Post # 1
Bees, I need advice. I am having a 9 piece band performing at the reception and considering how much we are paying them and the fact they are only performing during the reception, I do not feel like we should be providing full meals (at $45 each vendor discount). I was thinking of telling them that they can eat the cocktail hour food since they are not coming on till later and the dj will be playing during our entrance and first dances. However, the dj will be performing during the cocktail hour and during our entrance and I am not sure what to do about his meal. Which vendors is everyone feeding? Should I be feeding the band and the dj or just the dj or neither?? Considering how many people are in the band, it can get really expensive..
Post # 3
I think you should plan on feeding the band and the dj vendor meals. Do you really want the band chilling at cocktail hour when they should be setting up? Also, I know my venue would just figure out what was going on and send me a bill after the wedding.
Post # 4
We are feeding all of our vendors the same food we will be eating. We want them to be happy and do a good job. They can’t do that on an empty stomach. You don’t have to feed your vendors the same meal as you though, if you don’t want to. Check with your caterer to see if the offer a vendor discount and/or a separate vendor meal. Also, check your contracts. Some vendors require you to feed them.
Post # 5
We provided a “vendor meal” to all vendors that were there during the reception. I was given a list by my planner of who needed a meal (10 people total). You don’t need to feed them the meal your guests receive as your caterer probaby has a set “vendor meal”. Our was about $10 per person and I guess it was in convenient box.
Post # 5
I’m feeding them all. I just don’t want the vendors to be grouchy and hungry at my wedding.
Post # 6
I think you should feed both. We are feeding all of our vendors and I have never heard of someone feeding just a DJ and not the Band or vice versa. If your concerned about the money then you should cut back somewhere else….
Post # 7
Our vendor meal is $45 per person. I was thinking that they could set up while people are at the cocktail hour and then eat after the people enter the reception area, while the dj is taking over. Our band is contracted to play three 50 minute sets and I figured they could eat cocktail hour food prior to starting. I guess I am outvoted here and I might have to budget some extra money for feeding all the vendors. aughhh
Post # 8
Ouch. I’m feeding the videographer, photographer, DOC, DJ…wait, this is getting intense. Didn’t even think on this before!
Post # 9
I fed them “all” but the only real vendors I had were the photographers. My MC and DOC were “friendors” and also guests at the wedding.
Post # 10
I intended on feeding all my vendors, but the only ones that ate were the photographers and videographers (four of them).
My reception started at 6:30 so i like to think the DJ and bartenders had eaten already…
Post # 11
Check your vendor contracts, some may require to be fed as part of their contract (I know my photographer and DJ do).
My caterer is awesome though, she always makes so much extra food that she’s not charging us for vendor meals.
Post # 12
You should feed them. But – could you bring in special food just for them? Maybe have your mom stop and get sandwiches for them? I think you could be a little creative here, but I would definetly figure out a way to feed them.
Post # 13
We have to feed our vendors too or it says in their contracts that they are allowed to leave to get food.
I am thinking about ordering off the menu for them while everyone is eating, but will ask my restaurant what is standard practice.
Post # 14
My only vendors outside the wedding package we purchased will be the photog and officiant. Right now, I don’t plan on feeding either because they will not be present at our reception dinner. I may change my mind about the photog though.
Post # 15
Yes, definitely check their contracts – some vendors specify that they expect to be fed.
Our photographers did specify, but we only paid about $25 each for their two meals. On the other hand, our only other vendor (our musician/DJ) told me that he never eats during a gig. So if it’s not in your band’s contract, I would definitely ask them in case they pass.
I also like the suggestion of getting them something other than a $45 vendor meal (sounds steep to me, especially multiplied by 9!) if you can safely assign that to someone.