(Closed) When did you do your menu selection/food tasting?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Honey bee

The tasting should be done before you even book a caterer. If you don’t like the food at the tasting, it won’t improve at the wedding. The caveat of booking a caterer first and then doing the tasting is that if you hate the tasting, you’re stuck. The actual menu can be finalized a few months before the wedding.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

My wedding’s in april and i still havent done one. I’m actually going on this saturday and probably set a date to go for one.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our venue supplies the caterer, so we didn’t have a choice. Our wedding isn’t until September, but we are going on the 16th to try and decide on a menu

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My wedding is in April, and our timeline was –

August – Initial meeting with our caterer, discussed preferences, type of meal, & he drew us up a quote

September – Caterer sent menu based on our previous meeting

December – Tasting with choices from menu sent; after the tasting, we officially signed the contact + sent our deposit

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Our venue only has 2 tastings a year, so we weren’t able to do our tasting until early March for our May wedding.  Also, the tasting wasn’t a one-on-one thing, there were probably a couple hundred people there.  We were able to briefly chat with our event coordinator, but we didn’t have any chance to make any real decisions or have one-on-one discussions with him.  As a result of how late the scheduling was, we had to make a decision very quickly, so we could get invitations printed.  We made our final decisions within a couple of days because we needed to print invites and get them out.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I booked my caterer a while ago and the “official” tasting expo thing they do is in February. It’s a little bit of a different situation because the catering company also owns and operates a restaurant and we ate there and sampled a bunch of different stuff before we signed the contract so we knew the food was pretty good.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We just did ours the week before Christmas and our date is July 31. It was set up so that we would do the tasting before officially booking the caterer, so the caterer sort of wanted to get it done quickly so that we could sign the contract (we knew we were going to go with them anyway, but they still set it up so that we could have gone around tasting at different caterers if we had wanted to). We don’t have to absolutely finalize the menu until 3 weeks before though.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our wedding is in August and were going to do ours in APril, but we have already eaten dinner there (its a restaurant/clubhouse) and it was delicious!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

We also took a risk. Our venue only does group tastings on selected dates. Since our engagement was less than a year, we were nervous about waiting too long to book a venue. We booked with our venue based on online reviews & word of mouth that the food was good, but also because the sales/catering manager totally slashed his already discounted prices to counter what another venue was quoting. Luckily, the food is good. We tried it about a month after booking.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our tasting will be in early March, wedding in September.

This timeline that was suggested by the venue made sense to me because we need to put the meal preferences on our invites.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am getting married in August and am going for my tasting at the end of this month.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We just did our on Tuesday, getting married in July. We didn’t need to make the decision that day but it was great to get a sense of all the options. Plus, it was nice to be able to enjoy the food as I don’t know how much we will really be eating on the actual day!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our venue does it’s own catering (and has been fantastic whenever I’ve gone to events there). That said, we don’t get to do “our” tasting until 90 days out. Which I think is cutting it close. But, apparently it works? The nice thing is that they are doing a sample tasting for all the couples that are holding wedding there this year. We’re going to the one on Sunday, and it features a lot of the items I’m considering, so I guess it’s a “sneak peek”

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