17 Creative Candy Bar Ideas That Can Double as Wedding Favors

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 décor (and triples as 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

    Keep in theme by coordinating your candy bar to the decorations, like this white and yellow combo. Pair your candy bar with a cute sign to tell guests where to stock up on some sweets.

    From: A Rustic-Chic Country Wedding at Amador Cellars in Plymouth, California

  2. Colorful Candy Bar

    If you don’t care about matching the candy with the décor, go all out and grab every color for a bright and fun candy bar. Give guests fun containers, like this mini mason jar, so they can take some home too.

    From: A Rustic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at the Inn at Wild Rose Hall in Austin, Texas

  3. Wedding Cake and Candy Bar Dessert Table

    Make the ultimate dessert table by having a candy bar right next to your wedding cake. We are huge fans of filling large clear jars with the candy of your choice for a more pulled together look.

    From: A Traditional Italian Inspired Wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, California

  4. Candy Bar With Ribbon Backdrop

    Add to the fun of a wedding candy bar with a ribbon or streamer backdrop. It will make your candy bar pop.

    From: A Shabby-Chic Wedding at Riverside On The Potomac in Leesburg, Virginia

  5. 'Love Is Sweet' Candy Bar

    Have fun with your wedding candy bar by naming it or coming up with a punny slogan, like this “love is sweet” DIY banner.

    From: A Romantic Wedding at Noah's Event Venue in Chandler, Arizona

  6. Beach-Themed Candy Bar

    If you’re getting married on a beach or having a beach-themed wedding, fill your candy bar with all things blue. Add nautical décor, like this beach-themed trinket box, to tie it all together.

    From: A Bohemian Spring Wedding at Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie, Pennsylvania

  7. Modern Black-and-White Candy Bar

    Keep it classic and chic with a black-and-white color scheme. Try laying out candy in dishes, like this one that spells out “love,” so your guests have easy access to the sweets.

    From: An Old-World-Inspired Wedding at J.E. Reeves Victorian Home and Museum in Dover, Ohio

  8. Glamorous White and Gold Candy Bar

    For something a little more glamorous, pick out candy with shiny gold wrappers. Add to the sparkle with all things gold, like these gold foil paper fans.

    From: A Timeless, Glamorous Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California

  9. Purple and Pink Candy Bar

    If you’re feeling the pantone color of the year, this purple and pink candy bar is right up your alley. Don’t forget a candy scoop so guests don’t get their hands sticky.

    From: A Traditional Wedding at Waterside Restaurant in North Bergen, New Jersey

  10. Bright Colorful Candy Bar

    As big fans of color, we say the brighter the better. These rich hues will instantly draw guests in. For a more interesting décor set up, use vases to store the candy.

    From: A Contemporary, Cultural Wedding at Hei La Moon Restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts

  11. Blue and Yellow Candy Bar

    Blue and yellow make for a whimsical combination. Give it a more cozy-casual vibe by storing candy in a picnic basket.

    From: A Whimsical Wedding at Foxboro Ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona

  12. Candy Bar Decorated With Art Deco Feathers

    Add a little extra glam to your wedding candy bar with these art deco feathers.

    From: A Vintage-Inspired Classic Wedding at Ivy Hills Country Club in Newtown, Ohio

  13. Purple and Blue Candy Bar

    Blue and purple make for a pretty striking color combo, and guests will definitely enjoy the fun selection (we’re thinking Airheads, Skittles, gumdrops and more). Store them all in this cute oval tub.

    From: A Charming, Crafty Wedding in Waterloo Region Museum in Kitchener, Ontario

  14. Beach Décor With Starfish and Saltwater Taffy

    Can you really have a beach-themed wedding without saltwater taffy? We think not. We’re also loving the starfish and adorable seahorse. For an added emphasis on all things sea and beach, add a few other sea accessories like these decorative shells.  

    From: A Whimsical Beach Wedding at Palm Beach Shores Community Center in Palm Beach Shores, Florida

  15. Candy Bar With DIY Décor

    Customize your candy bar with some DIY accents. Fill mason jars with the candy of your choice with fun DIY tags.

    From: A Rustic, DIY Outdoor Wedding at Rancho Soquel in Aptos, California

  16. Candy Bar With Rustic Décor

    Rustic-chic weddings are having a major moment. Tie in that theme with your wedding candy bar by adding some nice wooden accents, like a crate.

    From: A Casual, DIY Wedding at De Nieuwe Erf in Diessen, Netherlands

  17. Antique Cart Candy Bar

    If you want something more vintage, set up your candy bar on an antique cart. For a sign similar to the one pictured, look for something like this burlap banner.  

    From: A Rustic Wedding at Bird's Eye Cove Farm in Maple Bay, British Columbia

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