How to line up a food truck for your wedding

Mathilde Dratwa and Jason Wojciechowski hired their favorite

Mathilde Dratwa and Jason Wojciechowski hired their favorite Brooklyn food truck, Mexicue, to serve food at their Babylon backyard wedding. (Credit: Mexicue)

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1. Find a truck

Plenty of couples already have a favorite truck -- one that they've patronized on the street or at an event. If that's not you, check out the various food truck festivals around Long Island to see what's available.

2. Consider the crowd

Trucks may be able to cater the entire meal if your wedding is small. For larger parties, think about hiring a truck for appetizers or dessert, or supplementing a main course of lobster rolls or pizza with a raw bar from a local seafood shop or hors d'oeuvres from another caterer.

3. Check with your venue

Wineries, farms and other outdoor locations may have rules about truck parking, and some catering halls and restaurants don't welcome outside food purveyors. Before contracting a food truck, check your venue's regulations and food truck receptiveness.

4. Plan ahead

Most of these operations have just one truck, so if you have one particular date in mind, reserve early.

5. Ask about travel

Trucks that have to travel a long way will tack on a travel fee along with food charges and labor costs.

6. Speak up with special requests

Most food truck caterers are delighted to customize their offerings. Laura O'Neill, the co-founder of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, will create special flavors on request. The North Fork Food Truck will design food around favorite North Fork ingredients.

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