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11 elegant ideas for a breathtaking vintage wedding dessert table

Vintage never goes out of style – particularly when it comes to weddings. There’s something inherently romantic about the eras of our past. 

No matter your chosen decade, a vintage theme should inspire every detail of your day – from your decor to your desserts. And here at Sugar Box London, we know a thing or two about swoon worthy sweet treats.

Read on for our shortlist of the best vintage wedding dessert table ideas, each of which offer a slice of something special.

Our top vintage wedding dessert table ideas

From bonbons to biscuits, trifles to tarts, there’s no limit on the variety of treats you can serve among your wedding dessert table.

Macaron pops

Macarons are the utmost luxurious dessert. Beloved for centuries, this vintage treat was a favourite of the notoriously sweet toothed Marie Antoinette – and has since become a staple at the most decadent of affairs.

Choose one, two or three central colours from your wedding palette for a sophisticated platter. Or for a modern twist, turn your macarons into ‘pops’ to show off their embellished exterior. 

Macaron pops displayed nicely on a glass cake stand

Hand painted biscuits

The 20th century was known for its assortment of patterns, from geometric shapes to retro florals. Where better to highlight your vintage theme than atop an edible treat? 

Painted biscuits are a beautiful addition to any elegant dessert display. Skillfully iced by hand, these intricate creations can encompass any design, from your initials to your bouquet.

Edible baskets

Flowers and foliage are a simple way to add a touch of vintage to your wedding dessert bar. And these edible baskets are sure to make a lasting impression. 

Each golden tart is filled with silky smooth ganache, before being covered in handcrafted blooms. So what flavour will it be? Chocolate and hazelnut? Summer fruits and lemon? The choice is most definitely yours.

Edible dessert baskets on a glass cake stand

Cocktail desserts

Nothing says vintage like an array of art deco glassware. But why save them for the bar? Here at Sugar Box London, cocktail hour is dessert hour. 

Crystal coupe glasses add an opulent touch to an elegant wedding dessert table – and the options really are endless. Choose a cocktail-inspired filling, from champagne jelly to pina colada panna cotta. Or surprise guests with a retro delight such as our rhubarb and custard pudding.

Canape desserts

Why have one sweet dish when you can have them all? With a selection of canape desserts, you can serve all your favourite puddings in perfectly petite sized portions. 

And they’re just as pleasing to the eye as they are easy to eat. Choose from childhood favourites, vintage classics or colourful layered creations with a crowd-pleasing selection. We love British classics like eton mess, black forest mousse and a traditional trifle. Or why not try something culturally vintage? Take a satisfying spoonful of our rose rice pudding or classic gulab jamun.

Choux buns with flower decorations

Designer cake pops

Dessert… or art? Whilst cake pops are most definitely delicious, they also make a striking visual addition to a vintage wedding dessert table.

Dressed in handcrafted sugar flowers or dripping in Gatsby gold – no design is too much for our bespoke dessert creators at Sugar Box London.

Designer cake pops in a line

Cream tea

A classic cream tea is a tradition that never disappoints. Petite finger sandwiches, simple yet stylish cakes and of course, the main event… soft, warm, crumbly scones. There’s no better dish for a vintage wedding.

Nothing quite beats this British baked good, topped with lashings of clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam. Unless a scone with a twist is more your cup of tea? Chocolate, blueberry, savoury or spiced – why not tailor this classic recipe to you and your loved one’s taste buds?

Cream Tea - Madelines

Macaron tower

What could be more luxurious than mountains of macarons? These sweet delights almost always make an appearance at a vintage soiree – but a tiered display makes a show stopping centrepiece. Particularly if you’re looking for a romantic alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

Garnish with petals, gems and ribbons, choose different coloured layers or combine a mixture of flavours – a macaron tower can be completely customised to the theme of your special day.

Sweet bonbons

Bonbons are a blissful sweet treat that offer guests something a little different to classic baked goods and desserts. From sugary fruit centres to rich chocolate fillings, the sky’s the limit when it comes to flavour. 

Sweet bonbons are a bestseller for wedding sweet tables here at Sugar Box London. Our signature rose, coconut and pistachio bonbons taste as good as they look, serving sweet, nutty notes in every bite.

Trays of sweet bon bons

Selection of mini tarts

The classic tart is a British dessert with history as rich as its filling. From treacle to Bakewell to fresh jam and fruit, this traditional delight is not one to be missed. 

Miniature versions are a satisfying post-dinner bite. Easily grabbable and bursting with flavour, stack your sweet tarts on a tiered cake stand to add height to your dessert table. And don’t forget a range of flavours. Chocolate and espresso, lemon and vanilla, and nutella cheesecake are just some of our newlywed’s favourites.

Mini tart display

Naked cupcakes

Simple yet stylish, naked cakes are a truly elegant feature for a wedding dessert table. The exposed sponge can either be left bare or semi-iced with sweet buttercream for a rustic, romantic touch. Whilst the top layer provides a blank canvas for all kinds of decoration.

Fresh berries, flowers, macarons or winter foliage… naked cupcakes are a versatile dessert that can be incorporated into any vintage theme. Top yours with pink roses for a classic look, or embellish with edible pearls that shine under a spotlight.

Semi naked cup cakes with flower decoration

Create the ultimate wedding dessert table with Sugar Box London

As London’s couture dessert experts, we’re well-versed in creating unforgettable tablescapes. Each handcrafted piece is tailor-made with your individual theme in mind to elevate the look, feel and taste of your wedding.

Find out more about our dessert experiences and book a free consultation today.