How to Style a Dessert Table

Dessert tables have become a popular trend among creative brides who want to offer their guests something more than just the traditional wedding cake. A beautifully styled dessert table can add a decorative feature to your reception that helps tie your wedding theme and colours together with the food. Here are our top tips for styling your own delectable dessert table.

Stick To Your Color Palette

When planning your dessert table, keep your wedding colours in mind and select desserts in complimentary tones. When ordering cookies, cupcakes, and macarons, select icing colours that match the rest of your established décor. Candies come in all kinds of colours and can be beautifully displayed in glass jars to show them off. By staying within your chosen colour palette, your dessert table will achieve a unified aesthetic that compliments the rest of your wedding décor.


Dessert tables all need a few essential accessories like candy scoops or cookie tongs so don’t miss the opportunity to give them a personal touch. Add ribbons or floral details to the handles to match the rest of your reception. If you’re providing candy bags for take-home treats, consider accessorising those by attaching a thank-you note to each one or buying bags with a pattern that matches the rest of your table. If you’re looking to keep things simple, ordering a few extra floral arrangements for your dessert table is a quick and easy way to accessorise your display.

Create a Focal Point

The key to a beautifully arranged dessert table is to follow one of the main rules of design and create a focal point. For many brides, this is easy by placing the wedding cake at the centre of the table. If you aren’t offering a traditional wedding cake, consider purchasing a multi-tiered dessert tray for cupcakes or cookies and making that the focal point. By playing with height and dimension, your dessert table will attract the eyes of your guests regardless of whether you have a traditional cake.

Styling a personalised dessert table is a simple and inexpensive way to add an element of uniqueness to your wedding. As a bonus, they are always a big hit with guests who love being able to pick and choose their favourite sweets.

How would you style your own dessert table? Share your ideas in the comments.