Post # 1
Here’s a tip I wish I had thought of before: Ask your caterer for leftovers!
I wish I had remembered to ask for something, anything! We loved our wedding, but we paid a ton for hors d’oeuvres and I only got to eat one crab cake. I wish they had saved me a plate with one of every item on it. So, while they’re at it, I think they should have boxed up everything. We paid for it, why not. Hors d’oeuvres are the best part! If we don’t snack on it over the weekend, then I would feel better if I am the one throwing it all out. Same goes for dinner. Two extra plates delivered to our hotel room at the very least. We had a buffet and I barely ate. boohoo.
At the end of the night, they did deliver an extra plate of cake, so that was a relief since I hadn’t thought to ask.
Loved the wedding, loved the venue and caterer, but yeah, my only regret was not asking for everything boxed up.
Post # 3
Good tip! I hadn’t even thought of that =)
Post # 4
Ooooh. I’ll remember that. Especially since we’re big on eating leftovers for breakfast. What a fun way to remember the night! lol.
Post # 5
I wish I would have too! We barely got to eat most of the food because we didn’t go back for seconds. Before I even knew it the food was completely gone, I guess for the staff to eat the remainders? Wish I would have asked for them!
Post # 6
Here’s something my parents caterer did and something they do for a lot of the weddings they’ve been to:
Pack up a picnic basket full of food! They usually give the basket to the caterers and ask them to give it to the couple, and tuck a card inside. Their caterer gave them a basket on their way out and they were forever grateful! Some caterers do this, but I think all of them should.
Post # 7
So true! I learned this the first time around. We paid for all this amazing food and I didn’t get to eat any of it! I had one bite of sushi and one bite of cake and that’s all I remember:( Then for the next six months people were telling us “That was the best food we’ve had since we left New York!” and I was thinking “Thanks! I’m so glad I was ordering Dominos at 1am!” Very sad. It will be different this time, fo sure! BIG to-go box for us!!!
Post # 8
I never thought of this. Would have been great because we were starving after the wedding! Also, make sure you ask to have ALL the cake leftovers kept, not just the top layer. I know we had more leftover than what we got back. We had cake for 100 and we had 86 people–all we got back was the top tier. I imagine that all the waitstaff was enjoying it back in the kitchen. If I had it to do over, I’d ask to have ALL the leftover cake, especially because I didn’t have any at the wedding.
Post # 9
We asked for leftovers, they packed us a really nice doggie bag, and I gave it to my Father-In-Law to take to the hotel and he never brought it.. I’m still a little annoyed over that
Post # 10
Great tip thanks! Just got to make sure it gets delivered!
Post # 11
Also. ask someone to save some of your leftover cake!!! We had a delicious cake of which I got… exactly one bite (for the cameras)! I was way to focused on all of our guests to really eat at all. However, on our honeymoon, we both thought “Dang, that was good cake! Wish we had actually had some!” There ended up being a LOT of cake leftover and when they were sending it home with people (after we had left) my awesome Maid/Matron of Honor wrapped a very large chunk and gave it to my mom to put in the freezer. We totally enjoyed that the night we got home from our honeymoon. I was so glad to actually enjoy our cake! (The way our baker works is instead of saving the top layer, they send you a coupon for a free small cake decorated identical to your wedding cake for your first year anniversary.)
Post # 12
Great tip!! Thanks! I’ll have to see if we can do that!! 🙂
Post # 13
I think it depends on who does the reception. I know that for liability purposes, my venue will not do doggie bags. Many hotels will not either.
Post # 14
Great tip! Our caterer said it was common for the bride and groom to miss out on dinner, so she said they put together a “late plate” for us to take back to our hotel. How cute!
Post # 15
I have to remember to talk to my catering manager about this. I am an INCREDIBLY slow eater (for medical reasons.. if I eat too fast, I get kind of sick, not what I want to do on my wedding!), so I doubt I’ll get to eat anything at all at the reception. Kind of bummed 🙁
Post # 16
Thanks for this thread! Because of you I emailed my caterer, and she’s going to bring boxes for the leftovers for us!