the ultimate guide on booking catering services vs. hiring a food truck
If you’re wondering what’s the deal with food trucks at weddings, or you are thinking about hiring one for your special day, then this article is for you! Food trucks are a great option for your dinner as well as late night snacks. Here you’ll find out if food trucks are the best option for your wedding & how to get the best out of your food truck rental. Let’s go over the all the tips and talk about the experience a food truck service can bring.
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Now, more than ever, couples are turning towards more casual, intimate, and laid-back wedding vibes. The traditional ways of doing things are being put to the test and disregarded. Why would you do things the same way as everyone else, especially if it doesn’t fit into your ideal budget?
Catering services are something that traditional weddings usually include in their catalog of vendors. However not everyone wants a full course meal for their wedding guests. Couples nowadays don’t care about formalities, but more about their guest’s experience. So how can you make your wedding memorable for friends and family?
With the rising popularity of food trucks and street food, catering has been put on the back burner. The alternative to catering for many couples is getting a food truck. This will serve food at their reception in a fun and delicious way. These food trucks provide you with a more casual atmosphere for everyone attending your wedding.
create an experience with unique food rather than traditional buffet lines & entree selections
Also, a food truck helps you avoid dealing with getting locked into a vendor. Sometimes vendors bundle multiple services and you are kinda stuck dealing with them because you need one thing but might not be crazy about their other services. This can include linen, plates, chair covers, draping & uplighting.
A food truck is only on-sight for a limited amount of time. You can always hire online DIY vendors that provide wedding rentals for you to do yourself. This way you can plan your wedding on a tighter budget with less vendors.
Food trucks are amazing & that’s obvious. When compared to a traditional catering service, there are some key differences you should know. Catering services provide you with food and another whole set of services you might want at your wedding. Let’s go over some of the differences before deciding to hire a food truck.
Besides food, catering vendors will also rent out, plates, cutlery and serving staff. Sometimes they also manage the bar, deliver drinks, linens & other services. If you hire a food truck instead of a catering vendor, you wouldn’t have all those options under one company. Normally, this isn’t a big issue since food trucks are hired for small weddings. If you are going with the laid-back style, then guests walking to the truck isn’t going to be a deal breaker.
during warmer months food trucks work great for industrial venues with roll up garage doors & tent receptions
Another thing to consider when hiring a food truck for your wedding is where the truck will be parked. A food truck needs open parking space for your guests to walk up and pick up their food. Consider whether or not your venue has enough space for it and if it’s allowed. Hopefully your venue doesn’t make you pay a fee to have a food truck on-sight. All of this should be asked before signing a contract with your location.
Lastly, depending on where you live, different cities have different requirements and permits for food trucks. Check in with the truck company to see if they’re up to date with their permits. This documentation needs to be sorted so you won’t have any legal issues.
There are also insurance differences between a catering company and a food truck rental. Usually, a catering vendor has insurance for any issue that may arise during your wedding. You should also check that with your food truck and see if they have experience with events and the necessary insurance.
If you’re thinking about getting a food truck to serve food at your wedding, you might be wondering how to rent that sort of service. Well, first you have to think about what kind of food you want at your wedding. There are so many options, from Italian, to burgers, tacos & sushi. You can literally find a food truck for for anything!
Start with their specialty to narrow down your search. Then you can search specifically for that kind of food truck. You can use Google, Instagram or other popular apps to find a truck that tickles your fancy. Food trucks love doing events & weddings because most of them are busy in the afternoon compared to evenings. Serving up some dinner or late night snacking is considered extra income.
food trucks like to broadcast their position & a great resource is to look them up is on the four square city guide
Next, you should contact your food truck and see if they do events. If not, call your next option until you find one that serves the kind of food you’d like and also does events. Your venue can also help you find a food truck if they have had one at their venue with previous wedding receptions.
In a normal catering service, all food is sent out of the kitchen simultaneously so your guests eat during a certain period. However with a food truck, there’s limited kitchen space and personnel. So expect your guests to wait from 15 minutes to 45 minutes for their food. To deal with this, you should narrow down menu choices and instruct food truck workers to have some food dishes ready for guests to grab quickly.
Having a food truck at your wedding is something rather unusual. It’s not unusual as in weird but just unusual as in fun. This is a modern approach to events with food. If they aren’t well experienced in events then hopefully our guide provides some insight into what you should consider.
With all this information, you’re ready to go out and start planning. Hiring a food truck service for your wedding will be memorable for your guests for a very long time. Do you want more ideas on how to make your wedding unique? Visit the Ship Our Wedding blog or our homepage for DIY event rentals. Let’s help you transform any space into the perfect DIY wedding venue.