Post # 1
We feel like we should, we don’t want them to go hungry, but sort of hate to pay $32 pp to feed people we’re already paying. My mom suggested just filling them a plate of food from the cocktail hour, but I don’t know if that’s enough?
What are you doing with vendors at your reception?
Post # 3
We only have a photog- no videographer or dj or anything. It’s actually in our contract that we have to feed them if they’ll be present through dinner and they have to have the same options as everyone else. I think it’s to prevent them from either not getting fed or getting cheap food. They still need to eat, and they’ll probably eat pretty quickly so they can do their job too. If you’re comfortable with asking them you could, they may not want the full meal.
Post # 4
Ours was buffet so it was a bit easier. I just made sure I gave a count high enought o include everyone. The DJ did not eat, he said thank you but he never does. And the photographers sat down for 10 minutes or so when we were eating and had something to eat, at our request 🙂
Post # 5
We are feeding them. Our vendor meals were discounted from the regular guest meal. Our photog started with us at 2pm and went till 8pm, I cant imagine going that long without food. On top of that, in her contract, it states that if a meal is not provided, she is entitled to 45 minutes to go get food and will not be on call and available to take pictures if needed. Definitely did not want that happening!
Post # 6
many venues offer vendor meals that are cheap. Like a sandwich and chips.
Post # 7
@78h2o: Most vendor contracts say that you must provide them with a meal. Most locations also usually offer a vendor meal at half the price.
As a wedding vendor myself, I would be surprised if a bride or groom did not have a meal for me.
Post # 8
We fed our photogs and our DJ. Those were our only vendors that were at our recetpion. They didnt get what our guests had they just had a boxed dinner which was essentially a sandwich and french fries and a salasd i believe.
Post # 9
we’re feeding our photographer and dj. (only vendors) well, we’ll probably also feed our officiant.
but we’re also just doing a buffet. so factoring in a few more people doesn’t really matter.
$32 a head? i would definitely ask your venue about vendor meals.
or tell them they get a tip or they get to eat. hahaha. just kidding!
Post # 10
We’re doing a buffet too, but the price is still calculated per person and the site coordinator specifically asked which vendors would be eating. I’d never heard of a vendor meal – I doubt they’ll have it, but I’ll ask! We have an officiant, photographer, her assistant, videographer, his assistant, DJ, and photobooth worker. It’s fine… I’d already sort of counted them but my mom was surprised by this and didn’t know that vendors were normally provided with a meal. I said I would check with WB! Thanks for the quick feedback.
ETA: None of our vendors had a meal in their contract.
But I don’t want hungry cranky vendors!!!!!!!!!!!! I think they should get some sort of meal, especially if they’re there for awhile. My photographer is only going to be there 5 hrs, leaving at 7:30, so that was why my mom suggested that she be given lots of appetizers but no dinner. It does seem rude to me though not to let them go to the buffet, so armed with your feedback, that’s what we’ll do!
Post # 11
Its pretty bad manners not to feed them at all, they are working many hours for you, between 5 to 8 at least and a happy, well-fed vendor will do a much better job for you than a grumpy, hungry one who feels slighted. Most vendors expect to be fed. I fed my vendors the same food my guests got and they got cake as well, they went above and beyond for me. I have never been to a wedding where they vendors didnt get fed, and as I guest I would feel bad to see the vendors eating a lunchmeat sandwich and chips while we are noshing on yummy food.
Post # 12
I shot weddings for about three years- the honest truth is if a couple didn’t think it was important to feed their photographer I was really dissapointed and they were hard for me to like afterwards. Your photographer is working 6-12 hours, sometimes without breaks. They can’t leave to take a lunch break.
I don’t know, I always feel like you should feed the people you employee if they’re working 4+ hours
Post # 13
The clients we work with always offer but most of them time we say no.When we say yes we usually get seated with the odd relatives, the random bunch, or the bridesmaids boyfriends/girlfriends. So it makes for very awkward conversation. It may be just us, but we rather just go out to eat somewhere and take a breather.. but I find it’s polite to offer it and give them the option.
& I’m speaking from the photographers point of view.
Post # 14
we’re only paying $25 for vendor meals and they get the same food as the rest of us. our venue works with the same venues all the time so they take care of the vendors. you should not make your vendors work through the meal and you should not to a cheap alternate meal. i hear some venues’ vendor meals consist of hot dogs and chips.
for my brother’s wedding her had four photographers starting at 8am to midnight. they were served several meals.
Post # 15
@Miss Marbles: oooh yikes. We don’t get seated with guests! We usually eat in the kitchen or in the cocktail hour space.
Plus most of our brides do something during the meal like their first dance, and parent dances. You couldn’t leave to go eat somewhere. You would miss all the good stuff 😉
Post # 16
Our venue has a discounted price for vendors to take part in the buffet. $25 per head for the vendors, and the guest plates are about $45 per head for just the actual meal (we are paying separately for the apps and drinks).
We are paying for anyone who will be there over the course of the reception, so our DJ, 2 photographers and 2 videographers.