(Closed) Am I being too sensitive about this? Musicians stipulating free food in contract

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t ask him what he wants but just inform him that for the hours that he will be required to be there only appetisers will be available. I think it’s a bit strange to stipulate that in a contract but all my vendors are friendors as well so I’m feeding them and treating them as guests.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s normal for your vendors to be fed.

This situation is a little weird because he isn’t going to be present for the dinner portion of your wedding, so I’m not sure why he would stay to eat unless he is traveling far to be there.  If he’s worth is, just have food packaged up for him to take with him.

You shouldn’t stress too much about it though.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a string trio play for the ceremony and cocktail hour… they were there from 5pm-7:30pm and I did not have to feed them.  They didn’t take any breaks, and they didn’t eat any of the passed appetizers either.  I agree with @littlemissmoo… just tell them they will have apps to eat, but not a full-on meal! 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As a musician, I understand the time it takes to prepare for an event such as a wedding. You put in hours of rehearsal time just so you can get everything right to make the bride’s day that extra special. Honestly, if you explain to him that it is only cocktail food avaliable at the time he is playing but are willing to box him a sandwich, chips and pop I am sure he will greatly appreciate it.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s normal to feed your vendors if they’re going to be there for 4 hours or more. Unfortunately, so many people have hired vendors such as musicians, DJs or photographers for while depriving them of the food that it’s becoming common for them to put it into their contracts.

As far as I know, most venues feed the vendors a different, cheaper meal, and seat them either out of sight or out of the way. So, they’re not usually treated as full guests.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

My suggestion is to feed them.  Have something to go when they leave.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is very normal to feed any vendor who will be at the reception (including cocktail hour).  We’re even feeding our florists who will be coming in early to decorate the reception hall.

Just get him a meal and don’t stress about it! Smile

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Also, find out if he has a basic contract for everyone; or if this one was drawn up specficially for you. It could be he hands out general contracts for weddings which he commonly plays throughout the dinner/reception hours and this portion was not removed for your wedding.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have hired a acoustic guitar player for our ceremony and cocktail hour. We are not planning to feed him because he is leaving before dinner and will be there for only about 3 hours.

I am planning on providing meals to my other vendors who will be with us for most of the day.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think that you should have a boxed meal ready for him to take with him when he leaves…4.5 hours is a long time to go without eating anything, and then if he has to wait til he gets home to eat…to me, it’s just like a regular vendor meal.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s NICE to offer vendors food but I don’t think it should be included in a contract.

At every other job you’re required to provide your own food I don’t see why this should be any different – especially since he’s only going to be there for 4.5 hours (it would be different if it were 8 hours). You’re paying them to provide a service – you’d never have someone who was painting your house for example, expect you to feed them.

My mom was a wedding photographer for years. She would just eat before she left or take something with her, most of the time brides would say “grab something to eat” but she would never go expecting to be fed. I think vendors should have a backup plan but shouldn’t require food.

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My guess is that this is just a standard portion of the contract. If it is a big hassle, let them know that and remind them that their portion will be done prior to dinner.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I feel your pain. I think this is written for longer events where it will be difficult for every one in the band to grab their sack lunch or whatever, eat and get back to playing in a timely fashion. For a short event, it wouldn’t be necessary.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@camrie: The difference is, someone who is painting your house takes breaks when they want to, and can leave to go get food. My photographer told me we were not obligated to feed him, but he reserved the right to go get food at some point in the day.

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