Candy Table Ideas for a Wedding Reception


Sure, dinner was delicious and your cake is tasty, but few wedding guests can resist a candy table. Setting up a candy bar makes every guest feel like a kid again and the sugar can provide a boost of energy to keep guests dancing all night long. Better yet, a candy table can double as your favors if you encourage each guest to take treats home at the end of the night.


  • There are several approaches to choosing what candy to include. Pick candy that matches your color scheme or was popular when you were children. For a more personal selection, choose candies that are specific to your region or from the country from which your family came. Make personalized candy bar wrappers by printing out photos of the two of you. Remove the outer wrapper of each bar, then wrap your picture around the foil wrapper and tape the ends together.


  • Your candy bar should match the tone of the rest of your reception, so choosing appropriate bowls is essential. For a more upscale event, choose silver or glass bowls and vases. If your reception is more casual, buy mismatched porcelain or vintage bowls from an antique shop. For an outdoor or garden wedding, place candy inside woven baskets or metal pails. Whatever containers you get, use an assortment of sizes for more visual interest.

Table Decor

  • Guests will be flocking to this table all night, so it must look good. Pick linens that match your color scheme. Cover the table in a bright cloth, or use a light colored cloth and a colored table runner. Arrange large containers at the back of the table and smaller ones at the front. You might also place some containers on pedestals and boxes to create different heights. Type up labels for each type of candy and place a scoop in each bowl. If the table needs more color, place two vases of flowers on either end.

Take Away Containers

  • Providing containers is key for your candy table so guests can take home all the candy they want. Design stickers with your monogram to decorate your containers or leave them on the table so guests can seal their bags. Plastic take-out containers look cheap, so buy paper bags that match your color scheme instead. Chinese take-out boxes are quirky and fun. Find these boxes in colors other than white by looking online or in a craft store.

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