(Closed) Are you feeding all your vendors?

posted 9 years ago in Food
Post # 16
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think we’re feeding all our vendors.  Our caterer sells vendor meals that come in boxes so they can eat at their convenience. 🙂

Post # 17
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Having played a fairly large number of wedding gigs as a violinist I have to say that it’s always really nice when a bride offers to feed us. That being said, the quartet I work with has a rider in our general contract that basically tacks on an additional $60 if you don’t feed us. As a result I’ve had some pretty fantastic food while working.

In my work with a few catering companies (as server) it seems like most vendors get something. We had one bride who basically added them to the guest list and had a litte table in an outer hallway so the band could eat when they had the chance. It was nice. 

Post # 18
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are getting vednor meals for everyone, it was in our contract with the DJ and the photographer. Most places have options for you to box up and in talking with teh veddors that seemed to be their preference.

Post # 19
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My photographers contract states a meal also, but that will be our only vendor we have to feed!

Post # 20
10285 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think it’s important to feed all vendors. If the vendor is happy they’ll put in the extra effort. With that said, thankfully we only have 3 vendors to feed (DOC, DJ & photographer). If I had to feed as many as you do, I would probably look into alternatives since you’re talking a lot of money. Could you possibly get a few sub platters or something and keep them in the kitchen for the vendors?

Post # 22
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ll definitely feed my photographer, because she’ll be there ALL day! My DJ won’t come until 7 so I don’t feel that I have to feed him as he can pick something up on the way (I don’t eat when I’m working odd hours). My bagpiper will be there for like 30 minutes, so no… plus I think he really wants to leave since he lives 1 hour away anyhow. I have two day-of wedding coordinators that come with my venue… I guess I can feed them, I’ll just ask them. Pretty much everyone else has a two-minute job to drop things off.

I need to get a head count. But it shouldn’t be that hard if I do need to feed vendors, seeing as my Future Mother-In-Law will be catering 🙂 She gets things dirt cheap and I don’t have to pay for labor. IF she wasn’t catering, I probably would only feed my photographer. I think people in the wedding business are used to eating before/after weddings on Saturdays.

Post # 23
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

How long is your reception? Also, do you have a copy of your contract with the band & with the dj?

I’m a photographer & I require a light meal for any wedding that’s 4+ hours. A full meal if I’m working 6+ hours. Says so in my contract. If I was just there for 3 hours, I wouldn’t expect any food, but would bring my own snacks. Sometimes the vendor meals are horrible, so if you have a vendor who is there all day, its worth it to spend the extra $10 so they get a better meal, your vendor will hightly appreciate it :).

Please provide cold bottled water & also keep some bottled water at room temperature. I volunteer with a music venue & sometimes the singer prefers room temp water cause its better for his vocal chords (depends on the singer thou, some prefer cold, most prefer room temp).

Post # 24
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

what about your officiant? are you feeding he/she??? i don’t think i am going to feed my officiant and his wife… they have been giving me headaches as far as rehearsal time goes.

Post # 25
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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@juliasoko: Please don’t tip your vendors less because you are feeding them! I understand you might not have been prepared to feed them, but this is common courtesy – as well as tipping. If you didn’t have the budget for these extras maybe you shouldn’t have gotten a 9 person band.

Post # 26
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had separate vendor meals that were much cheaper. They were just sandwiches and french fries – not the meal that all the guests got.

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