We’ve all enjoyed picking up our lunch during the work day from the local Thai, Mexican or Falafel food truck parked right by your office. Why not have that on your wedding day? Food trucks are a creative and cheaper alternative to the ballroom reception. There’s lots of options for you — but before you opt for this scenario, there’s a few things you should be mindful of!
SEASON/TIME OF YEAR: Food trucks sit outside, so you’ll want to set up seating arrangements outside on a grassy knoll or cemented area that’s conveniently located. Ideal use of a food truck would be in consistent warm weather climates or spring/summer/fall seasons. It’s recommended that you do some research ahead of time and/or back-up options as unexpected weather patterns can happen. Also, certain types of food may be better in these seasons, so keep in mind when deciding what you want to serve to your guests!
# OF TRUCKS: You’re going to have some hungry guests. The estimated amount of guests / truck is approximately 75 people / truck. You may want to consider getting more than one truck so that the chefs can cook the food accordingly so that everything will be fresh for all the guests to grab at the same time and there won’t be any lag time.
DINNER OR DESSERT? The couple-to-be has so many options! Maybe you just want a food truck for dessert and let you guests leave with a special treat. There’s so many options – donuts, cupcakes, ice cream.. the options are endless! You’re also likely to spend a little bit less on dessert only since you may want to limit one treat per guest.
ANCILLARY COSTS/PERMITS: With any outdoor establishment, consider your surroundings. Every state/city has different rules to the permissions and permits one may need to make this happen. In addition, you want to be sure to ask the food truck company all questions up front about safety code regulations!
STAFF & EQUIPMENT: Having enough support staff with tables, linens, cutlery is just as important as the food, if not more so! Be sure to work with the venue (or use your city guidelines) to give staff enough time to prepare along with the chefs. Keep things simple!
Most importantly.. make sure you HAVE FUN with it! There’s creative ways to take pictures, make DIY napkins, containers for the food/drinks and keep things eco-friendly with simple paper items to be easily thrown away.