This bit is most fun.
We got the sample menus ages ago and forgot about them. More than 4 weeks before the event generally, you have your tasting evening.
This consists of every member of staff at your venue fawning over you for the evening as you sample most of the delights which you hope to present to your guests on the big day. It's difficult to narrow things down if you like your food like we do, so we asked for extra dishes, not just the standard two. To be fair to them, since there has been so much horrible stuff going on with the venue recently they coughed up and gave us what we asked for. [Note: first time we've felt like they were going to make some effort to make our day nice. Thank goodness for small mercies - we were much more relaxed after the evening.]
It's difficult narrowing down your choices as I said, but when it came down to it there were clear winners in every round. I just hope everyone else likes our courses as much as we do!
Oh, and we got to sample a load of different wines as well, which was MOST fun. [Note2: bring a driver with you if at all possible.]
We even got to bring our favourites home with us.
See? They DO know how to turn on the charm.
There was some debate over who we should bring to the tasting, if anyone at all. Some people choose to bring the parents, some choose to bring the chief bridesmaid and best man, some choose to bring nobody at all.
Whatever you decide to do, just relax and enjoy your evening - enjoy people making a fuss - and get used to it! And remember to make the most of it with your Handsome One, because apparently the day itself passes in a blur and you won't remember the small details - nice to remember the tasting event as a nice evening together.
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