8/5 Real Bride Rachel: Our Food Plan

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Affiliate Disclaimer NewOne of the main requirements that Russel and I had when it came to choosing a venue was the ability to choose any caterer/food option we wanted. There were several reasons for this: 1) You can’t have a carnival wedding without fun carnival food and I don’t think most traditional caterers are down with all fried everything; 2) We knew that a lot of companies were likely going to cost more than we were willing/able to spend. I want to feed my guests awesome and delicious food, but I don’t want to go (more) broke doing it. We wanted to be able to research every available option and choose what was right for us.

Etsy bomobob ferris wheel carnival photograph

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Just a few weeks after we decided to go all-in on our theme, the Holmes County Fair happened to be going on. The timing was pretty perfect, and we were able to walk around and see the different vendors and their options and prices. We sampled a lot of goodies and made a list of what we liked best. We gathered information for the stands we loved and contacted them over the next few weeks so we could see if they would even be interested in doing a wedding — and if our preferred menu was feasible. We got super lucky, because both vendors we talked to seemed excited about the idea and were more than happy to work with us on creating a great dinner.

Our menu:

Shredded beef sandwiches, sausages with peppers and onions, corn dogs, french fries, onion rings, ice cream, funnel cakes and chocolate-dipped cheesecake. I mean …*insert heart-eye emoji here*

Yeah, it’s a lot of fried goodness, but there are also a couple things that aren’t submerged in oil, so I feel good about it. I also feel fantastic about the price. For $12-$15/person, we’re getting all of that yumminess. It even includes dessert — hells yeah! We are getting a small cake for us to cut, but unless someone is dying for a slice, it’s really just there to look pretty and provide us with a stale, frozen anniversary tradition next year. Truth be told, we don’t have a firm price or even a contract in place, because we will be paying at the end of the night when they tally up how much food we went through. We’re totally fine with that since it’s exactly what we want.

This year’s fair kicks off Saturday, so we will be making the trip again so we can try the food one more time, and also see all of the amazing progress at the fairgrounds. Being the first ever wedding at the fairgrounds is scary, but this will be a trial run for the food stands which is super helpful. When they arrive to set up the night before our big day, they will know exactly what they are doing. Bonus!

All in all, I totally suggest looking into food stands or trucks as an option for a wedding or event. We are really happy we went with what we really wanted, and I think it’s going to pay off.

Have you made any wedding decisions that are super outside the box? Share in the comments!