By Andrea Fowler for TheKnot.com
Haven't you heard? Ice cream and cake make a perfect pair -- especially when there's wedding cake involved. We looked to some beautiful real weddings to uncover the best ice cream-serving inspiration. From waiters passing cones, to throw-back ice cream carts, there are so many ways to get creative with this refreshing dessert.
On a Serving Tray
Don't limit your passed bites to appetizers -- get some dessert in on the action. Not only is it convenient for guests to snag a treat while the attendants are making rounds through the reception, but it keeps energy levels up even toward the end of the night.
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With Loads of Toppings
A sundae bar guarantees there will be something for everyone. Opt for the traditional toppings like candies and cookie crumbs, but if you really want to impress, set out a few unexpected options like candied bacon, nut brittle, or champagne-soaked strawberries.
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As A Cookie Sandwich
Not only are ice cream sandwiches a total crowd pleaser, but it's a great treat to source locally. Reach out to your favorite neighborhood baker for a few batches of different types of cookies, and a corner-store creamery for a few flavors of ice cream. Then let guests customize their own cookie sandwich!
In A Self Serve Cart
That's right, go old school. Load up one of these old fashioned carts with a few different selections of ice cream favorites (think: chocolate eclairs, bomb pops, screwballs and popsicles). Guests can choose exactly what they like without the need of an attendant to man the station.
As A Retro Milkshake
What's more fun than a retro strawberry milkshake or an overflowing root beer float? Even better -- when they're served in old-fashion milk bottles with festive straws. Bonus: guests can sip these sweet treats with one hand.
In Your Cocktails
Don't worry -- we didn't forget about the booze. Jazz up your signature sip with a refreshing scoop of sorbet for a unique and delicious cocktail hour treat. Garnish with a sprig of mint and you'll have a show-stopping refreshment!
Nestled in Cake
Okay, we know we already showed ice cream cones being passed on a tray, but this hack is genius. If you can't find serving trays that fit the shape of your cones, sculpt one out of cake. Bravo!