Food Truck for Cocktail Hour..?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Food Truck for Cocktail Hour?
    Grand Idea! : (31 votes)
    74 %
    Too Messy/Slow..simply NO : (11 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
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    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    That would be a cute idea if you were having a fair themed wedding. I’m wondering how that would work though… Would people be standing in the parking lot eating? That might be messy/awkward. 

    Post # 4
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    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    As a guest, I really wouldn’t want to go out to a parking lot and have food from a food truck. There will be a line, and lines + free food = bringing out the worst in people. Plus it is not conducive to mingling/socializing. 

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it’s a good idea.. but I’m not sure how this would be any more affordable than just serving apps during your cocktail hour? They normally charge you for their time/travel, as well as the food itself.

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think a food truck could work with the right kind of wedding. However if you are going for a more formal reception and I would feel a little strange getting food out of a truck. Nothing against food trucks, I just think there’s a time and place, and your wedding may or may not be it. 

    Post # 9
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    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @Karch45:  if you’re standing in line waiting for your one chance at food, you’re paying attention to the line. You’re making sure you move up when the line moves up, trying to see what they’re handing out, keeping an eye out for line jumpers etc. you might be talking to the person standing next to you, but you’re probably talking about the line. You’re certainly not mingling. 

    If the food comes to you, you can focus on the other guests.

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing bee

    i think it’s a cute idea but i don’t think it really goes with a castle venue… i agree with other posters – a fair or carnival theme, vintage or 50s theme, outdoors…. but not a castle…

    Post # 11
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    120 people waiting for apps at one time? I get annoyed waiting in line at an event where there are five people in line in front of me. The issue with cocktail hour vs late night snack is that ALL of your guests are going to want it at the SAME time.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Omg, you’re in AZ? Tucson? I’m a huge food truck fan here in Tucson, so I am dying to know who you want to use! lol. So obviously I’d be down for a food truck wedding.

    Honestly, I’d be visiting the trucks you’re interested in and talking with them yourself about pricing. Maybe even establish yourself as a regular and then ask. I get friendly with everyone, and they are happy to give deals to regulars.

    The line could be an issue, but I think the truck could have several dishes already done up ahead of time in order to get those first few out quickly and working on the next batch. A limited menu will also help with time.

    Post # 13
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    1475 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We would love if someone did this at their wedding!

    Based on how you described the surrounding area, I can see this working and possibly being s big hit. Just be sure to have cocktail tables on the lawn. Will there be benches as well? I see no issue here to prevent guests from mingling. Just hope the food truck has the food prepared to pass out in a timely fashion. You don’t want a long line forming…

    Clear it with your venue though. Our venue has specific caterers that we have to use.

    Post # 14
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Is there a specific reason that you believe that food from a truck would be superior to the cocktail-hour catering at your venue?

    If I were all dressed up and attending a reception that is held in a beatiful castle, I don’t think I would want to spend time waiting in a line in the parking lot for food-truck cuisine. I would rather have stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres.

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    @Karch45:  So the reception would be entirely outdoors? Then I like that idea. I was picturing people lining up, standing around eating or bringing it back inside. 

    Post # 16
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    568 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think its a cute idea, the cost might be the same as having iut catered though. Our venue would never allow it, out county club (and most banquet facilities) do not let outside food on the premises.

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