17 Creative Candy Bar Ideas (Plus a Fun DIY!)

The best thing about candy bars is their multitasking abilities, plus they're so easy to personalize.
by Andrea Fowler

Here's a little insider tip: everyone loves candy bars. And we mean everyone. For starters, guests can pick and choose their own treats, so they're not stuck with anything they don't want to eat. And this easy dessert buffet also doubles as decor—and favors!

When you're thinking about which candy to include there are a few things to keep in mind: make sure there's enough for everyone and be conscious of allergies. Order about six ounces of candy per guest and give everything a clear label so no one has to guess, especially when it comes to peanut allergies. To make sure things stay clean and well stocked throughout the wedding reception, ask an attendant to check in on the candy bar every 30 minutes or so.

  1. Color Coordinated Candy Bar

    Yellow and white wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Christopher Cooke Photography
  2. Colorful Candy Bar

    Colorful wedding candy bar idea
    photo by Tank Goodness Photography
  3. Wedding Cake and Candy Bar Dessert Table

    Wedding reception cake table with a candy bar
    photo by Mirelle Carmichael Photography
  4. Candy Bar With Ribbon Backdrop

    Colorful wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Audra Wrisley Photography
  5. 'Love Is Sweet' Candy Bar

    Love Is Sweet wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Monique Hessler Photography
  6. Beach-Themed Candy Bar

    Light blue and green wedding reception candy bar idea
    photo by BG Productions Photography and Videography
  7. Modern White and Black Candy Bar

    Chic white and black wedding reception candy bar idea
    photo by Belle Ombre Photography
  8. Glamorous White and Gold Candy Bar

    Glamorous white and gold wedding candy bar
    photo by Harwell Photography
  9. Purple and Pink Candy Bar

    Glam purple and pink wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Esvy Photography
  10. Bright Colorful Candy Bar

    Bright wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Arielle Doneson Photography
  11. Blue and Yellow Candy Bar

    Blue and yellow wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Courtney Sargent Photography
  12. Candy Bar Decorated With Art Deco Feathers

    Art Deco candy bar decorations
    photo by Leah Barry Photography
  13. Purple and Blue Candy Bar

    Purple and blue themed wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Melissa Avey Photography
  14. Beach Decor With Starfish and Salt Water Taffy

    Beach-themed wedding reception candy bar
    photo by Krystal Zaskey Photography
  15. Candy Bar With DIY Decor

    Wedding reception candy bar with DIY decor
    photo by Claire Mulkey Photography
  16. Candy Bar With Rustic Decor

    Wedding reception candy bar with rustic wooden decorations
    photo by Raisa Zwart Photography
  17. Candy Bar On an Antique Cart

    Wedding reception candy bar setup on an antique cart
    photo by Caity McCulloch Photography
  18. Want to make your own candy bar? Get tips to DIY!

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