Although a wedding cake is the traditional way to go, some couples prefer the more trendy path and opt for different confections for their reception. Having a different option does have its advantages, such as having a more variety of flavors and expressing individuality, and it is always a surprise to the guests. Here are some wedding desserts that are anything but traditional for your Athens, Georgia wedding.


Cupcakes are probably the most popular choice for an untraditional dessert. They retain the cake flavor and idea making them semi-traditional, but they can be much more customized. Cupcakes provide an array of colors and flavors so you can match them to your theme and satisfy the varied taste palettes of your guests. If you do decide on this dessert, Gigi’s Cupcakes in Athens is a great option for dessert catering.


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Candy Bar

This is a great option for those who do not like cake, and it still provides a variety of flavors. This self-serve style dessert can include chocolate, marshmallows, jelly beans, or anything you want! Candy bars can also make planning the wedding less stressful because there is no coordinating with a baker; all you have to do is buy the candies you want and put them in a cute containers (such as mason jars). Provide take-home bags, and that can also be your wedding favor.

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Ice Cream and Popsicles

This is a great option for summer weddings in Athens because these are sweet treats that will beat the heat. For popsicles, you can make the flavors as simple as you want (peach, strawberry, or pineapple) or as complicated as you want (strawberry-cucumber or adult options, such as Tropical Tequila Sunrise pops). Having ice cream will not be as colorful as popsicles, but you can do so much with it. You can provide single serve, sundae bars, ice cream sandwiches, floats, etc. This dessert option will please guests of all ages as well as making your wedding a little cooler (in both ways!). Lil’ Ice Cream Dude and Ben & Jerry’s in Athens both cater to weddings.

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These are only three routes you can go about your wedding dessert because the options are absolutely endless. You can pick foods that are meaningful to you or because they’re fun and taste good! The rules for wedding desserts are very flexible so make take advantage of it if you want. Just have fun!

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