A wedding ceremony is a happy event accompanied by positive emotions, congratulations, much fun and, of course, a banquet. It is hard to imagine a wedding banquet without an assortment of desserts. They ideally culminate a festive dinner or lunch: most guests just cannot do without something sweet. That is why it is so important to know the rules of serving a wedding dessert table.
What for is a dessert table on a wedding?
Since at any celebration there is enough time for a cake, any original wedding also requires desserts. Women and kids love them most. However, not all kids can wait until the end of celebration when the most delicious treat is served. Thus, if there are many kids among your invitees, follow the European tradition of serving a dessert table. It means that a wedding cake is served at the end of celebration, but various desserts, such as small pastries, sweets, ice-cream, fruit or gelatinappear on a dessert table much earlier. This way, everyone has a chance to eat a dessert without waiting until the late night when a long-awaited cake is served.
If you want your guests to remember your original wedding for long, add some fun to the process of serving sweets. An excellent idea would be to order cookies with good prophesies or wishes so that you can share your happiness with the invitees. Besides, quite often after a heavy main course, the invitees just do not want to enjoy a sweet dessert. In this case, it is useful to prepare carton boxes or tartlet shells for the guests to store their desserts and take them home. Thus, after the celebration, you won´t have to think about what to do with the rest of the food: usually you do not want to throw it away and at the same time the food is not appetizing at all when you have a full stomach.
How to serve desserts on the wedding table?
A dessert table should be arrangedfor the sake of comfort so that the guests can easily take the desserts with their hands. That is why it is better to offer single serving desserts or desserts divided into portions. For each dessert table, it is necessary to prepare at least 5 different desserts. This way, the table appears to be beautifully arranged, offering desserts for all tastes.
If your wedding ceremonyis celebrated in summer, it is a good idea to treat the guests to ice cream in cups. Kids usually like this dessert. Adults will enjoy a refreshing ice cream cup in hot weather too.
What to serve for dessert on a wedding?
The choice of desserts depends on a chosen wedding style. If you follow folklore traditions, for example, you may choose fruit pies, donuts, curd cheese pie and other sweet pastries typical of the national cuisine of the country where you celebrate your wedding. In the United States, for instance, a wedding is usually celebrated with cupcakes, pop-cakes and other varieties of cakes. This kind of sweets is very easy to serve and allows for experiments with flavors and decorations.
As for the European dessert table, it usually includes cream pastries, marzipan, home cookies, gelatin and coffee. If you are planning to have an original weddingand want to surprise your guests with something extravagant and unusual, try such unique dessert options as bacon in chocolate, crispy insects in caramel coating and more unexpected desserts. However, we recommend preparing a traditional wedding cake anyway for some guests who do not like culinary experiments.
Fruit is always a win-win option. You can choose seasonal fruit especially at the end of summer. A dessert table of fruit is an ideal solution if you celebrate your wedding in the Dominican Republic. Such light, fresh and low-calorie desserts will be a success in hot weather when nobody wants heavy food. You can serve sliced or whole fruit. It is also suitable to prepare fruit canapé or fruit salads served in single-portion bowls.
Decoration of a wedding dessert table
It is important to decorate a dessert table in line with the style of your wedding ceremony. To add a special touch to the table, create beautiful pyramids of glasses with champagne, fold napkins following origami techniques, elaborate impressive sets of sweets and bouquets of candies. These tips will contribute to a unique and unforgettable design of your dessert table. If you also decorate the table with a chocolate fountain or frozen statuettes, you will undoubtedly enjoy a royal wedding ceremony.
A wedding cake is a must!
A wedding cake is an indispensable part of a festive table. It is the center of a solemn celebration. Its choice depends on a wedding style.
Classical romantic style. If you want to organize a classical romantic celebration according to the best traditions for the nearest and dearest, with a ceremony at a church and a snow-white wedding dress, your cake should suit your wedding style as well. Opt for a multilevel cake with some light and soft filling. The design of the cake may include colors or decorative elements similar to those of your wedding dress or the décor of a banquet hall, for example, blue marzipan ribbons or huge lilacs on the dessert.
Rock-style cake. If you decided to organize a rock-style wedding celebration, an unusual cake is a must. Its design may resemble a highway going up to the top of the cake with statuettes of Harley Davidson and the newlyweds nearby. A rock-style cake can also have a form of a guitar, a microphone, a Hollywood star with your names etc.
Marine-style cake. If you are going to have a wedding in the Dominican Republic, the main treat of the dessert table will look impressive if created in blue color range and decorated with edible sweet starfish, fish, shells and pearls. It is also a good idea to order a cake in the form of an open seashell with a pearl inside.
Traditional weddings in different countries include quite original elements. For example, a traditional Russian wedding includes a round loaf of bread and wedding “pine cones”. Parents meet the newlyweds with a loaf of bread and then treat the invitees to this loaf. As for the pine cones, the newlyweds take this dessert home to drink tea or share the cones with their relatives. People say that traditionally they used to give sweet pine cones to those who were eager to get married and have babies. A wedding pine cone was also a symbol of gratefulness for the gifts to the newlyweds. The tradition says that it was important to give away all the cones so that the newlyweds had a long and happy family life.
In modern Russia, pine cones can be rarely seen on weddings. Modern pastry chefs and bakers offer different fillings with raisin and dried apricots. However, people following authentic traditions can order classical pine cones symbolizing prosperity, happiness and financial stability.
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