The Munchies

I want to talk about one of my favorite wedding trends—the late-night snack.


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When we started the planning process, I hadn’t really thought about a late-night snack. Hell, I don’t think I even knew what one was at that point, aside from when you stumble to the fridge and eat everything in sight after coming home from a night out. Frankly, it is the least of my concerns at this point. (Hello, hotel block! I need to book you!) However, our venue sent us their menus prior to our tasting with them, and I noticed a little section on their late-night-snack options.


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Umm, hello?! That sounds AWESOME. Who wouldn’t want a late-night snack? I mean, you’re dancing, working up an appetite, slightly tipsy. (Who’s with me?!). Yummy snacks sound good, right?


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People have done everything, from simple french-fry cones and sliders to hiring a Molly Moon’s Ice-Cream or In-N-Out Burger truck (insanely awesome, by the way).


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Milkshakes, root beer floats, chocolate chip cookies and milk. Tacos. Regular french fries, sweet potato fries. Onion rings. Popcorn. Cotton candy. S’mores. I could go on and on. Except I won’t because you get the idea, and I am making myself hungry. And now I want a milkshake. (Dang you, Lent!)


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Although maybe people will be too stuffed full of dinner and delicious cake at that point? Perhaps it is just an unnecessary expense, particularly if you have edible favors?

I’m honestly not sure. Mr. Candy Apple and I are still toying with the idea. I think ultimately it will come down to cost, as sad as that sounds. But, we’re keeping our minds open!


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What sorts of late-night snacks have you seen at weddings? Did you have any at your wedding? Do guests like this idea? Sweet or savory?


Mrs. Candy Apple

Princeton Junction, NJ/ Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
Invitation: Save the Date Reveal
Easy. Peasy. Yummy.
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  1. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:49 am

    I’ve never been to a wedding with late-night snacks, and I think that needs to change!

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    discgirl 220 posts, Helper bee @ 10:51 am

    I love the idea of late night snacks. I just worry that too many people would leave before it was time for them. We had several of the older people head out early so they didn’t have to drive in the dark.

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    SchmidttoSylvester 12 posts, Newbee @ 10:52 am

    Love the idea. Not sure if we are doing it or not.

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    crazybabyinlove 216 posts, Helper bee @ 10:53 am

    I am a wedding & event coordinator for a living and that is def the new trend. This season has been ALL ABOUT pizza at the end of the night. Something WONDERFUL about the mix of that greasy pizza after all the liquor! :)

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    Miss Palmetto 52 posts, Worker bee @ 10:54 am

    We did Krispy Kreme donuts and milk shooters at ours. My wedding planner and her staff served the dance floor and circulated around the room with silver trays. And we also set out a display of the donuts on vintage cake plates and china with glassine bags for anyone who was leaving early and wanted to take one for the road!

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    kcroxyoursox, Guest @ 10:55 am

    I’ve never been to a wedding with them. I think you really need to know your guest list dynamics to make sure enough people are there ’til the wee hours to make this worth it. Especially if cost is your big factor to begin with.

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    kdane 169 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:55 am

    We are thinking about mini Italian sandwiches and chips. Who can’t scarf on a sandwich or two (hey don’t judge) when they have been drinking all night. We always put out a late night snack when our friends come over for a night of festivities, why wouldn’t we at our wedding…..

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    mrsbowieii 704 posts, Busy bee @ 10:57 am

    Our venue offers mini pizzas as one of the late night snacks. Mmmm.. SO GOOD!

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    Paper Rose 251 posts, Helper bee @ 11:03 am

    The best late night snack that I have experienced at a wedding was giant punch bowls filled with fun size bags of different salty snacks. Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Chex mix, pretzels. It was awesome because it was cost effective AND offered a variety. Not everyone’s gonna be down for a burger/pizza.

    I think if I did it (when I do it, hopefully) there would be other giant punchbowls filled with ice and cans of pop/bottles of water for after the bar closes and the salty snacks make people thristy.

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    Shrimp 51 posts, Worker bee @ 11:06 am

    My cousin had pizza, but after their amazing 5 course dinner and crazy dessert station, I can tell you that only about 5 people ate pizza. To them it wasn’t a waste because it was about options, but, unless you have extra money you can’t use elsewhere, I wouldn’t recommend it to someone who has a decent menu planned.

    They DO sound SO yummy though, and I feel you on Lent cramping your style. :) GOOD LUCk!

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    corgitales 11391 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 11:07 am

    LOVE this idea and I’d definitely go savory. The last thing I want when I’m tipsy is sugar. Greasy sliders, fries, pizza, tacos… that is where its at :)

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    OhmzWifey 12 posts, Newbee @ 11:08 am

    Our venue offers this too and once my fiance learned what it was, there was no way we couldn’t! (we love food a bit too we also have to been to a wedding that did this and it was awesome! We’re doing hot wings (his fave), pizza and fries (my fave…i’ve always said, if they weren’t so bad for me, i could most likey live off of different kinds of fries..haha). :

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    ebill23 50 posts, Worker bee @ 11:11 am

    We are kinda doing late night snacks at our wedding. Since I have been hearing alot from family and friends that they always seem to stuff themselves with the appetizers and then when dinner comes they have no more room….we decided to skip appetizers and go straight into dinner (aka ..Mexican yumminess) as soon as everyone has their first cocktail in hand. Then as the night progresses the “appetizers” will be brought out slowly to keep peoples belly’s full (and hopefully the alcohol effects to a minimum). Those late night snacks include mini tacos, mini chicken quesadillas and more We are so excited about it, and our caterer loves the idea and that she can get dinner done before having to deal with all of the finger foods.

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    xtatic1 783 posts, Busy bee @ 11:50 am

    I have never been to a wedding with snacks and not sure if we will do it but I am with Miss Palmetto, you can’t beat Krispy Kremes!

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    hotchocolate 261 posts, Helper bee @ 12:02 pm

    Hey Candy Apple. I have been to several weddings with late night snacks… although I looove food and can eat a LOT, I am always stuffed by that point, and from what I’ve seen, so are most other guests. Either that, or several people are gone, or are dancing and having a good time and don’t even notice the snacks. It’s definitely fun/cool… but in terms of the expense, it’s just kind of unecessary. I’m having a dessert based thing after dinner and speeches and all that… so to add another snack onto that just seemed like way too much. I don’t want people vomiting on the dance floor…. ew! :)

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 12:03 pm

    I’ve never been to a wedding with snacks but when I signed my contract with my venue, they had offered chocolate chip cookies with milk shooters as their midnight snack. I’d never even heard of a midnight snack by then (no WB in my life) but now I’m glad I did. I don’t know if all my guests will be down with it but it’s there for them :)

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    Cee-Bee 62 posts, Worker bee @ 12:23 pm

    I love the idea and I am desperately trying to find a way to work late night snacks into my budget. As awesome as some of the ideas mentioned sound, they are probably out of reach for me… thinking milk and cookies.

    Here’s a hint for those trying to find a way to fit the late night snack into the budget- you don’t have to include snacks for all your invites. Some people will already be gone and some won’t eat. It’s what the coordinator at our venue recommended.

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    rmarie3 186 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:25 pm

    My friends got married last summer and when the live band had to stop around midnight we all moved over to the campfire. The band played acoustic and we all sang along and ate beef sliders with sauteed onions. EVERYONE is still talking about it! We have the same band, but sadly no campfire at our venue. SAD FACE.

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:25 pm

    I’m a snacky person, and would love to go to a wedding with this option! Our venue also offers late-night munchies, but I don’t think it’ll fit into our budget. :)

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    Melody, Guest @ 12:31 pm

    We are doing demitasses of really rich hot chocolate and miniature chocolate chip cookies at 10 for a late night sendoff for our guests. I love the idea of a late night snack and am excited to do it :)

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    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 12:35 pm

    We are having a late night snack! We’re having mini pepperoni pizzas, but sssshhhhhhhh, don’t tell Mr. Magic – it’s a surprise bc he LOVES pizza!

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:47 pm

    I think it depends on how late you expect your reception to go and how big partiers your guests are…For us, there was a solid 3.5 hours after dinner, so we had late-night mini-pizzas served at the very end (actually in little to-go boxes) and, from what my friends tell me, they were awesome. I actually have zero recollection of them but I’ve been to other weddings where they served cookies and milk or popcorn at the end and I always LOVE it! I vote a hearty “Yes” on the late-nite snack!

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    gymdive22 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:02 pm

    We’re doing mini-donuts as a late night snack. They had them at a cousin’s bar mitzvah and I couldn’t get them out of my head. I’m drooling just thinking of them.

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    LaceeWoman, Guest @ 1:07 pm

    I love the idea of a late night snake and was one of the first questions I had for the reception site. I have seen it before at a wedding and the food was gone 5 minutes after it was set out. EVERYONE was starving from dancing and drinking and the food looked delicious. I would definitely recommend it.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:18 pm

    I would be all over those late night fries and milkshakes!

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    frenchtoast 298 posts, Helper bee @ 1:19 pm

    ohh you are making me hungry!! we did donuts and they were a big hit!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:29 pm

    yay for the munchies! Mr. O and I are ALL ABOUT them :)

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    cheeseburger 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:33 pm

    We had pizza, and it was an enormous hit – people are still talking about it. BUT, we had five hours of dancing between dinner and the end of the reception, so people were definitely hungry. A friend of mine had donuts as a snack, which people loved, but it was only 2 hours after dinner so I wasn’t hungry (and there were a lot left). We had 20 large pizzas for about 150 people that were left at that the end of the night. It’s all in the timing, but in general, I think snacks are an awesome wedding trend that guests love :)

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    DCB667 59 posts, Worker bee @ 2:01 pm

    Here’s an idea since you’re having the wedding in Seattle. Couple summers ago my friend hired Dantes Inferno Dogs hotdog stand to come to her wedding. He was right out front about the last hour and a half of the reception, it was a HUGE hit and I think it cost about $500? It was awesome!

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    phoszoe 11 posts, Newbee @ 2:29 pm

    We’re having little baskets w/ a cheeseburger slider and french fries. I think my wedding venue thought I was crazy when I suggested it (after all, guests are getting a filet AND a tilapia at dinner). But who doesn’t want some fun, greasy food after drinking all night?! I’m all aboard this bandwagon!

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    ranchorelaxobride 69 posts, Worker bee @ 3:01 pm

    @Miss Palmetto: We’re doing the same thing – donuts with stamped glassine bags for anyone who wants one for the road – becuase FI and I have a ritual when we are comming home late from the bar to swing by Winchells for a donut fix. Mmmm, post bar donut.

    They will be doing double duty as our favors as well.

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    ehh5000 87 posts, Worker bee @ 3:09 pm

    We had a late night grilled cheese bar complete with bacon, tomato, and several types of cheese. Back in college, grilled cheese was our go-to late night (read: drunken) food, so it was pretty funny to bring back an old tradition for our guests.

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    valery, Guest @ 3:25 pm

    We went to a wedding once where they put out a late night BUFFET… pasta, chicken fingers and french fries. We LOVED it and wanted to do it for ours but couldn’t justify the cost. So as a compromise, I’m buying snack size peanuts and pretzels (!!) and putting them in cute little bags like favors. We’ll put them out with about an hour to go and people can take them back to their rooms after its over or eat them there. It’s way cheaper than doing it through our venue and although I will miss mini donuts or mini burgers, I think a bag of peanuts will hit the spot too.

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 6:24 pm

    I would love to go to a wedding where we have midnight snacks. It’s just one of those things that is so perfect for a late night party.

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    Bellum10 39 posts, Newbee @ 6:24 pm

    We had fish ‘n chips and sliders as our midnight snack and although they were delicious, nobody ate it because they were so full from dinner and drinks.

    For dinner we had meatloaf, bangers ‘n mash, mac ‘n cheese, chicken ‘n dumplings, green beans, and corn. Needless to say, it was a heavy meal.

    Although the midnight snack was fun, we basically wasted $500. If I could go back, I would have changed our midnight snack to something lighter or not had anything at all.

    Just something to keep in mind! Good luck!

    P.S. I got married downtown Seattle :)

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:32 pm

    As much as we’d like to do late-night snacks, we can’t remember a wedding where we’ve had room for more food after eating a 3-course meal, cake and dessert bar. IF! the late night snack were to happen at the after-party… that would be a completely different story. So many yummy images and I haven’t eaten dinner yet. You’re rotten, Miss Candy Apple! 😉

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    Ms. Anemone 624 posts, Busy bee @ 8:28 pm

    Definitely love the idea – though we’re also still figuring out exactly how/if we’ll incorporate it.

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    TISH, Guest @ 8:50 pm

    love this idea. we are having hot pretzels and hot dogs when our guests leave. Its a NY wedding- gotta have pretzels and dogs!!!

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 9:14 pm

    I’ve never been to a wedding like this, and unfortunately can’t do this really due to my venue’s catering restrictions, but it sounds so yummy!

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    goodheart 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:44 pm

    yummmm, missed this post earlier. we had sliders (cheeseburgers & bbq chicken) as a late night snack and it was AWESOME — everyone knows i am pretty obsessed with sliders, so it was not only delicious but very fitting to us! we didn’t have a heavy sit-down dinner, so by 10:00 pm or so, people were ready for another snack. they cooked the sliders outside and all of sudden we could all smell them – i had kind of forgotten we had even arranged for them so the smell was so heavenly 😉 i couldn’t believe how quickly people scarfed them down! i would also be sooooo excited to have s’mores as a late night snack!

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    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    We did late night mini-donuts (hot, fresh, made right in front of you), and it was a HUGE hit!

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:57 am

    I love the late night snack! I went to a wedding where they did this and by the time it came out I was ready for a little snack.

    BTW I am a SUCKER for an in-n-out burger. Ever since my in-laws moved back from CA, I lost my supplier. 😉

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:33 pm

    @Miss Palmetto: Oooh vintage cake plates and china!! love it

    @kcroxyoursox: YES, agreed. This is one thing that we’re keeping in mind re: possibility of late night snacks

    @hotchocolate: Ewwwwwwww no

    @Melody: That sounds so incredibly good

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:35 pm

    @Miss Magic: YAY I was thinking of surprising Mr CA with this too!! :) We’ll see…

    @Miss Pain au Chocolat: 😉

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:36 pm

    @Mrs. Hippo: OMG made fresh?! I die….

    Everyone has such good ideas/ past experiences! I am now starving…

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 6:05 am

    Great ideas in this post!! We will definitely not have a late night snack at the venue as the 6 course dinner will finish at 10 PM and then there will be the cake. But we will probably go somewhere else for the afterparty, so maybe there…

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    FerlayJosefin 4 posts, Wannabee @ 5:13 pm

    This is a stupid question, but how do you ladies get cheeseburgers & fries from McDonalds or Tacos from Taco Bell, especially if it’s after hours?

    My wedding venue closes at 2am so our reception ends at that time! We are also having open bar so this would be AMAZING for all 300 of my guests!

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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:47 pm

    FerlayJosefin: Hmm, I’m not sure how it would work with Taco Bell or McDonalds. Maybe get them ahead of time and all ready to go for when you serve? The places I mentioned above (Molly Moon’s, In-N-Out, etc.) I believe will hire out trucks to go to your venue. You may want to try asking at your local McD’s or wherever you are thinking, to see if they have done something like this before?

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