Since you all enjoyed our wedding cake so much yesterday, I needed to share one more thing with you.

We had a separate cookie room. More like a dessert room.

I’ve heard rumblings that cookie tables/rooms only happen in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. What do you think? Have you ever been to a wedding with a cake and cookies?

Here is Mother Lovett, sneaking into the cookie room before it was open to guests. She always needed to know what was going on. She also probably wanted to finger and inspect every single cookie in the room before putting it back on the tray.

We had cookies for days. For weeks. For years. For eons. In fact, my mom still probably has some in her freezer that she will deem appropriate to serve at Christmas. Would you like a side of freezer burn with your cookie?

Uh oh. Mother Lovett is back. This time she has a different guest accompanying her. She must have missed a few cookies to touch. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure this is before our good friend Barb spent 90 minutes in the restroom helping her with her girdle.

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68 Responses to “The Cookie Room.”

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    Jessica (Fit and Clean) — July 25, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    I had a dessert room that had cookies and coffee at my wedding! And it was in Rochester, NY. Maybe it’s a northeastern thing? Yours looked much more full of cookies, though ;) Now I have to find my proofs to see what mine looked like! It’s been 11 years :) Beautiful wedding!!!


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    Liana — July 26, 2010 @ 5:19 am

    haha Mother Lovett is my kind of lady!! She’s just doing her part in making sure that all the cookies up to par for your guests to enjoy. What a sweet self-sacrificing lady! We don’t exactly have sweet rooms here in Toronto, but at the Italian weddings they usually set out some sweet tables in the foyer alongside the cake. But at the bridal shower, the main event is the cookie tables that line the hall room. The bride actually puts our plastic take-home containers and once the event is over all the nonni go crazy fighting and filling up as many of those suckers as they can to take home with them.


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    Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life — July 26, 2010 @ 6:42 am

    A cookie room?!? What a fantastic idea!!!


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    Emily @ For Sweets Sake — July 27, 2010 @ 1:17 pm

    Love your cookie room! If only our reception site was big enough…hmm…haha In Pennsylvania it’s tradition to have a cookie table, but the cookie table is usually really bad dry cookies that have been sitting out since the night before and kind of tackily just piled on a table. Since my family is requiring me to have a cookie table and I have no issues whatsoever with adding more sweets to the wedding I’m trying to do a color themed candy/cookie table! We’ll see how it turns out in October! Less than 3 months to go! :)


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    megan — July 27, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    I’m behind on your blog! I LOVE this post. i love cookie tables. My husband’s family (from michigan) was amazed at the idea. They couldn’t believe that there was a huge table of cookies set out as an appetizer. :) It seems totally normal to me! I can’t even tell you how many cookies my mom and my aunt made. My sister-in-law loved it so much she wants to bring the tradition to michigan and have it at her wedding. :)


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    Jamie — July 28, 2010 @ 5:52 am

    I think the cookie table thing is a Pittsburgh thing too. My husband is from PGH and all of the weddings we go to out there have them. I’m from CT so I had never heard of it. But I loved it! At our wedding we set up a cookie table and we had family make their best cookies for it. I set it up almost as a favor and put cellophane bags and a custom made stickers on the table so people could make their own to-go bags of cookies. I also put a framed note on the table explaining the cookie table tradition to all of my out of town guests.


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    Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) — July 28, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    A cookie room? That’s going to be a permanent fixture once I get my own home!


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 29, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    That is brilliant! My brother and his fiance are getting married in December and they are having a dessert buffet at their wedding… “Taste of Lancaster” desserts is I think what the catering company called it – lots of PA Dutch stuff like whoopie pies, shoofly pie, etc. Maybe it’s a PA thing?


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    Yum Yucky — July 29, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Can I get a cookie? Please? From your secret stash?


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    Jennifer — February 9, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    Eastern PA, specifically northeastern PA, does cookie tables. I was a banquet server for a few years and worked a lot of weddings. Many of them had what we called Viennese Tables – cookies, pastries, mini desserts, etc. The table was set up after the cake was cut and served towards the end of the night. I thought it was a great way to end the wedding. And yes, we had one at our wedding 6 years ago.


    • Jessica — February 10th, 2011 @ 3:32 am



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    Kayle — March 20, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    As far as I know it’s usually an Italian tradition to have a cookie table, at least that’s how it is in my and my fiance’s Italian families! But we’re also from Ohio, so maybe it’s an Ohio/Pennsylvania thing?


    • laura dechant — September 19th, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

      yes, i’m from ohio too (and also italian) and i have never been to a wedding without a cookie table!



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