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Tip or Trend Tuesday: Food Trucks…What, How, When, Where?

The trend up on the blogs, in the mags, and at bridal shows I have heard the most buzz about? Food trucks and their little bits of foodie goodness. It seems like everyone’s talking about how great they are, but how in the world do I find them? Do I use one truck or a few trucks? Do I want one for the meal or for a late night snack? Will my venue allow it? My venue allows them, but where do I put them? So much buzz and so many questions. Well, I think I’ve got some answers for you!

The how…Food trucks don’t work like venues, with listings on wedding sites and directories…yet. You have to know where to find them and that can take a bit of exploring…or does it? Like with most things nowadays, there’s an app (or two) for that! However, how good are those apps?

For the purposes of this post, I checked out a few of the more popular apps and none wowed me. Some were clunky to use, while others were incomplete in the coverage of many major cities, and those that were in cities I was familiar with, just didn’t return many trucks. I know Denver has more than three food trucks.

My best advice is to do a comprehensive Google search. The best way to get targeted results is to conduct your search as such, “food truck” and your city name. My first page of hits for Denver were filled with food truck gold. Lists sorted by food type with links to each truck’s Twitter accounts (most food trucks post their daily locations on Twitter no matter what city you are in. One site, Where is that food truck? even had a contact form one can send to the site with a specific food truck request for your event and they will pass your info on to the truck, making a food truck bride’s search much easier! No matter what city you’re in, you are bound to find food truck loving sites to point you in the right direction and help you cater your fabulous food truck fete.

Once you’ve gotten some ideas as to which vendors you would like to explore, pay them a visit…no, really pay. A food truck doesn’t operate like a caterer or banquet hall. Their income opportunities are not based on ambiance, wait staff, etc. They have to sell good food and sell it fast. So, don’t even think of asking for a free tasting from their menu. Get out there and get to their stop/s and get a sense of whether you like the food or not and as to how they respond to their customers when the line starts to mount. You want a vendor who can not only make great food, but that can keep his/her cool under pressure.

So, now that you’ve tasted from your list of truck/trucks and chosen your fave/s, here are some questions to ask the vendor before signing a contract.

  • Do you have a set menu that you stick with or do you customize it for an event?
  • How many people are you able to serve and what is the maximum time allowance to serve those people?
  • How do you keep food hot and/ or cold?
  • Do you charge a flat fee or per person?
  • Do you offer beverage service? Alcohol?
  • If you are going to use the trucks as stations: What other food trucks have you worked with or recommend to compliment your truck’s fare?
  • What are the city’s rules regarding food truck service for events?
  • If you are using the trucks for a late night snack: What’s the latest you  can serve? What foods do you recommend or caution against for late night snacks?
  • Do I need to obtain any permits or insurance to use your services?
  • Are there any limitations on where you can park?
  • Does the city permit such services at my venue? Some cities restrict the boundaries of where a food truck may go.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Are you considering a food truck wedding? If so, I’d love to hear about it and what you are planning to serve. Planned a food truck wedding? What was your experience at your wedding?

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Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team


‘Saturday’s Latest from the Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 3/2/13’ by ravengrrl


Pastel Peach Lace Bridal Bol…

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Wedding Unity Candle Set, Un…

$190

Rose Candle Unity Set, Eco L…

$180

Silver Sequined Bow Wedding …

$59

Dusky pink and ivory handmad…

$11.95

Amber color SWAROVSKI crysta…

$29

Purple SWAROVSKI crystal & p…

$29

Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

$17

Large Men’s Vest Waistco…

$32

Button-on Suspenders Vintage…

$24.99

Tall Men’s Blazer 40XL V…

$42

Tall Men’s Blazer 40XL V…

$48

Peacock bird SWAROVSKI cryst…

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Wedding bouquet photo charm …

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Wedding bouquet frame charm….

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ivory bridal wrap in merino …

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Style Thursday: Super Chic Bridal Pantsuits

Are you dreading the idea of lugging a 25-pound dress on your wedding day? Don’t like dresses at all? Favor a more masculine look on your special day? Well, for those of you who would much rather skip the dress, but still retain that “bridal” look, I’ve got some great bridal pantsuit inspiration as well as straight off the runway finds I know you’ll love.

From Vera Wang to Roberto Cavalli, white/ivory pantsuits are a super chic way to be authentically you on your wedding day. Stay true to you and enjoy every moment feeling relaxed and comfortable in your wedding ensemble.

Bridal Pantsuits- Real Brides

Bridal Pantsuits 2

Bridal Pantsuit 3

Saturday’s Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13

‘Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13’ by ravengrrl


Ivory Lace Bridal Headband, …

$47

Crochet Wedding Barefoot San…

$15

Lace Bridal or Baby Shower I…

$16.75

Yellow margarita salt – colo…

$3.25

Vintage Mens Suit Teal w/Oxb…

$72

Vintage Red Mens Vest Brocad…

$34

Mens White Wide Tie 1950’…

$21

Clip on Suspenders Vintage E…

$16.99

Unity Candle Set, Wedding De…

$200

Rose Candle Unity Set, Weddi…

$190

Organic Spice Pillar, Slate …

$90

Wedding bridal crown wreath …

$50

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$35

Handmade Cotton Lace Collar,…

$38

Seashell Ring Bearer Wedding…

$15

Monogram Personalized Weddin…

$45

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‘Latest: Etsy Virtual Bridal Show Team 2/23/13 #2’ by ravengrrl


Seashell Shell Ring Bearer B…

$35

Personalized Ring Bearer Bow…

$29

White Lace Bridal Bolero in …

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Flower brooches, made from s…

$11.95

Petite bouquet, Flower Girl …

$35

Handmade Ribbon Rose Bouquet…

$120

Silver Sequined Bow Bridal H…

$62

Large Organza Flower Brooch,…

$16

White Lace Bridal Wrist Char…

$25

Gray Roses with Yellow Origa…

$120

Shell Seashell Ring Bearer W…

$17

Wood Chalkboard Tree Slice R…

$25

Blue SWAROVSKI crystal & rhi…

$35

Dazzling Flower Shape Headpi…

$35

Greem SWAROVSKI crystal & rh…

$29

Handmade Cotton Lace Appliqu…

$41

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Style Thursday: The Braid Trend: Plaits for every length

Braids…from braided bangs for those with short hair to long fishtail plaits, it’s the trend on just about every 2013 bridal trends list. I’ve got two dozen lovely ‘dos for the bride looking for a traditional updo to waterfall braids for the boho lovers out there, and since this is me…you know I’ve got some edgier looks for us alternative folk. Have some fun with your look and don’t forget to schedule that hair trial!

Long Hair- Braid

Braid Up do

Short braids

Edgy Braids

Tip or Trend Tuesday: Trend: Wedding deets to satisfy your geekery!

I have a confession to make…I’m a total geek. I know some of you know I’m a Jane Austen geek, but my geekery runs much deeper than that. I’m a raging Whovian (Doctor Who), a Ringer (Lord of the Rings) a newish Trekkie (a fan of the more recent franchises), and a vampire and zombie nut. So, it goes without saying that the geek wedding trend is right up my alley. Mr. Wondermous and me have some fun geektastic details for our own wedding and I thought I’d celebrate this trend of self-expression by throwing some fun geeky wedding details your way. Let your geek flag fly!

Geek Wedding Food

Geek Wedding Cakes

Geek Cake Toppers

Geek Wedding Details

Geek Wedding Party Gifts- Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Friday’s Favorites: This week’s posts…Etsy style

This week’s favorites: Something Blue for you; cake stands from vintage to rustic; black and gold wedding glam; ring bearer style, and ring pillow alternatives. Support individual artisans and vintage purveyors through your wedding purchases to make your fete a one of a kind event!

‘Something Blue For You’ by ravengrrl


Something Blue Rhinestone Br…

$120.00

Something Blue Bridal Heels …

$215.00

Wedding or Dress- Something …

$22.00

Something Blue Personalized …

$20.00

Something Blue with Red Hear…

$99.00

Something Blue Wedding Jewel…

$79.00

Bridal Hair Pin: GORGEOUS Vi…

$92.00

Royal Blue French Beaded Gla…

$7.00

Wedding Garter Navy and Rega…

$40.00

SALE Silk Bow-Navy-Bridal Cl…

$52.50

Navy Blue with Black Stripe …

$34.00

Something Blue single pearl …

$8.00

Something Blue, Happily Ever…

$15.00

Something blue brooch bouque…

$75.00

Handmade Genuine Swarovski C…

$355.00

Rhinestone Wedding garter / …

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‘Wedding Cake Stands’ by ravengrrl


Vintage Fine China Cake Stan…

$60.00

Custom Wedding Cake Stand – …

$70.00

14″ Pink Cake Stand / V…

$140.00

Hobnail Milk Glass Wedding C…

$98.00

Pier style cake stand for na…

$95.00

Heart shape cake stand – woo…

$35.00

THE 20″ STUMP Rustic Wo…

$79.99

Custom Carved Wooden Wedding…

$275.00

14″ Champagne Gold Diam…

$109.95

SALE SALE SALE Wedding Cake …

$99.00

18″ Round, Silver & San…

$325.00

Extra Large 20″ Wedding…

$198.00

16″ x 6″ Mad Hatte…

$40.00

Cake Stand Rustic Wedding Wo…

$105.00

Glass Cake Stand / Dessert S…

$28.00

Custom Made Purple Satin wit…

$67.00

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‘Black and Gold Wedding Glam’ by ravengrrl


Elegant Traditional Black an…

$3.25

Black and Gold Wedding Champ…

$125.00

Wedding Centerpiece, Wedding…

$39.00

Modern Black Gold Wedding Rh…

$42.00

Gold Tapestry Cloth and Blac…

$390.00

Rustic Gold Black Wedding rh…

$75.00

Gold Velvet Bodice Wedding G…

$1195.00

Black and gold steampunk hat…

$125.00

Large Black/Gold Wedding Bir…

$55.00

Lace Fingerless Gloves: Bla…

$12.95

Black Silver 18K Gold Weddin…

$182.00

Candy Apple – Gold-White-Bla…

$7.50

Wedding Guest book – Gold, I…

$75.99

Gold Sparkle Garter, Black G…

$50.00

6 romantic black and gold pr…

$16.00

Elegant Holiday Wedding Flow…

$32.00

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‘Bling Security: Ring Bearer Attire and Alternative Ring Pillows’ by ravengrrl


Boys Linen Vest and Pant Set

$90.00

Ring bearer boys suit, vest,…

$66.00

The Little Gentleman Victori…

$62.00

Matching Suspenders

$18.00

Grey two piece suit fits tod…

$80.00

Heirloom Style Boys Suspende…

$62.00

Boys Ring Bearer Gray Seersu…

$100.00

Kids boy natural beige linen…

$90.00

Ring bearer horseshoe, weste…

$29.00

Vintage Embroidery Hoop Art …

$35.00

Ring Bearer Tray – Ring Bear…

$48.00

Halloween Wedding Ring Beare…

$20.00

Petite Moss Ring Bearer Pill…

$18.00

Hat Tip – Vintage Pillbox Ha…

$64.00

Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow A…

$55.00

GREEN GLITTER APPLE — Ring …

$24.00

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