I personally had a cookie table at my own wedding (you can see all the details here) but it wasn't as a replacement for the wedding cake. I felt like it gave some of my family a chance to participate in the hospitality of the day, and it also gave people something sweet to nibble on immediately after dinner. The wedding cake is usually a more formal dessert, served near the end of a reception, and sometimes — let's face it — it isn't even very good. Those little caramel bars, peppermint-chocolate slices, pizzelles, and pecan tassies were much more popular than my own cake, even though it was admittedly homemade.
So I don't see cookies actually replacing a wedding cake; the cake is a centerpiece and a focal point for some of the tradition of a reception. But I do love the idea of a cookie table or dessert buffet where your guests can graze and "fill in the corners" right after dinner. This is becoming a tradition in my family; we did it again for my brother's wedding.
What about you? Have you been seeing cookie buffets at weddings? Do you think it will eventually replace the wedding cake?
• Read the article: Cookies--The New Cake by Becky Aikman at Gourmet.com
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