It's a fun, interactive way to serve food, but it's not right for every event.
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Whether you're picking a menu for your wedding's cocktail hour, a three-course reception meal, or anything in between, your first thought might be to reach out to a caterer for standard, plated dishes. There are other routes that foodies can take when it comes to planning snacks and meals for the nuptials, though. Take food trucks, for example. There are plenty of benefits to booking one for your big day. Jove Meyer, the owner and creative director at Jove Meyer Events, says that "the quality and taste of the food trucks' specialty dish or dishes" are two big reasons for ordering tasty bites from these vendors, as "they have been making the same specialty food for a while, and having it at your wedding will be a delicious and special experience for guests!"

And if you want your wedding to feel easygoing, this vendor could be a great addition to your event. "A food truck is perfect to create a more relaxed atmosphere, whereas a standard, plated, catered meal may be perfect for something more formal," Jacin Fitzgerald, the founder and creative director at Jacin Fitzgerald Events, says. Plus, they are "compact in terms of space needed (no need for a catering tent or nearby kitchen) and self-sufficient," adds Fitzgerald. Ahead, our experts share everything you need to know so you can decide if a food truck is the right choice for your wedding.

Ask your venue staff if it's possible to have a food truck on the grounds.

First things first: Make sure you talk with your venue staff to see if having a food truck on the premises is an option, as some food trucks might not be able to fit through the gates or doors at your location. Meyer suggests making sure there's enough space for more than one truck to move throughout the space without blocking off any entrances or exits and a power outlet nearby to use if necessary. If your venue doesn't allow food trucks, then you'll want to check to see if the vendor has a cart that can be used instead since these are usually smaller and easier to move through and around the venue. 

Secure the food truck at least six months in advance.

Fitzgerald says securing your food truck as soon as you have your location set and the approval to use it will give you more time to decide on a menu. Michelle Norwood, the principal designer and planner at Michelle Norwood, notes that even though food trucks tend to be easy to nail down, she recommends booking your food truck at least six months before the wedding.

Narrow down the menu.

When deciding what you'd like to serve from a food truck, think about what you and your guests like to eat. "As with any food for an event, of course you want to reflect your own taste, but you also want to read the crowd," Fitzgerald says. "We suggest including dietary restrictions as a line item on your RSVP card so you can make sure to take your guests' preferences and allergies into account when working on your menu." Couples should also think about how the food will be served: Will guests be eating their food at designated tables? Will the reception feature a "grab-and-go" dinner from the food trucks? "Whichever route you go, make sure the meal reflects that so your guests can either easily walk with a small plate or have somewhere to eat if it's something more elaborate," she adds.

Also consider choosing what the food truck does best. "I am a fan of letting a food truck do what they are known for, lean into their specialty dish or dishes!" Meyer says. "I suggest having a conversation with the food truck, asking them what works best for events, what food they can prepare quickly for large numbers, while still maintaining their DNA and serving up the dishes they are known for."

Decide how long you'll need the food truck at the wedding.

"Timing for a food truck will depend on the food selection and guest count; the more people you have to feed, the more time the truck will need for service, but also keep in mind they need time to prep, as well," says Meyer. Plus, timing could ebb and flow depending on if the vendor is providing the main meal or just food for a portion of the day. While most food trucks will do their meal preparation on site, you'll still want to give them a heads up so they can dedicate time for setup, service, and clean up, too. Book the food truck for at least three hours. "When it comes to food service timing, you will need an hour for cocktail hour, and dinner can be an hour and a half to two hours, depending on the menu items and guest count," adds Meyer. "If you are using food trucks for your wedding, I do suggest multiple trucks, each with a different entrée or food style so guests have a choice in what they want, and or they can try multiple foods from different trucks, this will also help shorten the food service period, as multiple trucks can feed more than one."

Decide when to serve meals from the food truck.

If you don't want to have a food truck serve meals for the main course, Norwood recommends using the vendor during cocktail hour. If this part of the reception is already full, consider having the vendor supply the dessert, think: an ice cream truck, candy truck, or doughnut truck, or late-night bites, like pizza, French fries, or sliders, adds Meyer.  

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