Post # 1
Question line says it all.
My sister just got recently engaged and is narrowing places down to come look (she lives 3 hours away but wants to have her wedding in our hometown, where our parents and I sitll live). However, her Fiance wants to try some of the food at a couple of the venues (hotel and a stand alone event center) before they make a decision. I know not all the food that venues serve (hotels in particular) is the same as offered at the receotion (our hotel wasn’t). I just didn’t know if this was even an option. Anyone know??
I am trying to get her to go with a hotel vs. stand alone place, as we’ll have a 3.5 month old at the time that we could have someone stay in a room and watch after it needs to go to sleep, as well as either on grandparents to just leave the reception hall and walk to their room vs. inconvenicing someone to leave the reception and drive them somewhere. I know we could have someone pick him up, but that just seems odd… or one of us would have to leave to bring him home to sleep/eat, etc.
I realize that it’s their day and their plans, but just easing the process or giving my two cents. I wish they’d wait a little longer than trying to plan around March 2017, but again… their day/decision.
Post # 2
Our venue does tastings once a month so that people who are considering using them either as a venue or just as a catering service (they do off-site catering as well) can try thier food before booking.
We booked without doing a tasting because we loved the venue and they are one of the top rated caterers so we didn’t have any concerns about the food being bad. But I think it’s perfectly reasonable for your sister and her Fiance to try the food (or at least ask if it’s an option) before booking the venue.
Post # 3
We did a tasting before booking our venue (hotel). It really depends on the place, but it’s worth asking. Some may charge a fee per head, but I think if you book they typically discount the tasting fees off the total.
Post # 4
our venue includes catering; we didn’t taste the food beforehand – BUT we did read a lot of reviews about the caterer.
Post # 5
See, for us… we had been to many of our venues that we looked at for past weddings and other types of events so had tasted a lot of their food options due to that. So, we didn’t taste the food at our place until after we booked.
I just wasn’t sure if that was an option, but good to know that it is something some places to do when you’re looking. He is the particular one, so I don’t know if anything will be good enough. I guess they’ll see!
Post # 6
It is worth asking, but typically they only do food tastings after booking (which sucks). One of the pluses for my venue that it was also a popular restaurant and they told us the food was the same food- even prepped in the restaurant’s kitchen and just cooked in the kitchen by the banquet hall upstairs. I have been to that restaurant and loved the food. We still did a tasting to help us choose the dishes, but it was good to know that we at least liked the food they made before booking.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Our venue only does open tastings twice a year I believe. So if we wanted to book after tasting we would have been waiting until November. I love the venue and a lot of wedding/event reviews raved about the food so we felt comfortable securing it now.
Post # 8
We will get a chance to do it now that we have booked the venue, but we couldn’t before. And our venue is in high demand so they kinda took the attitude if you want us you’ll book us and taste the food later.
It sucks, but I’m of the mind that wedding food tastes like wedding food. Ive never been blown away by it before. However, I have had cold burgers with chunks of fat in them…that was probably the worst.
Thankfully, my family just wants to eat, so we will throw as much food their way as possible.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We are going to have a food tasting 3 months before our wedding, then we will finalize our menu
Post # 10
We ate in our venue’s restaurant prior to booking them for our wedding. Even though we knew the menu may not be the same as what is offered for weddings, we wanted to ensure that we were happy with the chefs and the presentation. The food was fantastic. The menu has since changed (they change it seasonally) but we know that, whatever we pick, it will be delicious and look amazing.
Post # 11
We did a tasting before booking our venue. It was a must — like trying a dress before buying it, or doing a hair and makeup trial before booking a MUA and stylist. Our venue was a hotel so catering was done in house, and I wouldn’t have wanted to book it before knowing they could make good food. That being said, the executive chef did leave a couple months after the tasting and before our wedding, so things can change, but it’s still better to try before you buy, IMO.
Post # 12
Tastings are normal. We definitely did a tasting from our caterer.
Post # 13
Tastings covered by the venue pwanrior to booking are not normal. If they want to try the food before booking, they will have to go and pay for their own meals. If the food is good, chances are the wedding food will also be good.
We had two tastings after we booked our venue. It was fantastic and we customized our meal choices a lot. We also had a wine tasting.
Post # 14
We had tastings at two different caterers for free before we picked. These were stand-alone catering companies – we booked the venue beforehand, and these two were listed among the 6 preferred caterers. We were deciding between the two, and they both knew it. We would have been fine paying for the meals but they never asked us to.
Once we picked the one, a few months later we had another tasting to test the changes we asked them to make.
Tastings were such a fun part of the wedding planning! And important too! We would have gone with the other place if it weren’t for that tasting. I think it’s great to at least ask if they’ll do them. If they know the food is a deciding factor, they’ll be more likely to allow it.