Post # 1
So I need your opinions ladies!! We’re having an evening ceremony, and after going straight into reception, so no cocktail hour. Dinner will consist of breads, salad, entree of steak with mashed potatoes and veg as well as dessert and then the wedding cupcake. Once people start drinking and dancing my MOH says you have to have more food served around midnight. I’m trying to save money and I’m wondering if this is necessary. Dinner will be finished by 8:30 I think. Is another food serving necessary? If so, what? Like sandwiches etc? My venue does not allow any food inside besides theirs, and its pricey. I’d like to avoid it if I can.
Post # 3
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: What time will dinner start and what time are you having the cupcake? Is it a sit down dinner or a buffet? Do you have another option besides steak for guests to choose from? Some people dont or cant eat red meat so they might be hungry if there isnt another option. If your dinner starts at 7 30 and ends at 8 30 followed by dancing and the cupcake later then I would think most guests would be ok, but if your reception is going any later than midnight I would think maybe you would need something for guests to munch on. It will also depend on if you have an open bar or alcohol flowing, because those guests may need something in their stomachs so they dont get completely hammered!
Post # 4
I couldn’t imagine people getting hungry again after having dinner that ends at 8:30pm, plus cake after that? When I’m at home (or even back in my bar star days!) I never really eat past 9pm. However, I’ve noticed a ton of bees have midnight buffets/snacks, so maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t eat late?! Honestly, I’d skip the late night food, unecessary imho.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
I’m Norweigian, and it’s customary to have midnight food – usually finger sandwiches, etc…
maybe you could do midnight popcorn and the venue would consider it an edible favour?
Post # 6
I dont think you need to have it but I would love it if there was one
Post # 7
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: You absolutely do NOT “have to”. I know this has become very popular, but I have never once been to a wedding where this actually happened. If you’re concerned, serve the cupcakes a little later and/or have an edible favor.
In my experience going out, you have dinner… drink/dance… leave the club when it closes at 2am then eat some greasy take out on the way home, which is what I’d assume guests would do. You don’t have to feed their drunk cravings on your dime!
Post # 8
I have always been under the assumption that if you are serving alcohol you have to have some kind of food available for people, by law. That’s why most bars or clubs (while not advertised) have some kind of late night menu. I have heard is from many people who run events, not just weddings. That being said, I am sure cupcakes would be fine. I have seen everything from cheese arrays to poutine bar.
Post # 9
I guess since your not having a cocktail hour where there’s generally a lot of food she may think people will still be hungry. She could be right, especially after drinking and dancing. If the buffet is too expensive you could do a passed out midnight snack.
Post # 10
Thanks for the input ladies!!! I can see that it’s a mixture of opinion. Our reception is set to go until 1am, so with drinks and dancing I guess some finger foods would be welcomed. Our venue offers lots of choices, but the most affordable was the sandwich/wrap platter and the sweet table, so I guess we’ll go in that direction.
Post # 11
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: I know when my friends started planning their weddings, everyone thought it seemed like a waste to get the midnight food, but in the end every wedding Ive been to has had it and every time it gets cleared. I agree with double checking about laws around drinking and having to serve something. We were in the same boat and really want to save money, so we’re doing chili in slow cookers 🙂 Ive asked several family members to make a pot so only one pot per person. We’re also putting out cookies and bars that different family members are making. I didn’t think my venue or caterer would allow me to bring in outside food but they were the ones who suggested it. Might be worth asking?
Post # 12
@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics: Our venue is allowing us to do a smaller amount of people for our late night buffet because not all people will stay for example our guest list is about 160 and we are doing food for 80. Ask your venue for that!
Post # 13
@papercrafter: I’m getting married in Waterloo too!! 🙂
Our venue was very specific about outside food or drink. The only thing we can supply is cake and favours, but were skipping favours all together.