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Food Truck Wedding Receptions. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Lately, we’ve been spotting food truck wedding receptions left and right, and we are just enamored! Think of all the possibilities…you and your significant other could each pick your own truck and really mix and match the food style and genre.  You love Italian and he loves Mexican food? Great! Get them both. Here’s everything you need to know when considering a food truck reception.

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  1. Consider the season

This goes without saying but consider the weather when deciding whether or not to have a food truck wedding reception. If the temperature during your wedding month is a little finicky, it might be a good idea to rent a few heat lamps just to be safe.

2. Check with your city about food truck and parking regulations

If your wedding venue has a private driveway or parking lot you’re in luck, but if the truck will have to park on a public street it’s very important that you check with your city to make sure that they’re legally allowed to do so. The food truck company will likely be able to confirm this, or at least point you in the direction on how to get permits.

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3. Do the food truck math based on how many guests you have

Depending on how many guests you have, you might need more than one food truck. Typically, we recommend one food truck for every 75 guests so that no one goes hungry while waiting in line.

4. Plan the menu

Depending on where your wedding will be you may or may not have a ton of different food style food trucks to choose from.  That said, no matter which truck you decide on you can work with that food truck company to plan out a custom wedding menu. We love the idea of having fun names for the dishes named after the bride and groom. Think “Sarah’s sassy chicken tacos” or “Brian’s 4 A.M. pizza order.”

Photography by Hazel Eyes Photography for Martha Stewart Weddings

5. Consider the plate and silverware options

While the food truck will likely supply disposable plates, silverware and napkins, you might want to consider upping the game a bit and renting china, metal forks, cloth napkins, etc.  It’s not a must but something to consider, depending on the style of your wedding.

6. Figure out seating

Don’t forget that even though the food is coming from a truck guests will still need a place to sit.  Ask your venue about tables and chairs and where the best “sit down” spot would be located.

Photography by Sarah Roshan for Wedding Chicks

7. Make it a late-night treat

If you already have your main course covered, think about an ice cream, popsicle or dessert food truck!  It’s a great way to end the night with a little fun. A truck like Sweet E’s Bake Shop is the perfect complement to end your celebration.

8. Consider a bar or prosecco airstream!

We LOVE the idea of making the food truck trend a libation truck. Companies like Silvercloud Trailer Events have a mobile bar and even a prosecco-only van.

Happy Planning!

Xx The Planning Society

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