(Closed) Are you feeding all your vendors?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

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
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m feeding them all.  I just don’t want the vendors to be grouchy and hungry at my wedding.  

Post # 6
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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 # 8
2742 posts
Sugar bee

Ouch. I’m feeding the videographer, photographer, DOC, DJ…wait, this is getting intense. Didn’t even think on this before!

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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.

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