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Wedding Chocolate Fountains

Choosing a Chocolate Fountain

A chocolate fountain is fast becoming the “must have” addition to any wedding or other special event. The vast majority of people don't know what a chocolate fountain is and even fewer have ever seen one. When a chocolate fountain is presented to your guests, they will be amazed: They will gather around it like bees around a honey pot, expectantly waiting for first person to dip in - when they do, they all will.

Most people love chocolate and a chocolate fountain is a fantastic centrepiece to have at your event. It will be a great talking point and will certainly get your guests chatting. It will also give some great photo opportunities for your wedding album or any publicity shots.

When choosing a supplier for your fountain, there are a number of things you should consider.

  • Cost - Get the total cost for the complete package. Some providers charge extra for dips and some include them for the specified number of guests.
  • Initial Contact - How quickly do they reply to your enquiry? Most of the information you need will be on their website but you should get an ‘official' quote and perhaps some further information.
  • The Package - How much chocolate and dips are provided and for how many guests. What chocolate flavours and what selection of dips are provided (some exotic dips may cost more). Some people charge extra for travelling “out of area”.
  • Size - There are a number of different sized fountains available, at differing costs. The most spectacular are the largest (44”) and some providers charge extra for these. They all do the same thing. The larger ones will allow more guests to be around the fountain at any one time.
  • Operators - You may be tempted to use a chocolate fountain without an operator, to save on costs. I do not recommend this: Although unlikely, something may go wrong. The operators will also replenish the chocolate and dipping foods. Some operators also wear smart uniforms.
  • Payment - Expect to pay a deposit. The balance will normally be payable before your wedding, or at the wedding itself.
  • Cake/Dessert Replacement - Some brides choose a fountain over a traditional wedding cake. It looks like a 5 tier chocolate wedding cake. At the least it will be a dessert replacement so will possibly save you a little.

A chocolate fountain is a fun thing. When deciding on somebody to provide you with a fountain, choose somebody you feel are fun. Talk to them; are they fun as well as being professional. If you get along with them, the chances are your guests will and always talk to the person who is actually going to attend your wedding. Also choose somebody who is flexible. Do be careful who you choose; there are some inexperienced “cowboys” out there.

Most of all, whoever you choose I'm sure you will have a great day! A chocolate fountain really is the most wonderful addition to your special day and will be remembered for a long time afterwards.

 

Many thanks to Chocolate Fountans of Dorset for this Article
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