Post # 1
We booked a pretty expensive all inclusive country club for our wedding. I booked it prior to ever tasting the food- which is part of the package deal. The minimum for a saturday evening that we are paying is already pretty steep (23k) and we are looking at paying $120+ per person for food/alcohol. Today I called to book a tasting for my fiance and I over Christmas break since that is the only time we will be in the area (our wedding is not in Atlanta, it is out of state). I was shocked to hear that it would be $28 per person to taste the food. Seriously? I thought tasting were free.
Post # 3
hmmm… our tasting was free. but i guess it depends on the location. that is kinda lame though since you are dropping so much cash on the actual date… and you are booked. not like you are gonna back out or anything. weird.
Post # 4
Yikes, we paid between $110-$144 per person (depending on meal choice), with alcohol included and our tasting was complimentary. I thought most places (especially where you are paying that much) did that!
Post # 5
My venue hosts couples at a dinner party type event every winter, it’ll be $20/person. For a private tasting it’s even more.
ETA: I was kind of surprised, too.
Post # 6
@elizabeth2004: So I guess it is not too uncommon. Seriously, I feel like a lot of these wedding vendors have the balls of a burglar. lol
Post # 7
My tasting was free, more of a try-before-you-buy type deal from the caterer. We bought.
Post # 8
@jackndiane: I looked at a venue where they were going to charge us for the tasting. I thought that was pretty crappy since we were going to give them a lot of money. For other reasons, we ended up not going with that place.
The place we did choose is along the same lines in terms of price pp and we had our tasting for free (up to 6 people).
Post # 9
@jackndiane: Is a complimentary tasting in your contract? The venue that we’re booking has a comp tasting for 4 written into the contract. For each person over the 4 it’s an additional fee.
$28 per person for the tasting would irk me, but I’d probably suck it up since I’d want to pick my food based on what tasted the best.
Post # 10
We got a local restaurant to cater for us and they happily prepared anything we wanted to taste and did it all for free. Granted they aren’t nearly as expensive and are only doing the catering, but they happily gave us all the food for free. We offered to pay and were prepared to, but they told us no and even offered to let us take the food we had leftover.
We are also using the restaurant’s baker for our cake, and when we went in for the cake tasting, she had made us two fairly good sized cakes that we got to taste for free and take home.
Post # 11
Our tasing was not free either. It was $20/person for a meal. And it wasnt even really a “tasting”. You got to order a single dish and it was served as it would be for the wedding. My husband and I went with my parents, so we each ordered a different dish so we could acutally sample different things. And they split it into two different nights a chicken night and a beef/fish night, so we had to go twice and endd up paying $160 total for the tastings. Pretty BS if you ask me! You’d think that already signing a contract and about to hand over 10s of thousands, they could throw you a free meal!
Post # 12
My tasting was not free either – it was $100 for up to 4 people. But of course the $100 is being put toward our total cost in the end – which I’m sure your vendor will do for you as well.
It makes sense to me – why would they give free tastings to everyone off the street? Doesn’t seem right.
Post # 13
All the venues I looked at charged for tastings. The one we went with we were familiar with the food so we didn’t have a tasting, but yeah it seems to be pretty standard here.
Post # 14
Our tasting was free… but we were expected to tip the server. And, it’s not like we are having our reception in a cheap-o place. It’s at a Hilton hotel for crying out loud. When I was shopping around for cakes, one bakery wanted to charge us $15 to for a tasting. I was like HELL NO and booked another bakery just because I thought that was INSANE. If I am going to pay $800 for a cake, I deserve a few free bites to taste.
Maybe you can ask if the money you pay for the tasting can go towards your final balance?
Post # 15
We wanted to try the food before booking. I think a slight majority offered the tasting free. We went to two free tastings – both were with other prospective clients and getting to try the food and experience their level of service made the decision between those two. We also looked at a hotel very seriously who told us to eat in the hotel restaurant (not free). We did and the experience was so bad at it helped us decide not to go with them after we were already leaning towards one of the other two venues.
Post # 16
We were going to book with a place that required the $2500 deposit and a contract before they would provide a tasting… but none of the caterers we ended up meeting with charged for the actual tasting. And our cake lady did not charge either.