Candy, Candy, Candy I Can’t Let You Go!

March 16, 2010

1st disclosure: I love candy. The colors, the smell, the way it takes you back to a time before bills and paychecks and house payments.

2nd disclosure: I have no emotional attachment to flowers. I can see that they’re pretty, and I can appreciate a beautiful bouquet or arrangement. And I REALIZE that I want to be an event designer and will have to work with flowers as part of the deal. But I was never one of those people who are like “OMG I HAVE TO TOTALLY HAVE ORCHIDS AT MY WEDDING OR ELSE.” There’s nothing wrong with it, it was just never my style!

Candy though? well… sign me UP.

We used candy in so many places in our wedding, I don’t even know where to start. I might as well hit ya in the face with the awesomeness that was my bouquet. (All photos unless otherwise noted are from our amazing photographers Chris Hinkle and Anthony French of Mira Weddings) Hold on to your seats:


Oh what’s that? you’re still seated?



That’s several pounds of hand-spun, Hammond’s lollipops goodness. Emphasis on the several pounds (it was heaaaavvvyyy!) That pink one is 1lb on its own! With the help of my wonderful and patient groom Bobby, we rubber banded, electrical taped and ribboned the tar outta those lollis so they’d stay perfect all day.


Lollipops were one of the major recurrent images of our wedding. The 1 oz. Hammond’s lollipop sat at everyone’s seat in the reception.


The colorful delicious discs served as our favors, with this label (printed from our inkjet onto label paper) on the back.


With the extras from the favors (the lollipops were purchased, stickered and packed away before the final guest count) and the bouquet, we created lollipop arrangements in soda bottles recycled from the Ice Cream shower.


At the end of the reception, guests either enjoyed their treat, took them home or put them with the leftovers to hand out to guests at the Hotel Congress. It was great because I didn’t feel guilty about flowers dying and being thrown away, and total strangers joined in on the sugary fun. (photo by Amy Richardson)


Our lollipop links didn’t stop there, I made the boutonnieres out of polymer clay for the special dudes in our wedding.


And Bobby and I made 150+ mini lollipops to put on the cupcakes.



A sign designated which cupcakes corresponded to which flavors.


In other candy cameos, we had a table set up with candy cigarettes that matched the OTHER major theme, 50s kiddie cowboy.


I didn’t buy enough for the entire guest list, just a suitable amount to display so if guests wanted some, they could take them, but at the same time, it wouldn’t break our budget. They were snatched up FAST.


Candy even took a starring role in our welcome bag, which included Bacon Brittle and Sea Salt Caramels from Sweet Republic (I did some graphic design work for them, so they were essentially free! Never be afraid to barter!!), Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs from Smeeks and cowboy-shaped candies from Oriental Trading Company. (Photo by Amanda Willis)


But candy wasn’t just a cosmetic addition to our wedding. Instead of a unity candle lighting or sand ceremony, we adapted a ritual that uses food to symbolize the different aspects of the couple’s future. The different flavors are usually expressed with vinegar, lemon, etc., but well…. it was actually just another excuse to eat some candy! Our officiant helped us create a unique ritual with candy and explained the meaning behind each flavor.

“Julia and Bobby have decided to incorporate a symbolic ritual into this ceremony called the “five flavors of marriage.”

The ritual is adapted from a Yoruba tradition; the bride and groom will taste five candy flavors that represent the five elements, and in turn five different emotions within a relationship. The five flavors
used are pungent, salty, sour, bitter, and sweet.

Pungent, symbolized by ginger candy, represents metal, a shield protecting them,
Salty, symbolized by salted licorice, represents fear, water, washing them clean and keeping their marriage flowing;
Sour, symbolized by sour patch kids, represents anger, wood, allowing them both to grow;
Bitter, symbolized by bitter chocolate, represents happiness, fire, cleansing them through joy; and
Sweet, symbolized by pixie sticks, represents meditative thinking, earth, keeping them grounded.

These five tastes represent the many different “flavors” of marriage brought into balance. By tasting each of the flavors, Julia and Bobby have demonstrated that they will be able to get through the hard times in life, and, in the end, enjoy the sweetness of marriage.”


How cool is it that our wedding photos include me downing a pixie stick?

So where did we get all the candy? Most of the lollipops were either purchased through Hammond’s, we searched ethnic grocery stores for the more unusual flavors like pungent and salty, and the pixie sticks, candy cigarettes and sour patch kids were also from Smeeks, the coolest candy store EVER (ahem, I am biased, I also work there! )

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