Candy buffets are such a fun way to entertain your guests. A reception must-have, they can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Here’s how to make your own for under £100 with the help of The Wedding Mall


If you’re thinking about having a candy bar or buffet at your reception, this idea is a great starting point and it comes in at the same price that you would pay for a set of favours for each guest, if not less.

If you’re a crafty bride, this is a really simple way to add a DIY touch to your reception. The above, pastel-coloured collection would work well for a country themed wedding but you could easily adapt it to fit with other cool themes for this year including the 1920s and rustic festival.


The bar above is a great idea for budget-conscious brides-to-be with the added bonus that you can keep all of the glass vases at the end of the wedding to use at home or give as gifts to members of your family. So let’s take a look at what you’ll need…

For the sweetie part of this candy buffet, we have used the following treats… 3 x Pink Bonbons C12555 (£4.99 x 3 = £14.97); 2 x Mint Imperials C12551 (£4.99 x 2 = £9.98); 1 x Shrimps C97523 (£3.49); 1x Mini MarshMallows (£2.99); 2 x Milk Bottles C12862 (£4.99 x 2 = £9.98). These sweeties come to a grand total of £41.41.


Every candy buffet needs a set of scoops that fit in the jars or vases. You’ll also need some way of describing the sweets in the bar to your guests. Here we have used the following… 1 x Scoop S28941 (£2.39); 1 x Tongs T10036 (£2.39); 1 x 100 Small Pink Bags C97594 (£2.50); 1 x 8 Treat Bowls B11643 (£2.45); 1 x 8 Treat Cups C12848 (£2.45); 1 x 12 Chalkboard Stickers (£3.95); 2 x Heart Chalkboards (£1.43 x 2 = £2.86); 1 x 20 Napkins (£2.45). This part of the buffet comes to £21.44.


Finally you’ll need some pretty glass vases in which to display all your goodies. We love glass vases as they allow the colours of the sweets to be seen, and you can easily co-ordinate these colours with the rest of your day. Here was have used… 1 x 20cm Cylinder Vase GLAS413 (£3.98); 1 x 16xm Cylinder Vase GLAS171 (£8.48); 1 x 14.5cm Hurricane Vase G16235 (£3.56); 1 x 18cm Pedestal Bowl GLAS198 (£9.60); 1 x 19cm Pedestal Bowl GLAS199 (£11.39). This gorgeous selection of vases and bowls comes to just £37.01.

All of these elements add up to a very budget-friendly £99.86 – that’s a fabulous candy buffet, a real talking point, and favours for the little ones, all for under £100!

Still looking for inspiration for your wedding reception? Take a look at our Theme section and discover the hottest wedding looks for 2014! The Wedding Mall has literally hundreds of finishing touches, dreamy details and table centre ideas so why not check them out today?


  1. Mine is much grander that the 1 shown at about same price I’ve got 20deferent types of sweet and 10 type of puddings (mini donut, brownies ect) brought loads of glasses thru ebay and cheap shops and decorated them all myself even made my own cards saying exactly what’s in each and it totals about 90pound

  2. When i got married I made all my own sweet buffet table with alsorts of different retro sweets from flying saucers to strawberry Bon bons ! I bought lots of jars and vintage glass bowls &made name heart tags to go on them to say what they were . I had pink striped paper bags and metal scoops. I even had a in a vintage frame a keep calm and eat sweets quote! I also had fairy lights and bunting to decorate table too. I was so proud of it all as it took me a long time to do but so worth it. But I defiantly did it for less than £100. I can’t remember exactly but sure I managed to do it for £60 and it looked amazing and I had so many compliments .

  3. I did my own for about £60 – took quite a lots of hunting around for everything but eBay & Amazon had most things down to personalised paper sweet bags & tongs/scoops. Certainly wouldn’t have paid the amounts that the professional companies charge!

  4. I did my own.sweet table, borrowed jars off my friend put ribbon around them , paper bags and scoops off ebay ,then bought popping candy off ebay, sweets from supermarket ,had sign made up and wooden” love is sweet “words off ebay ,people loved it ! No need to pay company do to it!

  5. My lovely mum done our sweetie cart we collected bowls and jars from charity shops, my hubby’s nan made lots of bunting and family members helped to make a frame to look like an old fashioned sweet cart, it looked amazing.xx


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