(Closed) Feeding Vendors

posted 13 years ago in Food
  • poll: Is anyone providing food for their DJ, Photographer, Videographer, etc?




    Wait Staff

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  • Post # 3
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We’re absolutely feeding our photographer, and if we end up having a DJ, we’ll feed him or her, too. We won’t have a videographer or band, so at least we don’t have to worry about that! I’m sure the waitstaff will eat, but that is our caterer’s responsibility and it doesn’t happen on our dime, so I’m not sure of the details. The coordinator is also employed by the caterer, so she falls under the same umbrella as the waitstaff. But if I had a separate DOC, she would get a meal, too.

    I think it’s very important to feed vendors, you can’t expect them to do a good job for many hours on end without a break or food. Some venues will offer separate vendor meals, but since we’re having a buffet, our photog is just going to pick at it when she feels like it. The same will go for the DJ, if we have one. 

    Post # 4
    90 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    yes, we’re providing meals for all our vendors: 2 photographers, DJ, 2 wedding coordinators, photobooth operator.

    check your contracts carefully!!!  some vendors REQUIRE that you provide them with a meal. 

    Post # 5
    78 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Yes. We will be feeding them. For more than one, it’s actually in their contracts!

    Post # 6
    287 posts
    Helper bee

    Absolutely…not only is is only fair…it is in their contracts.  Our caterer had a separate meal option for vendors so that we weren’t feeding them lobster, but we definitely fed them.

    Post # 7
    211 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    We are feeding our photographer and her assistant and our DJ. We aren’t feeding the waitstaff.

    Post # 8
    1315 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2008

    I provided food for the vendors that I brought in to the venue: the photog, the DJ, the DoC and her assistant.

    Post # 9
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2021

    We’re feeding our vendors: 2 photogs, 1 photog assistant, 1 DJ, 1 videographer, possibly a photo booth attendant- so 5 or 6 total.

     We decided to feed them HOT meals instead of sandwiches– they be doing a lot of work for us all day long, so I think they deserve a good solid meal! 

    Post # 12
    123 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2021

    All of my vendors required a meal but I would have fed them either way. I think it would be wrong not to feed someone for eight hours. My venue offers a special vendor meal thankfully that is half the cost.

    Post # 13
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee

    Most venues have special vendor meals (ie, for a fraction of the price).  They get the same food but I dont think they have the appetizer or salad, so it’s cheaper.

    I would NOT feed your wait staff, particularly b/c they are likely employed by your venue (country club).  They will likely get fed anyways.

    Post # 14
    1929 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2008

    We fed all outside vendors (excluding those employed by the venue) – they had a  reduced rate and were in a seperate room (so they could be on an actual break).  They all seemed very happy to have the free meal, none of them specified it in their contract.

    Post # 15
    44 posts

    We are feeding all vendors that are coming in from outside the venue (which is basically everyone but the waitstaff).  As someone who has worked as a wedding vendor, I think it’s the kind and polite thing to do, even if it’s a panini or pasta.  More vendors should put it in their contracts.

    Post # 16
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We’re feeding our photographers, but not our DJ. Our DJ specifically said to not feed him! He said that he will have just started working and there’s no need to feed him. He is more than welcome to the hors doeuvres and cake though!

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