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Chanelle
Frequent user September 2019 British Columbia

Late Night Food: is it necessary?

Chanelle, on February 7, 2018 at 23:47 Posted in Wedding reception 0 43
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If we plan on serving dinner around 6:30/7, and the venue shuts down at midnight, is the extra food necessary? Part of me is thinking this is just one more expense I can cut back on but I’d love to hear other opinions.




Of all the weddings I have been to I haven’t had any of the late night snacks because I either a) didn’t know they were there or b) was having so much fun I didn’t want to leave the dance floor or c) wasn’t hungry because dinner/cake was really good.




Brides: are you having late night snacks? Why or why not?




Everyone who’s been to a wedding with late night snacks: was it necessary? Did you remember it?

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Latest activity by Carol, on November 19, 2019 at 05:16
  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    We had our reception at Carmen's Banquet Centre in Hamilton.
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  • Charlene
    Newbie November 2020 Manitoba
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    Where is you venue if I may ask?
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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    It is great for consuming light snacking food that doesn't fill you as much. It also is great especially if some guests are drinking too much and need something to absorb carbs.

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  • Tiffany
    Beginner August 2019 Ontario
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    I do not think it is necessary, but it will be nice to still have at least a refreshment bar. If you are concerned, you can have something small like cookies or cupcakes, but the size of a platter. A small item will be nice and you can always take it home if there are leftovers at the end.

    I am quite sure we have discussed to not have late night snacks because we are having a 10 course meal (in addition to three desserts). However, I will make sure refreshments are running.

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  • Peggy
    Super May 2019 Alberta
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    It depends on your wedding and your crowd. For dinner served at 7 (so not done til 8 ish), and venue closing at midnight, I would say it's probably not necessary but a light snack around 11 would likely be appreciated all the same.

    For us, dinner will be at 6:30, and we have the venue as late as we want, so we'll probably have people dancing and celebrating right til 1 or 2 am. We're having our snack served at 10:30 or 11 pm.

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  • Dionne
    Frequent user August 2019 Ontario
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    With our venue, one late night snack is included in the price because we have an open bar. We added one more because we have a lot of drinkers. Our dinner is pretty basic, so we expect that people will be hungry later in the evening and we close down at 1am. Cocktail hr with appys start at 5 and dinner will be served at 7pm.

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  • Victoria
    Expert November 2019 Ontario
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    I think it depends on what your crowd is like. Our friends will likely be up late dancing/partying/drinking so we will be doing food. I think if your guests are likely to leave early-ish (11 or so) then its not necessary!

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  • Michelle
    Super September 2018 Alberta
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    Depends on the size of the wedding I find. We are having late night. We have a good size of ppl staying late for the party and LOTS of drinkers! So we are having the light night snacks for them.

    We are having 40 servings each of tacos and martini mash potatoes.

    MY FSIL that got married a couple years ago told us that she does regret not having a late night snack bar as at 2am she got extremely hungry and they actually got pizza delivered to the hotel.

    I've been 2 weddings one buffet and one plated. For the buffet there was no official late night snack as they kept the dessert out a little later so ppl could go back for 2nds. Plated no late night snack, portion sizes were generous but by midnight we were all peckish dinner was around 7pm.

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  • Jen
    VIP June 2018 Ontario
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    We talked about this but we won't be doing food at the cocktail hour or food later in the evening to save money.

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  • Surina
    Frequent user March 2018 Ontario
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    I am having late night snacks. as i know my family we like to drink and snack while we do it...lol

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  • Jessica
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    I'm doing late night snack, mostly because I'm a food-aholic and I love the idea of a poutine bar! I've been to weddings both where they had late-night snack options and some where they didn't. I didn't touch the late-night snack option last time mostly because I was full.

    I'm really hoping to have left over dessert for our gathering the next day, so hopefully the late night snack will leave us with extra desserts!

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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    My cousin was married at their golf course location last summer, and it was lovely and also affordable.
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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    The one located on Stone Church Rd. Nick and Laura have been wonderful to us. That price we locked in last year, the prices are higher for 2018. Even so you can't beat their everything included price. We went to about 20 other venues at least, and no one could beat their prices, we came close at one, then realized that alchohol wasn't included. We had our menu sampling on jan 26th, and the food we chose was very good.
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  • Christina
    Frequent user August 2023 Ontario
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    Which of the three facilities are you going with Carmen's ?
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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    It's Carmens in Hamilton. Located on Stonechurch Rd.
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  • Natasha
    Devoted June 2019 Ontario
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    Please share you venue.
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  • Jackie
    Devoted April 2019 Ontario
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    I personally think it’s a waste. My brother did at his wedding and he had to beg people to take food when they left. Their venue provided them with take out tins. When I originally was going to do an evening wedding, I had decided right off that I wouldn’t do it. But we are also try not to spend money. But if your budget allows for it and you want to do it, go for it.
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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    We are getting married, March 24th!! It's solo close now!! Just order our bands for travelling today!!
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  • April
    Frequent user September 2018 Saskatchewan
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    I think if you’re serving alcohol you are required to have a meal or snack to soak up some of the booze
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  • Chanelle
    Frequent user September 2019 British Columbia
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    I like the idea of some homemade cookies. Just have to check with our venue and see what is allowed - I know that wedding cakes, candy bars etc are allowed because they’re things the venue doesn’t provide. But some of his grandmas famous chocolate chip cookies might do the trick, thanks for the suggestion!
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  • Chanelle
    Frequent user September 2019 British Columbia
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    That’s an incredible price, wow! Where are you getting married?
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  • Stephanie
    Master July 2018 Alberta
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    I'm pretty sure it is required if you are serving alcohol. It can be something cheap though. I made fruit trays for my cousins wedding and they served their cake with it.

    We are doing a poutine bar for ours. My fiance loves poutine and it was the cheaper of the two options our venue had.

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  • Holly
    VIP June 2019 Ontario
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    We plan to have a late night snack bar. Nothing fancy or overly expensive. Mini soft pretzels, mini corn and hot dogs etc..
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  • Candace
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
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    We are having late night snacks to help keep food in everyone's stomachs because we are having an open bar. Plus the offered us a poutine bar for our midnight snack lol.

    Most weddings I have been to will have one if their venue stays open past midnight.

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  • Courtney
    Super July 2018 Ontario
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    We are doing a late night bar but it is included with our venue/food costs. It's important to me regardless since we're having an open bar to have food available for our guests just in case.


    We're just doing a wood oven pizza bar and then a small table of pastries and fruit for anyone who wants more desserty food.

    We're doing our meal around 6:30PM (4 courses and we also have a cocktail hour!) and then our late night food will come out around 11:15 or so. I LOVE food so I'm happy to get more of it.

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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    I'm pretty sure that our venue requires the late night buffet, and that is why it is included in all of their packages. I can't complain about the price they gave us, Saturday night, everything included, cake, limo, dj, 5 course meal, center pieces, late night Buffet, and open bar for $70.00 pp. We went with an outside company to bring in the gelato cart.
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  • Elizabeth
    Frequent user June 2018 New Brunswick
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    If you do I'd say to just keep it simple! Since we don't really have much budget room for it, we're planning on doing an extra large dessert bar (I love to cook) full of sweets that i made ahead of time and am going to freeze. There are lots of cookies and treats that can be frozen for a month and keep really well, just an idea Smiley smile


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  • Carol
    Super March 2018 Ontario
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    Omg I would be so excited to have that at mine!!!
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  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
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    I agree with most Brides here, that though it's not mandatory a late nigh snack will be very appreciated. You can keep it super simple too, with pizza or charcuterie.

    Our venue has a fire pit, so as a late night snack, they'll bring out sausages and smores kits for our guests to enjoy! My FH thinks I'm more excited about that than the actual wedding haha.

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  • Jamie
    Frequent user September 2018 Alberta
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    We are running our bar the same way as yours! Wine on the tables, and then people will be paying at a toonie bar!

    I honestly have never been to a wedding that has served a late night snack, so it was an easy decision for us to cut costs. We did inquire on bringing our own food in, but due to food safety regulations, our venue couldn't allow it!

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  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
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    I agree completely with you. When people are drinking, they need a variety of food (more than just a sugary wedding cake), so a late night table is something that will most-likely be appreciated.


    We paid extra for our 2 late night tables - one through our venue and one we're bringing in ourselves.

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  • Chanelle
    Frequent user September 2019 British Columbia
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    We are in the same boat - it’s just not in our budget!
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