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The Benefits of Late Night Snacks at Weddings


Weddings are magical events that celebrate the union of two people who are surrounded by their family and friends. As these celebrations can often extend late into the night, the energy and excitement can begin to wane as the night progresses. Offering late night snacks is an excellent way to rejuvenate the celebration, keeping guests engaged and happy throughout the event, from the “I Dos” to the last dance. If you’re considering the benefits of late night snacks at weddings, you’ve come to the right place. Not only do these snacks provide a much-needed energy boost, but they also add a layer of thoughtful hospitality that can leave a lasting impression on your guests. 

In this blog, we will explore the multifaceted benefits of late night snacks and how integrating them into your wedding catering package can transform your celebration from extraordinary to unforgettable. We’ll delve into how these delightful treats can energize the atmosphere, satisfy the diverse tastes of your guests, and ensure that your wedding stands out as a uniquely enjoyable and memorable occasion.

Energizing the Celebration

As the wedding festivities continue, energy levels can start to wane. However, serving late night snacks can help keep the party atmosphere alive and kicking. These snacks should all be handheld so people can enjoy the dancefloor while refueling. 

Improving Guest Satisfaction

Late night snacks can also be a delightful surprise that makes your wedding memorable and different. Incorporating these snacks shows your guests that you’ve thought about their needs throughout the whole event, not just the main meal. This thoughtful touch is often greatly appreciated, especially by those who might have missed on eating their fill during the main meal or prefer to eat a bit later. 

Absorbing Alcohol

Weddings often involve champagne toasts to honor the happy couple and possibly a few cocktails throughout to further celebrate the couple and their love. Having snacks available in the later hours can help mitigate the effects of alcohol. Comfort foods and carbs are not only enjoyable but also practical, ensuring that everyone enjoys the celebration responsibly and will get home safely. 

At Elysian, we offer basic, standard, and premium bar packages to fit the needs of your wedding. We also have supplemental options such as classic cocktails, NOLA cocktails, a bubbles bar, and even drinks for your second line! You can learn more about our bar offerings and drink menus for your celebration here

Showcasing Your Style

Late night snacks are also an excellent opportunity to add another personal touch to your wedding. You can feature your favorite New Orleans food, a nod to the city, or something you don’t think your guests have ever tried before! For instance, if your guests have never had a po’boy, late night is the perfect time to introduce this to everyone. Late night snacks can be more casual than your main meal, allowing for more creativity and spontaneity. 

Creating Memorable Moments

The arrival of unexpected late night snacks can be a highlight of the evening for many. Whether it’s meat pies on the dancefloor or breakfast tacos while talking to someone new, these moments create fun and unforgettable experiences for your guests. 

Catering to Everyone

With dietary needs varying from guest to guest, late night snacks can be diverse enough to cater to anyone. Options can range from lighter to heavier and vegetarian to all meat, ensuring that all guests have something tasty to snack on. 

Extending the Festivities

Late night snacks can also signal to guests that the party isn’t winding down just yet, encouraging them to stay longer and enjoy more of your special day. This can be especially valuable if you want to maximize the use of your venue and entertainment. 

Enhancing the Social Atmosphere

As the formal parts of the wedding wind down, the late night snacks section can create a more relaxed, social atmosphere where guests can mingle and connect. This can be especially beneficial at large weddings, where guests may not have had the chance to interact closely with others. Food naturally brings people together, and when it comes to gathering, making new friends, and creating memories, the benefits of late night snacks at weddings cannot be overstated. 

Budget-Friendly Options

While many people worry that adding late night snack options to their wedding menu will break the bank, that is not always the case. These snacks are more casual and relaxed, making them more cost-effective. While they won’t take a significant chunk out of your budget, they will provide a high-quality experience for your guests. 

Ending on a High Note

Providing a parting snack as guests leave can be the perfect end to a fantastic night. Options like pigs in a blanket or crawfish pies always leave a lasting impression, ensuring your wedding ends as impressively as it started. 

Exploring Elysian’s Late Night Snack Options

When planning a wedding, one of the joys is choosing a menu that reflects your taste, the location of the wedding, and can speak to you and your partner as a couple. Plus, creating a menu that will delight your guests is always enjoyable! Elysian Events Catering offers an enticing array of late night snack options in addition to our traditional menu offerings that can add a gourmet touch to your celebration. Here are some of our most popular choices that have wowed at almost every wedding! 

Local Delights

New Orleans is a city known worldwide for its classic dishes that never fail to impress. At Elysian, we offer mini versions of New Orleans classics such as crawfish and meat pies or mini cochon de lait po boys. These bite-sized treats are not only delicious but also provide your special day with a sense of place, making it absolutely unforgettable for your out-of-town guests. 

Gourmet Comfort Foods

Elysian’s gourmet comfort food options are a perfect fit for couples looking for a more homestyle feel. Indulge in Fugassa, which is focaccia bread with tomato, mozzarella, and basil or brisket sliders. These comforting bites are ideal for recharging guests after a night of dancing, drinking, and festivities.

Sweet Treats

End the night on a sweet note with our selection of desserts. Mini beignets, mini bourbon-pecan pies, or mini praline cheesecake bites can provide a delightful conclusion (and sugar rush) to the festivities. These sweet bites are not only a treat for the palate but also an elegant touch to your wedding’s late night offerings. 

Reap the Benefits of Late Night Snacks at Weddings and More with Elysian Events Catering

Choosing Elysian Events Catering for your wedding means you can offer your guests a unique culinary experience tailored to your personal tastes and preferences while paying homage to the city. Our diverse and customizable menus, plus late night snack options, ensure that every guest finds something to enjoy, enhancing the overall experience of your special day. With Elysian, your wedding is not just a celebration but a gourmet journey that will be remembered for years to come! 

At Elysian, we not only offer late night snacks for your wedding but also raw bars and displays, hors d’ oeuvres, salads, entrees, various stations such as a Creole rice bar or mini poboy station, sides, desserts, and more. Our team prides itself on creating a menu that is perfect for each and every couple. To view all of our offerings, click here

Contact us today by filling out this form or calling us at (504) 541-0091 to learn more about our wedding packages, bar packages, and catering options!

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