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Creating the BEST Lolly and Candy Buffet

Sugar is AMAZING! There is nothing more mouth-watering than seeing a table filled with treats of all shapes and sizes. Having a lolly or candy buffet at your wedding can also be a very pretty thing to include. So the question is:

How do a make the best candy buffet for my wedding?

In this article I will break down the key points to ensure you lolly buffet is the talk of the wedding (until the music starts of course)

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The Candy Itself

 

The Cheap Stuff

So if you are spending $50K+ on a wedding and then head to the discount store and buy no name candy, it kind of says that you don’t really want a buffet. This is for your guests and it’s something they are going to be eating most likely throughout your reception so it is important not to skimp. Now that does not mean you need to get custom chocolates made but you should always ensure taste is the main factor when deciding.

 

The Good Stuff

Now everyone is going to have differing opinions on the best candy but for me personally you should always go with things that make want to take more. I would suggest things like:

  • Fantails
  • Redskins
  • Natural Confectionery Company Jellies
  • Marshmallows
  • Starbursts
  • Haribo Gummy Bear
  • Werther’s Original Toffee
  • Red Twizzlers
  • Skittles

All these (apart from marshmallows) are named brands which while might be a little bit more expensive, will definitely taste amazing to your guests. There is a reason many of these are still around after 50+ years.

 

What To Avoid

Now you may have noticed I didn’t put things like Mars Bars or the like on the list (despite me LOVING THEM) and that is because no matter how you dress it up, you can’t make those ‘fun size’ packets of chocolates look good. If you just pour them into a bowl it looks like you are getting ready for trick or treaters than your wedding.

Some other factors to keep in mind when choosing candy:

  • Will it melt?
    • If the answer is yes, best leave it out of the buffet. Chocolate goop is not a good look
  • Is it breakable?
    • Anything that requires hand eye coordination to eat is in the too hard basket.
  • Is it too large/small?
    • If it is too big you will need to provide lots so as many as your guests will get some. If it is too small will you be shelling out bulk orders to fill the jars? Try for a happy medium.
  • Too sugar coated.
    • Avoid any candies that are coated in sugar. The sour candies are a good example. Despite their deliciousness they will leave sugar EVERYWHERE.

 

The Look Of The Thing

 

Colours

Does your wedding have a colour theme? If so do you want the lollies to match it? If you decide yes, keep in mind this may limit you in what kind you get. There are only so many blue and white types available unless you want to sort through hundreds of lolly bags. A better way is to have any candy you want but have the table cloth/jars in your theme.

 

Presentation

As mentioned, having a nice table setup with jars and little custom signs is very cute. However ensure that you can not only get the candy into the jars and bowls, but that your guests can easily get them out. I have on at least one occasion seen a jar topple to the floor because someone was trying to get some lollies out from the bottom and it was not very stable. Do some shopping around and see what you can find and always check if you can stick your hand easily inside.

The signage is also something that may look nice but might not be needed. A small sign saying “Have something sweet on us” is just as cute as having every jar labelled with its contents. You only have a limited amount of space on your table so be sure you don’t go overboard with signs.

 

Lolly Bags, Scoopers and Tongs

How are your guests going to actually get the candy? You will need little scoopers and tongs for various items, otherwise guests will be sticking their hands into the jars and scooping out whatever they can get (I’ve seen it happen more than once). This goes back to ensuring the jars are large enough so there is little chance of anything breaking.

Lolly bags have two options:

  1. You can either have them on the buffet.
  2. OR give one to each guest at their place setting.

The first means you don’t need to have one for everyone as it’s first in best dressed (but insure you have plenty under the table). The second is encouraging everyone to partake of the buffet. This means you must ensure you do have enough candy for everyone to fill their bags to the top. (This also covers those who won’t touch it and those who will go for seconds…or in the case of children…fifths)

 

Delicious Alternative Options

If you are looking at doing something a little bit different, why not consider these:

Donuts Wall

A wall of donuts, beautifully glazed with your colour themed icing. Your guest just take a donut from it’s peg. No fuss, not mess, all yum!

Fairy Floss Machine

Why not have your guests make their own fairy floss for something a little different? A quick google search found you can hire a variety of different types of machine for between $100-$200 in Perth and the advantage is you can generally make fairy floss in different colours to match your theme

 

Chocolate Fountain

Now of course this can look amazing, especially with the display of what you put out for people to dip into it…but it is MESSY! Be prepare to have some tasteful tablecloths on the floor to catch the chocolate drips

 

Custom Chocolates

Instead of of lolly buffet you can always give everyone personalized chocolates. This can range from small generic chocolates which have their names on it as a place setting, all the way up to name brand chocolates like Tolblerones. The shape, size, types and colours are endless.

If you have any other ideas on how to make an amazing lolly buffet, leave a comment down below. If you know of a place that have something different, leave a link in the comment too.

 

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Top 20 Motown Songs for your Wedding Dance Floor

So I feel I should give a disclaimer regarding this particular list. Motown is “Officially” songs that were released by or reminiscent of the US record label Tamla Motown and traditionally is of black artist popularizing soul music. Now while we have included many of those artist, there are a few where we have either strayed or chosen (in our opinion at least) better versions for a dance floor. When a guests requests some Motown what they want is the “feel”, not necessarily the reality. So please keep that in mind with this list.

All songs are in random order and remember to use a playlist for yourself but use a DJ for a party.

Komodo Music Presents:

The Top 20 Motown Songs For A Wedding Dance Floor

Komodo Music Banner- Wedding Dancefloor blog- Motown

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

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I Want You Back- Jackson 5

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Stop! In The Name Of Love- The Supremes

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Superstitious- Stevie Wonder

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Reach Out I’ll Be There- Human Nature

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Money (That’s What I Want)- Barrett Strong

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Baby Love- The Supremes

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My Girl- The Temptations

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Dancing In The Streets- Martha and the Vandellas

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You Can’t Hurry Love- The Supremes

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Lifting Me Higher- Jimmy Barnes

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How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye

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I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)- Jessica Mauboy

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ABC- Jackson 5

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Come And Get Your Love- Redbone

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I heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye

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Upside Down- Diana Ross

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Get Ready- The Temptations

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Do You Love Me- The Contours

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Ain’t Too Proud To Beg- The Tempations

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  1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough- Marvin Gaye
  2. I Want You Back- Jackson 5
  3. Stop! In The Name Of Love- The Supremes
  4. Superstitious- Stevie Wonder
  5. Reach Out I’ll Be There- Human Nature
  6. Money (That’s What I Want)- Barrett Strong
  7. Baby Love- The Supremes
  8. My Girl- The Temptations
  9. Dancing In The Streets- Martha and the Vandellas
  10. You Can’t Hurry Love- The Supremes
  11. Lifting Me Higher- Jimmy Barnes
  12. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – Marvin Gaye
  13. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)- Jessica Mauboy
  14. ABC- Jackson 5
  15. Come And Get Your Love- Redbone
  16. I heard It Through The Grapevine- Marvin Gaye
  17. Upside Down- Dianna Ross
  18. Get Ready- The Temptations
  19. Do You Love Me- The Contours
  20. Ain’t Too Proud To Beg- The Temptations

 

 

 

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Top 20 Songs From The 80’s For Your Wedding Dance Floor

You would have to look very hard to find someone who doesn’t like the 80’s. Some people will claim they don’t like it but really what they probably don’t like is the “Cheese” associated with some of the music from this era (Granted the Grease Megamix is a cheesy classic on this list) but this decade also is the most abundant when it comes to party songs.

The songs listed are in random order and remember a playlist is no substitute for a professional DJ who knows not only how to mix the music but when it would work best.

Komodo Music Presents:

The Top 20 Songs From The 80’s For A Wedding Dance Floor

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Wake Me Up Before You Go Go- WHAM!

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Footloose- Kenny Loggins

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Walking On Sunshine- Katrina and the Waifs

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston

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Celebration- Kool and the Gang

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I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers

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Love Shack- B52’s

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Mamma Mia- ABBA

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YMCA- Village People**

**Editors note** While this song was released in 1978, it is generally regarded as an 80’s song. Plus it’s my list so 😛

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Grease Megamix

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Summer of 69- Bryan Adams

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Shake Your Tail Feather- Ray Charles

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Blame It On The Boogie- Jackson 5**

**Editors note** Again, this song was released in 1978, but it is so associated with the 80’s I’m counting it. Plus your guest will never know!

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I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor

**Editors note** Ok I could do a list of 1978 songs at this point!

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Take On Me- A-Ha

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Hot Hot Hot- Arrow

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Like A Prayer- Madonna

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Push It- Salt N Pepper

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All Night Long- Lionel Richie

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I’m So Excited- The Pointer Sisters

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  1. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go- WHAM!
  2. Footloose- Kenny Loggins
  3. Walking On Sunshine- Katrina and the Waifs
  4. I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston
  5. Celebration- Kool and the Gang
  6. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers
  7. Love Shack- B52’s
  8. Mamma Mia- ABBA
  9. YMCA- Village People
  10. Grease Megamix
  11. Summer of 69- Bryan Adams
  12. Shake Your Tail Feather- Ray Charles
  13. Blame It On The Boogie- Jackson 5
  14. I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor
  15. Take On Me- A-Ha
  16. Hot Hot Hot- Arrow
  17. Like A Prayer- Madonna
  18. Push It- Salt N Pepper
  19. All Night Long- Lionel Richie
  20. I’m So Excited- The Pointer Sisters

 

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Every Disney Songs At Your Wedding

So people tend to love Disney…like…a lot! Sometimes a couple will request one or two to be included in the wedding, and other times they have gone full blown princess in a castle and want nothing but Disney!

So as a fun exercise I have listed every* Disney Song released and put them into categories of where you could potentially play them at your wedding.

Now a few rules:

  1. When I say “Every Disney Song” I am referring to songs that everyone knows, and mainly from their most popular works (So I will not be including any songs from the 1954 ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ as an example, nor am I doing the ‘straight to DVD’ sequels)
  2. I am mainly looking at ANIMATED films, however I may include some live action films too.
  3. I am writing this list at the end of 2018 so more Disney will have come out by then so feel free to add to this list (Leave a comment:-)).
  4. I am excluding anything that might be considered inappropriate (so long the majority of songs from ‘Songs of the South’)
  5. I am excluding instrumentals, refrains, Broadway versions or alternative versions of the songs (so ‘Prince Ali’ is fine, Jafar’s song is not)
  6. If the song associated with the film is a song that was made for something else it won’t be featured (so “Little Wonders” by Rob Thomas in the film ‘Meet The Robinson’s’ is out)
  7. I have listed these songs into categories that usually happen at a wedding. If you are doing something different, unusual, or weird you just might have to browse everything to find that song that fits.
  8. If I miss a song or you don’t agree with where I put it…chill…it’s Disney people!

 

And remember, if you don’t want your wedding to sound like you just put on your Disney Playlist, be sure to hire a DJ to really make it magic!…

…See what I did there!

 

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CEREMONY

Pre Ceremony

(Number of songs usually needed: Varies, 6+)

In A World Of My Own- Alice in Wonderland

Human Again- Beauty and the Beast

I’m Wishing- Snow White

A Smile and a Song- Snow White

So This Is Love- Cinderella

Robin Hood Oo De Lally- Robin Hood

Tomorrow Is Another Day- The Rescuers

Arabian Nights- Aladdin

Circle of Life- Lion King

Listen With Your Heart- Pocahontas

 

Walking Down The Aisle

(Number of songs usually needed: 1)

Some Day My Prince Will Come- Snow White

Love Is A Song That never Ends- Bambi

A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes- Cinderella

 

Signing of the Registry

(Number of songs usually needed: 2-3)

Let’s Sing A Gay Little Spring Song- Bambi

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo- Cinderella

A Most Befuddling Thing- Sword In The Stone

Appreciate The Lady- The Fox and the Hound

I Just Can’t Wait To be King- Lion King

Almost There- Princess and the Frog

Fixer Upper- Frozen

 

Walking Back Up The Aisle

(Number of songs usually needed: 1)

Friend Like Me- Aladdin

Following The Leader- Peter Pan

I Wanna Be like You- Jungle Book

After Today- A Goofy Movie

Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride- Lilo and Stitch

Gonna Take You There- Princess and the Frog

Love Is An open Door- Frozen

Try Everything- Zootopia

 

Post Ceremony

(Number of songs usually needed: Varies, 4+)

One Jump Ahead- Aladdin

Belle- Beauty and the Beast

Gaston- – Beauty and the Beast

I’m Late- Alice In Wonderland

All In the Golden Afternoon- Alice In Wonderland

I Can Go The Distance- Hercules

Do You Want To Build A Snowman- Frozen

 

RECEPTION

Pre Dinner

(Number of songs usually needed: Varies, 6+)

Be Our Guest- Beauty and the Beast

He’s A Tramp- Lady and the Tramp

Dalmatian Plantation- 101 Dalmatians

Feed The Birds- Mary Poppins

Be Prepared- Lion King

Bring Honor To Us All- Mulan

 

Entrance

(Number of songs usually needed: 1-2)

Pink Elephants on Parade- Dumbo

Hakuna Matata- Lion King

Perfect World- The Emperors New Groove

Immortals- Big Hero 6

 

Cake Cutting

(Number of songs usually needed: 1)

Best of Friends- The Fox and the Hound

Kiss The Girl- Little Mermaid

Welcome- Brother Bear

Shiny- Moana

 

Father Daughter Dance

(Number of songs usually needed: 1)

How Does A Moment Last Forever- Beauty and the Beat

Baby Mine- Dumbo

You’ll Be In My Heart- Tarzan

 

Bridal Waltz

(Number of songs usually needed: 1-2)

A Whole New World- Aladdin

Tale As Old As Time- Beauty and the Beast

When You Wish Upon A Star- Pinocchio

Once Upon A Dream- Sleeping Beauty

Can You Feel the Love Tonight- Lion King

Ma Belle Evangeline- The Princess and the Frog

I See The Light- Tangled

Where The Dream Takes You- Atlantis The Lost Empire

 

Leaving

(Number of songs usually needed: 1-4)

High Ho- Snow White

I’ve Got No Strings- Pinochio

Bare Necessities- Jungle Book

Everybody Wants To Be A Cat- The Aristocats

A Star Is Born- Hercules

I’m On My Way- Brother Bear

Dig A Little Deeper- Princess and the Frog

We Know The Way- Moana

You’re Welcome- Moana

When Can I See You Again?- Wreck It Ralph

 

Dinner Music

(Number of songs usually needed: Varies, 30+)

Evermore- Beauty and the Beast

Something There- Beauty and the Beast

Whistle While You Work- Snow White

Prince Ali- Aladdin

Give A Little Whistle- Pinocchio

Bella Notte- Lady and the Tramp

The Life I lead- Marry Poppins

A British Bank- Mary Poppins

Let’s Go Fly A Kite- Mary Poppins

Streets Of Gold- Oliver and Company

Part of Your World- Little Mermaid

Just Around The River Bend- Pocahontas

Colours of the Wind- Pocahontas

Topsy Turvy- The Hunchback of Notre Dame

One Last Hope- Hercules

I Won’t Say I’m In Love- Hercules

I’ll Make A Man Out Of You- Mulan

True To Your Heart- Mulan

I’ve Got A Dream- Tangled

Touch The Sky- Brave

For The First Time In Forever- Frozen

Let It Go- Frozen

Where You Are- Moana

How Far I’ll Go- Moana

I Thought I Lost You- Bolt

 

Dancing Music

(Number of songs usually needed: Varies, 40+)

Step In Time- Mary Poppins

Under The Sea- Little Mermaid

Stand Out- A Goofy Movie

Zero to Hero- Hercules

Friends On The Other Side- Princess and the Frog

When We’re Human- Princess and the Frog

 

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