Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Economy of Salvation: Not Just Desserts

{creative ways to save your pennies on the most expensive day of your life}

There are a few wedding-related things, like garter tosses and the Electric Slide, that everyone seems to have a strong opinion about.  It's safe to assume, though, that no one will ever really complain about the cake.  Nearly every time I browse through wedding images lately, I see pictures of adorable dessert bars featuring dainty, color-coordinated treats, like cake pops and macarons, alongside the main event.  These setups can reflect your wedding style and provide a few extra alternatives to cake.  That means, if you want, that you can get a slightly smaller cake and offer a bigger selection of other sweet noshes. And, it doesn't mean shelling out for much more food--going the homemade route is easy and delish!

I think a dessert bar is so great, not just because you can save on your cake costs, but because you can use it as a way to share your family traditions!  You know how everyone is always asking how they can help with your wedding?  If you have relatives who love to bake, get them on board with making a few batches of your family's favorite cookies, pastries, or candies.  Display the story behind each recipe nearby, and be as fancy (icing in your wedding colors) or casual (a homey pie setup) as you want.

Get inspired by these sweet setups!

All white treats are chic and pretty.  They match everything!

Or, if white's not your thing, let your wedding colors guide you.

Who doesn't LOVE the idea of an ice cream bar?!

Your dessert table doesn't have to look like a fancy magazine spread.
Check out how simple and accessible this one is!

Candy is an easy, affordable addition, no baking required.

As a lover of baking and all things it produces, I'm curious!  What are your treasured family recipes?

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