Are you having your wedding at Four Seasons or at a campsite? No matter the vibe of your big day, we've got a dessert for you.
You and your partner have everything planned for your wedding: the rings you'll exchange, the first song you'll dance to, and the pajamas you'll put on as soon as the last guest has left. You've even made sure the friend from college—the one who'll inevitably get a little sloppy and distract from the tension between your extended family members—has RSVP'd yes.
But the detail that can sometimes be hardest to finalize—the same detail that will leave a lasting, and hopefully sweet, impression on your guests—is dessert. In so many ways, we're living in an era after the reign of the standard three-tiered wedding cake with two figurines on top. Today, there's more room for creativity—to serve pudding or milkshakes or trifle as the last course, depending on the mood you're going for.
To celebrate the start of wedding season and the launch of Food52's registry, we've organized 24 desserts by wedding personality. If you serve any of these, we expect an invitation.
- You want your guests to leave impressed
- You told the wedding planner you were fine with crystals, sequins, and gold leaf
- The expression "YOLO" speaks to you
- You spent a lot of time thinking about the wedding favors
Triple Chocolate Ombre Cake, Champagne Cake, Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream with Burnt Caramel-Orange Swirl, Late Summer Trifle
- The thought of a mocha-colored dress makes you raise your eyebrows
- You picked out your borrowed, blue, and new items five years ago
- You want your wedding to feel timeless
- You're exchanging family heirlooms along with the rings
Strawberry Short Cake, Alice Medrich's House Truffles 4.0, Perfect Chocolate Cake, Peach Tart
- You instructed your mother and your future mother-in-law that they could absolutely not wear Betsey Johnson dresses
- The color scheme includes grays, blues, and gray-blues
- Your dream house is "simple yet elegant"
- You love Muji
Maialino's Olive Oil Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Palmiers, Brown Butter Raspberries
- You're having your wedding at a barn, cabin, farm, or campsite
- There will be dogs running around (and they will not be wearing bow ties or veils)
- You are serving artisinal beer out of mason jars decorated with gingham ribbons
- The bouquets and corsages are made of wildflowers
Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie, Blackberry Cornbread Buckle, Mable's Texas Sheet Cake, Apricot Oat Crumb Bars
- You're having a friend play guitar as a you walk down the aisle (or, if you're really going for it, he's playing banjo)
- Vanilla cake with vanilla icing makes you yawn
- You're putting Polaroid cameras on each table
- You hired the bartender because of his handlebar mustache
Mango-Lime Trifle with Brown Butter Cake, Pecorino Romano Cake with Candied Tomatoes, Chamomile-Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream, Roberta's Parsley Cake
- You always had a hunch you were born in the wrong decade
- There will be a jukebox at your wedding programmed with "Twist and Shout"
- You considered wearing a poodle skirt (or pastel-colored suspenders), but your friends advised against it
- There will be a high number of "old timers" attending
Roasted Strawberry with Buttermilk and Mint, Icebox Cake, Funfetti Cake, Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake