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Shea Shoemaker August 25, 2015

Bridal Blogger // Shea’s Wedding Desserts | Going Beyond the Cake

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Hi Bridal Babes! I’m back this week with only 39 {when did this happen??!!} days to go, I’m talking about wedding desserts and going beyond the cake! With our wedding being a backyard bash and a little outside the traditional {cake} box, we wanted to switch it up a bit when it came to dessert. Traditionally, large tiered wedding cakes were at everyone’s reception with high costs and truthfully, a lot of leftovers. More recently, we’ve seen smaller wedding cakes on display with sheet cake in the back for serving, a more cost effective route to go. Alternatively, when we began thinking about our wedding, we decided to go with a mix of both – a quaint cut cake and a cookie bar! Dessert bars are very DIY + budget friendly, can consist of numerous desserts or a specific one {think cookies, pies and even doughnuts!} + are a gorgeous, easy + a tasty swap up for the big day! Below you can find some Dessert Bar inspiration, as well as the idea we’re going for.

Cut Cakes

I love the idea of these adorable cut cakes. They’re the perfect size to still be able to cut the cake + have a pretty cake topper without spending a lot or having to feed everyone cake! I think we’re all aware of my love for little cream cut cakes with pink/blush/peach garden roses {swoon}.


100 Layer Cake via Christie Graham Photography, 100 Layer Cake via Christie Graham Photography, Style Unveiled via Jen Huang Photography, Intimate Weddings via Anna Roussos, Mod Weddings via Lael Cakes, Brides via Amy Anaiz Photography, Brides via Amy Zumwalt

Cookie Bar

I’m excited we’re going with a cookie bar for our dessert at the reception! It’s easy to eat + easy to set-up especially for a backyard wedding and, who doesn’t love cookies?! #EveryoneLovesCookies


Belle the Magazine, Ruffled via Jen Rodriguez, Details on Demand $20+ via Etsy, Ruffled via Jen Rodriguez and Style Me Pretty via Simply Rosie

Other Dessert Bar Alternatives

I mean…wedding dessert bar options are unlimited! Whether you’re into doughnuts, Popsicle’s, pies or even, macaroons there’s a stylish/fun way to do them all!


Wedding Chicks via Our Labor of Love, Mod Wedding via Meg Ruth Photo, Wedding Chicks via Anneli Marinovich, Wedding Chicks via Cluney Photo, Under A Paper Moon via Union Photo, Love Ramsey

Which of these dessert bars would you opt for? I’d love to know! Thanks Babes! I’ll be back in 3 weeks {16 days before THE BIG DAY!} talking about our wedding DIY decor, stationary and signage!

Bridal Blogger - Shea DeForest

Shea DeForest is a stylish DIY bride who is busy designing her dream wedding with a dreamy mix of classic + boho style. She will say “I Do” to Joseph, the love of her life, on October 3rd, 2015 with their pup Knox by their side. Shea will be gracing our blog with her monthly wedding planning updates right up until her October wedding. Want to know more? You can personally find + follow her on these social channels:

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