Post # 1
I’m just recently engaged and am new to the site! We have also set a date – Aug 2 of next year! We are planning our wedding from hundreds of miles away, but have already managed to book our venue, church, dj, and photographer. (I like to check things off my list :))
As far as catering, our venue only lets us choose between six different caterers. Two of them we feel the food is too “casual”, and two are way out of our budget. There is one remaning that is very reasonably priced, PLUS we’ve been to two other weddings that they catered and the food was delicious….and then there is another caterer that is also reasonably priced but we know nothing about quality of the food.
We aren’t able to get back to the city our wedding will be in until the end of the summer for the tastings. I know by then we’ll still be about a year out from the wedding date, but I’m worried the place we are in favor of will book up! Do we book now and ask if we can still do our tasting later this summer? Or do we wait for the tastings and try both places before we make a decision?
What would you do!?
Thanks much 🙂
Post # 3
If you know for sure that one of the caterers is good, I’d go ahead and book, so you can save your date. They should be able to set up a tasting later on so you can try the food and decide on your menu.
Summer is a big season for weddings. My worry would be that if you wait until later in the summer, the date may get booked at one or both caterers and then you could have a rough time trying to get food for your wedding.
Post # 4
If you’ve tasted their food already at other weddings, I’d say book now! Maybe shoot a call or email to the other couples who used them, tell them how much you enjoyed their food, and ask if the would recommend the caterer.
Post # 5
@summershandy07: Welcome to weddingbee. I too am planning a wedding from far away. I would pick the caterer that you like before they get booked up at least you liked their food when you tried it at other weddings. I know its always hard to make decisions like this from far away.
Post # 6
@summershandy07: Welcome to the Hive!
If budget is an issue, and the caterer whose food you haven’t tasted is less expensive, there are two possibilities:
-do you know anyone who lives near the venue whose opinion you trust?
– have you checked online for reviews? Check the Chowhound Board for the applicable city.
Otherwise, if pricing is close, I would go with the one that you have tasted the food.
Post # 7
As the above posters stated, book with the caterer you already tasted, or have a trusted friend/family member do the tasting on your behalf. Either way, you can request a tasting to choose the final menu when you are in town.
Post # 8
@summershandy07: We booked before our formal tasting. They had great reviews and worked our corporate parties in the past so we knew they were good.
Post # 9
Thank you guys for the input — we just went ahead and booked them so we don’t have to worry!