6 steps to create a stunning DIY wedding dessert table

pink girly dessert table

A Simple Photograph via Style Me Pretty

The wedding dessert table has become a staple as many couples opt to skip the giant wedding cake for a more varied assortment of sugary goodies. After all, why choose one dessert when you could offer your guests a whole buffet table full of your favorite desserts? Not only does the dessert table offer your wedding guests more choices, it also can be more cost effective, depending on what type of desserts you’re serving, and how much of it you’re DIYing.

While a dessert table might seem pretty straightforward (cakes + donuts = success, right?) event styling rookies might have a tough time creating a DIY wedding dessert table that looks as drool-worthy as the sweet spreads on Pinterest. So how do you create a beautiful and affordable dessert table in a pinch? We’ve broken down the process with a few steps and resources to help guide your way.

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Vintage marsala wedding inspiration by Jessica Grenon


Okay, I’ll admit it — I’m a pretty big fan of this year’s Pantone color of the year, Marsala. There’s just something about this rich color that lends an air of elegance and drama to a wedding day, which is made all the more evident by today’s vintage marsala wedding inspiration! This gorgeous styled shoot was put together by a team of vendors in Montreal, which means you’ve also got a hint of French flair to the inspiration, so how can you go wrong?

Some highlights from this shoot includes beautiful fur stoles on the bride and bridesmaid, a swoon-worthy naked cake and a bride who’s rocking marsala-colored hair…Aren’t you dying to see more of this vintage marsala wedding inspiration by now? Captured beautifully by Jessica Grenon Photography and styled by Narcisse Atelier Boutique, get more of this beautiful styled shoot after the jump!

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Unique bridesmaid dresses in stripe and polka dot prints

striped blue bridemsaid dress

Katelyn James Photography

Once you’ve asked your best gals to be a part of your big day, likely the next question will be “so what are we wearing”? Lucky for you and your bridesmaids, the days of hideous taffeta bridesmaid dresses are gone and there are so many options for stylish, flattering dresses. You also aren’t tied to choosing dresses from a bridesmaid collection (though there is nothing wrong with this!).

I knew for my wedding I didn’t want to go the traditional bridesmaid dress route and chose a gold and glittery polka dotted dress that spoke to my style and personality, but also complemented each girl nicely. Stripes are another great option for infusing a little personality into your dresses. Both patterns are classic enough that it won’t take away from and your dress (the most important one!).

It’s also a great way to tie in your theme if you are having a preppy, nautical wedding or even if you’ve chosen a striped or polka dot motif for your invitations. Once you’ve chosen a striped dress, think about picking striped or polka dot ties or bowties in a similar pattern and even adding a similar patterned ribbon to your bouquet or striped shoes.

Just keep in mind when choosing stripe or polka dot print bridesmaids dresses , it’s a good idea to choose one pattern rather than letting your girls choose their own dresses. Too many different striped or polka dot patterns could make your bridal party look too busy.

Here are my favorite striped and polka dot dresses that will make a statement at your wedding… which are your favorites?

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Plan your wedding cocktail hour: fun, food & entertainment ideas for guests

Cocktail hour ideas

Elizabeth Messina via LaurenConrad.com

While not a requirement, holding a cocktail hour prior to your wedding reception always is a good idea to give guests the chance to settle in and mingle, as well as grab a drink and a small bite to eat; however, that doesn’t mean that the cocktail hour as to be low-key

The cocktail hour can be an extension of your wedding theme, or it can be entirely different! Use it as an opportunity to throw a pre-party to the big party of the evening – offer fun drinks and appetizers, music, and entertainment to keep guests happy and having fun.

Consider some of these ideas to make your wedding cocktail hour the best that your guests have ever attended!

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