Candy Buffet Price List: How Much?

Today, we’re going to be looking at a candy buffet price list and how much you can expect to be paying for a candy buffet on your wedding day. In recent years, candy buffets have become increasingly popular – especially at weddings. It’s the perfect addition to a wedding day. Not only does it look gorgeous aesthetically, but it’s always a hit with guests of all ages!

Points To Consider

Whether you’re creating the buffet yourself or hiring a professional, you’ll want to know a rough estimate on price, and how much candy you may need to buy. Alongside the candy, you also will need to be thinking about glassware, tables, linen, and any other décor you might need. So how much is the average candy buffet? Let’s take a look.

It’s important to note that although it may appear cheaper to do everything yourselves, you must consider a few factors. When hiring a professional, you’re not just getting the candy, you’re also paying for their equipment, time, and expertise. All of which you’ll need to pay for yourself if you decide to do it independently.

Depending on how large you want your candy buffet, will also impact how much candy you will need. The general rule of how much candy you’ll need per person is around 1/4-1/2lb per person. Remember, it’s always best to purchase more than you need – you can enjoy the candy after your wedding then too!

How Much?

The average price of a candy bar can range anywhere from $50-$200, but can obviously be a lot more depending on how many guests you’re having at your wedding. A few factors to consider when searching for a supplier are:

  • how many guests will be attending
  • what candy do you want (specialty, standard, etc.)
  • variety of candy

How to Calculate the Amount of Candy?

Here’s an estimate to follow, depending on the amount of guests you’re having:

  • 50 Guests – Five Candy Varieties (16-17 containers of sweets)
  • 100 Guests – Six Candy Varieties (17-18 containers of sweets)
  • 150 Guests – Seven Candy Varieties (18-19 containers of sweets)
  • 200 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (20-22 containers of sweets)
  • 250 Guests – Eight Candy Varieties (22-24 containers of sweets)
  • 300 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (24-25 containers of sweets)
  • 350 Guests – Nine Candy Varieties (27-28 containers of sweets)
  • 400 Guests – Ten Candy Varieties (30-32 containers of sweets)

Popular Candy Choices

The most popular options include:

  • Lollipops
  • Taffy
  • Jelly Beans
  • Caramels
  • Sour Candies
  • Molded Chocolates
  • Hard Fruit Candies
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels
  • Rock Candy
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Gumballs
  • Buttercream Mints
  • Licorice Sticks
  • Chocolate Covered Nuts

Some guests choose candy to match their color scheme, so it ties in with the wedding perfectly. Or you may want every color of the rainbow in your candy buffet – the choice is up to you!

What Does A Candy Buffet Usually Include?

If you’re wondering whether to plan the candy buffet yourself or questions you’ll need to ask the supplier if you’re renting, check that it has the following equipment (alongside the candy, of course!). Some popular items that usually come with your candy buffet package are:

  • Unique Jars
  • Décor of Your Choosing to Match Your Wedding Aesthetic
  • Linens for the Table
  • Take Out Candy Bags and Ties
  • Candy Scoops
  • Candy Tongs

It’s also worth checking whether the price of the candy buffet includes delivery and set up charges, and how much needs to be paid upfront. Good suppliers will offer you a contract with all the necessary details. Candy buffet contracts usually look something like this.

Should I Make My Own Candy Buffet?

If you’re on a strict budget and looking for ways to save money – it may be worth making your own. It will be time-consuming and will require more effort than hiring. But you can re-use everything you buy after the wedding, and it’s a great idea if your budget isn’t huge.

Bulk buying the sweets themselves can work out much cheaper than buying from a candy buffet supplier. And it’s easy to find stockists of glass jars (in different shapes and sizes), and accessories like take-out bags, etc. It’s certainly worth shopping around!


I hope this article has helped you to identify a rough candy buffet price list estimate, how much you’ll be looking to pay per guest – and even the best candy to include! Whether you’re hiring a professional or doing it yourself – a candy buffet is the perfect addition to any wedding.

Did you have a candy buffet at your wedding? I would love to hear about your experiences. Please feel free to let me know any responses in the comments below.


How Much is a Candy Buffet Per Person?

When guests are serving themselves, it's always best to overestimate how much candy you'll need - especially if there's a lot of children at your wedding! Guests will often indulge at a wedding, so doing as much preparation as possible, is key. Prices per person can vary massively depending on where you are in the world, and what candy you choose to have. In the US, the average price per guest sits at around $4-$7 per guest.

What is the Average Price for a Candy Bar?

The price of a candy bar at your wedding will depend on where you're having your wedding, and even how far in advance you make your booking. It's always best to give your supplier plenty of notice, as that's when discounts are usually made.

How Much Candy do I Need for 150 Guests?

As we've seen, the price will depend on a variety of factors but there is a general rule of thumb for how much candy you'll need and how many varieties of candies you'll need, with the number of guests attending your wedding in mind. If there are 150 guests attending your wedding, you'll need around seven varieties of candies and around 18-19 containers of sweets to ensure each guest gets their fill of sweets!

What Candy Do You Use For a Candy Buffet?

You can choose any candy you like for your candy buffet, but there's definitely a few options that are more popular than others. And it's always to best to keep any allergy or dietary restrictions your guests may have when choosing your candy.

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