Tips for Incorporating a Food Truck at Your Wedding

We know you love food trucks, but have you considered them for your wedding? If you’re imagining a fun, outdoor party vibe, a food truck is a creative catering option that could be perfect for your big day.

The food truck scene has exploded in recent years. Now, you and your guests can experience gourmet food and sample a wide variety of cuisine from mobile trucks. The quality of food that these trucks offer, along with their convenience, has also made them a unique and festive addition to wedding weekends. They are the perfect catering solution to provide freshly prepared food at a relaxed outdoor wedding. If you are considering using a food truck at your event, here are some factors to consider:

The Type of Food You Want to Serve  

Because food trucks have relatively little kitchen space to use, they typically offer a smaller menu. That means that you may want to consider a truck option that appeals to the most people. 

If you like the idea of a food truck, but aren’t sure of the logistics surrounding the meal, consider serving dessert from a truck instead! There are endless options for sweet treats or savory snacks during your reception. Fortunately, there are any number of specialty trucks to choose from so it is just a matter of deciding how you want to utilize the truck during your wedding. Planning a fall wedding? Hot coffee and donuts perfectly complement a cool fall evening. Looking at warmer months? Ice cream always makes for a fun and memorable treat!

The Size of Your Guest List

Larger weddings may require more than one truck to accommodate all the guests. Be sure to clearly communicate with the food truck company and the venue to determine the right number of trucks based on your guest list. Less time waiting in line will mean more time for you and you guests to socialize and dance! If you love the idea of food truck fare but don’t want your guests to wait in line, some food trucks will even serve the food directly to guest tables or to a buffet at the reception.

Special Requests

The food truck company may be willing to incorporate some of your favorite ingredients into their existing menu. If you want your food to match your themed wedding or you want to take advantage of seasonal flavors, be sure to speak with the company. They may be able to offer some flexibility and customize the menu for your wedding. 

Parking and Logistics

Access to electrical outlets and ample parking are important factors when planning to incorporate a food truck. You can work with your venue and the caterer to find the perfect place to park the truck,  then the caterer can take it from there. However, you will want to double-check and see if they require any other special considerations. 

At the Rand-Bryan House, we have helped many couples incorporate food trucks into their wedding. Our spacious grounds provide several locations that are perfect for using a food truck. There is plenty of room to accommodate one or more trucks. In addition, we have already established strong working relationships with area food trucks, which makes it even easier to book an experienced company that is familiar with our venue. To learn more about this catering option and the Rand-Bryan House, contact us today.  


Thinking of an NC Destination Wedding?

destination weddingPlanning a destination wedding might sound like a big undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of today’s couples haven’t lived in the same place all of their lives, so family members, college friends, and work colleagues may all be traveling from different locations  A destination wedding is often a great solution. North Carolina offers a central location with beautiful weather and numerous transportation hubs to make travel easier. The Rand-Bryan House is a Raleigh favorite because it offers:

  • The perfect setting to treat your guests to some “Southern Hospitality.” The beautiful grounds and farmhouse style setting offers the perfect combination of quaint charm and sophistication. In addition, guests are often fascinated by the history of the farm and the location provides a glimpse into local culture. Spending time at the Rand-Bryan House can be a rich experience, especially for guests from other parts of the country. 
  • A pleasant climate for outdoor weddings, especially during the spring and fall. Temperate weather means that you can enjoy ideal conditions practically any time of the year. 
  • A peaceful rural setting with easy access to interstates, air travel, and downtown Raleigh.. Our venue is easy to reach, but slightly removed from the hustle and bustle. You and your guests can spend time enjoying our lush grounds and idyllic setting.
  • An abundance of convenient hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options. A destination wedding is a perfect opportunity for friends and family to reconnect and spend some quality time together. With so much to do, guests of all ages will enjoy a great vacation in addition to your wedding.

Experienced Staff

The staff at the Rand-Bryan House can make planning your NC destination wedding a stress-free process. We have nearly 10 years of experience successfully planning and executing large events and weddings. Over the years, we have established strong partnerships with local vendors and we can recommend other professionals who are familiar with our venue. This will make it easy to plan your wedding from a distance and allow you to feel confident that your day will go off without a hitch.  

Here are a few tips on planning your NC destination wedding with us:

  • Consider caterers and other vendors who have previously worked Rand-Bryan House weddings so they are familiar with the facility. 
  • Take advantage of our packages, which include choices of tables, chairs, linens, and tableware so that is all set up ahead of time for you. We can even work with our rental company partner, DeeJay’s Event Rentals to arrange for tents, lighting, a dance floor, etc. We can draw on our resources to help you take care of all the important details so everything runs smoothly. 
  • Take a look at our social media profiles on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook to see pictures of other weddings that have been held here and find inspiration for your own event.
  • Browse our website’s virtual tour of the house and grounds as you plan how you will use our space for your wedding.

When you work with the experts at the Rand-Bryan House, planning your NC destination wedding can be easier than you ever imagined. Not only will your guests get to experience the beauty and charm of our location, you can enjoy a hassle-free planning process and focus on enjoying your special day. Have questions? We are more than happy to talk and provide answers. Email, call, text or FaceTime us today to get started planning your event.  

Thanks to Story & Rhythm for sharing a few pictures of Lauren & Archie’s outdoor wedding from the spring of 2018. This bride and groom traveled here from Iowa and all of their guests were from out of state. We were so happy to host them and delighted that they were so pleased with their special day. 

Hear the bride’s review on how their their NC destination wedding turned out: “Martha has a stunning venue and made our wedding day stress free. She helped coordinate vendors the day of our wedding and was very responsive and helpful leading up to our wedding day. You won’t find another venue like this in the Raleigh area – I highly recommend using the Rand-Bryan House for any special occasion.”