Late Night Snack: Was it worth it?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4441 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@85kym13:  We were offered the option but denied and I’m so glad we did because people didn’t make it to midnight at our reception!  We had enough that most just went out to dinner in a big group after at a 24-hour joint in town.  DH and I were EXHAUSTED tho so we skipped it.


If you’re starting your ceremony later and given the NYE thing I think it might be worth it for you.  One wedding DH and I went to guests were so hungry they had pizza delivered, that was hawkward.

Post # 4
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@85kym13: Our food was my favourite part of my wedding, and our late night snack was the best part! We had sliders (hamburger, cheeseburger and pulled pork), and a fries and poutine (fries with gravy and cheese curds) station. People LOVED it. We had an open bar the entire night, so I think people needed the grease to soak up a lot of the booze. Everything was gone by the end of the night.

Considering you’re having a New Years Eve wedding (so. jealous.), I think it would be a great idea!

Post # 5
6171 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

the last wedding i went to had a late night snack.

their cocktail hour food was amazing and i ate lots of it.  then the meal they served was great too.  i was stuffed but managed to eat some of the dessert they had.  they also had a late night snack, which was just a bite of grilled cheese, i think.  i couldn’t even eat it.  all the guys did eat it.

i would normally say it is not neccessary. however, since you wedding is new years eve, i would think it would be nice to have as people may continue parting until 1am, or even later.

Post # 7
6457 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had it and everyone loved. I’ve really enjoyed it at the weddings that have had it and I definitely think it’s worth it if you have a crowd that will be there to the end. I was so hungry at the end of the last wedding we were at that didn’t have a late night snack! We just had pizza and it was all eaten.

Post # 8
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Normally I say that this isn’t necessary because most of my friends who have done this didn’t need it. But since you’re having the wedding on NYE, I’d say go for it! Something fun and simple just after midnight!

Post # 9
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It *really* depends on your crowd. Do you think you’ll have a good majority of your guests stick it out long enough for a late night snack? Are they big dancers/drinkers? Typically (as a wedding photographer) I find that usually the only time it’s a hit is with big party crowds that dance/drink most of the reception and stay until the end. OR, like in the winter months when you have an early ceremony and dinner is served earlier then the late night snack happens around 9pm.


ETA: I just realied you’re a NYE wedding – so in that case I’d say go for it!


Post # 10
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

When the wedding ends at 10:30-11 I don’t think the late night snack is necessary….  If you plan on having your guests til midnight & later, I would definitely offer it.    People will be getting hungry again!

Post # 11
250 posts
Helper bee

I am from NY and having our wedding in MD where we live now. We are honoring where I am from by having NY pizza as our late night snack before shuttling people back to their hotels. Which subsequently has an amazing bar/club on the first floor that we are doing the after party at. We are also having an open bar so I feel like making sure people are fed while drinking is a must so no one gets too out of control…. Irish catholic family/friends 🙂

Our wedding favors are going to be boxes for the cake/pizza embossed with our new monogram on it.  So we are getting a bigger bang for our buck. My sister used to be a wedding planner and she loved our idea. She recommended doing really good hors d’ oeuvres, open bar, skimp on the meal a bit (like don’t go crazy with filet, ect) do just the cake for a dessert, and then do a late night snack that is meaningful to the couple. She said skip favors… everyone leaves them so unless they are doing double duty ditch em.

Honestly, it can be mini burgers, corn dogs, a hot dog stand… just something. At this point if people are drinking it doesn’t have to be a culinary experience just something to fill their bellies – also doing something with a lot of sugar = a bad hangover in the morning so beware of that. I hope that helps!

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