Updated: Apr 1
Whether you are planning a pandemic elopement, are simply shy in front of big groups, or crave a small intimate celebration of love, the micro-wedding is for you! When hosting a limited number of guests and having a short ceremony and reception, you may be questioning which components to include to make your condensed wedding feel enchanting. Sweet treats have always played a special part in celebrations, but wedding cakes serve more purpose than simply cutting and serving. The cake cutting is symbolic and traditional, makes for fun photos, can be an eye-catching custom part of your décor, and is one of the most anticipated parts for your wedding guests! Even with a downsized wedding, there are multiple dessert options to consider. Read on to see my favorite micro-wedding cake and dessert options!
The Mini Two-Tier
Mini two-tier cakes are perfect for a micro wedding with up to 25 guests. It may be small in size, but can still be a delicious, eye catching design element to make your wedding stand out. Choose a fun flavor, custom design, rent or buy a great cake stand and viola! You have a piece of art on display. You can even have it set up on your sweetheart table in place of other items like candles or vase of flowers, to keep your "extra" décor to a minimum while still making an impact. The mini 2 tier gives your décor a boost, allows you to have the traditional cake cutting ceremony and photos, and serve your guests a sweet treat in your favorite flavor. Yes, please!
The Dessert Table
Dessert tables are a beautiful addition to any size wedding, but they are an especially great option for a wedding with 6-50 guests, as well as for a wedding taking place at any time of day.
Morning elopement? Order a small collection of breakfast yummies like muffins, coffee cake, and mini cinnamon rolls to serve your guests. Add a coffee bar or DIY mimosa bar to compliment the sweets. Afternoon wedding? Go for pick me up sweets like mini tiramisu dessert cups, cute cupcakes, and drop cookies. For a late evening wedding, a variety of elegant mini desserts like mini cheesecakes, cream puffs and macarons is perfect finish off the night with a sweet bite.
Dessert tables also allow you to make sure all of your guests feel included by choosing a few different types of desserts and a few different flavors. I always tell my couples to choose sweets that are their first choice, but choosing multiple desserts allows them to cover their bases with a variety of chocolate items, fruity items, and creamy vanilla items. If you have guests that you know have dietary sensitivities like gluten, you have the flexibility to offer something naturally gluten free, like mini pavlovas, macarons, and chocolate mousse dessert cups, instead of altering cake to be gluten free.
TIP: With fewer guests and often some parts of a traditional larger 4-6 hour wedding being excluded, you can easily forego a full sit down meal and simply serve sweets to snack on instead! If you are in a state that doesn't allow eating indoors for the time being, you can always send your guests home with a pre-packed goodie bag!
A Single Tier Cutting Cake
This is a great option for a private elopement of 2-10 people total or to go along with a dessert table or cupcakes to serve additional guests. A small cutting cake can make a big impact with a beautiful fresh floral arrangement, a custom buttercream design, or mirror glaze, plus your favorite flavor from my cake menu!
Individual Mini Cakes
Guests will fawn over these adorable personal layer cakes. These are great for both elopements and micro weddings! Choose a few different cake flavors for your guests to choose from (bonus: going for semi naked cakes and choosing flavors of cake that are naturally different shades, like chocolate cake vs strawberry cake, will bring depth to your dessert table). The cakes can be decorated with fresh flowers, macarons, and sugar pearls.
Use desserts as décor. Excite your guests as soon as they sit down by adding a mini dessert or macaron as part of your place settings. Not only can this keep buffet-style dessert bars at bay during the pandemic, but also adds playful, welcoming touch for guests to admire and taste while waiting to be served. They are most effective, front and center with the name place cards and menu! They say eat dessert first, right? Forgo the amuse bouche and kick things off with a sweet bite.
In 2021, expect to see trendy wedding favor boxes to keep your guests items safely bagged or boxed up separately. While welcome bags might contain a cute gift, like a pen marked with your wedding hashtag to sign your guest book, consider boxing up a treat as a yummy take-home favor! Cupcakes, macarons, and cookies are perfect sweets to say "Thank you for coming!" if you don't want to actually serve cake at your wedding.