Caroline
Just Said Yes August 2022

Are food trucks appropriate for a wedding??

Caroline, on October 5, 2021 at 10:21 AM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 15
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I'm planning a wedding for this upcoming August in Brooklyn, NYC. We are planning for about 100 people, 110 max and we're trying to save as much money as we can without cheaping out. Our vibe is modern, chic, fun and super chill - if that makes sense. We don't want to spend so much money on catering because it can get super expensive, so we're looking into food trucks. It's such a new thing to do and we're used to the typical sit down fancy dinner but it's just not our vibe!! It fits right into our budget to have multiple trucks, and it fits into our simple, fun style. Butttt it is hard to get over the typical wedding expectations... we don't want to disappoint the guests. Do you think a food truck is appropriate for a wedding? On one hand my family is super traditional and no one had done this at their wedding before. But on the other hand it is our wedding and it suits us perfectly... opinions??

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Latest activity by Ashley, on October 13, 2021 at 4:43 PM
  • Chloe
    Devoted February 2022
    Chloe ·
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    Everyone likes street food! Even "traditional" family members. So if it fits you and your wedding vibe, I'd say go for it. Just make sure that people actually have an opportunity to sit down while they eat, because "taco all over fancy dress" is not the look many people can (or want to) rock. Especially older people appreciate having a designated place with cutlery and all that belongs to a place setting... It doesn't have to be formal, but don't make your guests eat while standing.
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  • Sarah
    Master September 2019
    Sarah Online ·
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    I think it can work for small guest lists or if the food will all be ready ahead of time, but putting 100 people in line for food at a food truck at once is going to take a long time and guests might get annoyed and hungry while waiting.
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  • Cool
    Super July 2020
    Cool ·
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    Fun-wise, it sounds great. Logistically, it’s a nightmare. 100 people waiting for food from 1 food truck (even 2) will leave some guests waiting hours for food. You would have to get multiple which isn’t going to save you any money as opposed to catering. Fun idea, but not logistically sound.
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  • Ashlee
    Expert September 2022
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    I went to a wedding last fall where they had food trucks and it was mostly a hit BUT the lines were long 95% of the time and they didn't provide enough seating for guests or enough cocktail tables for the people who didn't get a seat at a table

    edit: they had 4 food trucks provided and lines were still long.

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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    I've never been to a wedding with food trucks but I've been to multiple food truck events and getting food from food trucks to long time especially for a hundred people. I once went to an event for probably about a 50 people and it took about 30 minutes just for us to get our food and we were about tenth in line I can only imagine how long it would take 100.
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  • Caroline
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Caroline ·
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    I didn't even think about the long lines/wait time. Thanks so much!! That's definitely something to consider. Do you think having 2-3 food trucks would change this?

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  • Caroline
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Caroline ·
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    Hey! Thanks so much for your help. We will be having a seat for everyone so that they can have a place to sit and enjoy dinner with everyone. How many people would you say were at the wedding? We were thinking of 2-3 food trucks and I thought this would help with the long lines...

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  • V
    Champion July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Unfortunately food trucks are incredibly slow so I think you'd need more than 2-3 trucks in food to avoid long lines.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    I agree with this. Even at state fairs and festivals where the food trucks have been working for decades, they are still only equipped to serve 1-2 people at a time with very slow long lines.



    A better idea would be to contact your local favorite casual restaurants and order drop off catering. Hire staff from thumbtack.com
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  • Cece
    VIP November 2022
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    I have to agree with everyone else, this sounds like a super fun idea, but it’s logistically complicated. For 100 people, you are going to need at least 5 food trucks to keep lines and wait times manageable, and even then you are going to have people who have already finished their meals before others have even received theirs. I’m not sure what food trucks charge to cater weddings, so I don’t know if hiring 5-6 food trucks is cheaper than standard catering? If nothing else, having a food truck for a late night snack would be fun!
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  • Caroline
    Just Said Yes August 2022
    Caroline ·
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    Thanks! I really like this idea of doing a late night snack to have something fun in the mix! Thanks for the idea 😁
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  • Michelle
    Devoted August 2021
    Michelle Online ·
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    Hi. You never know with August weather in NY, and I worry your guests (and you) will cook in a truck line. But, i love the idea of an Afterhours food truck. My August wedding was during one of our heatwave weekends but happily indoor. Best wishes.

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  • Ashlee
    Expert September 2022
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    I would say there were probably 100-150 in attendance for that wedding.

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  • N
    Just Said Yes November 2022
    Nick ·
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    I have a buddy that has a beignet truck that we’re planning to book for the reception. A downside would be with food trucks for the meal, food trucks don’t typically serve a bunch of people at the same time and are cook to order. This would make your meal time take longer. You probably wouldn’t be able to get more than 2 trucks based on your size, trucks will typically have a $500 or more sales minimum.
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  • Ashley
    Beginner November 2022
    Ashley ·
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    I've heard from a handful of people who have had food trucks at weddings that they attended and they loved them. One only had about 50 people so having one for dinner wasn't that bad.

    I would suggest having one for a late night option. This way people can decide at that point if they would like another snack or not and it keeps a bunch of people from waiting in line for dinner.

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