There's a small-but-mighty group of brides and grooms out there who don't like wedding cake. Some find it too dry, others think it's too sweet – however baffling their beliefs may be to cake enthusiasts, the idea of cutting the cake on their wedding day just doesn't excite them. Unfortunately for these brides and grooms, cake is the only traditional wedding dessert, so couples who decide against serving it have no clear dessert alternatives. What sweet treats can you serve guests that are so delicious they won't be wondering when the "real" dessert will be served?
Luckily, couples can get creative and have fun with their wedding dessert selection without breaking the bank. It's as simple as ordering your favorite treats from your local bakery or putting together a candy "bar" featuring all of your favorite goodies. Exotic spices and a wide selection of flavors are trending, so make sure you personalize your wedding dessert with your favorite flavors!
Keep in mind: the more desserts you serve at your wedding, the smaller the portions should be, so your guests are able to sample without feeling guilty about eating dessert (or getting too full!). And since desserts are served towards the end of the night when dancing and mingling is in full swing, consider offering them in a portable, easy-to-eat fashion; for example, sweets on sticks or in single-serving cups, so guests don't have to sit down and eat with a fork.
Even if you will be serving wedding cake at your reception, we're seeing many couples embrace the idea of also offering creative "extra" desserts to satisfy everyone's taste buds. You really can never serve too many desserts at your wedding! Discover how to design a beautiful, enticing dessert table, and be inspired by the sweet dessert ideas that aren't cake below:
Help guests cool off with refreshing ice cream cones featuring your favorite flavors! Serve them as small as possible to avoid any mess. Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: Bride Wears Custom Ines Di Santo Gown at Glamorous Chicago Wedding
For a romantic sweet treat, offer chocolate-dipped strawberries to your guests! You can even have them dipped in gold or a color of your choice to fit your theme. Photo by Elizabeth Messina; From Real Wedding: Spring Garden Wedding in Montecito, California
Sandwiches made from cookies and ice cream are two desserts in one! Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: Personalized Fairy-Tale Wedding with Fun Entertainment in Chicago
Tantalizing fruit tarts are dainty and fresh – perfect for guests who aren't fans of chocolate! Photo by Marc Royce Photography; From Real Wedding: Mötley Crüe Member Nikki Sixx's Marie Antoinette-Inspired Wedding
Energize and refresh the crowd with a delicious bit of caffeine served in a chilled shot glass and topped with whipped cream! Photo by KingenSmith; From Real Wedding: Chicago Private Club Wedding with Whimsical Details
Gorgeous layered mousse and slices of cheesecake are simply irresistible. Photo by Yogi Patel - Global Photography; From Real Wedding: Indian Wedding with Vibrant Colors and Gorgeous Red Roses
You can't serve chocolate chip cookies without shooters of ice-cold milk! Photo by David Manning Photographer; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Interfaith Ceremony + Tented Reception with Romantic Color Palette
This Mexican treat is full of sweet, caramel flavor. Photo by Paul Barnett Photography; From Real Wedding: Oceanfront Ceremony + Sunset Reception in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Kids and adults alike will love snacking on pies-on-a-stick! These cuties are filled with chocolate ganache that everyone will love. Photo by Michael Segal Photography; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Elegant Wedding in Ojai Valley, California
Set a luxurious tone with a selection of rich French desserts, like these tarts topped with profiteroles, fresh berries, and cream. Photo by Marc Royce Photography; From Real Wedding: Mötley Crüe Member Nikki Sixx's Marie Antoinette-Inspired Wedding
You can even dress caramel apples in tuxedos for a festive, sweet snack. Photo by Julia Elinecka Photography; From Real Wedding: Orthodox Christian Ceremony + Intimate Celebration in Ukraine
Southern brides may find themselves torn between cake and pecan pie. Satisfy your craving with bite-size pies! Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: Destination Rustic Fall Wedding at a Farm in North Carolina
The presentation here is to die for, and the delicious combination of cookies and milkshakes couldn't be sweeter. Photo by KingenSmith; From Real Wedding: Opulent Chicago Wedding with Elaborate Décor & Entertainment
The candy bar trend took off awhile ago and for candy lovers, it is still going strong. Fill glass jars of different sizes with your favorite candies and provide take-home boxes and bags for guests. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; From Real Wedding: Romantic Ocean-View Wedding in Santa Barbara, California
Opening photo by Koman Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: An Outdoor Wedding with a Tropical + Garden Design in Beverly Hills