A Bride On A Budget received the aforementioned candy in this post from SweetWorks. Additional candy, containers, and miscellaneous items in this post did not come from SweetWorks. All thoughts and opinions belong to ABOAB.
When we were planning on doing a candy buffet at the wedding, I searched far and wide to find candy bar math. There were no posts. The Internet is really devoid of any real life wedding experience to really let you know how much candy you need if you do want a wedding candy buffet.
I'm here to change all that.
We worked with the candy brand SweetWorks to help with this post. You can shop SweetWorks to purchase the items that we received for this post.
Since you'll want your candy buffet to match your wedding, you should definitely shop by color. You want this to be an extension of your wedding, and making sure everything is the same color as your wedding will help.
Candy Bar Math
In total, we ordered about 40 pounds of candy for just over 100 guests. That's 2.5 guests per pound or about 6.4 ounces each, give or take. In the end, I'm going to say that our guests ended up taking about 4 ounces each, but that's because we did have some light candy. If you are going with chocolate only, account for closer to 7 ounces per guest. As far as variety, I would say start with four types and then add one for every 10 guests (so five types for 20 guests, six types for 30 guests, up to 14 for 110 and then just stop there and start repeating. And, actually, you can find this many varieties at SweetWorks, so that's one stop shopping. And yes, different colors of items do count as different varieties).
From SweetWorks, we received:
- Shimmer white doves sweet shaped candies
- Shimmer white bells sweet shaped candies
- Purple 1-inch gumballs
- Shimmer lavender 1-inch gumballs
- Shimmer lavender .5-inch gumballs
- Foiled solid milk purple hearts
- Foiled solid milk silver hearts
- Silver pearls
- Shimmer lavender pearls
- Foiled solid milk purple balls
- Shimmer lavender Sixlets
- Dark silver croquettes
- Ovation milk almond break-a-part balls
My favorite was the dark chocolate croquettes. I think I did too good of a job telling people how amazing they were because the last time I saw them was when I was packing these items up to bring them to the venue. I never saw them again after that. Everyone had taken them all.
We ended up with 16 containers of varying sizes (you can check out full details on those items here). The four largest buckets (9" x 5.75") were filled with chocolate. Those went completely.
We fit 446 purple foil balls (about 5.5 pounds), 234 dark chocolate croquettes (about 4 pounds), and 261 chocolate hearts (about 5 pounds) in each container.
We filled them with: 42 large gumballs (about .75 pound), 40 lollipop sticks, 191 small gumballs (about 1 pound), 120 sugar sticks, 1866 sugar pearls (just over 1 pound), 521 Sixlets (1 pound).
In the small plastic buckets (3.25" x 4.25"), we used: 138 white doves, 857 sugar pearls (.5 pound), and 312 white bells (the doves and bells are maybe half pound, but those are the only ones I'm really guessing on).
Plus, four break-a-part balls. (And we stopped there because we ran out of room on the table)
We tagged each item with its name so everyone would know what items were in which containers, and we added shovels and scoops. My mom said we really only needed them for the unwrapped candy, but I added one to the wrapped row in the back, just for aesthetic purposes.