The food for your wedding reception is an important decision that can really set the tone of your event. But how can you go beyond the norm and make your wedding reception food unique but still affordable? A food truck just might be your answer.
Food trucks are all the rage these days – and just like the rest of the U.S., Milwaukee has seen it’s share of food trucks pop up over the last few years. These food trucks can add a delicious and unique twist to your wedding, but you’ll need to make sure they fit into your wedding’s theme, venue and your personality.
Some Things to Think About
The Menu – I recently sat down with a good friend, Jackie Valent, owner of the Fast Foodie food truck to discuss why using a food truck for a wedding would be a good idea. Her first thought was that not all food trucks would offer the same menus, services, etc, so couples should make sure to investigate all their options. Some trucks, for instance, will offer limited menus for weddings, or might not be equipped to create full, buffet-style meals.
The Venue – Will your reception venue allow a food truck? You’ll need to ask them, but also think about things like where the truck will park and if it will fit, how guests will get the food, etc. Valent said she has done weddings where the guests come to the truck and order what they want. She’s also done weddings where she catered a buffet-style dinner and then served her famous Globacos™ as a late night snack. One thing to note is that food trucks won’t have a liquor licence, so that’s something you’ll need to take care of on your own or work out with your venue.
The Cost – According to Valent, food trucks will typically be a fraction of the cost of a traditional catered wedding. She said they usually run under $20 per person versus the $30-50 you’ll pay at a traditional caterer.
The Uniqueness – Probably the biggest benefit you’ll get out of having a food truck at your wedding is the unique, “cool factor” it will bring to your event. It’s something that’s totally memorable and that your guests will be talking about for years to come. However, if you consider yourself more on the traditional side of things, food trucks might not be the best choice for you.
Here’s a few shots of a lucky couple enjoying the Fast Foodie at their wedding:
Have you attended weddings where food trucks were used, or maybe used one at your wedding? We’d love to hear about your experience! Please post a comment below and tell us all about it.