Autumn
Beginner November 2011

Candy bar instead of wedding favors????

Autumn, on March 29, 2011 at 1:53 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 22
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I've been to lots of wedding where the favors given to the guests were left on the tables at the end of the night. We don't want to waste money on favors that people are not going to like or take with them. We had the idea to set up a candy bar with candy from the 50's period since our theme is 50's Hollywood glam. What do you all think? Good idea or is it just in my head?

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  • Christina
    Dedicated September 2014
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    I think that is a great idea! We will be doing a candy bar for the same reason. I think they are yummy and eye catching too.

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  • Elizabeth
    Master October 2012
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    I say go with it!

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  • Evelyne
    Dedicated December 2011
    Evelyne ·
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    I think that's a great idea my FH and I want to do that too but my sisters don't think it's classy.... I don't know why..... Why should I spend my money on favors only to have people leave them or let them gather dust in a corner.... Everyone likes candy

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  • Autumn
    Beginner November 2011
    Autumn ·
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    @Evelyne I agree. We are going to have little lace bags for the guests to pick and choose which candies they want. It's going to be supervised by the catering company so that the kids dont tote it off in truck loads!

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  • Future Mrs G.
    Expert August 2011
    Future Mrs G. ·
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    I am doing a candy buffet and so excited about it. I think its going to be fun!

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  • Thumbelina
    Expert May 2010
    Thumbelina ·
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    That is actually a very popular way to do favors....with the little bags...heck....that is a favor...they just get to choose it themselves. They can be very classy and pretty too....have fun!

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  • Deanna Park
    November 2019
    Deanna Park ·
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    Hey there! Congrats on your engagement Autumn S. and all the brides. I've been to weddings where Candy bar was an attraction and a favor. It was great! It is a popular new trend. Go with your head Smiley smile

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  • Mrs. Bansmer
    Super August 2012
    Mrs. Bansmer ·
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    We are doing the whole candy bar thing for our wedding. I got cute boxes to put them in and got a free stamp from vistaprint.com that says "Thanks for making our day so sweet!" and our names and wedding date on it! They will probably throw out the boxes, but they were pretty cheap and lets face it everyone loves candy, so the $$ for the candy will be well spent, since people will definitly eat it!

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  • Meghan
    Master August 2011
    Meghan ·
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    The candy bar is a favor! And a great one at that! Edible favors are the way to go in my opinion!

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  • Jill
    Devoted September 2012
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    Yes! Do it! We were going to do a candy bar until we decided on Cold Stone ice cream! We are renting their "cool cart" and they will have an employee come in with the flavors and toppings we choose for the guests to enjoy! I am pumped!! Smiley smile

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  • Adrienne
    Savvy September 2011
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    We are so doing the candy bar!!! And like Jill D. above we are also doing icecream,so fun!!!

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  • Nitika Bey
    November 2019
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    I think it is a great idea. Did a quick google search of 1950's candy still around today and some top picks were Charleston Chews, Atomic Fireballs, Good and Plenty, Beer Nuts and Candy Necklaces. It will certainly bring back memories for some of the guests, be a good pick me up for guests who drank to much too! Good luck.

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  • L
    Just Said Yes November 2011
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    We are doing one too, I think they are a great idea! Here is a website that I really liked for some ideas and good links to candy websites. Even if you don't order from the websites you can get ideas about the candy you want. We are going to add some small cookies and maybe another kind of desert too just for the people that aren't big on candy.

    http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/candy-buffet-table-101

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  • Cayla
    Super August 2011
    Cayla ·
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    Ive been thinking about candybar as wedding favor as well....I want to get something i know people wont just throw away. Plus my fiance & I love chocolate!!

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  • Kathy
    Master July 2010
    Kathy ·
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    If you want to do favors, this is the way to go, in my opinion. As has already been said, many favors are left on the tables (or thrown away later). A candy buffet/bar is great.

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  • CK
    Expert April 2011
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    We are also doing a dessert bar mixed with various sweets including donuts & cupcakes & coffee for when the guests hit road.

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  • Autumn
    Beginner November 2011
    Autumn ·
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    Can I just say that you all are fabulous!!!!! Thank you all for your input!!!

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  • binx
    Master August 2010
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    I picked out 4 different truffles & put all 4 in a favor box my mom made. each box had a different picture on the top (all are different places in boston... which is where the wedding was).


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  • Mary
    Super July 2011
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    Any thoughts about how much candy per person?

    I don't want our candy buffet to look decimated at the end of the night, but I'd also prefer not to have 100 pounds of candy leftover...

    I've heard anywhere from 1/4 pound to 1.5 pounds per person. That's too much of a range. Help!

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  • Kathy  Riggs
    November 2019
    Kathy Riggs ·
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    Candy tables are popular at our site. If your location will have an issue, be aware that the area directly in front of the table often gets lots of spills ground-in to the floor - you might want to consider bringing in an area rug to place over a venue's carpet at the table to prevent potential added cleanup charges. Apothecary jars are a beautiful addition to the setup but they're difficult to get candies out of - consider a small ladle-type scoop and an appropriate candy for this particular jar. If your venue is outdoors as ours is, most candy needs to be placed outside last minute in order to prevent melting or stickiness; I prep the containers ahead of time & have a visual idea of how I'll lay out the table in order to decrease last-minute stress. About 1/4# of candy per guest is a good guestimate for purchasing.




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