12 Sweet Foodie Ideas for Your Big Day

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We’ve admittedly a sweet tooth here in weddingsonline HQ (you’re never stuck for a biccie or a piece of cake!) so naturally we’re very excited this time of year is rolling round again! If you’re looking to impress your guests whatever the season, sweet stuff always goes down a treat and Irish weddings suppliers have really upped the game these past few years with all manner of amazing treats available for hire from elaborate candy buffets and impressive chocolate fountains to festival style candy floss carts and slushy machines.

The dessert table continues to be a popular choice for sweet toothed couples and if you’re looking to get your hands on cakes for your spread or other sweet treats like macarons, cupcakes and cake pops, be sure to take a peek at the talented cake designers in the weddingsonline supplier directory who can whip up some incredible creations to wow your wedding guests! For more mouth-watering ideas, take a peek at these 12 sweet foodie ideas that will blow everyone away…

1. The Candy Buffet

Photo from Julie & Sean’s wedding by Michelle Prunty Photography

10p bags were the thing when we were growing up and if you want to bring guests on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, the candy buffet is a total winner. Guests will love being able to stop by the cart/table for a sugar fix throughout the day and load up on their childhood faves like cola bottles, refreshers and bonbons. It also doubles up as a favour if you’re not keen on doing individual gifts!

Candy Buffet Suppliers

Carolyn’s SweetsParty Food 4UEnchanting Events | I’ve Got the Goodies Party Hire | Pretty Little Ideas | 4 All Your Occasions | Magic Moment Candy Cart

2. Ice Cream Treats

Photo from Gail & Yan’s real wedding by Eden Photography

Get in to the summer spirit with some ice cream! Ice cream is defo a big trend at the mo and if you’re looking to recreate that summery feel at your Big Day, arrange for a van, cart or bike to pop along and dish out 99s, cones, or bowls of vanilla goodness (or a scoop of their favourite flavour!) to happy guests. Have an ice cream supplier stop by after the ceremony to keep guests busy while you’re off getting photos taken or if you want to surprise everyone later on, it could be a great option for dessert!

Ice Cream Suppliers

JG’s Ice Cream | Smith’s Ice Cream Vans | Carolyn’s Sweets

3. The Ferrero Rocher Stand

Photo by Kerry Ann Duffy via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

We’re not going to lie, we’re quite fond of our Ferrero Rochers – these elegant little sweeties are always a welcome sight and we can’t think of anything better than a whole tower (or heart shaped display) of them lined up to welcome guests at your drinks reception (we wouldn’t say no to one in the kitchen either!). If you’re looking for a decadent treat guests can help themselves to, it doesn’t get better than this.

Ferrero Rocher Heart & Pyramid Display Suppliers

Carolyn’s Sweets | Party Food 4 U | I’ve Got the Goodies Party Hire | 4 All Your Occasions | Magic Moment Candy Cart

4. Dessert Table Goodies

Photo by Katy Weaver Photography via The Knot | Photo by Carrie Tabb via Megan Wallach

The dessert table has really taken off these last few years (what’s not to love about a table full of goodies)! Couples that love their sweet stuff are jumping on the chance to have an assortment of gorgeous treats on display come dessert time and are even roping in the family to whip up their signature dish. You can go all out and have everything from cupcakes and cake pops to cookies, homemade pies and macarons or opt for several cakes guests can tuck in to. Browse wedding cake suppliers here.

5. The Chocolate Fountain

Photo via Evite

If you’re a chocolate fan, what could be better than a fountain overflowing with delicious warm chocolate?! Guests will only be too happy to grab a fruit skewer or marshmallows and dip in to the tower of yummy melted chocolate and it goes without saying, it will be one helluva show-stopping feature for your reception space as well!

Chocolate Fountain Suppliers

Carolyn’s Sweets

6. A Donut Station

Photo by Emily Sacra Photography | Photo via 4 All Your Occasions

Donuts are the trend of the moment (if you’re in need of a fix, you’d be hard pushed not to stumble across a donut shop in Dublin city centre!) and lots of couples are getting on board and trading in their cake tiers for a stack of these frosted beauties instead! If you don’t want to forgo your gorgeous wedding cake (understandably), you could have them as part of a yummy dessert table display, as a fun take home favour (complete with ‘Do-Not Leave without Me’ sign!) or as a bit of a late night snack (and much needed sugar hit after a few hours giving it loads on the dance floor). Nom.

Donut Bar/Wall Suppliers

4 All Your Occasions

7. Carrot Cake To Go

Photo via The Carrot Cake Lady

If you’re after a favour idea that won’t be left behind, feast your eyes on these adorable mason jars filled with its very own tasty carrot cake! Homemade in Co. Kildare, The Carrot Cake Lady makes the most delicious, moist, light carrot cake and it comes in a jar with its own little wooden spoon attached and personalised sticker so guests can easily take it home (or devour it on the spot if they can’t resist!). Find out more here.

8. Sundae Station

Photo via Wedding Fanatic

Mason jars have so many uses but we think this sundae station one is genius! So the way it works – guests stop by and grab a mason jar filled with ice cream and then its up to them to finish it off with some seriously tasty toppings – berries, jellies, chocolate sprinkles, M&Ms, hundreds and thousands and whatever else they fancy a scoop of! Best snack ever.

9. Cake Pops All Round

Photo via Cherub Couture Cakes

Just like a tower of ferrero rochers, a stand full to the brim of cake pops won’t last long! These bite sized cake pieces smothered in gorgeous chocolate or icing are the perfect addition to a dessert table, are a fab favour idea or a brill welcome treat for guests and will be devoured within minutes. These beauties above are by Cherub Couture Cakes – check out more gorgeous creations over in the weddingsonline cake supplier directory.

10. Festival Fun with Pocorn, Candy Floss & Slushies

No party is complete without some nibbles so why not have a bit of fun with a popcorn bar! Keep traditionalists happy with some regular salty popcorn and serve up some sweet varieties for those with a sweet tooth. If you want to make things uber professional, you can even arrange to have a retro popcorn cart or if you want to bring in a bit of a fun festival theme, you can hire candy floss carts and slushy machines which we’re sure guests will be delighted about!

Popcorn Cart Suppliers

Carolyn’s Sweets | I’ve Got the Goodies Party Hire | 4 All Your Occasions

Candy Floss Cart Suppliers

 Carolyn’s Sweets | I’ve Got the Goodies Party Hire

Slushy Machine Suppliers

Carolyn’s Sweets

11. Hot Chocolate Bar

Photo by Cat Mayer Studio via Stonewood Vintage 

We’re happy to sip on a hot chocolate whatever the season but you can’t beat cosying up with a mug of steaming chocolate on a chilly, autumn/winter’s day! If you’re having a winter wedding bash, some hot drinks will more than likely feature at some stage whether it’s teas and coffee on arrival, a warm pick me up coffee after the ceremony (you can arrange for mobile espresso bar Bean & Gone Mobile Coffee Bar to stop by to serve up luxurious lattes, cappuccinos etc.) or just a cuppa after dinner. If you fancy going all out, you can always set up your own little hot chocolate station with the works – marshmallows, sprinkles and whipped cream so guests can head over for a little treat after some dancing!

12. Milk & Cookies

Photo by Julie Blanner

If you’re looking to finish the evening on a sweet high, think milk and cookies (or sugar cookies smothered in icing)! Guests won’t be able to resist some cookies as a little snack later in the evening and if you’re a dab hand at baking (or have some family members who are), it could be the perfect DIY touch. They’d also make awesome take home favour too if you want guests to leave with a little something!

Main Photo by Enderes Photography via Wedding Wire