Post # 1
I just recently got engaged and finally get to join weddingbee instead of lurking around and I figured this would be the right place to get advice on an issue my fiance and I may be faced with…
so we might be having our reception near Joshua Tree which will give us the wedding ceremony of our dreams, however I was really hoping to have Lebanese and Persian foods for my side of the family to enjoy. 2 hours away is Glendale which has a plethora of options however we’re not sure if it’ll be worth it to truck the food out so far considering we have to keep certain things hot and ready to eat by the time the reception starts and I’m assuming 2 hours is too far to ask any place to deliver their food. There is a Lebanese restaurant near our reception site we could use but I also have my favorite restaurants here that I’d love to have cater our wedding.
what would be a solution if your preferred reception food is 2 hours away from the reception?
thanks everyone!! (hopefully my first post isn’t a bust, lemme know if i did something wrong)
Post # 2
Does this restaurant even cater or are you talking about doing take out? (you mention having to keep the food warm)
Im sure most caterers are fine to travel about two hours as long as the quote was worth it for then, they probably aren’t going to go that far for 10 people without creating a fee. If you are talking about take out from a restaurant then it sounds like a disaster, I would reconsider.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2020 - Upstate NY
i would say 2 hours is too far for catering, but you never know until you ask the restaurant as they may have capabilities to transport food that far. I, too, am dealing with this. Were getting married in the adirondacks and all the good catering places are about an hour or more away. i havent found anyone willing to travel even that far.. good luck bee!
Post # 4
My fiance ran a food truck that primarily catered weddings. I believe he would travel up to 3 hours each way. You would have to reach out to the business.
Post # 5
That’s up to the individual business.
I know of catering companies that will do the whole state (which would be about a 9 hour drive north to south). But they are few and far between. Most places I know limit themselves to a certain mile radius (50 is the norm around here). Most of the restaurants here that do catering have the mileage limit.
You’re going to have call around to these businesses to ask them if they even will do it before worrying about other logistics.
Or are you talking about you doing take out and reheating food? If so, then that would be a big old no. Either find a new venue or learn to be ok with different cuisine or work with whatever caterer is available to create a custom menu.
Post # 6
zzar45 : the one close to the reception site caters in the sense that they’ll bring cater size portions of food to the reception location but don’t offer any other catering services. we were planning to hire some locals recommended by our reception venue to man the buffet line, keep trays full, and the like.
Post # 7
i honestly hadn’t even considered asking the restaurants here if they’d cater to 2 hours away, i just figured they’d laugh at me. but now that i know there are restaurants that have large catering radiuses i’ll give it a try, thanks bees!
Post # 8
Caterers will travel that far. Restaurants won’t.