About Wedding Venue Food Tastings | Saphire Event Group

Once you’ve selected the perfect wedding venue to say “I do,” it’s time to begin planning the other essential details of your big day. There is so much to accomplish, from vendor selection to deciding on your wedding colors! However, tasting your menu choices is one of the most exciting and perhaps lesser-known parts of the wedding planning process. Your wedding venue food tasting is a fun date night where you and your fiancé can sit back, relax, and sample various meal options your wedding venue offers.

Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast

Types of Food Tastings


Wedding venues offer various types of food tastings, the most common being private and group tastings.

A private tasting allows couples to schedule an appointment to sample their wedding venue’s specific menu options. This might be the best option for you if you are vegetarian, vegan, or have dietary restrictions or severe allergies.

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A group tasting allows multiple couples to return to their chosen wedding venue and spend an evening sampling menu items. This type of food tasting operates like an event and usually has a menu the venue selects based on the season and popularity of certain items. A wider variety of menu items is served at a wedding venue group tasting so couples have many more options to sample. We love group tastings here at Saphire Event Group as they allow couples to experience their wedding venue in action before the big day. We offer private and group tastings at Saphire Event Group, but we highly recommend our couples attend their group tasting!

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While it’s nearly impossible to try every menu item your wedding venue may offer, a group tasting will provide a great selection of the venue’s most popular dishes and the chef’s specialties. The primary purpose of a group tasting is to get a sense of the style, quality, and presentation of your wedding venue’s food while enjoying the upbeat atmosphere of an event. It’s also an excellent opportunity to experience menu items you may not have considered.

Saphire Event Group wedding coordinators at Avenir wedding venue
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At Avenir, Saphire Estate, The Villa, and The Lakehouse, group tastings are a fantastic opportunity to meet the Saphire Event Group Staff and preferred vendors like DJs, photographers, florists, and more! Couples are also introduced to their expert wedding producers and have the chance to chat with our talented sales team throughout the evening. 

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Philly Cheesesteak Roulade

Food Tastings To-dos

Save your appetite.

There will be a lot of food, from passed hors d’oeuvres and stationary displays to plated entrées. You’ll want to have room to try it all!

Bride reviewing food options at The Avenir wedding venue group tasting
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Take plenty of notes and photos.

As you try different selections, taking notes of what you liked and what you might want to include on your wedding menu will keep you organized. Remember, you’ll be trying many different things, so you’ll want to document your favorites. You may also want to create a menu for your guests. Knowing this information in advance can help you or your designer create the menu design in advance.


wedding planner reviews wedding food tasting options at The Villa
Anthony Niccoli Photography

Ask questions!

The venue will have plenty of staff available to answer any questions. You might love an entrée but wonder if you could change the sauce or add another entree option to your wedding menu. Both are great questions that can be answered at a group or private tasting!

Dim Sum

Schedule a Post Meeting

Schedule a menu meeting with your wedding producer in the weeks after your food tasting.

This will ensure your favorites are still fresh in your mind while you plan the menu for your big day!

Couple at wedding venue food tasting
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Have fun!

A wedding venue food tasting is essentially a date night. Eat, drink, and enjoy!

Interested in learning more about Saphire Event Group’s group tastings? Take a look at our reel on Instagram that shows what to expect at a Saphire Event Group’s wedding food tasting


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