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Lowbrow grilled cheese reigns supreme at weddings

Bring on the grease: Guests at Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky's wedding got a 2 a.m. snack of grilled cheese sandwiches, brownies and popcorn for their rides home this past weekend.

Beyond Chelsea's bash, the lowbrow grilled cheese is reigning supreme as late-night snack of choice at weddings this summer.

"It's greasy, filling and it's got the bread. It sucks up the alcohol," says Whitney Pizale, a wedding planner with Bliss in Toronto.

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Salty, cheesy comfort food is just what the doctor ordered for guests preparing to stare down their hangovers, says Ms. Pizale. The grilled cheese has usurped the slider, a late-night favourite last summer, along with individual servings of French fries.

"Pretty much everybody does late-night stations now," says Ms. Pizale, particularly if the crowd likes to drink.

Nostalgia factors in big for bleary-eyed revellers: The gooey grilled cheese is a childhood staple. So are milk and cookies and pie, other rising late-night favourites, says Catherine Lash, creative director of The Wedding Co.

Ms. Pizale will be doing a cereal station featuring sugary varieties like Captain Crunch and Cocoa Puffs at a September wedding.

Retro, carnivalesque themes also feature big this summer - think old-style hot dog carts, candy floss and doughnut stations and poutine, albeit the gourmet variety.

The trashy goods replace the more austere offerings of fruit and mini-pastries at late-night receptions of yore. "It just doesn't really do it," says Ms. Pizale.

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Ultimately, the down-home snacks serve as "a reflection of you as a couple," says Ms. Lash. "What do you go home and eat late at night?"

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