Late Night Buffet – was it worth the money?

posted 3 years ago in Food
  • poll: Late Night Buffet - Is it worth it?
    Absolutely - wouldn't have changed it : (4 votes)
    24 %
    Nope, waste of money : (2 votes)
    12 %
    Yes - but only if your reception is going past midnight : (5 votes)
    29 %
    Yes - but order for less than 50% of your guests : (4 votes)
    24 %
    I have another opinion (see below) : (0 votes)
    We DIDN'T have one but I wish we did : (2 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t have a late night buffet but I had a lavish dessert bar/buffet. I agree it’s a waste of money as people are typically still full (unless they really didn’t like dinner/cocktail hour) and in our case, a lot of our guests left before the end of the night was over for various reasons (e.g. sitters, age, etc.). I would do light snacks if you want, but I wouldn’t bother with a full on late night buffet unless your crowd is going to party hard into the early hours of the morning and would need to refuel.

    Post # 4
    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  I’m not having one, but then again dinner at my wedding isn’t even served until 8pm.

    My cousin had late night pizza & cookies served at this upscale reception (which I thought was fun irony) & the cookies didn’t entirely go to waste, but the pizza wasn’t a huge hit since we had eaten dinner probably 2.5hrs previously.

    I think the important or waste factor has a lot to do with what time the regular meal is served & how much later you plan to offer the late night snack. Also, how late you want the reception to run. If you are having a crazy fun all-night dancing reception (1-2am) then I think the late night snack would be a great idea. But if you are serving dinner at like 6-7pm and your reception is done around 11pm or midnight, then I think it is mostly a waste.

    Post # 5
    6455 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yes, we had one and yes, it was worth it. We just did pizza and people loved it. We had a couple people say it came at just the right time- they were just starting to get hungry at that point. Our venue took into account that a certain percentage would leave before the pizza came out so we had a good amount that worked for the number of people that were still there.

    Post # 6
    2534 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had a poutine bar around 11 PM and people loved it. I still hear about it!

    Post # 8
    1233 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We had a late night snack bar and it was a hit. We had appetizers during cocktail hour, a plated meal and cake for dessert. For our late night buffet we offered pretzels and dip, potato chips and dip, and beef/ham cocktail sandwiches. What food we had left over we served the next morning at our gift opening. It was nice having a little late night snack for our guests that were drinking.

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