5 tips to get your evening food spot on
1. Choose something you’re excited to sink your teeth into. It’s your day so choose the food which makes your heart happy.
2. The golden time to serve your evening food is no earlier than 8:30pm. The ideal time in my experience is 9:00pm. Any earlier than this and guests won’t be hungry (remember your day guests have just tucked into a very large wedding breakfast) and the last thing you want is guests getting hangry later in the evening.
3. Your band/DJ/evening entertainment’s 1st live set will likely finish around 9:00pm so everyone will be taking a comfort break from dancing. No one wants an empty dance floor and serving food during a live set will only encourage guests to leave.
4. Your wedding day is a long day. You don’t have to fill every moment with something, especially not food. Giving guests time to have a break, chat and dance is never a bad thing.
5. Timings will vary depending on your caterer and the food you’ve chosen. Bowl food served roaming to guests such as mac ‘n’ cheese or loaded fries will be quicker to serve compared to a pizza van offering made to order pizzas. If you opt for the latter or have a large quantity of guests then your caterer may advise starting service slightly earlier (I still don’t recommend any earlier than 8:30pm) as it may take a couple of hours
Don’t scrimp on your evening food. I advise catering for at least 75% of your guests. And don’t forget to check your contracts as most band’s and DJ’s require a hot evening meal. Make sure your caterer is aware of this so they can add these into your final numbers.
P.S don’t forget to check if your evening guests/band/DJ have any dietary or allergy requirements. Your caterer will need to be aware of these when you submit your final numbers!
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