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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 28

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...

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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  • Tiara
    Expert October 2018
    Tiara ·
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    I think it's a great idea. People do BBQ and Olive Garden, so why not Chipotle? I had a barn reception too, and we used Zoe's Kitchen. I don't see a burrito bowl being messy.
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  • Nemo
    Master August 2018
    Nemo ·
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    I think previous posters made great points!

    This is a “do as you please” moment in my opinion. You aren’t forcing your family to work, this isn’t harming the experience of your guests, and you are providing a full catered meal. I see no issues here. However, catering from a Mexican restaurant is another great idea and would likely be able to provide you with full service catering, and probably better food, for a similar price. I would check out local restaurants in your area!

    As long as the rest of the event matches the formality, I think you’re good to go. Just don’t have formal invitations so people know the event will be casual.

    i went to a wedding this past May and they had a buffet of Mexican food (delicious) and at the bottom of their invitations, it said “Fiesta and drinks to follow” or something like that! That way, people know what to expect since a traditional invite would say “Reception to follow” or something similar.
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  • N
    Dedicated September 2020
    Nathalia ·
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    I feel like Chipotle would be a good option because you can get nice chaffing containers and dress it up. How cool would it be to add a salsa bar??? Also once in the chaffing dishes, how can anyone tell it is Chipotle? Rice and beans and tortillas and chicken all looks the same. You can add little cute tags with the name of the food. As a final peace offering to your parents, maybe have Chipotle at your rehearsal dinner and something else at your reception? That way you still get Chipotle. Woo hooooo
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  • M
    Expert September 2018
    M ·
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    Wow I'm shocked with the Chipotle hate. I could go several times a week no problem and my family wouldn't think twice if we had used them. When we first started planning. I was thinking about having multiple food stations of our favorite places. So we'd have Chipotle area, there's a local Thai restaurant that we'd love and have a dish or two from them. Etc.. We ended up not doing it because our venue required us to use a specific vendor and I stopped thinking it through.


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  • Casey
    VIP December 2018
    Casey ·
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    Chipotle would be great for a Rehearsal dinner, but not really at a wedding reception. You would have to set this up yourself, and keep everything warm. They do provide warmers but I'm not sure how long they last.

    This would stress me out unless you were paying someone to pick up, set up, and serve your meal. I also know that not everyone likes Chipotle, so you're not really offering any variety. It's also not super cheap compared to other restaurants that do buffet catering. You're looking at 10-12 dollars per person plus tax, and you are in charge of set up if you pay for delivery. It's honestly not a great deal unless you're doing less than 30 people.

    I also am getting married in a barn with chandeliers and chipotle would just not go at all with the decor. It would be weird and just make my whole reception feel tacky. At least that's my personal opinion.

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  • V
    Super April 2019
    Valerie ·
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    I love Chipotle. And if you were going to do burritto/taco bar I would rather someplace like Chipotle that knows how to do large groups down to a science versus a small local Mexican place who might not have large scale catering done on the regular. But some people will see the name Chipotle and not like it just because it is Chipotle. (I have a friend who eat Qudoba but refuses Chipotle because it's just 'so gross'. So if I pick up food from there, I switch it to a Qudoba bag before I see her and she tells me how it is so much better than that gross Chipotle I usually get)

    I would make sure people know the casual vibe of your wedding - I would be a little annoyed going super formal then eating Chipotle - but otherwise I see nothing wrong with it.

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  • Tiara
    Expert October 2018
    Tiara ·
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    "You aren’t forcing your family to work, this isn’t harming the experience of your guests, and you are providing a full catered meal. "

    All. Of. This.
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  • Arlene
    Devoted March 2020
    Arlene ·
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    YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH CHIPOTLE tacos burritos etc

    It is not Tacky if they serve it buffet style and you make it look nice and decorate the table or use nice buffet chafing dishes they will note even know! Just get nice chafing dishes and girl no one will even notice.


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