Post # 1
I have heard of (but not personally attended a wedding with) people providing a snack for their guests later in the evening. Something like pizza or light sandwiches.
Is this common or something relatively new?
I think it sounds like an awesome idea because we want our guests to party the night away. I don’t want people leaving because they’re hungry again.
I would love to have popcorn later at night. FI and I love popcorn (me probably a little more than him). I could rent one of those movie theater machines! Is this a silly idea and a gigantic waste of money?
Post # 3
It’s pretty common in my circle. I’ve been to weddings with a dessert bar served at 10-11pm, a couple that have had seafood, and one last summer that had mini burgers, pad thai and fries. My sister is having pizza and (I think) fries.
I think that if you can afford to do it, it’s great because it soaks up the booze and (in the case of the midnight pad thai) pretty darn fun. In the pad thai case though I would say that it was kind of a waste because it was served SO early after dinner…like an hour later…so people were still really full. Dinner was huge, so I’d keep that in mind…timing. 🙂
I think that the idea of the popcorn machine awesome! One of the Bees had cotton candy at her wedding. You could do a kind of mid-way or theatre theme.
Post # 4
I am considering doing this as well. Half of the guest list is staying at our venue, and my taco caterer also does LA’s famous bacon-wrapped hotdogs. I was thinking of having them stay late to do the hotdogs, but I’m not sure how many people will stay late especially since the venue requires that music be toned down by 10pm. Dinner will be served at 7, so I’m not even sure if people will be hungry by 10:30-11:00pm.
Post # 5
my FI’s cousin and wife had coffee and a variety of cookies
Post # 6
@baldor1:you totally should have them stay!!! That’s a fabulous idea and your guests will LOVE it!!! If you are having alcohol – the dogs will be scarfed down!
Post # 7
Oooh…Popcorn and snow cones. I’m doing it!
Post # 8
The popcorn will be awesome!!
I really want to do a late night snack – but I can’t figure out what!! 🙁 (plus it has to be something my caterer will allow (no major outside food for food safety reasons)).
Post # 9
Popcorn machines are fairly inexpensive to rent (in our area); however, another option would be to buy a slightly used or new one (as they aren’t that expensive new). Check on Ebay and craigslist. My daughter’s FI just bought theirs for $100 off Craigslist. I think new on Ebay or wholesale house was about $200. They make very convenient popcorn and oil packages so no measuring either. Just cut open, squeeze “oil” in and then pour in the popcorn. Easy enough that about any (non-intoxicated) adult could do at your reception!
I thought about making a couple of big, heated serving dishes of Outrageous Warm Chicken Nachos from allrecipes for late night snacking as well as the popcorn.
Post # 10
It’s a common at European weddings to have a ‘midnight buffet’. This could be anything from meats, cheeses, breads, pickles and veggies, to full seafood spread or suckling pig. I’ve seen all kinds of different things. My favourite midnight snack was my friends wedding where they had a crepe station which I loved, and a deli sandwich bar with fries. My SO LOVED that, he thought it was awesome that they had smoked meats and rye bread.. oh boys!
Do something that you love, and anyone who is hungry will definitely enjoy! 🙂
Post # 11
We call this a “Midnight Lunch” (though not necessarily served right at midnight…sometimes earlier at 10:30 or 11pm) and it is always part of wedding receptions where I am from. Usually it is sandwiches or other snacks like crackers/cheese or fruit trays and served with coffee/tea for those who want it. Sometimes if there was a buffet meal, the leftovers are served. Often the cake is cut up and put out for the guests at this time as well. YUM…I love midnight lunches. Most weddings in Alberta here go late into the night and don’t end til 1 or 2am, so everyone appreciates the midnight lunch – especially if you have been drinking all night!
Post # 12
I had a candy bar that was being replenished throughout the night, as well as late night pizza. It was definitely a big hit! The more common late night snack in my area is usally fruit, veggies, cheese and crackers, but believe it or not that would have been much more expensive than the pizza and according to our caterer the fruit/veggie platter rarely gets eaten. If there is going to be alcohol at your wedding, I would definitely consider the late night snack, no matter what it is, your guests will certainly appreciate it! 🙂
Happy planning 🙂
Post # 13
‘Late lunch’ has always been a part of the weddings I’ve been to. People love them! Little sandwiches are always a hit and pizza seems to be a new trend as well. The popcorn machine sounds like a great idea and you could probably add a few other treats to the table as well. I think it’s a good idea to have snacks out after guests have been drinking for awhile.
Post # 14
We are doing a late night snack around 11:00 and it will be mini cheeseburger sliders and chocolate milk shake shooters topped with with whipped cream and a cherry. This is something that is just now starting to be done in our area. I think fresh popcorn would be really good also, yum!
Post # 15
i was at one wedding where this happened. they had cookies and little sandwiches (like ham and cheese on a bun) for late night snacks.
It was nice at that wedding because everyone had been drinking and we were hungry late at night.
But at my wedding I don’t think it would have been necessary. People left my wedding early and everything wrapped up for the most part around 11:15. I don’t think people would have ate all of the snacks had we provided them.
So I don’t think it is a necessity to have late night snacks. Also, I was under the impression that it was an older tradition, but maybe it is becoming more popular now?
Post # 16
This is a very new trend that has not reached many areas yet. It is common in Canada but not in the US.
You can serve anything. If you and your guests love popcorn, then go for it. I personally think it’s a great idea. Not sure yet what we will have.