Sylvia
Devoted September 2021

Cupcake tower: signage help!

Sylvia, on April 13, 2021 at 6:42 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 12
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Hi everyone!

SO I am in minor distress about my venue and how they will be serving our cupcakes after dinner.

They are not.

They say for a cupcake tower, it is best to do a "self-serve" type of thing because trying to serve cupcakes on a plate makes no sense versus a slice of cake. So they have the guests take the cupcakes themselves. (yes.. we are aware of covid, and this is pending as we may need to re-evaluate this closer to our wedding day) They also say they can place the cupcake tower next to the sweets table we are having. So, my concern is that guests will see the cupcakes next to the sweets and think they can help themselves before we have dessert after dinner. (makes sense if they do think that- there are a hundred cupcakes next to the hundreds of sweets!)

That being said, is there a polite way to write a sign saying pretty much "hey these cupcakes are for after dinner lmao, don't take any yet" (yes that is not polite but I am sure you get my drift). I am sure *most* people would say "hmmm a tower of cupcakes, maybe this is dessert.." but again, rather be safe than sorry. And yeah, I do expect some people to just take one anyway, but the less there is of that the better.


Some things I found:

1. Cupcakes available for dessert after dinner!

2. We know the cupcakes sure look delicious, but please try to wait for the Mr and Mrs!

3. Treat yo'self to cupcakes after dinner for your dessert! Feel free to fill up from our sweets table!

4. simple "reserved for dessert, the sweets table is open for all"


Thoughts or advice? Thanks!

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Latest activity by Bethany, on April 14, 2021 at 10:59 AM
  • Rebelle Fleur
    Rockstar July 2021
    Rebelle Fleur ·
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    You can have them bring them out after dinner is served.
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    Can't the dessert table just be put out after dinner? I've never seen the sweets table just hanging out and available prior to dinner.
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  • Corrin
    Dedicated October 2021
    Corrin ·
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    Honestly, the "Cupcakes Reserved for Dessert. Sweets Table is Open for All" would be the best choice, in my opinion. Short, sweet, and exactly what you mean. Though I doubt anyone would find any of those phrases impolite. The last one just gets across what you want the best.

    I'm also having cake + dessert table, but my venue is giving me a small round table that I'm putting the cake on by itself that way the grab-and-go desserts are separated. I think that helps imply that they shouldn't touch them yet. Might help for you too unless you're set on having them together!

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  • Sylvia
    Devoted September 2021
    Sylvia Online ·
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    As mentioned, they place the cupcakes on a separate table already out on the floor. So they cannot bring them up, unfortunately. Seemingly this is rather common with the wedding cupcakes, around here at least.
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    But why is the whole sweets table out before dinner? Normally, at least in my experience, none of the desserts are out in guest spaces until after dinner. They are usually brought out from the kitchen while everyone is dancing after dinner.
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  • I
    Expert August 2021
    Ingrid ·
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    What about putting a variety of cupcakes on a tray for each table and it is served per table before dinner plates are removed? Almost like serving sliced cake. Of course this could only works well if there are limited flavors of cupcakes.
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  • Sylvia
    Devoted September 2021
    Sylvia Online ·
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    A sweets table is very common actually, and are usually left out for people to enjoy throughout the night even before dinner! That I don’t might we have one for that very reason
    It’s the cupcake thing that I don’t like they leave out. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe I can talk them into bringing it out later..? We’ll see!
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  • Victoria
    Devoted June 2020
    Victoria ·
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    How about something like “Mom said no dessert until after you eat dinner!”?

    Or can it be on its own table with velvet rope around it? ‘Display will be open after dinner.’
    Also saw this cute quote recently... Cupcake tower: signage help! 1


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  • R
    Super September 2018
    Rachel ·
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    Why wouldn’t they serve cupcakes on a plate? And with a fork? I love cupcakes, but I can’t imagine eating one from a wrapper if I’m dressed and styled to attend a wedding. If this is your dessert in lieu of cake, it’s very weird your venue or caterer wouldn’t be willing to serve it to your guests. If you wanted to make it a favor instead, maybe have the cupcakes individually wrapped in plastic bags or takeout containers and let people grab on their way out?
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    That is ridiculous that they will not use plates. Personally I find it easier and way less messy (especially when wearing nice makeup and clothes) to unwrap the cupcake and eat it with a fork on a plate.

    If there is no cake cutting/feeding, some people will be confused that the dessert is open and available. They will be waiting for an announcement rather than wandering to read a sign.

    If you want them to be a favor to take home, put them in a cupcake box that you can find wholesale online. Then use a sticker to label flavors.

    Do not use bags of any kind even for cake slices because you will have frosting all over everything.

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  • Catherine
    Expert March 2023
    Catherine ·
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    Could you ask for the cupcake tower to be placed on a table with wheels to be wheeled out during dinner or post dinner during dancing? Is the cupcake tower in lieu of a “traditional” wedding cake? If it is, I’d, as a guest, rather my cupcake be on a plate rather than have to unwrap it myself, or have to eat it without a fork and get icing on my makeup at a formal event, leaving icing and make up on my napkin. I would cause a (very polite) stink about this. But if this is your wedding cake, your caterer wouldn’t expect people to just self serve themselves pieces of cake.
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  • Bethany
    Dedicated October 2021
    Bethany ·
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    Okay so maybe I'm under thinking things for my own wedding lol but do you really think people are going to eat cupcakes before dinner? I'm having cupcakes and a cookie table. They will be out the entire time. It didn't even occur to me that someone might grab one ahead of time (and honestly if they did... so what?). It also did not occur to me that the venue should serve them on plates or to put up a sign. I've been to plenty of weddings where desserts are sitting out the entire time and common sense generally dictates dinner first, sweets second. I'm also not worried about people serving themselves or having to unwrap their own dang cupcake.

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