(Closed) Midnight buffet???

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
3154 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
476 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
1974 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I dont think you need to have it but I would love it if there was one 

Post # 7
5360 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@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
21 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
1391 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 11
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@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!

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