As the cost of a wedding increases, couples are looking for any way they can to cut costs. From borrowing furniture and dishes to using centerpieces that double as favors and opting for a playlist rather than a DJ, there are tons of ways to reduce expenses. However, one of the most expensive components is the meal. But you can’t downsize the meal without people being hungry and then getting cranky, right? Not necessarily! Focus on the proteins and complex carbs – and then serve late-night reception snacks.
A few hours after dinner, serve a delicious snack that will re-energize your guests and keep the party going even longer.
Soft pretzels: serve with beer cheese, mustard, hot sauce, garlic butter, or covered in cinnamon and sugar with warm icing
Grilled cheese and tomato soup: you can serve these shooter-style or set up a self-serve buffet table with soup, sandwiches, and crackers
Chicken and waffles: this is a classic late-night meal, but is easy to twist so it feels new and fun for your reception. Serve it as a sandwich, in a waffle cone, or as a mini version.
Quesadillas: these are great because you can offer a wide variety of options without much extra prep work. Quesadillas can easily be adapted for vegans, vegetarians, the Keto diet, and everyone else!
Cheese and cracker tray: any combination of cheese, crackers, deli meats, grapes, berries, and olives will provide a tasty, filling snack for your guests.
Seven layer dip: you can’t go wrong with chips and dip, and you definitely can’t go wrong with Mexican cuisine.
Caprese salad skewer: this snack is almost too pretty to eat — almost. Give your guests a boost of vitamins and protein with your reception snacks to help them through the night’s festivities!
Watermelon and feta skewer: another beautiful and healthy snack that is light, refreshing, and filling.
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Taco food truck: want to nix the food prep all together for your late night cravings? Hire a food truck! Tacos (and burritos and chips with salsa and everything else) are the best late meal, and can please even the pickiest eater. Imagine your guests’ delight when they see one of these amazing trucks pull up just as their stomachs start to grumble.
Donuts and espresso/milkshakes: a sweet, small snack may be just what your guests crave after hours of fun and dancing. During cooler months, serve espresso with donuts. For weddings in warmer months, offer milkshakes (espresso milkshakes are a great option!) and donuts instead.
You deserve to have happy, satisfied guests without breaking your budget. Opting for a smaller main course and surprising everyone with reception snacks after a few hours is sure to make that happen for you.