Post # 1
Okay so I need to actually sign the contract for my venue. Right now my date is just being held. We had planned on signing and paying the deposit this week, BUT is it me or is it weird that you dont get a tasting b4 you sign? The venue is reputable. “Baltimore BWI Hilton Hotel”, but I just still would want to try it first?
Post # 3
@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
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
I had to book before the tasting too.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I could only have a tasting once the deposit is made and the contract is signed.
Post # 7
I signed the contract before tasting, but they have a good reputation, especially for food.
Post # 8
@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
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
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
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.
Post # 12
Thanks ladies for the helpful answers! I ended up asking, and they did schedule me a tasting for a charge. But I was okay with that! Thanks again!