Post # 1
Fiance wants to get married in Hawaii, so I’ve been in touch with a resort on the Kona coast that I have a good feeling about. It is everything we value in a trip (secluded, tropical, and disconnected), and has enough nature to satisfy our photo expectations.
The price is decent, especially since this is a great excuse to dismiss 50% of our guest list that would have driven costs up to about 20K more locally. However, they don’t offer cake tastings or food tastings.
I don’t know how I feel about that. I was willing to bite the bullet and fly out to be sure the ceremony and reception spaces were chosen, decor was noted, and the menu was established.
I emailed the planner asking if there would be a discount should I fly out to sign the contract and pay, and also asked for testimonials. I had found a few on my own and everyone has been happy with it.
What do you think? Is this odd?
Post # 3
Do they just not offer a FREE tasting? Or you literally cannot taste any food at all before your wedding day? I’d say either way is a little weird, but I’d probably be okay with it as long as I could try the food by paying. Like if it is a restaurant that caters if I could just go to dinner there or something.
Post # 4
@artichokesalad:Food ia a big part of the wedding for me so I would reconsider the location. If you are in love with the location I would look the resort up on tripadvisor and see what recent guest had to say about the food there. If everyone says average or blah, move on to the next location.
Post # 5
Ours did not offer a tasting until after we booked (it was local). Do they just not offer one before booking, or not one at all? Is it possible to eat at the resort restaurant to get an idea of the food?
Post # 6
They said I could eat at the restaurant, but I still found it a little odd… I don’t know! One person on Trip Advisor said the dinner was bad, everyone else seems to like the place.
Post # 7
how much of a priority is food for you and fi? i would be okay with just eating at the restaurant.
Post # 8
For us it isn’t a huge priorty because we find when vacationing, we’re just happy with whatever we get. But I’m concerned about our guests flying for 12+ hours and then having a subpar dinner.
But does anyone really care? The only time I see people complaining about wedding food is on Four Weddings.
Post # 9
Our reception is at a restaurant and they also did not offer a tasting. They said they do way too many functions to offer tastings. Thankfully, we’ve eaten there many, many times and love the food, so it was no big deal. I don’t think this is a red flag, but if you’ve heard the food is bad, that may be the red flag. If everyone liked it on TA but one person, I would just write off that one bad review. You can’t please everyone.
Post # 10
They have you caught between a rock and a hard place. Any referrals they give you are only going to be good and they could be staff weddings for all we know. But this is America and a big tourist area. They are not going to do anything to harm their business.
What you may do is contact Better Business Bureau and inquire. Also, contact the city hall and ask for their Health Department rating. You will find out what grade they received at their last inspection!!! It is public information, far better than hearsay.
Try on line and see if anyone has a blog. Check out Fodor’s or AAA and note if they are listed.
Ask how many wedding receptions they do each year? Call another hotel down the street and ask the same question. Comparable? Or one is greatly higher than the other?
Post # 11
I live on Maui but would be happy to share info about your venue on Kona if you want to share where the venue is. I can definitely say that on Maui, things work a little different than they do on the mainland (probably same thing for the Big Island, since it’s even LESS populated than Maui). Most places don’t offer FREE tastings, but like I said, if you want to share which venue you are considering, I’d be happy to share what I know…