One of the biggest investments and probably the most important feature for your wedding guests is the food. Why not treat yourself and your nearest and dearest to one of the coolest, new trends in weddings, a food truck!
Unique, hip, and extremely tasty, food trucks can often be a budget friendly and memorable way to feed your guests. They can serve anything and everything from delicious grilled cheese concoctions and handmade pizzas to hand dipped ice cream and fresh coffee.
There are a few things to consider if you are seriously considering having a food truck at your wedding:
You will need to confirm that it is okay to have the truck parked outside your venue, some places may not allow it (your wedding planner/coordinator can do this). Also make sure there is room for the truck to park, and that there is space for your guests to gather outside. Lastly, you will want to make sure that the truck will be able to be hooked up, or have electricity ran to it.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Control the cost and help the cooks serve the food faster by streaming the menus down to a few options. This will help you avoid a long line of hungry guests.
As with any open air element, consider the weather... What if it rains, or is a thousand degrees outside, or there's hurricane force winds on your wedding day? As long as you are prepared and know your options, you should be good.
This might seem like a no brainer, but make sure the food truck you are going to use has the capabilities to serve all of you guests, and in a timely fashion. For example, if you have 200 guests, you might want to consider having two trucks.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
Whether your first kiss was over tacos, or you have a standing date on Saturdays at the donut shop, or you and your fiancé would choose a juicy burger over a steak any day, do what speaks to your relationship. Make it unique to you, your guests will love and appreciate it.
Don't forget to get some fun photographs in front of your food truck. We had the Varsity cater our wedding, big red truck and all. We have a photo of us posed in front of it, but I wish we had one of my husband and I ordering at the window, or shoving a burger in our faces.
Without further delay, here are some of my favorite ways to feature a food truck at your wedding...
If you and your other half are coffee-aholics then this is a must. Why not try serving coffee in lue of the normal cocktail hour? Prepare your guests to party all night long!
Who doesn't love a good burger! And you want to know what's better than a delicious burger? A burger and FRIES!! Most of these trucks give you the option to add fries, as well as multiple toppings. They can range from chili, pickles, and onions to grilled peppers, mushrooms and jalapeños.
ICE CREAM & SHAVED ICE TRUCKS
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! This may be the easiest and least expensive of them all. If you are having lots of children attend your wedding, you may want to consider an ice cream truck...and by children, I mean grown adults.
GRILLED CHEESE TRUCK
Cheese, yes you heard that right- The Cheese Truck. An entire truck dedicated to cheese and nothing else! With these trucks, you don't just get your regular white bread and a slice of cheese. You get options like bacon, basil, roasted tomatoes, garlic, potato chips...the list is endless. My mouth is watering thinking about it!
This past year dessert and donut bars have become more and more popular, popping up at receptions all over the country. Why not take it up a notch and have an entire truck dedicated to donuts (or dessert)?! The crowd would love it! And let me just put this out there...if you have a donut truck at your wedding PLEASE invite me!
I've recommended pizza for the rehearsal dinner and even the reception to a few of my brides. They all jumped at the thought because let's be honest, who can't put away pizza like it's their job? It's hot, delicious, and quite affordable. Just don't forget to add a gluten free or vegan option if any of your guests have that dietary need.
Gourmet fries served in a cone would be the perfect addition to any cocktail hour...or bring in the truck later in the evening and offer your guests a late night snack. Serve with chili and cheese or salt and vinegar. Narrowing down what to offer is going to be your hardest decision!
I've personally worked a wedding where there was a taco truck, and I have to say I loved it! It was delicious, fun, and a big surprise for the guests. Tacos generally put everyone in a good mood. They are easy to hold while you dance or walk around and mingle. Tacos, OLE!
When your venue don't have the greatest accommodations for serving guests your favorite wines or signature cocktails, this my friends is the solution- a Bar Truck! Let's be honest, even if the venue does have great bar facilities this option is still WAY cooler!
HOT DOG TRUCK
Gourmet, on a stick, or your good old fashioned backyard barbecue hot dog, this would be perfect for an outdoor Summer wedding. Set up a ketchup, mustard and all the other fixings station and let your guests have at it! How cute would this be for a Fourth of July wedding?