After all, a hungry guest is an unhappy guest.

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Your wedding guests are excited to watch you tie the knot and celebrate your new marriage, but they're also looking forward to good food and drinks. The last thing you want is for your guests to leave hungry or to not like the food that was served. After all, the food—and what your guests thought of it—is something everyone remembers from the wedding day. And there's nothing as potentially problematic as underfed and overserved guests, so it's crucial that you make sure your family and friends have enough bites to pair with their signature cocktails. Here are a few ways to make sure that every guest eats enough on the big day.

Make Sure Food Is Readily Available During Cocktail Hour

Despite what its name implies, the interlude between the ceremony and dinner shouldn't just be about the drinks. It's important to make sure guests have options to nibble on as they begin to imbibe in alcoholic beverages—nothing spells disaster quite like drinking on an empty stomach, so ensuring guests start to eat as they start to drink is key. Whether you choose to serve food via food stations or passed appetizers (or a combination of both!), you'll want to make sure there's enough for everyone to have at least a few bites.

Try to Give Guests Choices at Dinner

Whether you're celebrating with 20 guests or 200, there's bound to be a picky eater or someone with food allergies in the mix. The more options you have, the more likely it is that everyone will find something they can and want to eat. Food stations, family style meals, and buffets all ensure guests get to choose food they'd like to eat, but if you prefer the idea of a plated meal, you could either offer choices, a duet of two popular mains, or one set option that your caterer says guests always enjoy. You should always have a vegetarian option, though, even if it's not listed on the menu.

Serve Crowd-Pleasing Late-Night Snacks

If you're having an open bar, late-night snacks are a great idea. Once guests start dancing and keep drinking, it's a good idea to get a little more food in them. Your evening bites don't have to be as elaborate as dinner, but doling out bites that everyone loves ensure they'll fill up before heading home. Sliders, French fries, soft pretzels, pizza, and ice cream are popular choices, but you could choose anything you like.


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