03 May Planning a food truck for your wedding
Food trucks have been in fashion for a few years now, and they’re growing in popularity as a catering option for weddings. Convenient, fun and a real crowd-pleaser, food trucks are a quirky and memorable way to offer tasty food options to your guests.
If you’re considering choosing a food truck as the catering for your wedding reception, there are a number of things to bear in mind. Here’s our guide on planning a food truck for your wedding.
Food trucks are considered outside catering
Many venues won’t allow outside catering, or will require you to choose from a list of preferred vendors. Make sure your venue is okay with outside catering before you make any key decisions – you don’t want to find the food truck of your dreams only to be let down by your venue.
Consider the queues
Food trucks are great at feeding a large crowd quickly, hence why they’re a big hit at festivals and fairs. However, it will still take some time for your guests to queue up and get their food. You should have at least one truck for every 75 guests, so that your eager guests don’t end up getting hangry.
Make sure the van matches your décor
Food trucks come in many different shapes and sizes, from colourful retro camper vans to more-rugged looking modern trucks. Do some research to make sure that the look and feel of the van complements the décor of your reception. For example, a cutesy gin bar would be the perfect addition to rustic outdoor wedding.
Plan the menu
If food trucks are providing the main meal at your reception, rather than just a late-night addition for when your guests get peckish, it’s wise to have a few different selections to suit your guests’ tastes. Popular food truck ideas include sourdough pizza, burgers, hog roast, pies and falafel. Remember to take into consideration different dietary requirements including gluten-free and vegan.
The perfect toast
It’s not just food that’s on offer with catering on wheels – you can also put a twist on the usual drinks reception with a mobile cocktail, gin or beer truck. If you’re a beer-lover, you could even convert a section of the reception into a personalised beer garden by hiring a mobile mini-brewing unit, giving you multiple options on-tap and ice cold!
If you’re opting for a food truck in place of a traditional sit down meal, you’ll need to think about seating. You have two real options here – set up formal tables so that guests can grab their food from the truck and return to their table for a sit-down meal, or set up picnic benches and allow guests to mingle while they eat.
Late night munchies
A food truck is the perfect way to fix one of your guests’ biggest problems – late night munchies. After a night of dancing and drinking, your guests will be delighted with a surprise snack outlet at the end of the night. Bacon sandwiches, hotdogs and doughnuts are all great choices.