(Closed) feeding "vendors"

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

most vendors of mine had it in their contract that I had to feed them, but I would have regardless. Our venue offers vendor meals for them. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, you should provide meals for all vendors. Usually the caterer will provide lower cost meals for them. They don’t need to be placed with the guests, talk to your venue, I’m sure they have an area for the vendors to eat. Personally, I don’t think the officiant needs a meal, unless you are close with them, they usually leave right after the ceremony. 

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If the photographer spends 30 minutes getting to and from the wedding, 30 minutes setting up to take photos, and then 4 hours taking photos of your wedding, thats 5 and 1/2 hours of not eatting. so YES! You MUST feed your photographer!!!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Jane77677:  yes you feed them, but you don’t need to include them in yoru head count, just let your caterer know you have X vendors as well that need plates

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Jane77677:  totally up to you how you offer it.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Jane77677:  that would actually be very nice of you. Either way though, they must be included in the dining part of your wedding! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I totally forgot abot this detail until recently. I wish venues that require vendors would feed them for free (or maybe they do); not that I’m a cheapskate, I just think that would be nice for them. 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

If it were up to me, I wouldn’t have meals for vendors. I mean think about it, you’re paying them hundreds/thousands of dollars for them to be there to “work.” I don’t go to work expecting my company to feed me. Anyway, just venting. Deep down, I know it’s just the nice thing to do, but wedding’s are expensive, and every penny counts!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Jane77677:  That sounds like a super sweet offer of you!

Our DJ and our photograpjher both have it written into their contract that we are to provide them a meal. If we do not provide them with a meal, they have it written in that they will leave the site for an hour to get food for themselves. I figure if they’re working 8 hours, and effectively, you’re asking them to work through dinner, then it’s fair. They are both really down-to-earth though – they all said they’d be happy with pizza delivery or a burger lol.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@CaliBeeBride0813:  Good points, maybe they should include their dinner fee with the package pricing, or maybe even go somewhere to eat while the wedding guests/party is eating. I don’t think I’d want photos of people eating anyway, so that would give them about an hour and a half to themselves to eat.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are feeding them and they have their own table at the reception (luckily there are 8 so it made up their own table!). I had suggested having them have a table in a separate room, next to ours, but my coordinator really preferred not to leave the room at any time and felt the other vendors would prefer that too. It works fine for me – then the photographer has somewhere to drop his stuff, the coordination staff can take a rest but still be available when there isn’t anything they need to do, etc.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

As the sister of a wedding photog, feed them! And feed them well!  He often works 16-18 hour days, and often hours from home.  If you want their best work you should definitely feed them (although its almost certainly included in their contract, anyway.)

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