Welcome back Real Weddings Magazine brides to another installment of The Recessionista Bride Blog Series by our guest blogger extraordinaire Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events

This week, she addresses one of our favorite things…dessert (yeah, we’ve got heavy duty sweet tooths (or would it be sweet teeth?) over here!). Take it away Kate!    

Recessionista Bride Stevie wanted to give her guests two things: fabulously tasty cake (per the mother of the bride’s wish) and a fun favor, such as a Candy Buffet/Bar. So, we helped her to come up with a budget solution for both – and combined the ideas into one sugary sweet delight, the Dessert Buffet & Bar!

Acting on the desires of couples to offer their guests more options, some bakers (such as Sugar and Spice and…) are now offering dessert options to brides in addition to offering traditional wedding cakes.

To put together Stevie and Blake’s dessert buffet & bar, we went to local bakery Ettore’s European Cafe & Bakery and selected five of her most favorite flavors. We chose cakes that fit within Stevie’s color palette so that we could order them outside of the special event menu.

We borrowed vintage cake plates from various family members to display the cakes and added some fun vintage mushroom birds with cute custom signage. A fun glittery monogram cake topper was placed on the cutting cake and made a fantastic centerpiece to the table – now what to do with the ends?

Candy Buffets/Bars are a huge trend for weddings, but they can be quite costly to put together! While many rental companies offer candy jars for rent, Stevie was able to borrow a few apothecary jars from friends and family, so we utilized these on either end of the cake plates.
We purchased lemon drops, candy sticks and jordan almonds to fill the jars and added custom signage to pull it all together. Scoops, baggies and custom monogram seals were placed nearby to allow guests to create their own favor – while a sign reminded guests to leave the cake cutting for the bride and groom.
 We accomplished the entire dessert table for just under what a traditional wedding cake would have cost alone! So with a little creativity along with some help from family and friends, and top-notch vendors, you can create a fabulous Dessert Buffet & Bar for your guests!”

Are you offering a Dessert Buffet & Bar to your wedding guests?

Tune back in to the Real Weddings Magazine blog on March 28th for the next installment in the Recessionista Bride Blog Series: Unique Centerpieces.About Kate Miller Events (in their own words):

Kate Miller Events offers full-scale event and wedding planning of extraordinary detail for the bride and groom looking for that extra-special touch. We will keep you organized, on or under budget, and stress-free while designing the wedding of your dreams. We are committed to making sure your day goes off without a hitch — except for the hitching part of course!

Kate Miller Events offers new technology to keep all avenues of communication open and organized. Our excellent online client planning tools include customized checklists, payment calendars with email notifications, appointment tracking, online idea boards, and contract filing with easy access for all members of your wedding party. Our top-notch organization enables us to be your liaison to all of your vendors – we worry about the details so that you don’t have to.

All of our packages are unique and completely customized to fit your budget so that you only pay for the services that you need. We offer a wide range of planning services from Day of Coordination to Full Coordination/Design and everything in-between.

Be sure to check out Kate Miller Event’s Web site and Kate’s blog or call her at 888-808-KATE.

Photos above of Stevie & Blake’s wedding, one of our featured real weddings in the current issue of Real Weddings Magazine, by Sarah Maren Photography. Kate Miller from Kate Miller Events worked with Stevie & Blake to achieve their perfect day. To read more about Stevie & Blake’s wedding and to view more photos from their wedding, pick up a copy of the current issue or click here.

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