Food Trucks at Weddings!

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Sorry I have no experience in this area, but I want to follow this thread because I am interested in the responses of fellow bees.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We hired an ice cream truck to come to our wedding! Our wedding isn’t until November so I won’t be able to provide a full review until then, but so far so good!

We researched ice cream trucks, emailed several vendors about what flavors they serve, and ultimately booked the most flexible one. They have a huge variety of flavors, they will let us choose the music they play from the truck, they’ll let my FI and I serve ice cream to our guests from the truck (woohoo!), etc. We had to put down a 50% deposit, but the truck was only ~$300 for 150 guests, so the deposit wasn’t too bad. We made sure the contract sounded legit too, and we mailed that in with the deposit. My only worry was where the truck will plug in for electricity (it’s a solar-powered truck, but our reception will be after the sun sets). But we’ve got that figured out with the venue. I think food trucks are awesome and you should go for it!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are having a late-night snack: an empanadas food truck. We selected three kinds of empanadas and people can just go up to the truck and get what they want. We are serving dinner at 6:30 and the truck is coming at 9:00 ish. 

I’m curious to hear about other’s experiences too. 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we plan to have groilla cheese (grilled cheese) truck at our wedding at night.

 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@kariface:  I’m totally going to watch for your recaps!  We’re thinking about having a pizza truck for our main course!  It’s $18pp for unlimited pizzas with any toppings (guests can even make requests!) salad, bread, and then gelato and coffe later in the night!  And the trucks are really cool because they’re antique trucks that they put wood fired ovens into.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kariface:  I really don’t think it’s a big deal to wait in line for food – I think people will be so excited that it’s such an unexpected way to do dinner that they won’t fuss over waiting. If you can save $$ then all the more reason to go for it! 

Carrying your food back to your table is really no big deal. I mean, most of us don’t eat our food right off of the kitchen counter, do we? Most people carry their food to the dinner table every night 😉

I would think that hiring a food truck would give you MORE variety than just a plated meal with one entree, so the issue of “what if they don’t have something I like” shouldn’t be too big a deal. If you’re worried about picky eaters then book a truck with pretty mainstream food, or else ask for several options for the “main course.” Good luck!

@MissBoPeep:  Ummm yummm!!!! Guys I am getting so hungry and it’s only 10 AM here!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you really have to know your crowd for this to work well.  Some folks are really unfamiliar with the whole food truck phenomenon— if your guests are mostly from LA where *everyone* eats from food trucks, it’ll probably work out really well, but if they’re mostly from rural communities where the only food trucks they’ve seen are the so-called “roach coaches” then it might not go over as well. Also food trucks are BEYOND trendy right now, which may work against you, as they may fall out of fashion in the 11 months or so till your wedding, and it might feel a little played out.  You yourself  might find it really played out when you go back and remember your day at some point in the future (just like how some ladies who got married in the 1980’s can’t stand looking at their poofy dresses and Duran Duran haircuts).

It’s a potentially controversial choice, so sit down and go over your guest list thoroughly and decide if most folks will find it fun, or find it uncomfortably weird. FWIW if there is resistence, I don’t think it will come from people who don’t want to stand in line or carry their own plate– like you said, that is the same for a buffet, and most people don’t seem to mind buffets. The resistence will come from any existing negative images of food trucks (because honestly before they got trendy and cool, they were pretty freakin scuzzy— not saying the food wasn’t any good, but you’d always warn your friends before taking them there…. “yeah it’s kinda dumpy but they have the BEST empanadas!”) or just being unfamiliar with them. If someone has an image of a food truck being scuzzy or unsanitary before it even rolls up to your event, it’s going to be very hard to change that perception.

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@fishbone:  Well I’ve never heard of a “roach coach” but food trucks aren’t popular around here either.  I don’t think it’s an either or kind of deal. 

Also not concerned with it being trendy or not, I just want to feed people without going over budget!

Pics of the trucks we’re considering, just for fun.  🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have done it in a heartbeat if our wedding was in a place where there are food trucks! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@MissBoPeep:  ooh we were going to hire this truck for our engagement party but we didnt. I can’t wait to see your recaps!

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CTbride2010:  @kariface:  Thank you, thank you! Señor really wanted to have an antique car involved somewhere, bet he never would’ve guessed it would be serving the food! Lol!

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