Post # 1
I’m in the process of setting up the tasting at our venue. I was told that we can bring 4 people but I’m trying to decide if it’ll be worth it to invite another couple. If we’re just going to sample a few bites of everything then I don’t really see the point in dragging other people along but if we’re talking like a whole meal, then I think it would be worth it. I’m sure this will vary depending on the venue but I just wanted to get a general idea.
Post # 3
I didn’t go through this (our caterer is a family friend w/ a restaurant), but my cousin had her wedding at a nice venue with a tasting like this. She brought her parents to the tasting, I believe =)
Post # 4
We brought both of our moms to the tasting and we had a wonderful time and we were all stuffed when we left. it was kind of like having a *free* family style meal. At fist they had told us we would need to pay some $ for bringing our moms because the tasting was for two but they did not end up charging us.It was a lot of food.
It probably just depends on the place.
Post # 5
Don’t do it! Go with just Fiance. You’ll be able to discuss more things with the coordinator and take your time, without being distracted.
You’ll remember much more from it, and absolutely pause to take pictures or write notes down as you see fit.
Your coordinator should also send you a recap after of everything you discussed & decisions that you made then… make sure to ask if they don’t mention it.
(or you know… you could go with 3 people and take me! hahaha)
I’m hungry 🙂
Post # 6
I would definitely go by myself or with people who wouldn’t be distracting. At mine, they gave us actual portion sizes. If yours doesn’t, make sure the chef shows you exactly how big they will be. Mine were waaayyy skimpy and I had to upgrade.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. When I told Fiance that we could bring 4 people we immediately thought about bringing his brother/SIL since I didn’t think there would be a way to choose one set of parents over the other. Then I got to thinking about it and thought that it would be best if we just go alone. I’ve been to events at our venue so I know that the food is awesome, I don’t really need another couple to confirm this for us. Besides, we have a few things to go over with the coordinator and I think it would bore the crap out of my FBIL/FSIL.
Post # 8
We actually had our tasting last night! We brought both sets of parents. It was really nice because my future inlaws hadn’t seen the venue yet. We had a blast and they brought out TONS of food for everyone to try! We tasted all of the appetizers, salads, and one of each of the entrees (+1 more that we were unsure about) AND 4 different cakes. Oh, and 5 different wines. We were able to make decisions together, and make sure everyone was happy. The way I see it,the Bride and Groom probably won’t even really enjoy the meal, so I wanted to make sure at least our parents would. I suggest taking parents, they will be least distracting and it’s a fun experience to share.
Post # 9
We did our tasting a few weeks ago, and brought both our Moms, in large part because my Future Mother-In-Law has been unconvinced that the heavy appetizers/stations style reception we are planning would be enough food (she once said to me: “Should I tell people to eat before they come?”). We were served tons and tons of food – we ended up with 4 or 5 takeout containers. It was definitely a nice/fun experience, but having the Moms there did make it a little more difficult to talk to our coordinator.
Post # 10
I would just go with Fiance to avoid getting distracted by other opinions
Post # 11
We did our tasting a few weeks ago, I am a professional in the industry so the food to me was a very big deal. Fiance and I just went, I was very fun for the both of us, and it felt like we actually went out to eat
Post # 12
i brought my mom since she is paying for the food. My caterer is really disorganized and didn’t even know we were coming that day for a tasting even though we had been keeping in touch with him. We felt weird bringing my mom since it was free expensive food but they brought us one serving of crab cake, filet, and chicken. It was enough though. We only tipped the waitress that brought the food out. It wasn’t distracting having my mom. I wanted her there
Post # 13
Our venue provided a tasting for 6 people, so my fiance and I basically brought our parents. Food is very important in our culture so this tasting was a pretty big deal. My fiance and I had already settled on a menu prior to the tasting but to my surprise, they also brought in another entree for us to sample, in case we changed our minds or wanted a different option. We were served the full shabang and it was absolutely DELICIOUS! They treated us really well and it was nice to be able to totally customize everything. I hope your experience was just as great as ours 🙂