posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Is this normal?
    Yes : (20 votes)
    74 %
    No : (3 votes)
    11 %
    Sometimes? : (4 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    30284 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @MrsMoe2B:  Yeah, I would want to have a tasting of their food before I sign any contracts, but I have heard of venues that do this. Kinda weird, but…yeah.

    Post # 4
    1103 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Yeah, I have heard of this, but in some cases you can pay for a tasting just to be sure.  I honestly wouldn’t do the booking without the tasting, but that’s because food is so important to me 🙂

    Post # 5
    478 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I had to book before the tasting too.

    Post # 6
    975 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

    I could only have a tasting once the deposit is made and the contract is signed. 

    Post # 7
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I signed the contract before tasting, but they have a good reputation, especially for food.

    Post # 8
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @MrsMoe2B:  My answer is “sometimes.”


    I think when catering is included with your venue, the tasting ends up being after all is said and done.

    Also, most of my friends in the Northeast had their tastings after the caterer was already signed for… So it may also be a regional thing?


    For me, my venue does not offer catering so I had 5 highly recommended catering companies I was working on quotes with, and I absolutely wasn’t going to sign a thing until I’d tasted first.  They said they were going to charge me for it (but the amount would be applied to our deposit if we signed) but they ended up not charging us. I don’t know if they just say they will to avoid the freeloaders, or if our chick just messed up 🙂

    Post # 9
    2429 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We did our tasting after signing.  They provided us sample menus before and we read a bunch of reviews and had to decide from that.

    Post # 10
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Our venue has an exclusive caterer, so since we wanted our venue, the caterer was already decided. The caterer does offer tastings prior to booking, but you have to pay for the food/labor (so ~$100-$200). We booked prior to a tasting, but we will do a tasting later to help pick our final menu. 

    Post # 11
    252 posts
    Helper bee

    We booked prior to a tasting, but for us, we used someone we were already familiar with, and had no doubt their food would be amazing. We did a tasting about 3-4 weeks before the wedding I think to nail down our final menu choices.

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