Metallic-foiled macarons. Cake pops dusted in desiccated coconut. Hand-piped biscuits with royal icing detailing... If money is no object, work with a talented cake designer to create wedding dessert tables that are one part treat, one part work of art.
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Let there be cake
For a serious sugar kick that’s gentler on your budget, why not ask family and friends to join you for a wedding bake-off?
Challenge each participant to create a cake with a different flavour, or to coordinate with your wedding theme, and you'll soon have a table bursting with treats. You could even crown the champion baker during the speeches!
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One consultation with your cake designer will have you overflowing with flavour and decoration ideas. With so many options, it can be tricky to choose just one. That's why cupcakes make brilliant wedding cake alternatives - you can feature endless different flavours and styles in one bite-sized feast!
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The doughnut wall has taken weddings by storm. As far as wedding cake alternatives go, the doughnut wall is big on impact, big on flavour and a big hit with guests, with a much smaller effect on your budget.
It's easy to construct your own wall using pegs and your guests will love helping themselves on the big day.
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Perfect for a rustic barn wedding, this is one of the lowest cost and most delicious wedding cake alternatives. Simply fill crates or jars with cookies of all shapes, flavours and sizes.
Because you can mix-and-match types, cookies are a real crowd pleaser and can accommodate most dietary requirements.
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Not all wedding dessert tables were created sweet. Create a cheesy masterpiece by displaying rounds of artisan cheese, draped with grapes, garnished with figs and drizzled with a dash of honey.
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Chocolate-drizzled strawberries are the ideal juicy addition to a sweet feast. Plus, they have the feel-good factor of counting towards your five-a-day!
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Shake it up
Milk and cookies are a match made in heaven, so why not add some luxury shakes to your dessert table? Keep it simple with Mason jars of strawberry or chocolate flavoured milk, topped with a pretty paper straw, or load up the luxe factor with a doughnut stacked on top.
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If you've booked a venue with a fire pit, then s'mores make a mouth-watering addition to wedding dessert tables. Simply parcel up a pair of chocolate-coated biscuits, plus a light-as-a-feather marshmallow, and you've got a gooey treat ready to toast.
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For a cosy winter wedding, a mug of hot chocolate, laden with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles and a drizzle of caramel, will go down a treat. The trick is to pile up the toppings, so you won't know where the drink ends and dessert begins...
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If you've been inspired to create your own wedding dessert tables, find out everything you need to know from the experts and design a decadent feast.