Post # 1
We just received our final bill for the reception. It turned out to be a lot less than we expected (whew!) but I was surprised to see that we were charged for the menu tasting. For some reason, I thought it was complimentary, but apparently it wasn’t. I wonder if this was because I worked with a hotel, rather than a catering company?
I’m not going to complain because the service was perfect and every little detail was perfect. They even opened up the cocktail hour early, so we technically got extra 20 minutes of open bar for free 🙂 and we were definitely a drinking crowd. Just a little surprised, that’s all….
Post # 3
I’ve heard of tastings not being free — sometimes the caterer will put it toward the event if you book with them.
Probably good not to complain, especially since your bill was lower than expected (WOO HOO!!!!) and that 20 minutes of extra drinking is like a cherry on top. Glad they handled things on your wedding day so well!
Post # 4
My tasting wasn’t free either (which I was surprised by) but it was a pretty nominal charge…
Post # 5
Huh… you would think they would have mentioned it or billed you for it sooner… Nice though on the bar!
Post # 6
Wow – I am expecting my tasting to be free and it’s at a hotel – maybe I should look into this!
I am glad you are so happy with them though!
Post # 7
My venue did an open house to taste all of their food-and it was $10 a person to go. It was pretty nice though because we got to experience a mock reception
Post # 8
I’ve definitely heard of them not being free before, but every vendor I talked to around here confirmed they were free.
Post # 9
If it’s not going to be free, I feel like they should charge for it upfront… not bill you later if you sign with them. That feels misleading to me…
Post # 10
We don’t even get a real menu tasting at our venue – just an open house to taste sample foods. It’s free for two guests though.
Post # 11
Some caterers we talked to offered free tastings, while others charged a fee. The caterer we finally ended up with charged $25 for each person but reimbursed if we booked with them. All of the caterers informed us of the fee, though, so I think it’s not good practice for them to be so silent about it until you receive the bill.
Post # 12
Wow ive never heard of this! I agree with mr bee they should tell you upfront! I was assuming my tasting is free, I hope so with the price were paying. gosh so many hidden costs in wedding stuff.
Post # 13
Ours was not free either. We had already booked our venue at the time, but the tasting cost (I think) $25/person. They didn’t mention this when we booked, only when they sent the RSVP email. I was kind of disappointed in the selection they had, too. Instead of doing an individual tasting with items you select, they have 2 tastings annually and serve whatever they want. We ended up having to choose a chicken dish which we hadn’t tasted. Luckily, it turned out great, but it wasn’t an easy process.
Post # 14
Ours isn’t free. They’re charging $60 per person, and 4 people eat for the price of 2. Any additional guests are $60 each. Apparently you get a huge bag of food to take home, you can taste all their wines and beers, and you get an hour or two of planning time with the wedding coordinators.
If there is a tasting fee, it is definitely good to be told that up front!
Post # 15
I’ve heard of this before, but I’ve never heard of them not telling you up front. Usually the places that charge will have one big event for all the weddings that year where you can go and taste the menu. And they will tell you that it costs a certain amount to get in. I’d be a little upset that they just put it on the bill like that, but if you got other things for less then I guess it’s a wash in the end, right?
Post # 16
Both our venue and rehearsal dinner tastings were free of charge. Our rehearsal venue encouraged us to order ANYTHING we wanted including beer and wine, desserts and appetizers off the menu. We left a HUGE tip. Anyway.. I too feel it’s misleading not to let you know up front. Good warning for everyone here though to check before you taste.