Do you feed your Vendors??

posted 1 year ago in Reception
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Buzzing bee

Most caterers have “vendor meals” that are cheaper than the regular meals. I’ve never heard of feeding the MUA, but I do think it’s customary to feed people who are there for your whole reception ie PJ, photographer, videographer, etc. 

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Helper bee

Yes. It is customary and usually written into contracts. If the makeup artist is just going to be there at the beginning it is not necessary. Any vendor that is there the whole time should be fed. Some venues give a discount for vendor meals. I also think you may be able to give them a different dinner (not the $100 option).

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Buzzing bee

@DrMrsYu:  If she’s going to be there all day, then you have to feed her and her assistant too.  You would probably feel cranky and not do your best work if you had to work 8-10 hours without food.  While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with getting a less expensive vendor meal, I think taking care that your vendors have a little comfort will result in better service.

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Helper bee

We’re only feeding vendors who are present during the reception part, any vendor that is up and out before then need not stick around (and as far as I know, they are not planning on it). For example, I am feeding my photographer and DJ, but not my florist or rental crew (the ones that set up the morning of, and then leave as soon as it is set up). There are more on this list, but if they aren’t sticking around for the reception you don’t need to feed them. At least, not around here.

My caterer have included in the price “vendor” meals – which covers meals for THEIR people as well as my vendors. However, in my area it is perfectly okay to order a pizza for the vendors if you’re having a less formal event and many of my vendors even include in their contracts that pizza/subs/sandwiches are acceptable “meals”.

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Bumble bee

Absolutely 100% yes! Even if it isn’t in their contract, do it. They’re working and even if it’s only for a couple hours, it’s a very gracious thing to do.

ETA: I should say as PP said, this is for vendors present at the ceremony/reception. The florist will get a thank you card and tip, but no meal since they won’t be physically present. The hair and makeup ladies, however, will get lunch since they’ll be in our hotel suite. I think it’s the polite thing to do!

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Busy bee

Yes. I would feel horrible if I didn’t

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Bee Keeper

Most of my vendors are family friends/family connections, so of course.

Even the ones who aren’t “attached” to me, I’d feed. They’re working for me, they deserve to be well fed and watered. They’ll eat what my guests are eating, too. Mama raised me to be nice to the people who serve you. You can learn a lot about a person who is insensitive to food service/catering staff!

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Bumble bee

Yes! I fed all the vendors that were working during the reception. Vendor meals are much cheaper than the guest meals and your vendors will super appreciative that you fed them. Happy Vendors = Good Results.

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Busy bee

Yes, but the meals are usually about half the price of what the guest price is so about $50 for you.

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Busy bee

Anyone working the reception should get food.

 

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