How far ahead is everyone doing their tastings? My venue is all-inclusive and says that we should be doing our tasting in March for our June wedding. I can’t help but feel this is cutting it kind of close (especially if I want to order invitations...).
My wedding planner and I actually just talked about this. I wanted to go to the tasting last week which would have put us at 7 months out. She informed me that the menu changes and it’s better do the tasting as close to the wedding date as possible. We ended up choosing February as May would be too close for a June Wedding. They only have 4 tastings a year. As far as cake, been had that! We did that a month ago!! I love cake!!
We did our tasting in October for our December wedding. We already knew we planned to choose a beef, chicken, fish and silent vegetarian option so when we ordered our invitations we had those icons for the choices. After we did the tasting we included the actual menu choices on our website.
We did ours August 3 and our wedding was September 23. We had them build a custom menu and that was the first time we found out what it was going to be. We gave them some notes and made adjustments. Very professional and was no issue on our end. If you're having menu discrepancies, if you're having people pick between chicken/beef/fish/veg then told likely know loosely what it might be. We only asked our guests for food allergies, since we had to table settings and coursed meals (hors d'oeuvres and stationed brunch, then stationed desserts).
Our venue only has 3 approved caterers so we wanted to make sure we got the one we wanted. So we did ours this July, which is early but I knew what I wanted. We have the menu picked already and locked down along with the deposit paid.
We did ours about 3 months before. Though we did a buffet so it didnt have much bearing in doing our invites. Can you generalize the dishes, like say chicken beef or fish (or whatever you want to go with) for the invites then update your wedding website if you have one with more specifics once you get them nailed down?
I'm doing my food tasting this Thursday and it's a little under 6 months out. We know we're going to put on the invitation image icons of chicken, beef, fish & vegetarian that they can check off in the invite. If you're able to do something like that, I would suggest it.
No, this is a pretty normal time frame, I think. Our venue won't even let us book the tasting until 3 months prior, or less. Part of the reason is the seasonality of ingredients. Their menu has slight alterations, depending on what fruits, veggies, and fish are "in season" at the time. So, if we did a tasting now, likely some of our choices will be limited because of the vegetables and fruits (for example) that are available now, as opposed to what will be available in Spring.
Our all inclusive venue as well told us ours would be only a month or two ahead because they change their menu often to try to source local and fresh ingredients and that can change rapidly within a few weeks.