To think my wedding caterers should let me taste wines for free?
BackAche21 · 14/07/2015 21:10
I have been in contact with our caterers for months and they are great in many ways but now we are one week away and for various reasons we haven't had a chance to taste the wines yet. That's mainly my fault as I haven't asked to until now, but we are spending a small fortune with them and they are saying they will courier the wines (at my expense) and charge us full price for each bottle. There haven't been other quibbles about costs so there's no history of that, but I feel I would like to ask them to at least split the cost with me. For what it's worth they have introduced loads of delays e.g. Not getting back to me for days or weeks so the reason it's all so late is largely down to them although I definitely should have raised this earlier.
PigPlopper · 14/07/2015 21:20
Surely if your wedding is only a week away, then trying the wine is possibly a bit late now. Seems reasonable they should charge you the whole bottle if that's what they are sending. Seems reasonable they would charge you the courier costs too. If you don't like the wine then will there be time for them to send you another bottle to test? To be honest, no one cares that much about wine at weddings, most people will drink whatever they are given. If YOU cared that much you would have sorted this out ages ago.
OurDearLeader · 14/07/2015 21:25
I think they're totally in the right. Tasting wine is done so you can select what you want or confirm that what you have requested is okay and doesn't need changing. It's a week away, you're not going to be able to change them now. Free tastings are offered when it makes business sense, not just 'because'. If you really were bothered about approving the wine you would have done it before now. Because you haven't I think they would quite fairly surmise you're just looking for a freebie.
CasperGutman · 14/07/2015 21:33
If the wedding was in a hotel and they sold the wines in the bar by the glass, offering you free tastes would be a nice gesture, but you can't expect half a case of wine to be delivered to your house for free.
That said, the hotel where we had our wedding gave us a free dinner where we could sample two starters, two mains and two puds plus canapes, wines etc. They ran it as an evening event for all the couples who'd booked over the summer, so that kept costs down, but it was still a nice gesture!
UngratefulMoo · 14/07/2015 22:05
Well, our wedding venue let us taste the wines for free, but we had to travel to them and we only got a small taster glass of each one. I wouldn't have expected them to send the whole bottle! Agree with a PP - cost price would be nice, but free is asking a bit much, I think.
TheoriginalLEM · 14/07/2015 22:09
unless your guests are connoisseurs id go for cheap and cheerful. honestly.
i don't know much about wine really but i know that if ive not had wine for ages i prefer cheaper , easier to drink wine. it actually takes me awhile to warm up to the more complex expensive wine. if that makes any sense.
are you being charged restaurant prices? so then £20 a bottle is average i guess. from the merchant then its ££££.
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