5 Creative Ways To Use Donuts At Your Wedding

Donut decorating station wedding

Mmm… donuts. Homer Simpson isn’t the only one who loves these tasty pastries, so why not incorporate them into your ceremony or reception? Donuts are a delicious alternative to the traditional wedding cake and with so many varieties of flavors, icings and fillings, they are sure to please everyone’s sweet tooth. We’ve got five creative ways to include donuts in your wedding.

Donut “cake”

The most common way donuts are currently being used in weddings is as a “cake” in place of the traditional wedding dessert. Similar to the popular cupcake “cake” from recent years, donuts are stacked on a tiered platter and arranged in a cake-like fashion. This method of using donuts in your wedding is incredibly versatile and can be adjusted to fit you and your partner’s tastes. Any combination of flavors, sizes and types of donuts can be used to make up your donut tower, and you can even have a bigger donut at the top for cutting! If you’re not ready to fully commit to a donut-only dessert, you can use donuts as a cake topper to achieve the best of both worlds.

Ombre donut wedding cake

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Donut wedding cake topper

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Donut decorating bar

Interactive food bars are trendy in the wedding world because it engages your guests and encourages them to mingle with others instead of being seated at the same table for several hours as they would be for a multi-course plated dinner. Decorating your own donuts is a fun activity that guests of all ages will love. Provide plain donuts and donut holes as well as different flavors of icing, spreads and toppings such as sprinkles, powdered sugar, crushed Oreos, gummy bears, whipped cream, fresh fruit and any other sweet treat you can think of!

Donut decorating station wedding

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Donut decorating bar

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Donut centerpieces and décor

If you really want to show your love for donuts, incorporate them into your wedding’s décor and theme! You can make pretty (and delicious) centerpieces for each table for your guests to dig into during the reception. Another fun idea is to create a garland by stringing donuts together and use them to decorate the venue. The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating donuts into your wedding’s décor.

Donut decorating station wedding

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Donut wedding reception centerpiece

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Paired with a beverage

If you want to include donuts in your wedding but you don’t want them to overtake the entire theme, you can have donut holes as a snack item in addition to the traditional wedding cake. Serve your donuts with a glass of cold milk, or make donut hole skewers and serve with a cup of coffee. Dunking these tasty treats into beverages is an experience all of your guests are sure to enjoy.

Doughnut hole coffee wedding ideas

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Doughnuts milk wedding ideas

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Goody bags

Let your guests take home a delicious treat to enjoy for breakfast the next morning. Put cute takeaway containers on a table with assorted donut holes so that your friends and family can bring home a piece of your wedding. These are a fantastic party favor that are inexpensive and unique, and your guests will be sure to thank you the next day!

Donut goody bags wedding favors

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Wedding favor goody bags

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