20 Creative Dessert Buffet Ideas

Finish the night with a serve-yourself treat station that your guests will love.
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Andrea Fowler
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Adding a sweets station to your reception food menu is a great way to stretch a dessert budget, especially if you have a large guest list and can't afford a big wedding cake. If you're doing a treat station that's easy to take-away, like candy or cookies, it can easily double as favors too (another cost-cutting tip!). Place favor bags on the table with a sign that says something like "Thank you for coming, you're so sweet. Please take a treat!" That way guests know they can load their bag with goodies and enjoy them after the celebration. Here are some of our favorite treat bar ideas to inspire your own:

Cheesecake and Pie Dessert Bar

Cheesecake dessert station for a wedding reception
Jacquelynn Brynn Photography

From: A Simple, Rustic Wedding at Karma Vineyards in Chelan, Washington

Vintage Sweets Bar

Vintage sweets bar dessert station for a wedding reception
Tifani Lynn Photography

From: A Vintage Garden Wedding at a Private Residence in Saugatuck, Michigan

Sweets Station With a Marquee Sign

Sweets dessert station for a wedding reception
Aesthetic Life Studio

From: A Rustic-Chic Wedding at Historic Shady Lane in Manchester, Pennsylvania

Cake Pop Dessert Station

Cake pop dessert station for a wedding reception
Rachel Ryan

Cookie Dessert Bar

Cookie bar dessert station for a wedding reception
Firm Anchor

From: A Whimsical, Bohemian Wedding at Gaie Lea in Staunton, Virginia

S'mores Dessert Bar

Smore's dessert station for a wedding reception
Austin Gros Photography

From: A Formal, DIY Woodland Wedding With a Bohemian Spin at a Private Residence in Sebastopol, California

Cookie, Tart and Pie Dessert Station

Pie, cookie and tart dessert station for a wedding reception
Shaw Photography Co.

From: A Rustic, Laid-Back, Farm Wedding at a Private Residence in Cuba, New York

Ice Cream Food Truck

Ice cream food truck dessert station for a wedding reception
Nicole Haley Photography

From: A Laid-Back, Bohemian Wedding at Misty Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Sundae Dessert Bar

Ice cream sundae dessert station for a wedding reception
Madeline Barr Photo

From: A Bright Wedding at Tavola Trattoria in Bentonville, Arkansas

Glazed Doughnut Dessert Bar

Doughnut dessert station for a wedding reception
Watson Studios

From: A Modern, Bohemian Wedding at the Loft on Pine in Long Beach, California

Pie Dessert

Pie dessert station for a wedding reception
Carley Rehberg Photography

From: A Whimsical Circus Wedding at Inn at the Old Silk Mill in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Cotton Candy Dessert Bar

Cotton candy dessert station for a wedding reception
J Photography by Jessi Caparella

From: A Romantic Wedding at the Cross Creek Ranch in Dover, Florida

Tiered Assorted Dessert Bar

Macaron, fruit tart and mini cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
Melissa Fuller Photography

From: A Summer Garden Wedding at Campovida in Hopland, California

Gourmet Cupcake Dessert Station

Cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
onelove photography

From: A Rustic Backyard Wedding With an Elegant Twist at a Private Residence in Santa Barbara, California

Color Coordinted Candy Bar

Color coordinated candy station for a wedding reception
Belle Ombre Photography

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

Wonderland-Themed Dessert Station

Wonderland-themed dessert station
Jaime Davis Photography

From: A Whimsical Garden Wedding at the McCharles House in Tustin, California

Colorful Candy Bar

Colorful candy bar dessert station for a wedding reception
Arielle Doneson Photography

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

Assorted Pie Dessert Station

Pie dessert station for a wedding reception
Kellianne Jordan Photography

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

Cupcake Dessert Station

Cupcake dessert station for a wedding reception
Melissa Durham Photography

From: Rustic Vintage Wedding at Boxtree Lodge in Vinton, Virginia

Powdered Doughnut Dessert Station

Doughnut dessert station for a wedding reception
Kairos Photography

From: Cheerful DIY Brunch Wedding at SqWires in St. Louis, Missouri

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