Late Night Snacks: To Have or to Withhold...
In the process of wedding planning, couples try to cut cost on things they do not feel will be needed or appreciated. Late night snacks is a lower cost add-on and can double up as a favor for the guests to take home.
Think about dancing and drinking all night after a long day... eventually, you will get hungry again! Late night snacks are a great surprise to the guests. If couples decided to have a late night snack, guests will not have to stop at a fast food place on the way to their home or hotel.
Late night snacks allow the couple to be creative as well as incorporate their character. If the wedding is themed, then the late night snack can go along with the theme. For example, if the theme is carnival, the couple can serve mini corn dogs or popcorn.
It also allows adults to serve junk food without any judgment! The couple can bring their culture into the snacks as well regardless if they had an authentic, cultural meal during the reception or not.
In terms of serving, the couple can have it passed around by servers, set up buffet style, set up stations or they can order a food truck. Food trucks for late night snacks are becoming a trend now. The food trucks usually have different options to serve to guests and they charge you a flat per person fee.
Food can be related to the season. For instance, you can offer tomato soup during a winter wedding and offer popsicles during a summer wedding. Again, these can take place of a favor if given in a form to transport. Cupcakes in a jar is a good example of a cute late night snack as well as a favor to save for later, in case the guests want to eat it the next day. Other interesting options are around drinks such as coffee or root beer floats.
The bottom line: guests love to eat!
Make sure if you decide to do late night snack that it is something the guest will (and can) eat. Account for any allergies. Just because it is your favorite snack does not mean everyone will like it- choose wisely to make sure money is not wasted.