Post # 1
Hi bees! I just started the planning process for our wedding about 2 weeks ago, so I’m swimming with ideas. My ideal wedding would be rustic-themed at a farm, park, or barn, with an eye towards environmental sustainability (seasonal flowers, organic/local food, minimal waste). I found a great local pizza truck that sources local, organic ingredients and uses compostable servingware, and I would love love love to feature them as my main reception meal. I’d also consider hiring a more traditional catering service to take care of set up, beverages, maybe appetizers and dessert. Here’s where I need advice though…
-Did anyone out there book a pizza truck for their main wedding fare? Any tips, advice on the whole process? Did you get a signed contract? How was the flow of the food service…did it take a long time for people to get their food?
-The pizza truck site says that they can’t service in a downpour…which is hugely nervewracking because that’s putting a gamble on the main portion of the meal. Anyone know of any bad weather work-arounds for pizza trucks, or should I be trying to come up with a plan B?
-Not quite sure how to approach catering companies about this whole idea. “Hi! I know you’re proud of your food, but can you just handle the set-up, appetizers, desserts, drinks, and clean-up, but not the main meal because I really want to get this awesome pizza truck instead? And can you somehow not charge me an arm and a leg for that because one reason why I’m getting a food truck is to try to keep costs down?” Is there some kind of etiquette to working with caterers when you’re going to be featuring a food truck for the main thing? I haven’t even contacted any caterers yet and somehow I feel inexplicably guilty or sneaky.
Post # 3
A pizza truck for the main meal sounds amazing to me! Of course, I could eat pizza like 3 times a week if it were left up to me.
In regards to rain: is there an overhang anywhere at your reception site? Or, if you’re really worried, and there is no overhang, perhaps you could you rent a tent for the pizza truck to park under?
Many people JUST have appetizers, desserts and drinks for their wedding. You are hiring them for a service; don’t go in with the attitude that you’re asking a lot of them just because you already have the main meal covered. They will charge you accordingly for what they’re providing, and there’s nothing wrong with getting different foods from different vendors. Obviously, you’ll need to mention the truck so they know what’s going on with the flow of the event, but I don’t think it needs to be presented as a problem.
Post # 4
Pizza trucks are not super fast, so I would worry about some guest being finished eating before the rest have even gotten a pizza. I also would not risk not having any entrees to server if it rains. You cannot predict the weather and it would just be one more added stress as you approach the 10-day forcast before your wedding.
Also, I don’t see how this will be feasable. Most venues have a list of caterers that you have to choose from (in our case, there are 6 caterers I could choose from and those 6 sign a yearly contract with the venue to be an exclusive caterer b/c they get good reviews and know the kitchen). So finding a venue that will let you use two caterers (traditional and the pizza truck) might be tricky. If you do find a place without these restrictions (say a barn your family owns or a local park) I don’t see how you’ll convince a caterer to do everything but cook the entree b/c it would mean wasting a day where they could have made money on a full service.
Post # 5
The “no service in a downpour” for me would be the deal-breaker. It’s not like the difference between having an outdoor ceremony and lining up a Plan B space in the same venue if it rains; this is a pretty major Plan B you’d have to come up with, or risk not having a main course for your guests, and you’d not know exactly what the weather was going to do until it was too late to cut back on your Plan B offerings from an alternate caterer. I’d have a more traditional caterer do the main meal, and have the pizza trucks as a late night snack.
Post # 6
Yum! A pizza truck sounds so fun! A little greasy/salty but FUN FUN FUN!
Post # 7
We used a pizza food truck for our wedding, but they just parked in back and brought the pizzas in for the buffet. THey did the food, and I had a few folks hired to be our “catering staff”, to do everything else. Was a huge hit with the guests! PM me if you have questions….
The pizza was very fast….if they have done events before, they will know how to get pizzas out fast. The wood fired ovens can cook a full pizza in 4 minutes.
Post # 8
I’m not sure how I feel about a pizza truck unless they would set up under a overhang. You don’t want your GUESTS to be outside during a downpour, right?
Also, be sure to consider Gluten Free/Veggie guests. I can’t eat meat that’s had antibiotics, so I tend to stick to veggies, and my sister is allergic to wheat. Maybe your other vendor can provide an alternate veggie/GF/DF option?
Post # 9
We’re doing a pizza truck as well! THey haven’t mentioned anything to me about rain so when I meet with them, I’ll ask them how they handle weather and what they do to ensure they’ll be able to fire up the oven and I’ll let you know. Maybe they do something you could incorporate?
Also, let me know what you said/did to hire servers! We’re concerned about that element as well and I wasn’t sure I could call a catering company and just hire servers. Maybe there’s a particular company that handles this that we don’t know about haha!
Post # 10
You guys are so awesome; I love this resource! Re: the rain situation….I gotta get a hold of the pizza truck people and ask them a bunch of questions and then honestly assess the options. If it seems too risky I’ll have to nix the idea, but I’m loving all the suggestions I’m getting from you all. Keep ’em coming!
@DomesticDiva: I haven’t actually picked out a venue yet (I love food, so food gets prioritized first), so your suggestion about finding one with an overhang is great – thanks!
@hassle_J: so glad to hear that your pizza truck worked well for your wedding. As I get more organized I might PM you with questions. 🙂
@lunarunatuna: I’m a veggie, so there will definitely be LOTS of yummy veggie options. It’s so easy to do fantastic gourmet veg with pizzas…that’s why I’m hoping this can work. I’ll have to ask about gluten sensitivities, but I know that at least one of my guests is lactose-intolerant, so I’ll be on the lookout for alternate options for those folks.
@CharleighT: yay to fellow pizza truckers! Let’s keep each other posted.
Post # 11
We’re doing a pizza truck! Our pizza truck has a clause of “we can’t work in the rain… except for weddings.” So maybe they bring a tent or something? No idea. As for finding a venue, ask the pizza truck themselves if they’ve worked other weddings!
Our pizza truck has the option of gluten free dough. I’m leaving a slot on the RSVP card for people to indicate dietary restrictions. We’ve already selected a cheeseless vegan pizza (which will be potatoes, mushrooms, rosemary, and truffle oil). All of our pizza will be vegetarian, but we have selected ones that we think lots of guests will enjoy.
I made a post about this last month when we were trying to decide. If you want to read it, here is the link. 🙂 Aside from a few weird comments, everyone was very positive!
Post # 12
@carrotstick: thanks!! your vendor sounds awesome! Honestly, I should just get on with it and contact the pizza truck and ask them a bunch of questions. Maybe they’ll have easy solutions. I think I just have my heart so set on this idea that I’m afraid of contacting them and having my hopes dashed. 😛 Weird, right? I’m not above looking up the history of temps/rain in the Farmers Almanac!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading that other thread of yours. Keep us posted on your wedding – sounds so fun!
Post # 13
@carrotstick: p.s. don’t you love how easy it is to make pizza veg-friendly? I’m so sick of being relegated to the obligatory vegetarian lasagna at weddings and functions. My fellow veggies are going to have variety at my wedding! 🙂
Post # 14
@jerzepi: I just attended a wedding that did this very same thing so it can be done. They had a caterer do the appetizers, drinks, salad, pasta salad, fruit platter and dessert and the pizza truck.
I am torn on my overall thoughts on this. I thought the pizza was delicious (my favorite mushrooms and truffle oil) and they served gourmet type flavors that really were tasty. My DH, a more pepperoni pizza type guy, absolutely hated it. It was all you can eat BUT the pieces were so small (and thin) that you needed to eat a ton just to start getting full. The biggest issue I had was how long it took to make a pizza (in a brick oven). There was often a line of people waiting for pizza to be cooked and cut and some people just opted out and sat back down, I’m guessing still hungry. Great idea in theory but I’m not entirely sold yet.
Post # 15
@Treejewel19: mushrooms and truffle oil – yummmmmmm. Thanks for being honest about your experience. I do worry a bit about the timing of things, and it’s starting to sound like the efficiency just varies from pizza truck to pizza truck. I’ll ask these guys their average pizza crank-out rate and how other parties have dealt with the line thing. Hungry people at a wedding — definitely not a good thing.
Hungry = cranky <– to be avoided!
I can think of a few members of FI’s family that wouldn’t really be into the gourmet pizza thing, but honestly I don’t think they’d be happy unless I went for plain steak and potatoes, which definitely wouldn’t make me or FI happy!
Post # 16
Can’t say that I’ve seen anyone with a pizza truck for their wedding… but this sounds phenomenal. I really love your inspiration for your wedding. Keep us posted on how it comes together!! 🙂