Post # 1
So I’ve been reading through a lot of the what was a waste of money threads and I’ve seen the late night tables come up a few times.
It’s something I want to do but at the same time it’s $500(ish) dollars that can be spent elsewhere if the food will just go to waste.
Did you have a late night? Was it worth the money?
Post # 3
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
@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
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
We had a poutine bar around 11 PM and people loved it. I still hear about it!
Post # 7
@GeekChic: this is what we wanted but I don’t think my venue can do it 🙁
Post # 8
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.