Weddings and receptions can be exhausting for guests! Many travel from far away places to attend, and sometimes the day’s festivities can last for quite a while!
If dinner is served at an early hour, guests may become hungry after hours of dancing and socializing. The solution for many couples is to work with the caterer to create a late night snack for guests so they do not leave hungry.
Different brides and caterers interpret the “midnight snack” idea differently, but here are a few ideas I have heard from brides.
1. Actually hire a trendy food truck to park outside of the reception area and serve snacks. Most larger cities have definitely caught on to the food truck trend. I have heard about brides hiring taco trucks, sandwich trucks and even Chinese food trucks to end their events deliciously.
2. Work with your caterer to create a snack table. Some couples keep things healthy with shrimp cocktail, sushi and vegetable trays, while others provide yummy comfort foods such as sliders, fries, chicken tenders and mini-crabcakes.
3. Serve a filling snack that your geographical area made famous! How about Philly soft pretzels or cheesesteaks, or some Texas-style pulled pork, or New England lobster rolls?
4. Accept that the night is over and it will soon be breakfast time and serve some hearty foods that are traditionally eaten in the morning. I have heard of one bride serving warm doughnuts, and another having mini-breakfast burritos, but mini-quiches served with fruit could work just as well.
5. End things on a sweet note with a candy bar and “to-go” bags. This can allow guests to select their own favorites, like gummy bears and jelly beans, to enjoy on the way home.