be the best: enjoy your dessert table and all the delights it holds! The perfect example of a cake table that is the perfect package all around is the one below found here, photographed by Sonya Khegay Photography.

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Dessert Table Bonanza

Categories: Food & Desserts

Glamorous Gluten Free Wedding at The Four Seasons, Santa Barbara

tandem bike at wedding

Are you or your honey gluten intolerant and not sure how to tackle your wedding menu? Well stay tuned and find out just how this bride and groom created a gluten free and gluten friendly dessert bar. It’s simple but genius!

And before you run away, be sure to stop by the full gallery here to see all of the glamorous details captured by Heather Elizabeth Photography.

grey bridesmaids dresses

first wedding look

pink white and purple bouquet and Jason Alexander wedding dress

charcoal suit groomsmen purple sashed flower girls and suited up ring bearers

welcome wedding sign

From the Bride

Be very “in the moment”. The day will be done before you know it so you want to be able to remember special moments when you’re looking back.

For example, getting into your dress, I wanted so badly to get that beautiful dress on quickly so I could go see Jon and do our first look photos with him. But I had to slow down and pause, tell myself, “ok, I am putting on my dress.. the dress that I have been waiting almost a year to wear!” It really was a special moment for me to share with my mom, mother in law, and bridesmaids.

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Four Seasons Santa Barbara Wedding

The Four Seasons Santa Barbara wedding

Steal Worthy Idea

Ok, now a planning tip: When you are sending out your response cards, take a pencil and lightly and in very small writing place a number on the back and then on your guest list put that number next to the corresponding guest name. That way if someone does not put their name on the line, that is obviously meant for THEIR NAME, you can figure out who it was that was sending you the response. Think it won’t happen? It will! You would be surprised how many people don’t put their names or number of guests that are coming!

A friend made a beautiful presentation cake that saved us 2,000 on a wedding cake and we had a dessert bar instead. It also made our cake so much more special being that one of my best friends made it and it was gorgeous! We also only offered beer and wine so we saved a lot on an open bar, which had no impact on our guests’ fun! We used ceremony site flowers to decorate at the reception. So we took an approach of saving in areas that we could so that we were able spend a little bit more for the things that were really important to us

candelabra table number and centerpiece

coffee wedding favors and tandem bike wooden panel guestbook idea

Words from the Vendors

From Heather Elizabeth Photography:
Ali and Jon had a sweet tandem bike theme for their May wedding at the Four Seasons, Santa Barbara With a color scheme of grey and soft pinks, it fit beautifully with her glamorous Jason Alexander Dress and glitzy accessories. Since the bride was gluten intolerant, instead of a full wedding cake their close friend made them a gluten free cake for them to cut, and then had a dessert bar for all of their guests to enjoy later.

lanterns and instant photo camara for fun shots of your reception from your guests perspective

marquee sign for the dessert bar

tasty looking desserts

cake cutting and fun first dance

Coordinator & Dj: Liz of Central Coast Memory Makers
Cinematography: Cinematic Edge
Venue: Four Seasons Santa Barbara
Stationery: The Aerialist Press
Flowers: Jenny McNiece Flowers
Dress designer: Jason Alexander
Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale
Veil or hair accessories: Haute bride
Groom’s attire: Vera Wang
Prop/furniture rentals: Town And Country

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: gray, pink, purple
Styles: beach, classic

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