Post # 1
How long after you book a venue is the acceptable amount of time to do a food tasting? Example, we booked our venue back in February. We are getting married April of 2013. I am anxious to get the food squared away so I can start working up menus, etc. What is the acceptable amount of time when the venue will start asking about doing a food tasting?
Post # 3
Our venue has a pretty regimented schedule for these types of things. For example, we had our initial menu and decor consultation 8 months out, our tasting 6 months out, and we don’t go for our next meeting to finalize menu, linens, etc. until 3 months out. We’re also having a final walkthrough 1-2 weeks before the wedding, depending on our coordinator’s availability.
If in doubt, just ask them how they handle it.
Post # 4
I would ask them.
Our venue does tastings every four months, alternating food each time.
Post # 5
@S157947: I think most venues base the tasting off of the wedding date, and not how early you booked. My venue said they’d do the tasting 2 months prior, but we did it a bit early, about 4 months prior. Some venues change their menus or have seasonal items so they don’t usually want to do it tooo early.
Post # 6
This all makes perfect sense. Thanks for the info ladies!!! I appreciate it!
Post # 7
Definitely talk to your venue. Our first venue (long story, we’re a 2-venue couple) almost neglected to tell us that they close right after Christmas until March, so we had to quick squeeze in our tasting within like two weeks. Our second venue is also rushing our tasting, but mostly because we’re less than 5 months out and we need to re-order invitations, so we need to know what we’re putting on response cards.
I’d say generally 6-8 months out from your wedding date is a good time. This gives you plenty of time to order invitations and fix any problems, and it won’t be rushed. A lot of larger venues, the types of places that hold 3-6 weddings a day, have group tastings.
Don’t forget to ask how many people you can bring! A lot of places have strict limits!
Post # 8
Since we’re bringing in an outside caterer, it depends on us. We’ve been to one tasting already with our 1st choice caterer. We’re still looking. Usually they do a tasting without us having to commit or sign anything.
Post # 9
You probably want to ask your venue about this.
We don’t even get a food tasting! luckily we’ve eaten at the restaurant the winery has before and its delicious!