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Adorable non-cake desserts for the big day

As beautiful and traditional as wedding cakes are, they can also be extremely expensive. Due to the size, ornate decorations and location of the wedding, some cakes can cost thousands of dollars. If a cake isn't in your budget or you want a more non-traditional dessert, check out these adorable ideas instead that will save you money and add personality to your big day.

Cupcake displays, candy bars, donut cakes and even pie bars are sweeping the wedding world and are becoming the go-to choice when a couple plans a wedding! Even if you plan on having a cake, a dessert bar is a great way to give your guests some cake alternatives!

Adorable non-cake desserts for the big day

Cupcake display

An adorable alternative to a large wedding cake is to feature a cuppie-cake (a wedding cake assembled from cupcakes) or a cupcake display! This idea will not only save you money on the big day, but it will also give you the chance to feature many different flavors on one "cake!" You can also spruce up the cupcakes by adding fun toppers, like mini lace doilies or cute flags that match your wedding colors and theme! The look above was for a vintage wedding and the designer placed the cupcakes on an old, vintage photo frame and some lace toppers! The possibilities are endless! Image courtesy of Richard Israel.

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Adorable non-cake desserts for the big day

Candy bar

This is one of the cutest dessert trends out there and has been quite popular among the wedding world for years. Candy bars are a great addition to vintage, retro weddings, especially if you use old candy jugs, milk bottles and large jars that were found in '50s candy stores and diners! Plus, this is a great way to feature something for everyone. You can fill your candy containers with chocolates, gummies, gums, sour candies so there is something for even the pickiest of eaters. You can also turn your dessert into a favor too by placing fun cellophane or mesh bags with cute tags by the bar so guests can fill and take home their sweets! Image courtesy of Ashley Victoria Photography.

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Adorable non-cake desserts for the big day


What better way to satisfy the nostalgic kid in you than by having a donut cake or donut bar instead of a giant wedding cake? Donuts have become extremely popular at weddings because they are one of the few desserts that are universally loved! You can either have your caterer stack donuts in a tier so it resembles a cake or feature a bar with a variety of flavors! Another great idea is to feature a few regular size donuts and some cute donut holes that guests can take home with them! How perfect would these key lime pie donuts, by Cassie of Bake Your Day, be at a summer wedding?

Adorable non-cake desserts for the big day

Pie bar

Pies are one of those desserts that never really had a place in wedding planning -- until recently. Now, brides from all over the country are featuring pie bars as an alternative to a giant wedding cake! The great thing about pies is that you can feature them in so many creative ways! You can feature regular size pies, mini tart pies, pies in a jar, pies on a stick, pie bites and more! Plus, you can feature all your favorite flavors as well! If you're featuring a pie bar, a great favor idea is to give your guests a pie in a jar to go, filled with all the ingredients they need to bake it at home! These cherry pie jars from With Style and Grace are perfect for the pie loving bride!

Who said you have to have a cake? Enjoy these cute dessert alternatives instead!

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