Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
We’re not going to have too many vendors that will be there throughout the night – two or three tops – but we have to feed them, right?
What do most people do? Include them in the headcount for the caterer? I assume that it’s frowned upon to do something like bring in a sandwich tray for the vendors, right?
Post # 3
Yes, you do have to feed them if they are there the whole day (usually the photographer, videographer, and DJ). Just let the caterer know that you need x number of vendor meals (which are usually cheaper). You could give them food off the regular menu if you want.
Post # 4
Depends… ask your vendors what they prefer. My Maid/Matron of Honor said she asked her DJ if he’d rather be fed or have a bigger tip (he’s only working a couple hours anyway) – he said he’d hit up Wendy’s on the way there, he wanted the cash. LOL
A lot of venues have discounted vendor meals too. It’s still a meal, but it’s less $$ than what you’re serving your guests. Ask your caterer if they offer it.
Post # 5
I agree with MissAsB. For us we were able to include them in the main headcount because at that point we were trying to make sure we met the venue minimum. We were already paying for it so why not make sure someone was actually going to eat it.
Post # 6
@MissAsB is right – you have to feed them. But, just the ones that will be there for the reception. So, if the florist or cake person aren’t there, then you obviously wouldn’t include them.
Post # 7
I paid for my 2 photographers, the DJ said in his contract that he wouldn’t be eating or drinking during his shift. (Except Bottled Water) I kind of want to give him a cupcake for doing a good job. Or feed him lunch too.. I mean a man’s gotta eat right? But that is what he offered so thats fine. I hope he will be fine, maybe he is tired of wedding food.
Post # 8
I didn’t say this before but we did feed ours off the regular menu because we had a venu minimum to meet and our food was buffet anyway.
Post # 9
Our venue offers discounted vendor meals…I think they’re like $25…? We have the option to ask our vendors what they would like to eat (four choices like the guests) and then let the venue know.
We just have to feed the DJ, photographer and asst. photographer. Our limo driver is only working 3 hours before the reception.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Yeah, we’re lucky that we don’t have too many vendors. Our florist will be long gone before we eat. Our officiant is one of our best friends so he’s a guest and would be eating anyway. We don’t have a videographer or limo driver or anything like that.
Post # 11
We are feeding ours (buffet style). In the questionnaire for our DJ we could select whether we would feed him or not .. I felt it would be rude to have him play music while everyone else is eating and not be able to. If he was only going to be there AFTER dinner, I probably wouldn’t have.
Post # 12
OY – – again similar to sending Vendors and invitation I didn’t even think about feeding them…
Post # 13
Your photographer, etc will be with you for 8+ hrs and they need to sit down and eat so that they are able to re-energize to give you the quality pictures you are paying for. You won’t get quality products/services if the vendors are distracted by their rumbling tummies that they are not able to fill. A decent caterer will have vendor meals at a discount price (under $10/per person for a sandwich and chips) or you can let them go through the buffet line. But they do need to eat. If you read the contract you signed with them, many require that you do feed them.
It is not that much different from when you are at work yourself. True, your boss doesn’t buy your lunch everyday (and when they do on rare occasions, it is a treat) but they are required by law to allow you a break. You would be very upset if you were not allowed a break by your employer, and, in this case, you are the photographer’s employer. The least you can do is feed them.