(Closed) Do venders eat at the reception?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

Yes, our vendors did eat.  We had the photog and the DOC sit together at an empty distant-family table (Lol), and then the band had their own table in the back.  But: the DOC and photographer had clasues in the contracts that stated they must be seated with the guests and get the same guest meal.  The band did not.  (however they still got the same meal). 

Post # 4
786 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Absolutely you should provide a meal for them, it’s just a really nice gesture.  We are paying $35 per vendor meal and they just get the basic meal, like chicken, not the filet mignon.  TIn my venue we do not have to seat them, they get their meal discretely in the little side room that was host to our cocktail hour.

Post # 6
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

They don’t need their own table, but you do need to feed them.

Post # 7
2270 posts
Buzzing bee

I went to a wedding in August and the vendors ate what everyone else ate, including cake. They tried to politely decline but the bride insisted. They hadn’t eaten in hours. She brought them plates and they ate all of it. They were obviously starving and grateful lol. Everyone took a picture with the photographer at one point lol. The dj was amazing and he also took a break and ate. We got a pic with him too lol.

Post # 8
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yes, our venue asked for a “vendor count” (separate from the guest count).  We’re paying $25 per vendor meal.  I hadn’t thought about where they will eat!

Post # 9
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My vendors had the same meal but the country club gave a discounted price. I put them at a table so they could sit. Their meals cost half as much as my guests and they still had the same food! Shows how much places upcharge. 

Post # 10
947 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yup, but you can provide a “vendor” meal which can be anything you choose or caterer offers. 

Post # 11
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yes, you really should provide a meal for your vendors, especially if they have been working for you all day.  It is a really nice gesture to make sure they are eating during the day as well (especially photographers and videographers- they are people too! not robots!)

Also, it is good to give them a table.  They need a place to sit while they eat.  They’ve been on their feet running around all day after all.

(…sorry, this is coming from a wedding videographer and often I feel so faint by the end of the day because I don’t get ot eat anything until 9pm…)

One time, it was sooooo nice when the bride gave us all goodie bags filled with water bottles, granola bars and snacks.  It was so awesome! and so sweet of her to think of us.

Post # 13
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Our vendors had meals in somewhere out of site. They photographers ate one at a time and the DJ ate at some point during dinner when no one was up and dancing and he could set the playlist for a bit and step away.

Post # 14
919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I made sure my photogs and steel drummer ate, whatever they wanted on the menu.  They work hard and long hours, and get hungry.  They were super grateful.  

Post # 15
3553 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went to a wedding for a high school friend’s sister and I ended up sitting with the mother of the bride’s work friends and the photographers (no assigned seating). We ended up having a really good time talking to them.

Post # 16
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, definitely feed your vendors. No one likes to work all day without eating and they have very stressful jobs! 

I’m providing a table for my vendors, because I want them to feel like family/friends and sit down to relax and eat. As a vendor myself (wedding photographer) if it’s a couple I’m not particularly close with I usually go somewhere quiet to eat. If it’s someone I know, I’ll sit with the guests.

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