"Sit Down" Food Truck Wedding

posted 10 months ago in Food
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I went to a food truck wedding with about 100ish guests and two trucks – it was a disaster. Food was slow, everyone was hungry and about half the guests got very drunk on empty stomachs. Not worth the money the couple saved.

A good way to think about: if you stopped by a food truck in your city and the line was 50 people long… would you wait? If not, you shouldn’t ask your guests to. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Sounds like it’s going to be a lot of waiting around.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

aussiebride1 :  I don’t know enough about how food trucks operate to know if this is an efficient catering option. TBH… I HATE waiting for food and I always feel like plated dinners give me the least amount of food anxiety

I do know that the majority of food trucks serve unique and delicious food options which would be fun as a guest. I think it depends on the formality of the event. This would feel fairly casual to me as opposed to formal. 

I’m having trouble determining how your ordering system would work? Would they have to stand in line? would you have a little ordering station located during cocktail hour so guests could just stick their toothpick in some styrofoam or something to order? I guess I’m struggling to picture how this works for you, your guests, and the trucks so it’s not  waste of time and money,

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I would save this for a late night snack or rehearsal dinner. 150 people for 3 food trucks sounds like a disaster. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

aussiebride1 :  That sounds like a logistical nightmare if i’m being honest. 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

aussiebride1 :  I’ve queued up for a food truck and took back to my table on more than one occasion. Essentially a buffet. And that’s no biggy. But running staff back and forth doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense…

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

aussiebride1 :  if I’m lucky and am in the first group to get food, will I have to wait till everyone has gotten their food to get seconds? 🙂 I would feel rather guilty. At the same time, if I belong to the last group, will people be finished eating and I’m still waiting?

 

Idk, it gives me stress already. I am impatient.

Post # 10
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Helper bee

So.. that sounds like a lot of people per truck to me.

We KIND of did a food truck esque thing however and it worked out well.  We had a wood burning oven come and chose 6 types of pizzas. They made the pizzas and runners brought them out to a buffet line along with salads.  People loved it and everyone was fed very quickly because there was almost no ordering etc (minus the two gluten free ppl who went to the oven and ordered their special made pizzas).  By doing it more buffet style the cooks can really do more prep etc..

Something to consider? Food trucks each making only a handful of items and stocking a buffet for ppl to grab and go? 

Post # 13
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Helper bee

aussiebride1 :  even if they dont go for the buffet idea (though it would be a LOT easier on the runners too, than having them try to find a number on a toothpick in a crowd of 150!) just having a limited menu will really speed things up.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

aussiebride1 :  I went to a wedding rehearsal that used a food truck for about 50 people and it was incredibly slow. My pregnant self got really grumpy really fast. People were literally sharing meals as they became ready because everyone was so hungry.

The other concern is that with 3 food trucks there will always be one that’s the favourite. You see it at street food festivals all the time, one truck will have a TON of people lined up, others will have none. What if you end up 80 people ordering from one truck and only 35 from the others? 

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