Coming up with unique wedding favors can be difficult. If you have a sweet tooth, I suggest a candy buffet. Being a lifelong candy lover, I knew that I needed to have a candy buffet for my guests. As I began to put my buffet together, I realized there was a lot more to the idea than I initially planned. From matching my wedding colors to gathering the materials, it has turned into a process with many steps. Here are seven steps to satisfying any guest’s sweet tooth.
How to create a candy buffet:
1. Choose a theme. One of the first things you need to do is pick the theme of your display. Since one of my wedding colors is red, and red is my favorite flavor of candy, I decided to use only red candy for my favors.
2. Find the jars. When you go DIY for unique wedding favors, I always recommend doing your research to avoid overspending. I spent hours online looking at different jar shapes, styles, and prices. Every jar I seemed to find was more expensive than I wanted. It wasn’t until I found similar jars at Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics, that I decided to make a purchase. I found 50% OFF coupons for the stores, which allowed me to purchase nine jars I liked for $5-$20 each.
3. Select your sweets. After deciding on red because of my wedding colors, I decided to use my favorite candies, which include Skittles, M&M’s, and Sour Cherry Balls. I knew, no matter what, these were the three candies I needed to have. From there, I shopped at different candy websites and stores to find other red candies that were easy to buy in bulk. I chose licorice to fill the tall jars, candy sticks and rock candy to fill the short jars, and hot Tamales and Sixlets to fill the others.
4. Find boxes or bags for your guests to take home. I decided to go with bags instead of boxes for my guests, since my candies were all different shapes and sizes. I found mesh bags on eBay that were $15 for 100 bags. I ordered them in black, and they worked out perfectly.
5. Create your candy buffet sign. I chose to create my own simple sign on 8×10 paper. I placed it in a decorative frame that we could set up in the middle of the candy table. It simply thanks everyone for sharing in our special day, and tells them to grab a treat.
6. Fill the jars with the candy. The day of your wedding, fill each jar with the candy you desire. I recommend keeping extra candy nearby, so you can refill the jars when needed.
7. Set up your unique wedding favors. Since I purchased an odd number of jars, I chose to do five jars in the back and four jars in the front, staggering them across the table. This way, my guests could see every tasty treat available in my candy buffet!
I’m almost done with my delicious DIY project. I had a lot of fun putting together my unique wedding favors, and would recommend it to anyone. This DIY wedding project isn’t quite finished, but here is photo to give you a sneak peak of the finished project. I wish you luck with your own DIY wedding ideas!