Post # 1
Has anyone had a food truck come to their reception site for the cocktail hour? I know it’s been used for the ‘late night snack’, but I’m thinking of having one in lieu of passed apps. Lets face it- the food is probably a lot better than a caterer and it’ll be fun and interactive for our guests. My thought process is that I can customize the menu with the Truck owners and have, say, one taco per plate, in lieu of two or three, or a small plate of hummus with a few pieces of greek chicken and celery (all dependant upon what type of truck we use).
Has anyone had a venue that wouldn’t allow a food truck? Our venue has it’s own large parking lot, so I’d be really surprised if having the truck on premises was an issue (I just emailed them asking).
Also-anyone know roughly how much a food truck would cost for a special event?
Post # 3
- 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
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 # 5
@Pixienickie: A fair themed wedding…lol I don’t think a castle constitutes that. I guess because I can picture the setting it’s a bit different than what others are thinking. It’s an enclosed lot in front of the castle with a huge fountain, greenery & etc. Plenty of green areas to set up cocktail tables to eat/mingle at.
@Horseradish: The line would be an issue, which is why we’d go for smaller portions/only 2 or 3 selections. Also, I’m not sure I agree with it not being conducive to mingling/socializing-everyone will be in the same general vaccinty, as opposed to standing in groups waiting for servers to come around with apps.
Post # 6
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
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 # 8
@jenilynevette: @Natalieh86: It wouldn’t be any more affordable-may even cost more- I think it’s something fun to keep people entertained. Food trucks have a HUGE following in Arizona- so maybe I have a different opinion than others lol.
Post # 9
@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
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
- 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
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
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
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
- 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
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.