These 13 Modern Wedding Desserts Are Not Cake

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Chic Modern Wedding Desserts

Calling all nonconformists: You don’t actually have to serve wedding cake at your reception if you don’t want to. Plenty of couples are making their own traditions by serving a variety of mouthwatering wedding desserts instead.

If a four-tier sugary confection doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are plenty of modern wedding dessert ideas to take your reception menu to the next level.

Wedding Cookies

Wedding Cookies

Wedding cookies were the most common cake alternative in 2019. They were so popular, in fact, that nearly one in two couples included this delectable treat on their sweets display.

Chic Wedding Cupcakes

Chic Wedding Cupcakes

Perhaps a mini cake is your dream dessert. If that’s the case, wedding cupcakes are the alternative for you. Get creative with cake-and-icing combinations or keep it classic with the basics.

Wedding Candy Bar

Wedding Candy Bar

Love is pretty sweet, so celebrate accordingly by offering a wedding candy bar at your reception. Whether you pair it with other wedding desserts or let it shine on its own, guests will love creating a custom bag of their favorite sweets.

Wedding Donuts

Wedding Donuts

A donut wall is the Instagram-worthy wedding treat your reception needs. It’s one of the most beloved wedding desserts, with 18 percent of couples offering a mouth-watering donuts spread at their reception. Not only are wedding donuts easy to eat, they’re easily customizable too.

Wedding Cheesecake

Wedding Cheesecake

Wedding cheesecake, anyone? If this savory treat is your go-to, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s rising in popularity as a modern wedding dessert. One in five couples served cheesecake on their sweets table in 2019, making this a great wedding cake alternative.

Wedding Cake Pops

Wedding Cake Pops

If you like the idea of a wedding cake but want to give it a fresh upgrade, consider having wedding cake pops instead.

Wedding Pies

Wedding Pies

Thanksgiving-lovers, this one’s for you. Substitute wedding cake with a variety of pie flavors for a truly personalized wedding reception menu.

Wedding S'mores Bar

Wedding S’mores Bar

Want some more wedding desserts at your reception? Consider having a S’mores bar as an after-dinner activity. While you might want to forgo a bonfire (unless that’s totally up your alley), give your guests the surprise of the night by offering a S’mores station.

Wedding Ice Cream Bar

Wedding Ice Cream Bar

If you scream for ice cream, a build-a-cone station is an absolute must. Not only is a wedding ice cream bar a great interactive experience for you and your guests, it’ll be a treat to remember.

Wedding Macarons

Wedding Macarons

Macarons are one of the most elegant (and delicious) wedding desserts. Ask your local pastry chef to arrange them in the form of a cake as a nod to tradition.

Wedding Pastries

Wedding Pastries

Believe it or not, assorted pastries fell among the top three most popular dessert table options. Just over 30 percent of couples served these creations at their wedding, and it’s likely because the possibilities are plentiful.

Wedding Pudding

Wedding Pudding

Yes, pudding can actually be one of your wedding desserts if you so desire. Whether you give your guests dirt in a cup (pudding with crushed oreos and a gummy worm for effect) or layers of delectable flavors.

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