7 Alternative Wedding Dessert Ideas

7 Alternative Wedding Dessert Ideas

Innovative & Safe Dessert Bars

We all know and love a grand wedding cake moment and dessert bars are the sweet aesthetic of our dreams, but let’s be honest the serve yourself model isn’t the most sanitary. If you’re looking for some creative dessert ideas that are also safe and contactless, the amazing thing is that you don’t have to compromise design or taste to reinvent the tried and true dessert bar. We’ve got seven delicious and unique wedding dessert ideas that your guests will safely enjoy! 

1. Cone Desserts

An ice cream cone is so much more versatile than we previously thought. Gone are the days of cones only housing ice cream, now you can put just about anything in it. Think of your favorite dessert of all time, now deconstruct it and stick it in a large cone and you have a portable dessert. This is our favorite modern twist on filling mini mason jars. Extra points for waffle cones! Below are some ideas to get you started.

  • Assorted Fruit
  • Churros
  • Flavored Popcorn
  • Rice-Crispy Treats 
  • PB&J
  • Nutella & Berries
  • Yogurt Parfait 
  • Scones
  • Cupcake
  • Brownie
  • Cannoli
  • Trail Mix
Cone Desserts
Photo courtesy of Tatyana Chaiko, Featured in Minimalist Italian Destination Wedding in Tuscany

2. Mini Desserts

Mini desserts are so lovely and delectable. Everyone loves their own little handheld dessert. Have each mini dessert put into custom individual boxes so they can be easily passed out and eaten.

  • Tarts
  • Mix Pies
  • Truffles
  • Cheesecake 
  • Macarons
  • Beignet Bites
  • Pudding Shots
  • Bundt Cakes 
  • Cinnamon Rolls 
  • Brownie Bites
Pink Sweets
Photo courtesy of Ashley Baumgartner, Featured in Cheerful Wedding Inspiration in Edna Valley

3. Pan Dulce Bags

Celebrate your Latin heritage with assorted bags of pan dulce. The variety of sweet and soft bread and pastries will bring a smile to everyone’s face. 

Dessert Table
Photo courtesy of Oak + Pine Photography, Featured in Elegant Brunch Wedding Inspiration

4. Ice Cream Cart

For a summer wedding, there’s nothing more refreshing than a light treat to keep your guests cool. An ice cream cart will keep the desserts chilled and remind your guests of childhood under the sun.  

  • Ice Cream Sandwiches 
  • Water & Cream-Based Popsicles
  • Mini Ice Cream Sundaes 
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Mini Milkshakes
Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of The Happy Bloom, Featured in Just Picked! A Rustic Country Wedding

5. Premade S’mores

S’mores evoke a very distinct outdoorsy feeling so this idea is more suitable for those weddings that have an evergreen and rustic theme. Have s’mores premade and served fresh in jars to give your guests a cozy bonfire experience.

Photo courtesy of Catalina Jean Photography, Featured in Stunning Boho Summer Wedding Inspiration

6. Artisanal Donuts

Donuts will never go out of style. Pick artisanal and unique donut flavors to really give your guests an elevated bite. Serve in cute individual boxes and you’re all set! 

Photo courtesy of Lauren Berry Photography, Featured in A Charming Charleston Wedding

7. Milk & Cookies

Cookies are classic and the ultimate comfort food. Go traditional with chocolate chip cookies, or serve different flavored cookies. Pair with a bottle of milk for a timeless dessert.

Chocolate Milkshakes
Photo courtesy of Julia Franzosa Photography, Featured in Vibrant Nuptials in Downtown Chicago

Pro Tip: Whatever desserts you decide to showcase on your big day, we recommend using a rolling cart to hold and deliver them. Rolling carts aren't only vintage and cute, they also minimize the risk of people congregating and spreading germs. With a food professional delivering them around the venue, there’s an added interactive element.

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