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Dessert Dilemma

Elizabeth , on February 7, 2021 at 2:53 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 64
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So I keep hearing that cakes are a waste of money - no one likes cake and would rather drink than have a slice. My fiancée and I are planning on ordering a small cake for us to cut, but I’m on the fence about what kind of dessert to provide for our guests. My initial thought was to order cupcakes but if people really don’t want cupcakes then I would rather do something else. What I’m leaning toward now is doing a cookie bar - that way it’s something different from cake, I can have variety for guests with different tastes, and I can provide take-home bags for extras at the end of the night. As a guest, would you prefer cupcakes, cookies, or something else?


Thank you and happy wedding planning to all!

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Latest activity by Fred, on March 11, 2021 at 11:14 AM
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    Super April 2021
    Tiger Bride ·
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    Maybe I'm an oddball but I like cake. If not cake, cake donuts (e.g. old fashioned). Cookies and whatnot are fine, but I prefer the traditional offerings.
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    Super September 2020
    Alli ·
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    I’ve never heard people don’t like cake lol and I would be disappointed hahah but it’s up to you two what you want! I think cupcakes and cookies would be cheaper perhaps!
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa Online ·
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    As a guest, I'm always happy with whatever the couple picks out for dessert! Cupcakes are easy, and you could offer multiple flavors (which you can't do as easily with cake).
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    Super September 2020
    Willow ·
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    Cake or cupcakes. Who doesn't like cake???
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    Savvy June 2022
    Elizabeth ·
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    Personally I’m not a big cake fan myself. But, I want guests to be happy with what’s provided!
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    Devoted August 2022
    Bride2Be ·
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    Definitely cake! My fiancé doesn’t want a grooms cake so he is picking out the cupcake flavors and he also wants cookies! People will eat what you provide and if not, more for you to take home! Lol
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    Super June 2021
    Melanie ·
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    I wouldn't go as far as saying cakes are a waste of money, but I think cookies are a good idea! It's a much easier grab and go item. Another option, which I'm leaning towards for my wedding in addition to cake, may be a mini dessert table with cookies, macarons, mini pies, cheesecake bites etc. I love cake, but I've been to several weddings over the past few years and honestly once I'm drinking and dancing, I either don't want to sit down to eat a slice of cake or I totally forget cake is even available. If I see a table full of desserts, I'd check it out immediately!

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  • Kaneshia
    Beginner June 2023
    Kaneshia ·
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    Me and my fiance is doing a 3 teir cake and we are getting cupcakes as well..we came up with 3 different flavors for the cupcakes..it's your choice they don't have to eat the cupcakes just do what fits you guys..
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    Super July 2017
    Becky ·
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    H and I don't like cake lol - I know it's weird.

    We had pies and doughnuts Smiley smile

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  • Molly
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    Molly ·
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    I think a mini cake for you guys and then a dessert table, that could include some nice chocolates/truffles, brownies, cookies, cupcakes. That way there is variety and options for guest. Plus these are small items guest can take with them at the end of the night instead of slices or cake.

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    Savvy June 2022
    Elizabeth ·
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    I definitely like the idea of something they can take with them, especially since we’re not currently planning on doing any kind of favors.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Me too! I love cake & cupcakes! I’d be bummed with cookies. 😢
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  • Michelle
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    Michelle ·
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    First of all- who told you people don’t like cake??? Love cake! My fiancé & I just went & did our cake tastings & it was awesome!
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    Savvy June 2022
    Elizabeth ·
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    I’ve heard several people say that no one at the cake! I HATE waste so the last thing I want is a bunch of leftover cake.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
    Michelle ·
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    I’m shocked- never heard of people not liking cake... if that’s the case, I just went on Pinterest & in the search engine, put cake alternatives wedding & BANG! So many alternatives!
    Or- instead of 3 tiers get 2?
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    I have never heard of people hating cake. They look forward to it and expect it at a wedding. No one anywhere says "I hate cake so I'm excited for cookies instead". Those are the people who hate sugar, period. As a guest, I would prefer and expect a regular wedding cake, not cupcakes/cookies/other, as would everyone else I know.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle Online ·
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    Are these all your guests or random people who are not invited? Always ignore opinions of those not attending.
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    Who told you nobody likes cake? Cake is always one of the highlights of the reception! As a guest, I'd probably be disappointed to be served cookies and no cake Smiley sad

    I also wouldn't recommend ordering a small cake for you and your FH to cut if you don't plan on serving any to your guests. This can lead to confusion and may even be seen as rude. I would recommend serving either cake or cupcakes!

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  • Karla
    Super February 2020
    Karla ·
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    This. I went to a wedding where the couple had a small cake for cutting, but didn’t actually serve cake to the guests. Everyone was super confused and waiting at their seats waiting to be served cake (not knowing that the table of pies were in lieu of the cakes). It was pretty awkward.
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    Savvy June 2022
    Elizabeth ·
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    I never thought there would be confusion since I figured it was pretty common to do something other than cake for dessert. Definitely something for me to consider.
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