News flash: Tiered and frosted cakes are no longer crucial especially if neither of you is a fan. Look for nearby bakeries that can provide pastries, candies and cookies that share a taste of the area, says Orlando. Taylor has planned weddings that feature cookies and milk, pie and even an ice-cream-sundae buf et, while Bishop notes the popularity of doughnuts either stacked like a cake or hung on a pegboard.
If you want to cut the cake, a small cutting cake surrounded by yummy desserts allows you to mix the traditional with the delicious, she says. Sweets tables are also still trending. Isabel Fernandez of The Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, Florida, remembers one couple who dreamed of a life in Paris, so the entire sweets station was Paris-themed. Bite Catering’s Elizabeth Goel suggests choosing something chocolate, something creamy, something fl uf y, something crunchy, something tangy and something gooey.
Glass jars show guests what’s inside; stagger with varying heights. Santiago advises calculating for 60 percent of guests and creating colorful tent cards that describe each jar’s contents. And hold of on the big reveal: Cover it up until after dinner, warns Chelsea Roy of Everything But the Ring, or it will be gone as soon as someone lays eyes on it.