I am of the opinion that the food should not get wastage.
I always feel going late is not a good aspect. But people never care for time. Wasting food is not good I agree. At the same time the guests should not feel that they were not treated properly. The arrangements should be done properly.
In our country wherever I have attended a party there is no scarcity of food. In fact, in many of the parties, you do not feel taking anything after consuming the starters. Plenty of food is wasted on such occasions.
Let me narrate the US incident now. The place was a town in the north of Texas and it was an evening get together and an introductory party of scientist and technical people in a hotel and there were about 100-120 people invited there. Unfortunately, many of us did not notice the exact time given (which was 7 to 8 PM) and we thought it is starting at 7-8 PM. So when we reached there by 7:35 the party was almost at the last leg and the drinks and snacks were already been consumed. We got a little remaining piece of refreshment here and there and a small bottle of mineral water. Sharp at 8 PM it closed and guest were shown the way out as another party was scheduled soon in the same venue. So definitely they have put just sufficient snacks etc and there was no wastage!
Knowledge is power.
Yes, the organizer could have anticipated the attendance on little higher side to avoid such adverse criticism and should have prepared himself for the loss of some value of money for such wastage at his cost of prestige. Otherwise, such incidents are subjected to open discussion just it happened in this case.
No life without Sun
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
If we attend any function or a party, the good intentions of our visit to bless the couple or bless the child or grace the occasion should be and is more important than what food we get.
There is recent trend noticed at marriages that guests and visitors enter the hall, look around and then go to the dining area even before they can wish the host or any family member of the hosts.
The same trend is noted in conferences and society meetings, the crowd for the session will be smaller than the crowd for the drinks and the food.
For me, I have missed dinner at a few functions because in Bangalore, travelling in the evenings is a nightmare, I don't mind.