Mouthwatering Ways to Serve Ice Cream at Your Wedding
It's easy to get overwhelmed by your many wedding dessert options. Macarons, donuts, and cookies are all popular additions to the dessert table, but we think there is one more sweet that is sure to please all of your guests: ice cream. Think this frozen treat is difficult to serve on your big day (you don't want it to melt!)? Think again. It should actually be a major contender for the sweet treat you serve at your celebration.
Whether you choose to serve ice cream along with other sweets or in place of a traditional wedding cake, know that this frozen treat will appeal to all of your attendees. Why? It comes in so many flavors. Offer multiple options (if you're serving chocolate, you have to include vanilla!) to ensure everyone's preferences are met. Want to stick to just one or two flavors? Make sure you have plenty of toppings. This couple topped their sundaes from Ted & Wally's with mini wafer cookies, a healthy dose of whipped cream, and, of course, cherries.
Not only can you get creative with your toppings and flavors, but you can also play with how you serve this frozen treat. Ahead, you'll discover that ice cream isn't just limited to a cone or cup (although, it's delicious served these ways, too). Many of the following couples opted for ice cream sandwiches, root beer floats, and milkshakes on their big days. Whether you decide to serve a little or a lot of this dessert, one of these ice cream wedding ideas is guaranteed to work for your party.
Ice Cream Food Wall
Although ice cream is a classic frozen treat, you can still serve it in a modern way. A food wall with a witty phrase (this one was created by Amorology), an of-the-moment wedding trend, is the perfect way to merge old and new.
Ice Cream Bar
There are plenty of unique bars to feature at your wedding, but we are partial to this Miss500 ice cream station. Guests can choose from a variety of flavors, meaning there's something for everyone.
Ice Cream Stand
In addition to your cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres, consider a mobile ice cream cart (why not serve something sweet right away?). This Sweet Scoops stand is ideal for any kind of event.
Ice Cream Cake
Love ice cream, but don't want to ditch a traditional wedding cake? Merge the two dessert favorites by serving an ice cream cake. This one was created by Alyse Baca and consisted of three frozen tiers.
Root Beer Floats
If you're in search of a non-alcoholic beverage for your cocktail hour, we suggest root beer floats, like these by Events with Taste. Not only are they nostalgic (they'll make guests think of their favorite high school diner!), but they also serve a dual purpose—they're both a snack and a drink.
While this frozen treat is irresistible all by itself, it doesn't hurt to add even more flavor. Your guests will thank you when you take note from the San Diego Taco Company and pair your ice cream with churros.
Believe it or not, ice cream can nod to your event's theme depending on the vessel you serve it in. Wheel + Spoon used dark patterned cups for the dessert offered at this bohemian-themed celebration.
Ice Cream Cart
Mobile food carts are popular for a reason. They make your big-day treats easily accessible to all of your guests. Hire an ice cream cart, like Jackson's Ice Cycle, seen here, to make this dessert even more fun for guests.
Ice Cream Bar
Ice cream isn't just for cones or cups—in fact, we'd argue it works just as well on a popsicle stick. Make like this couple and treat your guests to chocolate-covered ice cream bars, complete with colorful sprinkles.
Need a drink to satisfy your sweet tooth and accompany your big-day desserts? Take note from Sidecar Doughnuts and serve ice cream in milkshake form. Of course, complete the beverage with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Ice cream before dinner is never a bad idea, so satisfy guests hunger before the reception with mini ice cream cones. To make sure every attendee has something they enjoy, make like River Café and offer multiple flavors.
If you and your new husband or wife are a fan of a particular ice cream shop, see if they'll cater your after-party. Dairy Queen provided three varieties of their iconic Blizzard at this event.
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chances are, your guests will enjoy ice cream in all its forms, so make sure you have them covered with tasty spins on the classic dessert. Coolhaus allowed this event's attendees to mix and match their favorite flavors with various cookies to create their ultimate ice cream sandwich.
Believe it or not, this classic carnival staple can still feel elevated. The trick? Wrapping mini cones in gold foil, like The Catered Affair did here.
Ice Cream Truck
If you plan on serving this much ice cream, you'll want to label each flavor—especially if you're going to serve your dessert sundae-style, à la this Chaviano Couture and Charlotte Lane display.
His and Hers
Accompany your "his" and "hers" signature cocktails with a tiny treat on the side. Before your reception, share mini ice cream cones that work with the flavors in your drinks.
Hidden Ice Cream Cake
Why serve a regular wedding cake when you can have an ice cream confection? The treat can still look traditional, as this Davey's Ice Cream confection proves. Just ask your baker to cover the tiers in vanilla ice cream (it will give the illusion of frosting).
Need another way to make this treat feel elegant? Pass around your favorite flavors in jet black cups. For another formal touch, ensure your waiters are dressed to the nines.
A mini ice cream cart is the perfect way to serve this sweet treat at smaller venues. Although this The Olde Bells wagon was tiny, it was packed with enough flavors to satisfy all guests.
Ice Cream Art
The phrase "Don't play with your food!" shouldn't apply to wedding ice cream. If you need to keep young attendees entertained during your reception, a small palette with mini scoops of ice cream should do the trick.
Give your celebration a dose of European flair with decadent scoops of gelato. Splendora's Gelato provided the frozen dessert at this wedding.
Throwing a summertime wedding? Ice cream is a no-brainer—it's a tasty way to help your attendees beat the heat.