Late-Night Wedding Snacks to Serve on the Dance Floor

Keep your wedding reception going all night long with these tasty late-night snack ideas.

Aside from offering tasty hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour and a traditional wedding menu at the reception, many couples are offering late-night snacks to their loved ones in order to extend the celebration into the late night – or even the early hours of the morning!

Photo: Lin & Jirsa Photography

Most brides and grooms featured in the pages of Inside Weddings share that the experience of their guests is top of mind when it comes to planning the wedding. One thing that wedding attendees will always remember long after the wedding? The food! Of course, it's important to offer a delectable menu during the wedding reception and tasty appetizers and hors d'oeuvres during cocktail hour, but many couples are taking their wedding fare one step further and sharing a late-night treat with their loved ones.

After dinner has been served and the wedding cake has been cut, these bites – often closer to appetizers in size but often full-on meals such as slices of pizza, fried-chicken sandwiches, and more – are passed around while friends and family are on the dance floor. These offerings are commonly a nod to the couple’s idea of “comfort food,” as many choose to include salty snacks, indulgent favorites, and even fast-food items.

Late-Night Chick-fil-A with Custom Bags late night snacks bag

Photo by Erica J Photography; From Real Wedding: A Blue, White & Gold Ballroom Wedding in Fort Lauderdale

While often saved for the after-party, late-night wedding snacks are also much appreciated at the reception itself, before friends and family head home for the night. Whether you have a late-night snack station available, have servers pass tasty bites so guests don't even have to leave the dance floor, or share your favorite guilty-pleasure foods in to-go bags or from a food truck as guests depart, your loved ones are sure to remember this special touch long after the big day.

Wedding Late-Night Snacks

Looking for late-night snack ideas that will have your wedding guests dancing until the wee hours of the morning? Read on for 25 late-night wedding snack ideas, and click the link below each photo to see more from these real weddings!

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Shooters

Also a popular hors d'oeuvres option, grilled cheese and tomato-soup shooters are a great idea for a late-night snack. If you choose this tasty option, the next item on the list – french fries! – makes a wonderful accoutrement to bite-sized grilled cheese sandwiches.

Shoestring French Fries & Dipping Sauces

Who doesn't like french fries? These warm, delicious treats will be one of those that your guests will be fighting over on the dance floor. Consider serving them in cones to make them extra easy for attendees to hold on to while dancing the night away.

French Fry Cones french fries late night snack black tie wedding

Photo by Chrisman Studios; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Wedding: Gorgeous Alfresco Garden Wedding in Bel-Air, California

Sushi Rolls

If you and your newly minted spouse love sushi, incorporate your favorite delicacy on your wedding day! While sushi stations are also popular for cocktail hour or even as a food station at the wedding reception itself, having late-night sushi available in bite-sized pieces will provide an elegant late-night wedding snack.

Sushi Platter at Wedding Reception late night snack ideas

Photo by Sarah Kate, Photographer; From Real Wedding: Traditional Catholic Ceremony + Festive New Year's Eve Reception

Mini Burgers & Sliders

From savory meat burgers to veggie burgers for those vegans and vegetarians on your guest list, take (almost) everyone's favorite classic main meal and make it the perfect snack size your loved ones will be reaching for again and again.

Tray-Passed Burger Sliders late night snack ideas

Photo by Lunaphoto; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; From Real Wedding: Organic Oceanside Wedding in Malibu, California

Mini Tacos

Whether you have a taco truck at your wedding or serve miniature tacos on the dance floor, guests will love to eat this delicious Mexican-food favorite. Serve alongside a shot glass filled with your favorite tequila or a mini margarita to keep your guests dancing all night – especially at a destination wedding in Mexico!

Margarita & Taco Hors d'Oeuvres for dance floor late night snacks

Photo by Gabe Aceves Photography; From Real Wedding: Warm & Cozy Wedding at Unique Warehouse Venue in Washington, DC

Fried-Chicken Sandwiches

Fried chicken is a comfort food for many, which makes it one of the best late-night snacks for your wedding day! Pre-order your favorite chicken sandwiches from a restaurant of your choice (like Shake Shack, shown below!), or have your caterer or the culinary team at your venue serve up this delicious snack that's worthy of a main meal too.

Shake Shack Chicken Sandwiches late night snack ideas

Photo by Valorie Darling Photography; From Real Wedding: Santa Monica Wedding with Tropical Touches & East Coast Inspiration

Chicken and Waffles

Sticking with the comfort-food selections, serving chicken and waffles as a midnight snack is an especially great idea since it's also a breakfast favorite. It's perfect for those late-night weddings that really go into the early-morning hours of the next day!

Mini Fried Chicken & Waffles, Maple Syrup late night snack ideas wedding

Photo by Brian Leahy Photography; From Real Event: Rustic-Chic Engagement Party Inspiration at a California Farmhouse 

Gourmet Popcorn Bar

From classic buttered popcorn to cheesy cheddar popcorn and more, offer a variety of options for loved ones to choose from as guests start to get hungry between showing off their dance moves.

Gourmet Popcorn Station popcorn bar at wedding reception

Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer; From Real Wedding: Bohemian, Outdoor Garden Wedding Ceremony + Rustic Reception

Soft Pretzels with Beer-Cheese Dip

Another great snack option is soft pretzels with cheese dip or an assortment of mustards! Serve pretzels in ready-to-go bags or have a hot pretzel station available for guests to indulge in whenever the mood strikes.

Soft Pretzels at Wedding Reception late night snack ideas

Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Chic Wedding with Personalized + Modern Details in Chicago


Consider cheese and pepperoni pizzas – or another favorite: margherita – for a welcome midnight snack that guests will absolutely love! Whether you source the pizza from your favorite local spot, serve up a gourmet pizza treat that's tray-passed on the dance floor, or have a wood-fired pizza oven at your wedding, this is a snack that almost everyone can agree on.

Margherita Pizza Wedding Hors d'Oeuvres late night snack ideas

Photo by Twah Dougherty; Planning & Design by Rikki & Mal; From Real Wedding: A Classic Garden Wedding with Modern Touches in Los Angeles

Hot Dogs

Maybe you're having a summer wedding around the Fourth of July, or perhaps you and your spouse fell in love while attending baseball games with America's favorite snack. Either way, serving miniature gourmet hot dogs at your wedding can be a wonderful option. Offer different toppings to have something for everyone!

Mini Chicago Hot Dogs late night snack wedding

Photo by Olivia Leigh Photographie; From Real Wedding: An Ombré-Inspired Chicago Wedding in the Round

Kettle Corn in Cones

We mentioned a gourmet popcorn bar already, but another similar option is popcorn's sweet cousin: kettle corn! Consider serving it in personalized paper cones to make sure it's easy for your guests to eat on the dance floor.

Kettle Corn Served in Striped Paper Cones late night snack ideas

Photo by Caroline Tran


Another sweet late-night snack that your guests will love is churros! Include chocolate and caramel dipping sauces for a fun addition – which will be especially appreciated if you're having a destination wedding south of the border!

Wedding Cake & Churros late night snack idea destination wedding mexico

Photo by Anna Gomes Photography; From Real Wedding: An Intimate, Sunset-Toned Destination Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico

Fast-Food Favorites

From late-night favorites from Taco Bell to Chick-fil-A sandwiches and chicken nuggets, your guests will love getting a taste of your most-desired midnight snack! Go-to spots such as In-N-Out Burger or Shake Shack will also be enjoyed by your guests.

Milkshake Shooters

Couples with a sweet tooth have likely enjoyed milkshakes together throughout their love story, and if this sounds like you, think about serving mini milkshakes or milkshakes in shot-glass shooters on the dance floor to honor your love and help guests cool down. Consider espresso shots and non-dairy options to appeal to all guests – even those with dietary restrictions!

Chocolate & Vanilla Milkshakes late night snack idea

Photo by KingenSmith

Mini Doughnuts

Another one of our favorite late-night snack ideas is miniature doughnuts and/or doughnut holes! These sweet treats are easy for guests to eat, and the warm delicious doughnuts can be served alongside cold ice cream for a midnight snack that guests of all ages will love. Love doughnuts? See more ways to serve donuts at your wedding!

late night snack idea Donut Wedding Treats

Photo by John Solano Photography & Nadine Froger Photography; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Wedding: Opulent Gold Wedding in Beverly Hills, California

Hot Chocolate & Cider

Especially if you're having a winter wedding in a cooler climate, hot chocolate and warm cider are perfect for serving on the dance floor! This is a great option if you already served a heavy meal, but you still want to offer a late-night treat for your guests.

S'mores Bar

Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows – the ultimate combination for a sweet treat that will give your wedding a fun, upscale camp-like feel. Fill your s'mores bar with all of your favorite toppings, and have guests roast marshmallows over a bonfire outside, hot coals, or a miniature portable flame at each table.

S'mores Bar at wedding late night snack ideas

Photo by Meg Perotti; From Real Wedding: Colorful Outdoor Wedding at Northern California Ranch & Winery

Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Whether you serve frozen yogurt with your favorite toppings or hire an ice-cream truck filled with your favorite flavors, ice cream being served at a wedding is a fun idea that your guests will love – especially at a warm summer wedding!

Mini Ice Cream Cones wedding late night snack ideas

Photo by Carasco Photography; From Real Wedding: Bride Wears Custom Ines Di Santo Gown at Glamorous Chicago Wedding

Gelato Cart

Similar to the ice-cream truck idea, we've seen many couples transport their guests to Italy – even while stateside – with a fun gelato cart. Whether branded to match your wedding colors or highlighting the design of your favorite gelateria, this sweet treat also makes for a lovely piece of wedding décor.

Sant Ambroeus Gelato Cart wedding late night snacks

Photo by Abby Hart Photography; Planning & Design by Posh Parties; From Real Wedding: Destination Wedding with a Tropical Feel at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami

Ice-Cream Sandwiches

Combine two favorite treats in one with cookie ice-cream sandwiches! You can even offer a few different cookie types and ice-cream flavors for a fun, interactive mix-and-match activity for attendees to build their own sweet treats!

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches on Tray late night snacks

Photo by John Solano Photography

Slices of Wedding Cake

If you're having a wedding cake at your reception, chances are, your guests will indulge! Unless you're serving cake at the table, though, sometimes attendees may be too busy mingling or hitting the dance floor to enjoy a slice. It's always a good idea to serve extra slices of cake to guests later in the evening if you have some available.

Slices of Vanilla Cake on China late night snack ideas

Photo by Michelle Mosqueda for Samuel Lippke Studios; Planning & Design by International Event Company; From Real Event: Pretty Bridal Shower with Pink Details in Beverly Hills, California 

Mini Pies

Some couples don't like wedding cake, so they serve a few pies instead. Other couples have a wedding cake, plus a dessert table filled with even more sweets – and then offer miniature handheld pies on the dance floor for another surprise!

Miniature Pecan Pie Desserts wedding late night snack ideas

Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: Destination Rustic Fall Wedding at a Farm in North Carolina

Cookies & Brownies

Whether you're having a dessert bar – like we mentioned above! – or you want to share your favorite cookies or brownies with friends and family as late-night treats or even take-home favors, having an assortment of cookies and brownies available at your reception is an excellent choice. We also love these cookies-and-milk shot glasses featuring milk served in "shot glasses" made of cookies!

Cookies & Milk Shots late night snack ideas

Photo by Rennai Hoefer, Ten22Studio

Candy Bar

The candy-bar wedding trend was a huge thing for a few years, and if you and your beloved love candy, don't be afraid to include a candy bar or a passed-candy tray at your wedding reception! You can even incorporate a room dedicated to all of your favorite candies that's decorated as if it was your own candy bar (ex. The Smiths' Candy Bar) that either matches your favorite sweet shop or your wedding colors.

Candy Tray Assortment late night snack ideas

Photo by Samuel Lippke For Ira Lippke Studios; From Real Wedding: Destination Wedding in Bali with Eastern & Western Traditions

For more ideas, get helpful tips on what to include in your after-party, see a list of wedding favors your guests will actually enjoy, and read some of our delicious suggestions of delectable hors d’oeuvres to serve at cocktail hour!

Opening photo by Lin & Jirsa Photography; From Real Wedding: Gorgeous Outdoor Ceremony & Ballroom Reception in Rancho Mirage