Published on November 07, 2018
This sweet and sophisticated wedding trend takes the cakePhoto: Brigitte Tohm/Unsplash

Available in every flavor imaginable, and in every color under the sun, it’s easy to see why macarons are having a wedding moment in the age of Instagram.

Though they're trendy today, macarons have been connected to weddings for almost 500 years. These light cookies, made of egg whites, ground nuts and sugar, were a great favorite of the Italian noblewoman Catherine de' Medici, who served them at her wedding to Prince Henry (later King Henry II of France) in 1533. Just as royal weddings today drive trends, so too did nuptials of that day, with macarons suddenly becoming a fashionable wedding dessert. 

The modern macaron — a delicate combination of meringue-based cookies with creamy filling — was created at the beginning of the 20th century. Pierre Desfontaines, the grandson of Louis-Ernest Ladurée (founder of famed Parisian patisserie Ladurée), stuck two macaron shells together with a simple chocolate ganache, thus creating an icon of French chic and a cookie empire in one fell swoop.

The French patisserie has eight U.S. locations. | Photo: Ladurée Madison Ave/Yelp

Today, macarons come in a rainbow of colors and flavors, making it easy for you to match your wedding theme and to reflect your personal taste. You and your significant other love PB&J sandwiches? There’s a macaron for that. Your favorite desserts are always chocolate and his are strawberry? There’s a macaron for that, too. You got engaged while backpacking in Sri Lanka? Cinnamon macarons will bring you right back there.

A cake adorned with macarons. | Photo: Alexandra Gornago/Unsplash

Whether they're piled in a vertiginous tower, decorating the outside of a cake or nestled in cellophane favor bags, these stylish cookies can be relied upon to bring a dose of sweetness — literally and metaphorically — to any celebration. 

Feeling whimsical? How about macarons shaped like animals? Feeling elemental? Channel the spirit of a starry night sky. Looking for elegance? Sophistication? Sheer rainbow joy? Macarons have got you covered.