Jelly beans and brides a perfect match

Family Features — Gourmet jelly beans in bridal colors and exotic flavors are making appearances at the most posh weddings.

Wedding planner to Hollywood’s biggest stars, Mindy Weiss, used 10 flavors of Jelly Belly beans to create a “candy shoppe” at the wedding of Trista and Ryan from “The Bachelorette.” Every flavor of pink Jelly Belly beans was at their reception. Guests were invited to scoop their own selection of flavors from a gorgeous reception table filled with huge bowls of pink grapefruit, cotton candy, raspberry and strawberry daiquiri jellybeans.

The hot citrus colors of the tropics are the fashion colors of the bridal world this season. The good news, the jelly beans from the California company that sent the candy to President Ronald Reagan come in a full palette of each color.

The versatile sweets add for a new twist on the traditional wedding bonbonnieres. Savvy brides are filling satin bags with bright jewel-like jelly beans. Bridal showers, too, offer another place to make a sweet, yet personal, statement. According to Jelly Belly Candy Co., many brides and moms are scooping up the company’s new mint trio flavors.

The company has had so many enquiries from brides that a new area of the Website offers ideas for wedding planning. A clever “candy calculator” even helps brides to figure out how much they will need based on the number of guests, the type of candy and the size of the wedding favors.