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SPR-SUM 17

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1 6 S p r i n g | S u m m e r B R I D E Your to-do list by michelle eigenheer LATE-NIGHT BITES Dinner becomes a distant memory as champagne and bourbon fuel a night of celebration. It's a growing trend to give guests something of a midnight snack before sending them home, whether it's fast food or a catered meal. Fast Food Like so many of us on the average Friday night, what we crave after a night of revelry is sinfully satisfying fast food, from McDonald's to Taco Bell. Why not skip the drive-thru and bring the food to the party, instead? "White Castles were the obvious choice for us, our favorite guilty pleasure," says Holly Weyler McKnight of her reception with Forecastle Founder J.K. McKnight. "They were a huge hit. Our wedding was pretty casual, so there was food most of the night, but the late-night Castles were a big hit." Food Trucks The rise of the food-truck trend has made it easier than ever before to access a number of food options, from kebabs to pho. Booking a food truck to stop by your reception guarantees that your guests can fill up on a fresh, warm meal, while letting them have a number of options. Delivery Sometimes the guests take things into their own hands and order food for themselves. "We've had a few drivers come back from a big order and tell us it was for a formal wedding party," says New Wave Burritos owner Nate Sturdevant. Businesses with late-night delivery — like New Wave or Spinelli's — are a good option for couples if they're looking to feed a few folks left at the end of the night without the pressure of planning ahead. Sweet Treats Some couples are capping off the night with coffee and doughnuts, and it seems to be a growing trend. By the end of 2016, Hi-Five Doughnuts had served their custom-crafted specialties at about a dozen weddings. Before the end of the year, they'd already booked several more for 2017, says co-owner Leslie Wilson. "A lot of people try to personalize their wedding instead of sticking with tradition," says Jessica Leslie, head cake decorator at Nord's Bakery. "We have a couple right now that has a lot of out-of-town guests and they're excited to share one of their favorite Louisville things with them." Snacks Onsite If you're having your reception somewhere that serves food, like a restaurant or a venue with in-house catering, you may be able to have them build in a midnight snack into your wedding plans. Trays of sliders, a fresh taco bar or a coffee cart is a great way to cap off the night, without sending your guests through the drive-thru. Photo by Crystal Ludwick

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