When you’re thinking about catering as part of your wedding planning, you’re probably focusing on the main menu, canapés and desserts. But if you’re planning to keep the party going after 10pm, then late night wedding snacks are a great addition. Think about it: guests will be tuckered out from showing off their best dance moves. Then energy levels start to fall, and suddenly everyone’s making their excuses and heading to bed. On the other hand, a surprise sweet or savory treat can give them the extra oomph they need to keep dancing all night long.

If you’re considering adding late night wedding snacks to your menu, then there are a few things to keep in mind:

Keep them small. Bite size treats that can be served on a tray are best because they’re easy to handle and satisfying without being too much. Think sweet or sinful – tiny sliders or servings of fish and chips are adorable!

Keep it simple. Obviously this isn’t the time to give guests loads of options. So keep it to a single sweet or savory snack, or one of each.

Timing is everything. Serve late night snacks around an hour and a half before the end of your reception.

Make it sentimental. Late night snacks are yet another great opportunity to bring your personalities into your wedding. Love pizza? Have it delivered! Another option is to appeal to childhood nostalgia, perhaps by serving cookies and milk in old-school cartons, or build-your-own s’mores.

When it comes to what to serve, it’s really up to you! But here are 20 great ideas for both sweet and savory late night wedding snacks.

  • Cheese platter
  • Chicken and waffles
  • Chips and salsa
  • Churros
  • Coffee and donuts
  • Cookies and milk
  • Egg rolls
  • Fresh roasted nuts
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Hot dogs
  • Ice-cream sandwiches
  • Mac and cheese balls
  • Milkshakes
  • Pizza slices
  • Popcorn
  • Root beer floats
  • S’mores
  • Soft pretzels
  • Sliders and fries
  • Tacos

Then be sure the waitstaff makes a few laps around the dance floor so everyone knows what’s out there.

Would you serve late night snacks at your wedding?

Top image by Rachel Havel

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