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Just Said Yes June 2019

Is Chipotle catering tacky?

Ashley, on November 1, 2018 at 3:12 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 0 28
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Hi all! I'm having an evening wedding (usually considered more fancy), but also its at a barn (so less fancy), but also the barn has chandeliers (so I'm basically all over the place). Anyway, I really really really love Chipotle (or Qudoba would also be fine too), and that's what I want to serve (buffet style) at my wedding. I've been to a lot of weddings/catered events with "fancy" dinner food and personally I've found that they're usually not that good--dry meat/meat with kinda weird seasonings, under-cooked vegetables, other sides with strange twists (in a not good way).

I feel like most people enjoy tacos/mexican food and I've been to events with Chipotle catering before and it was fantastic. My parents, who are paying and ultimately willing to let me choose whatever I want, think that Chipotle is weird and tacky and that people will want something else for an evening meal.

Would you be put-off if you attended an evening wedding that a chipotle buffet instead of the generic meat and two sides type of meal? Would you find it incredibly tacky? I'm trying to gauge if this is one of those "you go girl, its your wedding have what you want" kinda decisions, or if its one of those "you can do what you want, but also all of your guests will be disappointed and judge you" kinda decisions. Thanks for the input!

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Latest activity by Arlene, on November 2, 2018 at 4:04 PM
  • JustKidding
    VIP April 2018
    JustKidding ·
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    I love tacos and burritos. But I wouldn't eat at your wedding. I think Chipolte is one of the worst places.

    Have you looked at local places that might cater Mexican?

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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    I've been to two weddings with Mexican catering instead of traditional chicken/beef and it was delicious. A little messy, but yummy. Provide A LOT of napkins if you go this route. I think as long as you offered all of the toppings and chips and salsa and such that it would please everyone, and have a veggie option!

    The only problem with this is you either have to set it up yourself or have someone else do it for you, since they aren't a traditional caterer.

    To make you and your parents happy, maybe you could splurge and get nicer chafers from a restaurant store to make it look a little fancier in the display. You'd be saving money on the food so you could spend a little more on the presentation to make everyone happy?

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  • HayMrsO
    Master October 2018
    HayMrsO ·
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    I love mexican food, but am not a Chipotle fan. Mostly because of their BS, misleading marketing campaigns, but I digress. Do they provide staff with their catering? If not, is there any local mexican food restaurants that you love that will provide catering and their staff? That would be what I would choose. Otherwise, definitely look in to hiring someone for the logistics of it all. Set up, serving, not running out of anything, etc. It takes someone to manage that and that someone should definitely not be you or family members.

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  • Meghan
    Super September 2019
    Meghan ·
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    I agree. I would be put off but that's because I just really don't like Chipotle. Do you have any local Mexican restaurants that could cater? I think it's fine to have food catered from a restaurant but a local restaurant would feel a little less tacky than a national chain.

    You could also consider having Chipotle but having another option as well for anyone who may not like them.

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  • Sam
    Master August 2024
    Sam ·
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    Hi Ashley! Welcome to WeddingWire! There are many couples in the community who choose to have Mexican/taco buffets at their weddings! Its a really fun option, and many people love this style of food! As mentioned above, it can be pretty messy, so if you are having a very formal wedding, you may want to consider an easier to eat option! Also, you may want to look into getting tacos or Mexican food catered by another company besides Chipotle! While Chipotle is delicious, your parents may be more comfortable using a more traditional catering company or restaurant, rather than Chipotle! Smiley smile

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  • NVV2B
    VIP January 2019
    NVV2B ·
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    I love chipotle! As a guest I would be thrilled that it isn't the typical (not very good) wedding food. It would only be tacky if you were wanting to have a black tie, or black tie optional wedding.

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  • Nisa
    Super March 2019
    Nisa ·
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    I love Chipotle, but many people don't for the reasons listed above. I think it's fine to have Mexican if you want, but maybe look at a local Mexican restaurant? A little more authentic and a lot more flavor. As for the clash with your venue, I wouldn't worry about it. It is what it is.

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    If I went to a wedding with chipotle as the dinner, I probably wouldn't care but I'd also expect the rest of the wedding to be SUPER casual. So I could go in jeans. I'd look into Mexican places that are more authentic, with more options.

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  • Nikita
    VIP April 2019
    Nikita ·
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    Chipotle is a mixed bag to a lot of people, and might not sit well during a buffet. It's also something most people have had in their lives, so it's not *quite* as special.


    I would suggest looking for local restaurants/caterers/food trucks which will provide you the Mexican food. Most food trucks attached to a restaurant have ridiculously low catering costs (15-25 pp). Additionally, a lot of these places have locally sourced food, and you have the benefit that no one at your wedding will have had it before. So both more memorable and affordable.

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  • Britt Brat
    Expert May 2019
    Britt Brat ·
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    I personally loveeeeeeeeeeee Chipotle. My love for them runs deeper than the ocean lol. But I think it being at a wedding is cheap/tacky. But at the end of the day you know your crowd and it's your day Smiley smile

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  • Gen
    Champion June 2019
    Gen ·
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    Personally I wouldn't mind Chipotle catering, but it depends on the vibe of your wedding and how fancy it is overall. If I got the impression that it was a really fancy event and I bought an expensive dress and got you a $100 gift and ended up with a $10 Chipotle meal, I may be a little annoyed.

    But if you make it clear that it's a more casual event then it should be fine! Have you considered a lunch reception to make it more casual?

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  • M
    Super November 2019
    Melissa ·
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    I personally love Chipotle and wouldn't mind if that's what was served at a wedding, but only if the rest of the wedding and the ambience matched the same level of casualness of serving Chipotle. Itll be weird if you have a fancy venue, but serve Chipotle. But if you served Chipotle as a midnight snack if your reception ran that long, that would be a great idea.
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  • C
    Dedicated January 2019
    Christina ·
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    I went to a wedding that did tijana flats! It was delicious I had another friend who did a local place similar to chipotle and she loved it as well.

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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
    LB ·
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    If it was a super casual day wedding, I think chipotle is fine. I personally don't think it's appropriate for an evening affair where people are going to be dressing up. Hosting should be uniform across an event.

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  • Kristen
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    Kristen ·
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    I love Mexican food but I have a few concerns about it in a wedding setting:

    1. Not everyone likes Chipotle

    3. Chipotle can be messy - especially important if people are dressed nicely

    4. Chipotle would imply it is a more casual wedding. What's the dress code?

    If you're going to do Chipotle I would suggest also having a different type of food for the people who don't like Mexican food or Chipotle in particular.


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  • K
    Expert September 2019
    K.glass ·
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    We are doing a taco bar for our wedding, i personally would not do Chipotle, but that is due to me not liking them.
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  • Happily Ever Mrs. H
    VIP October 2018
    Happily Ever Mrs. H ·
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    Honestly? Yes. It’s a millennial fab I just don’t get (and I’m a millennial).
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  • Happily Ever Mrs. H
    VIP October 2018
    Happily Ever Mrs. H ·
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    *fad ^^^^ (no edit button on phone, sorry)
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  • Lauren
    Just Said Yes October 2019
    Lauren ·
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    Personally speaking, I think catering from any big chain like Chipotle is kinda tacky. You also have to bear in mind that some people may not like Chipotle-- I just so happen to be one of those people.

    Something you may want to consider is having a Mexican food truck cater for you! My fiance and I have been looking into pizza food trucks and have been surprised to find so many that actually specialize in wedding catering-- and I'm sure there are Mexican ones that do the same! I know it seems kinda strange, but once you start looking into it it's actually pretty darn cute. It's also a great way to avoid the unnecessarily fancy (though not exactly "good") fancy food that you normally see at weddings, but its also not so casual that people will be rolling their eyes when they see what they're about to be served.

    Of course, at the end of the day, this is YOUR wedding, so do what you want! If your heart is totally set on catering Chipotle, then go on and do just that! It's possible your guests will love it, but don't be surprised if some people aren't super into it.

    Good luck!

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  • Mrs. Finney
    Dedicated August 2018
    Mrs. Finney ·
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    I'm all about good food! We had Mission BBQ cater ours and did buffet style as well. Our guests LOVED it and raved about the food even months later. We did have a casual reception.

    This is definitely a do as you please moment.
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