8 Chocolate-Inspired Wedding Ideas That Aren't Cake

Satisfy every guest's sweet-tooth with these tasty treats.
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by Emma Baty
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Emma Baty
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Chocolate lovers may feel conflicted when it comes time to choose cake flavors and fillings. You may be wondering, "Can I really serve something other than a white wedding cake?" Why yes—you can! But you can also have have your cake and another treat too, because no one complains about double dessert offerings. We've rounded up our eight favorite non-cake options to sneak a little more of the good stuff into your wedding day.

Chocolate Pies

Chocolate pecan pies at wedding reception
Vue Photography

For when cake feels too expected, serve up an alternative dessert like these chocolate pecan pies.

From the album: An At-Home Wedding in Leesburg, Georgia

Chocolate Dessert Bar

Wedding reception chocolate bar
Mad Chicken Studio

Get on the candy bar trend by creating a station dedicated to chocolate treats. Arrange milk, dark and white offerings for a mouthwatering display and let guests grab their favorites.

From the album: A Whimsical Lake Wedding at the Lutsen Resort in Lutsen, Minnesota

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries
Bethany Zadai Photography

White-chocolate-covered strawberries with baseball-inspired red stitching are the perfect alternative to a groom's cake.

From the album: An Outdoor, Baseball-Themed Wedding at Canal Park in Akron, Ohio

Chocolate for Dipping

Doughnuts dipped in chocolate
Amy & Stuart

What's more decadent than chocolate—melted chocolate? Serve pastries like doughnuts in a pool of melted chocolate for a delicious addition to a brunch reception or the most indulgent midnight snack.

From the album: A Vintage-Glam Wedding at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines, Iowa

Chocolate-Covered Fortune Cookies

Wedding reception fortune cookies
Laura Wills Photography

Weddings are all about good fortune, so create custom, chocolate-dipped fortune cookies to share yours.

From the album: A Vintage-Glam Wedding at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines, Iowa

Hot Chocolate Cocktail Hour

Hot chocolate cocktail hour station
Brinton Studios

For winter weddings, there's no better way to warm up than a DIY hot chocolate bar. Offer whipped cream and peppermint sticks to make it even more delicious—and send guests home with a to-go cup.

From the album: A Rustic, Whimsical Wedding at Devil's Thumb Ranch Tabernash, Colorado

S'more Station

S'mores station at reception
BG Productions Photography & Videography

Relive all your childhood camping trips by serving s'mores at your reception or after-party. Offer different types of chocolate and flavored grahams, so guests can roast their own marshmallows and find the tastiest combo.

From the album: A Rustic, Fall Wedding at Mount Gretna in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Truffle Favors

Chocolate truffle wedding favors
Wild Bloom Photography

At the end of the night, send guests home with chocolate truffles in different flavors. Remember: An edible favor never gets left behind.

From the album: A Chic Rooftop Wedding at NoMad Hotel in New York, New York

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