Can Guests Bring a Doggy Bag of Food Home From the Wedding?

Etiquette, Food & Drink
can I bring doggy bag of food home from wedding

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Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates. For her latest BRIDES column, Jen is here to give some expert advice to wedding guests who are wondering what to do with leftover food.

Weddings make people hungry. That's because the ceremony is usually smack down in the middle of most people's dinner time, and once the couple has exchanged their vows, and sealed the deal with a smooch, people's stomachs are making all kinds of noise.

By cocktail hour, tiny plates are stacked up with hors d'oeuvre and wedding guests are looking to snag seconds on the mini lobster tacos, or the spicy tuna cones (Yum!). So when it comes time to the reception's three-course meal, guests may already find themselves full. Leading some wedding guests to ask: can I take this food home with me? They will take a bite or two and want to bring the rest home for dinner tomorrow night. Is it okay to ask a server for a box to take it home or should they let it go to waste?

In the end, the couple did spend quite a bit of money per person on the food. If people don't take advantage of the meal in front of them, it's kind of a waste, right?

It's okay to ask the waiter or the server for a bag or a box to take your meal home with you, but try not to make it noticeable to the other guests or even the bride and the groom. If the couple sees their guests boxing up food, they may start to get worried and wonder why nobody there is hungry. Instead, ask the staff to box up your meal in the kitchen and have them bring it out to you toward the end of the night when the other guests and the bride and groom are out on the dance floor.

Know that it is okay to do this, but not okay to make a scene about it.

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