Nicolette
Just Said Yes March 2022

Is a Taco Party & Beer/wine enough?

Nicolette, on March 19, 2021 at 1:37 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 20
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Hi All,

First-time poster! The wedding is still a bit away, but I was wondering if a taco party is enough food for 100 max guest-count? I'm getting married in my hometown in the south, and this was intended as a nod to my ethnic heritage and the place my fiance and I met, but I've seen some mixed things about tacos at weddings as being casual (even though I love them hahaha!!!), so I wanted to get folk's opinions (especially since some of my fiance's family has served more "traditional" food at their weddings).

We'll be having full-service catering rather than a taco bar from a local restaurant my FH and I love including:

-passed apps for cocktail hour (mini tostadas with guacamole)

-traditional style tacos including three filling options (2 meat: chicken and brisket; and 1 veggie)

-sides include beans, rice, chips, salsa, cheese, and various veggie toppings.

-For dessert, we're doing Mexican vanilla cake with strawberries from another bakery we like (probably sheet cake!)!

We're having an open bar but only serving beer, white and red wine, champagne, and a non-alcoholic beverage station of lemonade, tea, water, and also soda and jarritos. We may also do a signature jalapeno and cucumber margarita cocktail.

My venue is pretty formal, but we're keeping dress and decor cocktail style, so I wasn't sure if this would match or be more disparate than anything.

Any thoughts are much appreciated!!! Smiley smile


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Latest activity by Erin, on March 29, 2021 at 9:42 AM
  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    We did tacos at our wedding. We had a semi formal wedding so we did “swanky tacos”. We had our caterer make tacos similar to some of our favorites from a local craft taco restaurant. Our guests loved it! I think they appreciated having something besides your typical wedding chicken & prime rib.
    I say go for it.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar October 2022
    Michelle ·
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    It sounds sufficient and delicious. Try to keep your menu as familiar as possible because not everyone is a fan of "gourmet/exotic" spins to make the food more formal. You may be surprised how many guests prefer margaritas with tacos over wine so perhaps offer an additional flavor that isn't as polarizing such as regular lime or strawberry.

    Can you offer Mexican Coke and horchata?

    I assume guests will be sitting to eat, with appropriate silverware and napkins based on the menu. So I don't see any issues with eating with your hands. Cocktail hour food is consumed that way and no one blinks, including for the messy ones.

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  • M
    VIP January 2019
    Maggie ·
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    Tacos (or anything that is eaten with the hands) are definitely are not formal (and there's no way to make them formal) but that doesn't mean you can't serve them at a wedding. I would add a salad or two to the menu to add more options/substance, but otherwise your food and bar selections are fine.

    All of that said, by their very nature, tacos are messy to eat and I don't know if I would want to eat them if I were dressed up in cocktail attire. You say your venue is formal, which is a major thing that will guide your guests' attire. Can you use your invitations and website to emphasize the casual nature of your meal and festivities? That would go a long way toward making your guests feel more comfortable eating tacos at your wedding.

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  • Heather
    Devoted October 2021
    Heather ·
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    Nicolette,
    Go for it! My FH and I LOVE tacos. So, since we are doing a microwedding we were just going to gather at our house for the reception and have a taco truck. Smiley smile And we're going to be serving beer and wine as well because that's what we like. So, it should definitely be enough. Just make sure the package you are going with will be enough.

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  • G
    Dedicated August 2021
    Gianna ·
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    This sounds good to me! Especially because you have side options for those who may not want to get messy, etc. Only suggest I have is margaritas!
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  • Kelly
    Dedicated February 2022
    Kelly ·
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    We are doing a taco lady! Those are really popular where I am from and it is always a good deal for bomb food! So you do you!! People would rather have good for over fancy food that tastes like trash

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  • Biaani
    Expert May 2021
    Biaani ·
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    I would love to go to your wedding! Everything sounds delicious! 😋

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  • A
    Expert September 2020
    Amanda ·
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    I think that sounds great! You have way more than tacos on the menu also, people will have plenty to eat. Yum!
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  • S
    Expert November 2021
    Sara ·
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    Yum, I love tacos! I would highly recommend switching your attire to semi-formal rather than cocktail though. Tacos seem too casual for cocktail attire, and full open bars (not just with wine and beer) are more typical for cocktail attire weddings.

    You might find this helpful: https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-guest-attire-cheat-sheet

    As a guest, I would be quite taken aback to arrive at a wedding in my finest cocktail attire dress with tacos as the meal. However, you know your crowd best, so maybe they won't mind.

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  • Michelle
    Rockstar April 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Who doesn’t love tacos???? Yummy!
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  • Meghan
    Dedicated November 2021
    Meghan ·
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    Looooooooove tacos! 🌮😍 And your idea for a cucumber-jalapeño margarita...perfection! That sounds super delicious and fun! I would think planning for at least 2-3 tacos per person w/ the sides should be enough.
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  • Nicolette
    Just Said Yes March 2022
    Nicolette ·
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    Thanks so much for everyone's responses!!!! Super helpful!!!!! Smiley heart

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  • Nicolette
    Just Said Yes March 2022
    Nicolette ·
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    That's a great idea and yes, we can def add Mexican coke and horchata!!! And the regular and/or strawberry margarita is a wonderful idea. thank you!!!!

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  • Nicolette
    Just Said Yes March 2022
    Nicolette ·
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    Really great idea and super helpful!!! I can certainly look to use the invites and website to emphasize the more casual nature of the event!!! thank you so much!!!! Smiley heart

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  • Nicolette
    Just Said Yes March 2022
    Nicolette ·
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    Thank you so much!!!!Smiley laugh Smiley heart

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  • Nicolette
    Just Said Yes March 2022
    Nicolette ·
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    Great point, thank you so much!!! Smiley heart

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  • Melody
    Expert April 2021
    Melody ·
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    I've been to and worked at multiple weddings that do a taco bar for their food. It's always worked out super well. I say go for it! I love the tostadas and guac idea. Personal dishes of flan could also be a fun dessert option if it's in the budget.

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  • Jai
    Rockstar May 2020
    Jai ·
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    That sounds so delicious 😋. I love tacos and guacamole!
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  • Monica
    Super October 2021
    Monica ·
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    Tacos by themselves? No not enough food. But appetizers + tacos + beans & rice? Yes! Tacos never fill me up. I might eat 4 tacos and feel satisfied but not for long & will get hungry quickly. But with all the sides its plenty.
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  • Erin
    Savvy November 2022
    Erin ·
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    Go for it. That sounds delicious and from a cooking POV (FH and I are both chefs) tacos are easy to make a lot of everything for and relatively inexpensively. If people don't want to eat it in the shell then I would have bowls out so maybe people can make a taco bowl? Some people avoid eating foods that they think will get on their nice suits/dresses.

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