Talking to other brides, I have heard many say: “I want our guests to have fun at our wedding. I want them to have a good time!” What better way to inspire a fun and care-free atmosphere than harking back to the good old days of enjoying treats at the carnival? There’s also something romantic about old circuses and “finding love under the big top.”

Your guests will love chowing down on carnival-inspired comfort food favorites. And the best part is, you can make many of them yourself with custom machines and appliances. Try some bright-coloured candies and old time favourites, like gum balls, lollipops and sour candies.

Or have the theme reflected in your menu with more casual snack fare, such as pretzels, hot dogs and donuts, like this amazing carnival wedding under a picnic shelter:

There’s nothing wrong with making the theme of your wedding simply “fun” or your “favorite things.” The possibilities are endless when it comes to picking out fun food and even games and activities for your guests.

Watching cotton candy-or “candy floss”-being made and the colored sugar spinning around is captivating for any kid, and adult. And the end result is a sweet treat that melts in your mouth. Serve it in ready made bags or have it spun onto swirl sticks. You can buy your own cotton candy maker for $50 here



Everyone loves the smell of freshly popped popcorn and guests will love snacking on different sweet and salty varieties, such as caramel, coloured and flavoured. This popcorn maker would get plenty of use after the wedding too. Check it out here


Waffle cones aren’t just for ice cream (although they are usually the best part!) Use the cones as a display for fruit or fill them with candy or nuts as individual favors. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these waffle cone makers


Let your wedding party cool off with another treat in cone form with snow cones. The flavored ice can be made in a variety of colors and flavors to suit your theme and decor and would be an appreciated treat during outdoor celebrations. Buy your own here

instead of renting.

For late night fare, try some hot dogs and hamburgers with various toppings and fixings. A hot dog maker will keep the snacks warm throughout the night. And don’t forget the napkins! I love this retro hot dog roller


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