Did you give your vendors a meal choice?

posted 7 months ago in Food
Post # 16
335 posts
Helper bee

For ours, our vendors require us to provide a meal or pay a fee per head ($45 or something close). Our caterer allowed us to provide them with a meal at a discount ($35 vs the regular $65). I think they’ll just get a pick of one of the dishes the day of. 

Post # 17
242 posts
Helper bee

Yes, our vendors were able to select from the four food options that our guests had

Post # 18
476 posts
Helper bee

I didnt even give my guests a choice! My husband and I put together an awesome menu with our executive chef and everyone had what we chose. People still tell me years later it was the best meal they’ve ever had. I knew my photographer and invited her to the reception, so she did have the same meal as the other guests.

Post # 19
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I did not give my vendors an option. However I did ask for any dietary restriction they may have. It is nice of you to give them options though. 

Good luck. 

Post # 20
717 posts
Busy bee

we fed all of our vendors the same meal as our guests (from the buffet. tri tip and salmon) unless they were vegetarian. even though they ate from the buffet, they were charged as “vendor meal” rather than an actual meal for a guest.

Post # 21
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our venue charged half price for vendor meals as they weren’t consuming alcohol. It was similar to the junior/teen price..aka wanted an adult meal but not 21 to drink.  The venue offered them a choice of our entree options day of.  Our photographer was vegan and had dietary restrictions and while we offered to have the venue prepare a meal for him and submit his requests ahead of time, he told us he always brings his own food to make sure it complies with his diet. So we had it quite easy with just needing to feed the DJ team and the assistant photographer. Our DJs did have “hot meal” in their contract. I had no problem feeding those working for me that day..



Post # 22
538 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

I don’t believe the hotel gave our vendors meal options to pick from, but maybe they had a choice- the event coordinator and banquet director handled it all. We paid for the regular vendor meals the Four Seasons provided (of course asking for dietary restrictions). As much as I try to be generous with everyone, especially people who worked really hard to make our day as amazing as it was, it would have gotten outrageously expensive to feed them the same meal we fed the guests. 

Post # 23
1530 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

So a couple of our vendors had the requirement that we provide a meal but it was not specified what that may be. Our caterer included a set number of vendor meals (somewhere in the 5-10 range), and my DOC told me they were fed exactly what the guests had and it was delicious. We didn’t do choices, we served dinner family style and it wasn’t prepared so if I had 2 different proteins, enough was made for everyone to get a serving of each. So my DOC, photographers, DJ, and florist all got beef tenderloin and quail with like 3 sides. 

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