How to Create a Wedding Dessert Bar (made easy!)

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With all of the delicious appetizers, sides, and main courses at your wedding, you will want dessert options to match! If you have a sweet tooth, featuring a dessert bar at your wedding may be just the right thing. If the cake isn’t for everybody, this ensures there is a treat for every taste. You will even have the flexibility to opt for a smaller cake option with the other dessert varieties available. So, how exactly to create a Pinterest-worthy wedding dessert bar? We are here as a venue with all of the tips you need to know to make the process a breeze! Let’s get started.

Keep it Simple

You can create a dessert bar that wows your guests with just 3-5 options! Don’t feel pressure to splurge on every dessert that comes to mind. Sometimes, keeping it simple is even better. Choose a theme of desserts you love and bring the idea to life from there. Love milk and cookies? Feature a cookie bar with different flavors! This makes picking a dessert less overwhelming for everyone and is a part of your wedding that will still stand out.

Incorporate Local Themes

Where are you hosting your wedding? Our venue is located in Downtown Maryville, Tennessee so we adore seeing local desserts at our venue! Options like banana pudding are a great way our clients honor their wedding destination. Ask your vendors about popular (and delicious) local desserts you can add on. If you are a foodie, you will be delighted with the new sweet treats you might discover.

Even if you are a fan of the desserts popular at your wedding location, think about ways to add themes of the local area to your desserts. This could look like decorated cookies or colors associated with your favorite parts of your wedding destination. For example, look how cute these cookies are inspired by our venue’s history as a bus line!

Think Seasonally

Think seasonally! For your fall wedding, maybe you feature gourmet pie instead of cake. We love the ready-made options that will ship to you from Southern Baked Pie! Plus, look how sweet the presentation for a pie bar can be. If you are planning a summer wedding, say hello to fresh fruit and gelato. Gathering the flavors of the season for your wedding dessert bar will make creating your menu so easy.

Caramel Pecan Pie from Southern Baked Pie

Don’t forget about the beverages!

If you feel like your dessert bar is missing something, don’t forget about the beverages! While this isn’t a must, adding in some beverages to go with your dessert bar can bring everything together. Hot chocolate, coffee, and hot tea are crowd favorites that can go with a variety of different desserts. Maybe you even chat with your bartender about some dessert cocktails to feature.


Be sure to decorate your dessert bar! From adding in signs to inform your guests what everything is to mixing in florals, a bit of decor can go a long way. If you have a cake, we recommend placing it on a table nearby so you are free to grab photos with your new spouse as you please.

Venue: White Star Station // Planning and Design: Darla Walker Events // Florals: Sam Franklin Florals // Photography: Rafferty Photo // Draping: Jason Events // Beauty: Bangs and Blush // Models: @lovealwaysallip & @landry_thatcher // Dress: Vow’d Weddings // Tuxedo: Regal Tuxedo // Videography: Open Roads Media // Arbors: Marsh Made Design  // Signs & Lettering: Scruffy City Letters // Rentals: All Occasions Party Rentals // Catering: By the Tracks Catering // Bar: Single Barrel Events // Desserts: Moonshine and Suppertime // Cake: Regina Long // Lighting: Sound Revue Entertainment

Hire a Professional

Just like with any aspect of your wedding, you are going to want a professional on your side for your dessert bar. If the desserts are sourced from different vendors, this could look like hiring extra wait staff for setup and clean up. If your caterer is providing your dessert bar, be sure to communicate the layout and timeline beforehand. This is something your wedding planner will be available to coordinate with vendors depending upon your selected package.

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