Looking to Enhance Your Reception? Why Not Have a Wedding Candy Buffet?

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Gone are the times of a one-size-fits-all wedding party - a reception that is the same as all of the other weddings the newlywed relatives have went to. Lately, it's about bringing the personality of the happy couple into the wedding planning process. It comes down to creating an experience the guests will enjoy and remember for many years.

For many people, this means having a spectacular wedding candy buffet, rather than more traditional desserts or reception favors, so the bride, groom and their attendees can indulge a sweet tooth in celebration of the wedding.

What kinds of candy are typically used in a wedding ceremony candy buffet? Where can couples find bulk candy that will be just perfect for a wedding candy buffet - candies that will complement the colors of the wedding celebration and offer something everyone in attendance will enjoy?

The answer to 1st question - exactly what can be used in a wedding candy buffet - is both the simplest and most difficult to give. With 1000s of sorts of candies and other confectioneries available, a wedding candy buffet selection is tied to the imagination of the wedding planner.

Whatever candies and confectioneries strike the fancy of those designing the celebration, can be included.

Candy and confectionery items are classified under 3 primary classifications. Those classifications are "chocolate confectionery", "sugar confectionery", and the "flour confectionery", which refers to products that are made mostly from ground grains.

When planning an outdoor wedding reception in the garden, one may consider putting butterfly shaped lollipops to the candy buffet to fully capture the playfulness of the groom and bride.

One could also consider lollipops shaped like flowers - daisies, tulips or sunflowers - or maybe milk chocolate roses.

On the contrary, if the wedding plans include a beachfront wedding reception, one may think about bulk candy products in the shape of sea animals or ocean settings. One could get gold foil wrapped chocolate toffee seashells, fruit filled hard candy shells, or chocolate fish, to complement the wedding candy buffet to the reception's flavor. One could even throw in those tiny "beach side" umbrellas for the fruit punch cups.

Others might select bulk candy for their reception candy buffet based on colors that they are using in their wedding - a mixture of pastels, purples or pinks, yellow or silver. Others will likely opt for a variety of chocolates from the candy store, including white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Still others will go with conversation hearts and other heart-shaped candies to keep a sense of sweet, playful romance.

For folks who have the creative flair, some people opt to build wedding cakes on a theme for instance the honeymoon cruise.

The wedding cake will be created to mirror the image of the cruiseship, and candies will be included to highlight the detail of the cake design. For instance, Lifesaver candies can be added to the cruise boat as life preservers, and Gummy fish can be added to the dish to show fish getting in and out of the sea.

However, the options do not end here. Caramels can be mixed with chocolates, fudges, nut candies, candy corn and taffies, to give  everyone their favorite kinds of candies to eat. The hard candy favorites of, peppermint, cinnamon, butterscotch and Jolly Ranchers can be thrown in for folks who love the long-lasting sweets.

Beside the actual wedding itself, the wedding reception is the best part of the wedding experience.

For most people, the reception is the good-luck party, whereas for others it's the "thank you for coming to our wedding" event. This is basically the time when friends and family can send the bride and groom into their new lives as a couple. For many, it's the reception that they will remember the best, since it is the time when everyone can enjoy the presence of the people important in their lives.

Offering a wedding candy buffet will not just offer the reception's guests a yummy way to spend an afternoon, it could also create an experience that they'll recall, even beyond their own wedding experience.

Obviously, the groom and bride can only eat so much candy on their own, so it's beneficial to the coordinator to offer takeaway containers in which wedding guests can carry home their favorite treats. In the cruise-themed wedding reception, the coordinator could offer paper-machete boats or maybe a captain's glass with which to carry the candy goodies home. Depending on the takeaway container, it can be something that could occupy a rack in the receiver's house for several years to come, bringing back the memory of this wedding day every time the receiver sees this special container.

Just as there are no rules for how a wedding reception should take place, there are no limits on how to plan a wedding candy buffet. Play. Have fun.

In the end, your wedding reception will be a celebration - and celebrations give everyone the chance to feel like a kid again. So, let your wedding reception attendees feel like kids in a candy shop, with a wedding candy buffet.

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