Photo Credit: Candy Bar DC

Photo Credit: Candy Bar DC

Looking to break away from the traditional at your wedding? Consider one of these alternatives to a classic wedding cake. Ultimately, what people want at the end of the meal is something sweet. Whether it is cake, pie, ice cream or candy, your guests will be satisfied. Plus, with a unique dessert, your wedding will be even more memorable, and you might even save some money.

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Candy Bar DC

For a fun, and as the company calls it “whimsical buffet” for your wedding, consider contacting Candy Bar DC. Candy Bar will set up a gorgeous table complete with elegant jars brimming with your favorite sweets, ladles, candy bags and labels for the bags. The candy served can be selected to highlight your wedding colors, and candy bags can be labeled with your monogram. Think personalized M&Ms, lollipops, tootsie rolls and anything else your heart desires. Feature all of the candies you and your significant other enjoy. Your guests will have a blast creating their own bags, just as they would at an old-fashioned candy store. The complete package is available for $5.50 per person.

Pleasant Pops
1781 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 558-5224

For a summertime wedding, nothing will cool down your guests like popsicles from Pleasant Pops. This local market and café allows you to rent its popsicle truck for the big day to offer your guests a trendy and delicious dessert. Pleasant Pops can custom engrave popsicle sticks, and you can choose from sublime flavors such as honey crisp apple, cookies ‘n cream, honey lavender or Mexican chocolate. Pleasant Pops even offers vegan pops for any vegan wedding guests. Pricing varies, so contact the shop directly for a quote.

Dangerously Delicious DC
1339 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 389-7437

Comforting apple pie, tart blackberry pie and decadent chocolate cream pie are some of the luscious pie flavors Dangerously Delicious DC can bake for your special day. Instead of a one-note wedding cake, your guests can indulge in a hearty slice of pie of their choice. Each one of these handmade pies serves eight, and can be served plain or with a scoop of ice cream. Pies are $30 each, and should be heated up before served.

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Red Velvet Cupcakery
501 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-7895

Red Velvet Cupcakery can provide your wedding with a gorgeous cupcake tree in any color and flavor you desire. Unique toppings and decorations are offered by Red Velvet so that your cupcakes are customized to your liking. The cupcakes come in a multitude of flavors ranging from carrot cake to peanut butter cup to vanilla bean. If you don’t see something you like, Red Velvet is happy to create specially flavored cupcakes for you that are not on its regular menu. It can even provide you with a small cake so that you have something to cut in front of your guests. Pricing will depend on the flavor and garnishes you select.

Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
1308 G St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 809-5565

Sweet, fluffy and finger-linking good are the best adjectives to describe the doughnuts from Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, and your wedding guests will thank you for the opportunity to try them. Create a doughnut tree or buffet of doughnuts for guests to dive into after they finish dinner. The quirky flavors include crème brulee, complete with a crunchy sugar topping, peanut butter and jelly, twinkie-nut, creamsicle and even pina colada. Doughnut ingredients come from local farmers, ensuring fresh and flavorful treats for your event. New to the DC area, Astro Doughnuts will discuss pricing for catering your wedding when you contact the shop via phone or email.

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