taco truck for catering a wedding?

by DIY wedding planner on March 10, 2012


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Okay I need some advice. My fiance and I are not very picky people and I can’t imagine spending a ton of money on a wedding. Most of the caters are expansive in our area. We are already doing a ton of DIY stuff so adding on cooking the food ourselves via family and friends is not possible. Only because I’m scared of working them too much. We are already doing our own flowers, cake, decorations. Our wedding is going to be in the town library’s park. We are going for that laid back relaxed wedding. So would it be tacky to hire a taco truck to drive up at serve food that way? They supply all of the plates, napkins and such. All we would have to worry about are drinks. Plus nothing to clean up. For cocktail hour a friend of ours and set up a small table of snacks for everyone. My fiance doesn’t want to bbq because he always ends up manning the grill and he said not this time.

SO WOULD THIS BE A GOOD IDEA OR A BAD IDEA? Please be kind. If you think its a bad idea please write a idea that we might be able to do instead.
Thank you
I forgot to add our wedding will be around 50-85 people.
I forgot to add our wedding will be around 50-85 people.

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Carlo83 March 10, 2012 at 6:10 am

I am not sure how big your wedding is, but these taco trucks, in Houston anyway, take a while to cook the order. Have you contacted any of the taco trucks in your area to see if they will do it? also some smaller Mexican restaurants can cater the meal and they have options that are pretty reasonable. Usually the carne guisada can be served for a good price. In our wedding they asked how much we could afford and then told us what they could do for that price. I would suggest asking the taco truck to see if they could handle the load, and then maybe trying some mom and pop places.

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Lauren March 10, 2012 at 6:50 am

At the end of the day its your wedding so u gotta do it how u want it done and how u would remember it. its personally not something i would do, but with that said im quite fussy and want a very expensive and OTT wedding lol. I understand your theme of having a laid back wedding and not spending heaps of money (lets face it, weddings arent that cheap these days), but for a wedding i wouldnt go for a taco truck. I think if you did that, it would almost borderline a hillbilly/redneck wedding (sorry if that wasnt the nicest thing to describe it as but thats my advice). i couldnt think of something else that could be done in place of this. The only thing i would do is just pay that little bit more for the caterer. But with that said i dont know your budget, or how you, your fiancee or your family are and exactly how laid back they are. like i said, at the end of the day, its your wedding so its entirely up to you.

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Mrs?B March 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

It’s not a bad idea exactly, but how long does it take for them to make the food? You don’t want to make everyone stand in line forever to get their order.

I would suggest offering an alternative because not everyone likes that type of food (I know I would hate it if that was my only option). How about ordering a sandwich platter from a grocery store as well?

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fizzy stuff March 10, 2012 at 7:51 am

I completely agree with you that your family and friends should not be lifting a finger for the food, and also your fiance should not be behind the grill.

However Im not seeing this working out very well. Once the taco truck arrives, are people going to be waiting in line, served 2 or 3 at a time? That kind of breaks up the party atmosphere. Also, tacos arent the easiest to eat. Are people going to be dressed ultra-casual? And lastly, I love tacos but not everyone does and that is only one option for your guests.

How many guests do you have? I would continue to look for a caterer that can set up a spread for you or do the BBQ for you. Not all catering is sit-down dinners. Lots of caterers offer picnics for company parties, church groups, etc. which are casual and affordable. You are already saving a lot by DIY your flowers and cake.

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?Anonymous? March 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

Taco truck… like a roach coach? Those things that I see on the side of the road every so often and never, EVER consider pulling over for?

No. I would rather go to McDonalds on your wedding day than eat Tacos out of a dirty, nonhealth-compliant roach coach that pulls up. Don’t care how convenient or cheap this is. Lol.

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melouofs March 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

I do not think it’s a good idea, because people will be wearing nice clothes and this isn’t the type of food they’d want to eat while wearing said clothes. I know many supermarkets prepare platters of foods that are relatively inexpensive. You could get trays of cheese and crackers, veggies, sandwiches, etc. I think that would be nicer plus less messy than tacos from a truck.

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L?G March 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

A lot of regular restaurants offer catering(party trays, food in bulk etc). I say call around and find a deal that way. I am also tight on money for my wedding too, we found a great BBQ place in our town that does catering for so much cheaper than an actual catering company. Shop around, maybe there’s a restaurant you and your fiance like to frequent, check to see if they have a catering menu.

Good luck!

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