Post # 1
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!
Post # 2
As a guest, I would love it!
Post # 3
I’m fine with it for a more casual wedding. But I don’t think you can really have a formal wedding and serve chipotle, or expect people to be dressed too nicely if theyre eating tacos. But its a fun and inexpensive idea.
I feel the same with BBQ – delicious, but can be messy and is just overall more casual.
Post # 4
I would be put off cause I think Chipotle is gross (Freebirds FTW!!).
Also, logistically, how are you going to serve it? Will you have servers? How will it be kept warm/cool? Who will monitor it to make sure nothing runs out? What else will you serve aside from whatever you get from Chipotle (I assume you won’t have the entire bar selection).
Post # 5
shockinglynotacrazycatlady : I’ll be honest, I think I would find it a bit tacky. But, I’m not a fan of fast food (I know it’s like a step up from typical fast food) chains.
What’s your fiance think? I’d do what you two want to do!
ETA we got chipotle catered for a work lunch once, and once you have everythng in the serving bowls you can’t really even tell it’s from Chipotle, so visually it might not be too bad. And they came with warmers/heaters whatever to put under the food which was nice. I just don’t like the food.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2019 - City, State
No it is not tacky, it is delicious. Honestly I want Chipotle catering at my wedding. If I went to a wedding that was catered by Chipotle I’d think it was the best goddamn wedding ever.
But your guests will judge the food no matter what you get. Honestly, I’ve never been to a wedding that had what I would consider good food. The best was just “not terrible.” But hey, maybe they loved it.
I vote Chipotle. Live your Chipotle dreams and forget anyone who doesn’t like it.
Post # 8
I feel like a barn wedding with chandeliers and chipotle is super all over the place. I don’t know where you are, but here in the south, if you were going to go with casual food, I would expect more southern comfort-style dishes for a barn wedding. BBQ, cornbread, collards, potato salad, coleslaw, etc. It would still be a little odd if it’s formal dress, but at least it would be in line with the character of the venue.
I’m also not a fan of the strange-chicken-and-gross-sides routine, but I think there should be at least some kind of congruity between venue, food, and formality.
Post # 9
shockinglynotacrazycatlady : They actually do a really nice job. I, too, have had chipotle catering at a work lunch and you couldn’t even tell it was from chipotle. It was delish and perfect for all appetites from carnivores to vegans to gluten free people.
Post # 10
Really depends on your guest list and the general feel of the wedding…
If it’s super casual and your guest list is largely younger people who would enjoy fast food tacos for dinner, go for it… but if you’re expecting people to wear anything cocktail or higher on the formality scale, I wouldn’t.
Post # 11
As a guest, I would be all about a chipotle catered wedding! I agree with you, wedding food is usually pretty underwhelming. I’d love if a wedding I attended had chipotle.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t be a fan…. Mainly because fast food mexican tends to make me sick, every time. Like run to the bathroom sick. And I know i’m not the only one. So I just don’t chance it. If there wasn’t any other options I would be going hungry
Post # 13
If I showed up to a formal wedding and saw chipotle I wouldn’t complain (it’s meh to me) but I’d definitely be hella confused and think the bride and groom cheaped out to be able to afford other things like the venue and outfits 🤷🏻♀️ That would just be my first thought/reaction!
Post # 14
You can have a buffet-style dinner without using fast food… personally I find Chipotle gross and would prefer real Mexican food if I were a guest. That being said, you can still have a buffet for a formal setting. My wedding was in a formal mansion and I had a buffet-style dinner with many different meat and veg options. Maybe shop around a little first?
Post # 15
shockinglynotacrazycatlady : I don’t mind Chipotle but I do think that the formality of the wedding is brought down a bit by DIY “fast food” tacos. Buffets can still be considered formal but they usually arent “make your own” style buffets. FWIW I actually think wedding food is better when you use outside catering companies. The WORST wedding food I’ve ever had is always at event halls with in-house generic dry chicken and overcooked steak. But I’ve also been to weddings with AMAZING food! I’d look around a bit before I choose chipotle but I wouldn’t judge you if you went with this.