How To: Create a Killer Dessert

Organising dessert is one of the sweetest parts of planning – make sure it goes down a treat by taking note of our top tips.

  • Story by Photo Candy Capco & words bella handfield

Organising dessert is one of the sweetest parts of planning – make sure it goes down a treat by taking note of these top tips.

Tried and true with a twist

Classic flavours always hit the spot. Take the taste sensation next-level by putting new spins on old crowd-pleasers – think candied lemon, salted chocolate or rum-soaked berries. Keep textures varied by serving a mix of pies, tortes, cheesecakes or silky mousses.

Say cheese

Complement sweet desserts by offering plates laden with cheese, crackers, chutney and grapes. These platters deliver a refreshing option for those bereft of a sweet tooth.

Gather round

Create a dessert table that encourages guests to mix and mingle after the main course. Cover it with colourful bowls of lollies and sweets, ask close friends and family members to contribute home-baked goods, or design an interactive ice cream station complete with sauces and sprinkles. For extra visual appeal, find an eclectic mix of plates, stands and bowls in varying shapes and heights; use them to display the feast.

On theme

Let your wedding style inform your menu for a celebration that satiates all the senses. Showcase international cuisine (think delicate macaroons and silky crème brulee for a Parisian-inspired day) or choose a divese mix of berry-embellished desserts to tie in with a purple colour palette.

Cater for the whole crowd
Inquire with guests if they have any specific diet requirements on invitations or RSVP cards – some guests may be gluten intolerant, vegan or allergic to nuts. Liaise with your caterer to ensure these guests also have something to enjoy, and  be sure these options are clearly labeled as a gluten-free, nut-free or vegan-friendly on the day. 


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