Wedding Menu Tasting Tips
It’s no secret that wedding planning can be stressful, but we’re about to provide tips on one of the more indulgent, fun parts of the planning process: wedding menu tasting! Most venues, including Paradise Point, offer some form of tasting of their food prior to your big day, and this is a great opportunity to sample their culinary offerings, iron out details and preferences, and make some decisions.
Generally speaking, 90 days prior to your wedding day is a good amount of time to ask your venue about setting up a time to schedule this important event. Here are some tips for wedding menu tastings to remember:
Every venue is different. Some offer group menu tastings or individual tastings, but both will have some restriction as to the days of the week and time that they offer them. Take this into consideration while planning out your calendar, and give your Catering Manager several days that you are available so that they can coordinate with the Chef. If possible, consider taking a half day off work, or schedule a couple of other appointments that same day so you are maximizing your wedding planning productivity.
Keep your menu tasting guests at a minimum. It’s totally understandable that you want to bring your parents, maid of honor and best friend’s uncle to your wedding menu tasting – it’s an exciting, important day of decisions, however some venues will limit the tasting to just the bride and groom. If an exception can be made and other guests are welcome, remember that more people mean more opinions, which can make it harder to make a decision. Restricting it to just you and your fiancé may ensure a quieter, calmer experience and the ability to choose what the two of you truly want.
Bring your wedding planning notebook. Come prepared to be able to ask and answer questions about what you are envisioning that day and what decisions have already been made. Bring a copy of your vendor contact list as this is an important item for your Catering Manager to have. Also bring any pending questions that you have been meaning to ask or any detail that you need clarification on, whether it is regarding the menu or something else. It is important to have a solid understanding of what you can expect from your venue on your wedding day, and this calmer time with your Catering Manager will be harder to come by the closer you get to the wedding date.
Go Seasonal. Everything tastes much better when it’s prepared with ingredients that are in season. If you're hoping to serve some form of winter squash like pumpkin soup during a summer wedding, the flavors are going to fall flat, making for a dull dining experience for your guests. During your wedding menu tasting, ask if your venue or caterer has a list of seasonal specials and opt for those for more robust flavors.
Bold Appetizers, Classic Entrees. If you want to make a statement with your menu, but also please your 200 guests and their varying tastes, save the bold, innovative dishes for your hors d'oeuvres. This will allow you to wow your guests with daring dishes in small portions, while ensuring nobody goes hungry by choosing more simple but elegant entrees that everyone will like.