(Closed) Late Night Snack at Wedding

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I attended my first wedding in the UK which had late night snacks and although I was still full from dinner I thought it was the best idea ever (plus I still ate some even though full haha) – it’s especially good to soak up the alcohol towards the end of the night

Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Where I’m from, almost everyone offers late night options, from something simple like poutines or pizza, to as crazy as full seafood buffets.

I personally love late night snack options, especially when I have some booze in me. The popcorn sounds like a great idea. Because you’re already having a BBQ buffet, could you offer something other than hotdogs?  Maybe something sweet? Or else something that’s not BBQed meat (mac and cheese? french fries? pizza?)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

my FH is insisting on a late night snack.  We are doing cookies and pastries, and they are doubling as our favors (you can eat it then, or take it home)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I love the idea and definitely want to incorporate that my wedding. I plan to do maybe pizza and one sweet thing like a soft serve truck.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

You definitely see it more and more now. I like them…especially if you’re having an open bar, since people tend to eat regardless of if they’re hungry after they’ve had a few drinks. We did sliders at our wedding. People liked them and commented on it–I of course didn’t get to try them and didn’t even know they were being handed out but at other people’s weddings I usually eat the late night option. It’s something you probably won’t notice that night, but people will appreciate.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m almost always still full from dinner by the time the late night snack comes out- the last wedding I was at the dinner entrees weren’t served until after 9 and then the late night snack came out at 10:30! Although I think in your situation, since there will be 3 hours between dinner being served and the late night snack coming out it’ll be a good idea. How long is your reception scheduled to last? If it’s until midnight or so I’d definitely have the snack, since that’ll come in the beginning and will keep people from getting too drunk throughout the night. 

We’ll likely have to have one in order to meet the F&B minimum for our venue. We’re having dinner starting at 7 and our reception is going until midnight, so I think planning for the late night snack at 10 or 10:30 should work. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Every wedding i’ve been to has had a late night snack, although the dinners are usually served early.  I think it’s nice to provide evening food as people will have been drinking and get peckish around then. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

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SamanthaF83 :  We may be will have donuts and coffee. I think with plated dinner, late night snack is good idea. Hopeful they eat at dinner but some may be will not like it that much.  With a buffet may be not as big of , like a “plus”, because people can pick things from what they like, so snack is not needed to may be save the day.  I like the idea to have it as a favor in case guests are full, but it may not be helpful with hotdogs.  In truth, it is depending on the group and how late dinner is if it a really big “plus” for them. However I myself love to eat always and will be glad for eating your late night snack … for me and many I think there is no such of thing as “to much food”. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

Love snacks, all the time, anytime. But I agree with pp about possibly offering something different. After a bbq dinner I don’t think I’d want a hot dog. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee

1.  I am usually pro-food all the time.

2.  However 630 – 930 is not that long of a time.  Assuming cake or dessert is in there as well, most people are going to be eating until around 730.  I wouldn’t anticipate needing or wanting a hot dog a scant two hours later.  Now 1030 or 1100 might be a different story.  

Unless you have money burning a hole in your pocket I would skip it or just do things like chips and salsa and popcorn that anyone can set out and not require a caterer.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

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SamanthaF83 :  so, in the UK this is common (though dinner is usually earlier). We had our meal served from 4.15-5.45, and then our evening buffet was brought out at 9pm (we had a jacket potato station and a bunch of other stuff plus the cake). Most of the food went, but, people had a) eaten earlier, b)  been drinking since 1.30pm (or earlier in many cases…!), and c) stayed until 1am on average. 

If your guests don’t finish their main meal until say 8pm I’m not sure there’s much point; I would probably either serve something lighter, or serve it later (depending on what time your reception finishes) 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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SamanthaF83 :  Yes, I’ve been to several weddings that offer this.  I think it’s always popular, but never necessary if it’s putting a strain on your budget.

I think this makes the most sense for weddings that you expect to be an all night rager.  If you’re wedding is expected to wrap up at 10:00 or 11:00 I don’t think it’s necessary as you just had dinner and desert.  If you expect there to be a signifigant of people still partying at 1:00 or 2:00, then I think that a late night snack around 11 or midnight makes sense.  I feel like it makes sense for a wedding that you expect to be more of a wild party.

Serving a late night snack at 9:30 is super cute, but totally unnecessary.  People will have just finished dinner and dessert and will likely be too full to enjoy it without feeling like glutons.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Late night food stations are very common where I am from and most venues will offer them as part of your package.  We chose to do a late night burger slider and poutine station.  

I think they are a great idea!  I know when I’ve been to weddings with open bars, I am always wanting to munch on something later in the evening to soak up all that alcohol!

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