Rustic Dessert Table: Ideas + Tips For Your Barn Wedding

It is no longer merely a cake table, but rather a dessert table. A common trend with barn weddings these days is to have your cake, eat it too and have several other desserts to go along with it. The dessert table at any barn wedding has become a focal point.

While the cake is still the big cheese of the dessert table, additional desserts and personal touches can make the simple table much more special.

Creating one of these tables is easier said than done. It takes careful attention to detail, delicious treats and personal touches to truly create a dessert table that fits into your barn wedding.

If you don’t know where to begin with your rustic dessert table, you can follow this guide for creating an aspect to your wedding that is truly sweet.

Start with a Good Foundation for Your Table

Start with a Good Foundation for Your Table

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A barn wedding tends to lean more toward the rustic side than modern. A dessert table should be no different. To create the perfect look, you must first begin with a good foundation. For a barn wedding, you can use vintage weathered tables to begin your look.

The actual table to the dessert table should blend into the scene of a barn. At the same time, it should still be a showpiece. Vintage tables from an antique store or your grandparent’s basement always tend to work for a barn wedding dessert table.

If you don’t have vintage tables on hand, you can create the look with wine or whiskey barrels instead. They still provide a rustic foundation in keeping with the barn wedding. Other brides don’t just look for old tables for their dessert table. They use antique vanities or a lower dresser to hark back on the days of old.

If you don’t have vintage tables on hand, you can create the look with wine or whiskey barrels instead

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Decide on the Desserts

The next step is deciding on the desserts that you will have on your table

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Aside from the table that you will place your desserts on, the next  step is deciding on the desserts that you will have on your table. If your wedding cake baker is creative, they might have a few ideas of their own. However, if you want to keep with the barn wedding theme, desserts should be classic yet in miniature. You can always select desserts from various establishments that you love, rather than going with one set baker's ideas.

You can have s’mores bars, mini fruit and lemon tarts, mini pies or even mini strawberry shortcakes covering your dessert table and accenting the cake. Old-fashioned candies like caramels also work well with a barn wedding theme. You don’t want to go with desserts that your guests have never heard of in the end. They should be classic desserts, the type their grandmother’s would make. 

 s’mores bars, mini fruit and lemon tarts, mini pies or even mini strawberry shortcakes

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Assemble Cake and Dessert Stands of Various Heights

Assemble Cake and Dessert Stands of Various Heights

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To add visual interest to your dessert table, you will need to vary the heights of the desserts. The cake should always stand out the most. As a result, many brides decide to have their cake perched on the highest cake stand. The desserts should stagger around the cake at various heights so that guests can see and survey all of their options.

You must remember that you want the dessert table to wow the guests. It should almost be set up like a work of art. Varying the heights is an easy step that can create this effect.

In terms of the stands that you place your desserts on, it is a good idea to keep those vintage and rustic rather than modern. For the do it yourself bride, you can hunt for vintage cake and dessert stands from local antique stores. To add even more visual interest, you can seek out cake stands in various colors. The barn wedding setting makes it acceptable to have fun with color and mismatch the dishes on your dessert table.

Get Personal with the Addition of Photographs

Get Personal with the Addition of Photographs

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Once you have found the right table and the desserts are arranged, you can begin accessorizing your barn wedding dessert table. Barn weddings tend to be homey affairs. Your dessert table should reflect that idea. An easy way to achieve an at home atmosphere is to add photographs in antique picture frames throughout your table.

Some couples decide to place photographs of their grandparents at their weddings back in the day or even photographs of their parent’s wedding. These personal additions help differentiate one dessert table from the next. The wedding photographs throughout a family���s history also enforce the barn wedding theme of vintage and rustic.

Fill in Empty Spaces with Odds and Ends

Fill in Empty Spaces with Odds and Ends

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If you still have empty spaces on your dessert table that need filling, you can always accessorize the table even more. Couples should think outside the box and add vintage pieces to their dessert table. Antique books, trunks, wine crates and clocks further the barn wedding theme across the dessert table.

If you are on a budget, you can always go around a home and look for items of interest that would compliment the table. Old suitcases also make for a nice touch on a barn wedding dessert table, whether they are open or closed. If your dessert table lacks color, a few vases with flowers can also fill in those odd and empty spaces.

Add Signage and a Backdrop

Add Signage and a Backdrop

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The icing on the dessert table cake is easily signage and an impressive backdrop. Beginning with signs, you need to tell your guests what each item is on the table. You shouldn’t have them guessing what dessert they have selected.

You can play with the signage to mirror the font and style of text used throughout your wedding from escort cards to the invitations. It is also a good idea to have a sign over the table telling guests that this is the dessert table. You can convey this message in a clever way.

In terms of a backdrop for the dessert table, you must consider the overall view of the table. While the desserts on the table will distract guests, the look is not complete until a backdrop is added. If you are placing the table outside, you won’t have to do much in the way of a backdrop. However, you can always add bunting and drapery behind the table to add more interest and distinction.

If your dessert table is inside, a good backdrop is essential for making the table work. You can use old windows, barn doors or even just ribbons to let guests know that this table is truly sweet.

Did you have a barn wedding with a dessert table? How did you dress up the desserts?

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