How to Plan a Food Truck Wedding: Guide to Catering, Logistics & Style!
Check out this complete guide to plan a food truck wedding! Surprise your guests by adding a food truck or two to your wedding menu!
Food truck weddings have picked up steam and have become quite a popular wedding trend. From fusion to comfort food all the way to authentic regional cuisine, these adorable and original rolling kitchens cater to even the most delicate palates.
Having your catering done on wheels can account for a truly unforgettable wedding experience. Imagine your wedding at your favorite city park paired with your favorite food without concerning yourself with the availability of kitchen facilities!
The Affordability of a Food Truck Wedding
A food truck wedding is also very reasonably priced. While the average cost of traditional catering in the U.S. is $70 per person, food trucks tend to be a more affordable catering option. A food truck wedding has an average cost of $10-$20 per head.
To make it even more appealing, food truck weddings use disposable plates so you don’t need to worry about the cost of renting or cleaning them. Woohooo!!
Let’s take a look at what other things to consider when planning on renting food trucks for your wedding.
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Where Do I Find Food Trucks For Weddings?
Do you visit a favorite food truck that feels like an oasis after a night out? Or do you frequent one when strolling out of the office for lunch? Start there. Ask them if they could cater your wedding! It never hurts to ask.
If none come to mind, check out local food truck catering events. These events will give you a chance to taste the food trucks’ menus and have some fun in the process. They tend to be advertised on your local newspapers and even on Meetup so they are quite easy to find.
Last but not least, Google “food truck wedding” or “local food trucks for weddings”! Food trucks publish their routes on their websites. Follow them, find out where they will be, and organize a yummylicious food tasting with your friends or your better half or both!
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If you are going full-on food trucks for your big day, you’ll want to be sure you can serve a menu that you love. The good news is that the new generation of food trucks serves high-end fare that can be a perfect fit for your wedding reception. You could choose one or two different trucks or food carts for each course to create some nice culinary diversity.
1Planning the food truck wedding menu
Some of the most popular food trucks serve gourmet meals and mini-foods for weddings such as tacos, sliders, cupcakes, and mini desserts. But there are food trucks for all tastes and styles: vegetarian, Asian fusion, Greek food, and some specialize in ice cream or donuts! Incorporate a couple of food trucks to offer some variety to your guests, if your budget allows.
2How many food trucks will you need?
One food truck can serve about 75 to 100 people tops. So, if you have more than 100 guests, consider booking more than one. To avoid crowding at the food truck’s line, hire one food truck that offers a vegetarian meal and the other a meat-based dish.
3Extra help might help. 😉
The last thing you want is starving guests waiting in long lines to get their food while donned in wedding attire. If you only need one food truck, how about hiring a staff of folks to roam the party helping guests? This same crew can help clean up once the reception is over.
4Reserve a space to park the food trucks
If you are hosting a wedding in the countryside, you will have plenty of space to park the food trucks. On the other hand, a food truck wedding at a public park may run into certain regulations established by the municipality on where to park. Make sure you check where your food trucks will be able to park or you’ll be sending your guests on a long walk to taste your wedding meal.
5Surprise food truck weddings!
This is one of the most trending ideas for weddings. Serve a traditional dinner and have your food trucks show up after your guests have been dancing for a while. They will certainly be hungry again and they will love the fun surprise!
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6Do not allow bad weather to ruin the fun
When celebrating your wedding outdoors, you need to be prepared for the eventuality of bad weather. Add a covered path between the food truck and the wedding tent or provide umbrellas for your guests!
7Get creative with the food truck menu sign and the menu itself!
Most food trucks will agree to customize their menu – unless what you are asking for is really outside of their realm of expertise. But if you wanted to add a little twist on those burgers that remind you of your childhood, why not ask? Create a menu board listing the food choices and add the names of the bride and groom to it!
8Food truck wedding decor tips
Complete the look of the food truck with hanging Christmas lights. or place it under a wedding tent. Make sure the food truck is close to the reception but not so close that it appears on every wedding photo! 😉
9Help reduce wait times
Consider adding some buffet-style tables so guests can help themselves to the food and reduce wait times. Or you can add staff to help bring food from the food trucks to the tables.
10Tables not needed but highly welcomed
Not everybody can balance a food plate, a drink and be able to enjoy these culinary delights at the same time. Set at least a few tables for your guests. They will definitely thank you for the thought!
So, what do you think about hosting a food truck wedding? Go ahead and check out a few more pics of food truck weddings, their food trucks and their delightful cuisines!
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Photography credits: The Daily Meal, Brit Morin, Buzzfeed, savory simple, Bridal Musings Wedding, metro.co.uk, The Baker Mamma, Simply delicious, Refinery 29, The Lemon Bowl, Great British Chefs
The food truck is one of the most popular business right now. The food truck is also perfect for weddings. It increases the beauty of the wedding and also offers a cheaper food rate. You can complete your food arrangement within 10$-20$.
Thank you for mentioning that one food truck serves about 75-100 guests. My sister put me in charge of the food trucks for her wedding and I didn’t know how many I should get. She estimates between 95-125 guests so I will most likely hire two trucks!