Retro Sweet Ideas for Your Wedding Theme

Written by    Last updated: April 15, 2014

Retro sweets are one of the hottest wedding trends for 2014. Pick and mix your favourite flavours and colours to create a uniquely stylish wedding theme. Here are my brand new ideas for how to incorporate retro sweets into your wedding from a Victorian style sweetie buffet right through the decades to a retro ’70s look in brown and cream; there are ‘all sorts’ of ways to make your wedding day even sweeter.

Pink and white 1960s style popcorn and sweets for your weddingClockwise from the bottom-right: Sweet Silhouettes Square Tag with Mini Classic Pink Gumball Dispenser | “Sweet” Paper Favour Bag and Homespun Charm Small Sticker | “Sippers” Candy Striped Paper Straws | Clear Flat Bottom Gusset Cellophane Bags | Novelty Popcorn Cartons

Victorian * Sweetshop style

Beautiful ornate glass jars of all shapes and sizes arranged on a table each with a silver scoop for guests to help themselves is a lovely modern wedding idea with a distinctly vintage style. ‘Candy carts’ can be hired or create your own with your own wedding colours, flavours, ribbons and styles.

Victorian Sweetshop Style sweetie buffetSweetie buffet glass jars in the Confetti shopAbove, clockwise from the top: Vintage Lace Candy Bar Kit | Miniature Glass Bell Jar with Fluted Base Personalised Mini Glass Bottle with Wire Snap | Decorative Pedestaled Apothecary Jar with Straight Sided Bowl

Liquorice * Black and White * 1920s style

A monochrome black and white 1920s wedding with Art Deco lines is uber stylish and back in vogue. Add plain black liquorice in angular Deco style crystal bowls with silver scoops and finish your tables with neat white favour boxes tied with black satin ribbons for each guest.

Black and white 1920s style sweets for your weddingAbove from the top-left, row by row from the top down: Seta Nero – Black Favour Boxes | Sugared Wedding Almonds PackBride and Groom Candy Favour Bags | Bridal Tapestry Cake Serving Set | Vintage Lace Just Married BuntingMiniature Vintage Inspired Mail Box Tin | Lace Heart Chocolate Favour Squares Pack | Hearts Paper Bunting | Love Bird Damask Candy Roll Wrap | “Swish” Cup and Saucers Sets

Rhubarb and Custard * Yellow and Red * 1930s style

A creamy pastel yellow and crimson red colour scheme makes a glorious 1930s style wedding theme. Display colourful rhubarb and custard sweets in round glass jars with the famous 1930s sunburst design and tie with gold ribbon bows.

Yellow and red retro style wedding sweetsAbove, clockwise from the top-right: Clear Cellophane Cone Shaped Bags | The Candy Company Flying Saucer Sweet Tree | Miniature Rectangular Wooden Blackboard Clip with White Wash FinishMini Martini Glasses“Sippers” Candy Striped Paper Straws

Parma Violets * Lilac and Purple * 1950s style

Pastel shades of lilac against a vibrant Cadbury’s purple will look amazing with a 1950s wedding theme and plenty of retro kitsch. Display pretty tubes of Parma Violets tied with narrow purple ribbons in giant Martini glasses for an eye-catching table centrepiece with a twist.

Lilac purple sweet love by the Candy CompanyPurple Sweets and wedding favour chocolatesAbove, column by column from the top: The Candy CompanyBeautiful Butterfly Cakes Set | Foil Wrapped Heart Shaped Favour Chocolates Pack | “Sippers” Candy Striped Paper Straws | Empty Classic Gumball Machine | Decorative Pedestalled Apothecary Jar with Bell Shaped Bowl | Foil Wrapped Ball Favour Chocolates Pack | Cut Out Heart Favour Pails Pack | Candy Buffet Hire Kent LtdUtterly Scrumptious Canape Sticks Pack | Just Married Rock Sweets Pack | Cupcake Favour Box Pack

Love Hearts * Pink and White * 1960s style

Hot pink and white is a bright summer colour scheme that sets off a psychedelic or hippy chick 1960s wedding theme perfectly. Love Hearts sweets in their little white tubes with hot pink wrappers add colour, style and a sense of fun to the day.

Love Hearts Pink and White 1960's Style candy buffetAbove, clockwise from the top-right: A Vintage Affair Chalk Sticker Labels with Vintage Lace Candy Bar SetCandy Buffet Hire Kent Ltd Candy Table | “Sippers” Candy Striped Paper Straws | Mini Glass Candy Jar with Lid with Candy Colourful Small Sticker | The Candy Company Marshmallow Tree | White Confectionery or Cake Favour Bags Pack | Round Tins with Clear Top Lids with Old Time Candy Small Sticker

Fudge * Cream and Brown * 1970s style

Creamy neutrals of beige and oatmeal shades set against a rich warm brown are the classic and organic colours of the 1970s which make for a gorgeous, modern rustic wedding style. Pretty wicker baskets of wrapped hand-made fudge tied with cream chiffon ribbons as table centres are so simple, just add cream roses for extra scent and beaut

Retro and rustic style brown and cream sweetsAbove: Mini Glass Candy Jar with Lid with A Wine Romance Small Sticker | Miniature Natural Birds Nests | Mini Linen Drawstring Pouch Plain | Mini Linen Drawstring Pouch with Vintage Infused Love Print | Miniature Woven Picnic Basket | Mini Linen Drawstring Pouch with English Tea Rose Decorative Trim

And finally…

If you’re looking for something a little less low key but equally as sweet a stick of rock with the words Just Married running through the centre would be a memorable addition to your big day and perfect for a British seaside wedding.

For added sweetness ask your little flower girls to give out sweets to every guest from their flower baskets. Just don’t be surprised if some go missing!

Find a range of gorgeous glass jars and pretty favour boxes, sweets and confectionery in our Shop.


This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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