When the time comes to planning your wedding, the choices and possibilities, for every aspect of your wedding, seem to be endless. From photographers to floral designers, most brides are looking for a wedding vendor who will bring the most creativity and style to their special day. And although creative photographers and floral designers are important, let me tell you a little secret… why not invest that same creativity and style into your caterer and hire yourself a food truck… yes, a FOOD TRUCK!!
PROS AND CONS
If you are considering hiring a food truck, you’re moving in the right direction! Food trucks are the HOTTEST trends in weddings and give a special event an infusion of creativity and customization your guests will LOVE. But as always, logistics have to be considered to make sure that your wedding is right for a food truck.
There are many reasons to move forward with booking a food truck, fun atmosphere, delicious specialty food, variety of food trucks and food styles, freedom with creative menu planning, not having to make your guests travel from ceremony to reception location, and may be less expensive than most traditional caterers… I can go on and on with the many benefits of food trucks.
However, as with anything, there are a few cons to consider. Limited number of guests can be served per food truck, no seating provided, limited access (some reception venues do not allow food trucks or may not have space for a food truck to park), may not serve alcoholic beverages, may be in high demand or difficult to book.
CONSIDERATIONS TO ELIMINATE OBSTACLES (CONS)
- Consider your venue. If your ceremony location does not provide you with a caterer, than a food truck may just be what you are looking for. Speak to the ceremony venue to see if they have an outdoor or indoor area appropriate for your reception, specifically to see if they can accommodate space/parking for one or more food trucks.
- Consider the season. Summer may be the obvious choice, but spring and late fall are good options to consider as well. These months are cooler and guests do not have to deal with extreme heat.
- No matter the season, make sure to plan for the weather. Needless to say, if you are having an outside reception, you will be taking weather into consideration. Setting up a tent or arranging seating in a shaded area will help your guests feel comfortable or have respite from an uncooperative weather issue.
- Consider the guest count. Guest count is key in terms of planning how many food trucks to incorporate. Some food trucks can only handle 75 people or less, others can handle more. Speak with your “first choice” food truck to see if you will need to add more food trucks to your reception. Having multiple trucks can be creative and unique. For instance, you can have Beauty of the Bistro (yes, we just recommended ourselves) and add an additional food truck for strictly dessert, such as ice cream or funnel cakes. Or, you can have two to three food trucks offering a variety of menu items such as one specializing in BBQ, another in pizza, while another is totally committed to burgers. The possibilities are endless.
- Consider the seating. In terms of seating, think of food trucks as a hip, modern take on buffet service. This means you have basically two dining options: Set up formal tables so guests can grab their food and have a sit-down meal, or put utensils and napkins in a central location to encourage guests to stand and mingle while they eat. We recommend setting up areas to sit. Having a mixture of cocktails tables and sitting areas is a great idea, but make sure that there are PLENTY of seating areas for guests who want to relax and enjoy their meal.