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DIY Wedding Candy Buffet (+ FREE Printables!)

April 26, 2012 | 14 Comments

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Happy Thursday! Today we’re showing you how to create an irresistible DIY wedding candy buffet with five easy-to-follow steps, sources for candy buffet supplies, and FREE printable candy buffet sign and tags (exclusively for Emmaline Bride readers!) If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a wedding candy buffet is essentially a crowd-pleaser that kicks the traditional wedding favor’s you-know-what. Instead of a wedding favor guests will never use again, a wedding candy buffet provides candy (who doesn’t like candy?) in a beautiful display for guests to select at his or her choosing. Read on to find out how to assemble your own DIY wedding candy buffet, score some FREE printables, and find out where to buy supplies to make yours a success. Enjoy!

diy wedding candy buffet

photo credit (left) by belle fleur

DIY Wedding Candy Buffet

1. Select a color palette + go candy shopping!

For your candy buffet, you’ll want to select a color palette that coordinates with your wedding or event. Typically, two colors work best. As a visual, we’ve selected black and white as our palette combination. Through our research, we’ve found that Candy Warehouse offers an incredible selection of candy specifically tailored for wedding candy buffets. In fact, they even separate the candy selections by color to make it super-easy. Here are a few we selected as a visual. (Note: All candies below available at Candy Warehouse! Just search under the color categories to find them.)

diy wedding candy buffet
diy wedding candy buffet
diy wedding candy buffet
diy wedding candy buffet
diy wedding candy buffet

2. Select glass jars, vases, or containers to house the candy.

Use clear glass jars, vases, and other containers to display your candies. To inspire you, we’ve selected a few favorite apothecary jars you may wish to consider. For starters, there’s the traditional glass three quart apothecary jar, shown below:

diy wedding candy buffet

We also love this 10″ apothecary jar (top) and 12″ candy buffet container. Don’t forget a candy scoop for each jar!

diy wedding candy buffet

To achieve a full look, you’ll want to select a few various jars in varying shapes, sizes, and depths. Make sure the jar isn’t too narrow or too tall for guests to easily grab.

*EB TIP: If you don’t want to buy new jars, borrow from family and friends or head to flea markets for great deals on vintage glassware.

3. Buy or craft adorable handmade candy buffet bags.

Make sure to have plenty of candy buffet bags on hand for guests to use. Make your own or buy handmade! We love the collection at Clementine Weddings, Featured Artisan in The Marketplace, chock-full of charming handmade wedding candy bags. Here’s one of our favorites…

diy wedding candy buffet


* Download the FREE printable here!

4. Print your wedding candy buffet sign.

We’ve created a FREE printable sign for use at your candy buffet table! The size is 5″x7″ and can be printed on cardstock, cut, and displayed in a frame. This printable is for personal use only; commercial use prohibited. (Click here to download the printable!)

diy black and white wedding candy buffet

5. Print tags; attach to jars with black ribbon.

Use our FREE printable (click here to download the printable!) for hang tags you can print on cardstock. The tags are blank and can be edited with your computer (and an illustration software); or, print and use a black pen to do the job. To assemble, simply cut tags from cardstock, wrap ribbon around jar and tie. Affix tag to front of jar with adhesive on back of tag and fasten to ribbon.

Here is an example of the hang tags:

diy wedding candy buffet

For ribbon, we recommend using black satin ribbon (we found this ribbon via Amazon by MayArts) sized 1.5″ wide.

diy wedding candy buffet

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Happy Planning!


-E.

A few links above are through our Amazon affiliate account as a where-to-buy guide; however, feel free to buy wherever you wish! Links to Candy Warehouse because we’ve found their selection to be amazing; we have no affiliation with their company.


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  • Nikky

    Love the idea of this, having trouble with the “printables” download can you check to see if the shortcut is working?

    Cheers Nikky…

  • Megan

    These tags are perfect for a candy bar! What type of illustration software do you recommend for editing the tags?

    • http://emmalinebride.com/preferred-vendors/emmaemmalinebride/ Emma Arendoski

      Megan,

      I’m glad you like them! You can use any photo editing software (like Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro) to edit the tags. :)

      Happy Planning!

      -E.
      Emma, Emmaline Bride

  • Tamala

    What abt the lowercase writing

    • http://emmalinebride.com/preferred-vendors/emmaemmalinebride/ Emma Arendoski

      Hi Tamala,

      The lowercase is ‘exmouth’ found here.

  • Tamala

    What font did you use for the sample tag?

  • http://www.chiccandybuffet.com Candy Buffet

    great post! i’ve been contemplating whether or not to have a candy buffet at my wedding and i’ve been reading everything i can on the subject. it’s definitely alot of work but seems worth it!

  • http://www.chiccandybuffet.com/weddingcandybuffets Maddie

    Craft gossip sent me….LOVE the printables! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://yourscrapbookingandcraftsguide.com Annabella Merlin

    I am having a chocolate fountain on my wedding so I’ll have the first printable on the table.A candy buffet sounds a great idea too!

    Annabella MErlin
    Creative Photo Albums

  • http://www.thatbridesgotmoxie.com Renee

    Amazing! This might actually make me want a candy buffet. Love the fonts!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/preferred-vendors/admin/ Emmaline Bride

      Hi Renee,

      Thanks so much – glad you like it! :)

      -E.

      Emma
      Emmaline bride

  • http://leblogdetifleur.over-blog.com/ tifleur

    it’s really sweet! i like it


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