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Bridget, on August 16, 2019 at 1:50 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 2 8
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Has anyone used a food truck (or two) as their caterer? I'm toying with the idea right now, but just want to make sure it works logistically.

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Latest activity by Sheila , on August 16, 2019 at 8:07 PM
  • Elizabeth
    Expert September 2019
    Elizabeth ·
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    I think this is a great idea! We're doing a formal dinner, however, I'd consider food trucks if we had a more causal event. Try this article!

    https://www.thekitchn.com/i-had-a-food-truck-wedding-and-it-was-awesome-222995

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  • earias
    Champion December 2017
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    There have been some posts on here about people either having food trucks or going to weddings with food truck. The common advice is to make sure the food trucks have the food prepared ahead of time like a buffet so your guests don't have to wait in line so long. It seems the wait is a long time for people to get their food otherwise.

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  • Ivy ORP
    VIP October 2019
    Ivy ORP ·
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    We're not doing it but I have seen couples pull it off successfully. Really it depends on your venue. Out door spaces are perfect for something like this, but some public spaces won't allow the trucks on-site. Also keep weather in mind. Even if you have indoor space for your reception, transporting the food could get messy depending on your weather.

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  • Natalie
    Savvy August 2019
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    I've been to a reception that had a food truck later in the night after the guests started drinking . It was a big hit. Ok- it was a corndog truck but I'm from Iowa and we love corndogs Smiley smile

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  • Sara
    Expert October 2020
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    We are planning to do food trucks. We are going to have a more casual wedding, but it will still be a wedding. It will take place in a barn that is in a county park/nature preserve. We plan on having about 85 guests and are going to have 2 food trucks, a dessert & coffee truck, and a bar/beer & prosecco food truck. We want 1 food truck to be BBQ and 1 to be tacos. We do not plan to do "cocktail hour" or a set dinner time. This is kind of the timeline and some ideas I've had.

    Beer & prosecco truck will be there for when guests arrive. Invite will say like 4:30. Guests can grab a drink for ceremony if they want. Quick ceremony be done at like 5/5:15. DJ will start with dance party & we will have some lawn type games out to play. I will have assigned seating & at every table there will be a menu or 2 for each food truck. The food trucks will begin serving at like 5:30/5:45. Food trucks will serve for 3 hours and I will note that on the menu cards. The BBQ food truck I spoke to said he can serve 300 people in 1.5 hours so 85 will be no problem. Guests can get food whenever they please and either mingle and eat or bring it back to their seats. Music/dancing will be taking place the entire time. I may have some like chips, pretzels, nuts set around the venue and on tables in fancy glass vase type jars for people to pick on if they want. At about 9/9:15 desert food truck will arrive for like hour and half. We want some kind of icecream and are thinking about ice cream stuffed cupcakes. We are also going to have Nothing Bundt Cake as our "wedding cake" probably will have 2 large bundt cakes, 1 we will cut into, and like 3 dozen mini bundt cakes (FH does not know about this yet. My mom and I are surprising him with an at home tasting on Sunday, he's going to be bumped). We may also have a candy bar as a treat/"favor".

    We also plan on having some servers, probably like 3, that will help with cleaning up/clearing tables and can help deliver food if needed. If it rains we will have some pop-up tents set out and a bucket with umbrellas so guests can grab them. Also our escort cards will be little sticks with the person's name and table name on them. The guest can hand these sticks to the food truck or order with the server if they don't want to wait or go to the truck. The food truck operator will put the sticks into the food when it is ready and the servers can bring it to the guests at their table. I plan on providing my own biodegradable plates to the trucks and will have fancy plastic "silverware" set out on the tables. I want real glasses for the table and will have bottles of water set out and red and white wine on the tables.

    I am going to have to do some negotiating with the food trucks because I do not think I want to pay for the total 85 guests at each truck. Like I'm not sure if each guest will eat at each trucks. But the one taco truck we are thinking abouts price is $1000 for 87 servings and there minimum fee is $1000, so thats not that bad and I'll probably just end up paying for each guest to eat at each truck. We will see about the BBQ truck.

    We have a few concerns: We won't really have vegetable sides or a salad. Neither truck we are interested in really have a salad or vegetable side options. BBQ truck has pulled meat sliders that is served with coleslaw and they also serve tacos and choice of 2 sides like mac & cheese, corn bread, baked beans. I don't want the BBQ tacos b/c we will have a taco truck. The tacos obviously come with lettuce on them so I don't know how important the salad really is going to be. FBIL also mentioned having some other kind of variety like just more traditional "american cookout" food (burgers, dogs, chicken, veggie sides) in case someone didn't want tacos or bbq, so we will see. We know someone who owns a meatball food truck and someone else with a more american cookout menu so maybe we will talk to them, but not really leaning towards meatballs.

    I feel like I have everything pretty well thought out and planned, but I still get a little nervous because I have read A LOT of posts about food truck weddings being bad and people having to wait forever for their food. I think 85 guests is a good number.

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    Just Said Yes May 2020
    Bridget ·
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    Wow this was so helpful, thank you! I think 85 is a great number for this (we have about 100) and it sounds like you have everything really planned out.
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  • Sara
    Expert October 2020
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    Thanks, I've done a decent amount of reading on how to pull it off. Im a little nervous that some people, like future in laws friends & some older guest that are used to lore traditional weddings, won't really know what to do with the no set dinner time. I'm most likely going to make a pretty detailed wedding website, but I'm also going to count on the servers to help and like say to people would u like me to take ur order and get ur food or you can feel free to get it whenever u want. I might make a quick announcement just like thank everyone for coming and food trucks are here for 3 hours eat when and how much u want. If u don't want to wait leave ur name tag a server will deliver. I'm sure most peoe will figure it out so I'm not going to stress to much.
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    Savvy June 2019
    Sheila ·
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    We did a food truck after our ceremony, but then did a formal reception in the evening. We had an 11:30 church ceremony and then reception @ 7. It worked out well for us. They had lunch boxes already prepared for the guests so lines weren’t too long.
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