(Closed) Street food truck for evening guests

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper

What size is your wedding? You may want to have more than one food truck- I think they’re an awesome new trend, but you don’t want long line ups. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I think this is a know your crowd thing. I would freaking love this, but I could imagine some older guests who are hung up on tradition might snub their noses at something like this. But it’s your wedding and many food trucks make food that tastes 1000x better than wedding caterer food, so I’d be all for it!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was at all day wedding where there was a fish and chip van. It was amazing! My only down sides of it were: 1. The queue was really long and 2. It was quite late like 9pm so I was really hungry! It was different tho and the food was so good!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Our company did a food truck a few time and we had people placing and order and then standing around for about 40-50 minutes waiting for food… and that was with about 10 people people ordering in little spurts. It was suuuper yummy but feeding that many people with 1 truck is going to make that last table wait for a looong time! It also depends on the type of truck, one where the are assemping pre-made things goes a lot faster than a truck that makes everything per order… Think going to busy resturant and only having 1 cook with one pan making 1 order at a time.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2017

I am not doing a food truck wedding, but I had a friend who did. There was about 100 people for two food trucks. Many of the guests (mostly older people) were complaining about having to get up and wait long in line (the food truck was late and just began cooking). Food wasn’t bad and it was pretty unique and a fun idea. As others say, more trucks may help.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I had friends do a food truck as the late night option during the dancing, and a few hours after the dinner. It was great! I think it was a bao truck so they just kept making all the different kinds, and you just picked which one you wanted. No waiting!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

I think for that many people, you’d need 4-5 trucks. The food trucks can only serve so many people at one time, and can only pre-prep so much. If 100 people get in line at the same time, the kitchen is going to crash. 4-5 trucks mean each line should only be 20-25 people at a time which is manageable for the kitchen staff and a more manageable wait time. 

Personally I would be annoyed if I had to stand in line for 30 minutes, or if I had to wait inside for an hour for my table to be called. 

It’s not a bad idea, I just think you’d have to up your # of trucks. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

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kayteebee :  the traditional UK thing is a buffet so you queue in that anyway! I think it’s generally accepted at the evening do you either wait for the end of the queue or pounce the minute the DJ anounces the buffet is open. I think it would be different if that were your only food option and everyone had to queue but as most people would probably have eaten something it’s not queuing whilst you’ve not eaten all day.

I think a food truck could be fun. Especially if you put a couple in and you had a choice between dishes. I’d possibly be worried about the weather, nothing is ever guaranteed in the UK! So is there somewhere you could put the food trucks that people wouldn’t have to get wet if it did rain? Or would you just put some big umbrellas out? I think also depending on your older crowd they might prefer the standard chicken skewers and sandwiches buffet. However, if you anticipate a few people being surprised just put the word out in advance. We had sausage and bacon butties and didn’t know how well they’d go down but after we put the word out that’s what people were most looking forward to! Hog roasts always go down well but they can be expensive for what you get so shop around (and people would still queue).

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I’ve been to two weddings with trucks but they were smaller, 50 ish people. I think the major thing can be the line. I’ve heard of other weddings having people waiting a lonnnng time. You want to make sure the truck that you hire is prepared for the # of people you have so that people aren’t waiting forever for their food. Just get a good recommendation, maybe ask for references of other brides who have had similar # of guests and just do some homework to know that they can handle it. Or two trucks would definiltey help! 

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