Post # 1
so – I’ve verbally committed to a venue last week. And they are in the process of putting togehter a contract. Since then, everyone I’ve told about our venue has said well don’t forget to try the food!
is this common? To try the food before you book a place? Most places I’ve looked at have made it seem like once I book a date and put a deposit then they start with the tastings and other details.
Has anyone ever reserved a venue, put a deposit down then tried the food and hated it and cancelled the contract?
How does all this work?! thanks!!
Post # 3
We did our tasting before booking. We went in, wanted to book, so we tasted that day and signed our contract 20 minutes later!
Fortunately, we loved our food. But if we didn’t and chose not to book, all we needed to do was pay $50 to cover the food.
Post # 4
We booked our venue last summer (July 2013 wedding) they don’t do their tastings until a few months or so before the wedding.
Fortunately for us, there were enough reviews online to see that their food had rave reviews. They do have special events from time to time that we could have gone to if we really wanted to see but we trusted the reviews.
We are doing our tasting in a few weeks and are very excited!
Post # 5
We brought our deposit to the tasting.
Post # 6
We have had 2 tastings so far and not booked anyone. At the first one, the tasting was free and we just had to pay the tip. At the second one, the tasting was $30. Neither one had any committment attached. I don’t think it makes sense to book someone without trying their food… Maybe it’s because when I contacted my vendors, I said “Hi, I’m having a wedding and would like to schedule a tasting”.
Post # 7
I absolutely would NOT sign a contract without tasting the food first, unless the contract has provisions in place for full deposit refunds with a cancellation of the contract. Otherwise, you could be out a deposit for mediocre food.
FWIW, not of my food-related vendors that I checked out/hired insisted on getting a contract signed prior to a tasting. For the caterers, they provided me a copy of the tentative contract that had all the details including menu options/linens/chairs/etc. as an initial “quote” but I was not obligated to sign it before going in for tastings.
However, if it is catered by the venue and you can’t bring in outside vendors, then I can see why they would insist on a contract first. At that point, you have no choice but to hire that caterer anyway if you want the venue.
I also wouldn’t base it off of just reviews. For example, one catering company I checked out had glowing reviews and was even featured on David Tutera’s My Fair Weddings. However, when we had our tasting, it was quite gross and the presentation was terrible. Darling Husband even got indigestion. It turns out that the head chef that everyone raved about and was the one featured on the show had recently quit.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
We read lots of reviews for our venue online before we put down a deposit and signed the contract, but they wouldn’t let us do the tasting until we had already signed the contract & paid up. Other venues here had the same policy, so I think that’s common for weddings in Houston.
All of the reviews for our venue’s food were good, so we trusted the reviews and went ahead and booked it. And when we finally did do the tasting, we loved it, and it all ended up working out – hope it works out for you too! have you checked out any reviews online?
Post # 9
Of course, try the food! I didn’t want to do a tasting, since the caterer we want to have I have had their food numerous times, and everything I have ever had is sublime. Fiance wants to though, just for the experience.
Post # 10
We’re doing the tasting 3 months before the wedding and we booked the venue 18 months in advance.
Depends on where you live as to what is the common practice. Most venues will accomodate the tasting in advance if you want though, you’ll just have to pay for it if you don’t end up booking with them.
Post # 11
my venue only has tastings in march, so we decided to book before we tasted the food because we didn’t want to lose our date. i love our venue though and i figured the food couldn’t be THAT bad that it would make me not want to get married there.
Post # 12
I agree with them, do NOT sign the contract without tasting the food. What if you hate it? In a party, food can be make it or break it.