(Closed) feeding vendors – enlighten me!

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Usually your caterer offers a “vendor meal” option that is a cheaper version of the guests’ meal.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are feeding our vendors the same as everyone else.

Your caterer should be able to tell you if they offer vendor meals and if they offer the same meal at a discount for the vendors.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most caterers will offer you vendor meals at a discounted price. Check your contracts with your vendors as to what meal you have to feed them. For instance, my photographer’s contract stipulates that both he and his assistant get a full meal, not a vendor’s meal.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

It depends on the caterer.  Ours required us to choose one of the same meals as our guests for the vendors so we turned that choice over to the vendors.  The price was lower since vendor meals didn’t include alcohol but the entree was the same food as the guests.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Okay, as a musician who has played many weddings and receptions, I wanted to tell you that, although a meal is always greatly appreciated, I never expect it, and if I were given a meal, I would be very, very surprised to also receive a tip. I’m guessing you’re talking more along the lines of photographers than cellists, but I just thought I’d share my perspectivce as a “vendor” of sorts. Keep in mind, though, that I’m in Indiana, not in a major city or wealthy area…

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Our caterer gave up 1/2 price meals for our vendors. I didn’t realize they did this and had already included our vendors in our final count. Our caterer just happened to bring it up at our last meeting. It ended up saving us a few hundred dollars. Don’t be afraid to ask 😉 They also gave us discounted prices for the 4 kids at our wedding. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Orange County Performing Arts Center

My caterer has two options. 1. a boxed meal with a sandwich or 2. a plated meal. Because we also have appetizers and drinks, etc. my caterer charged me for JUST the plated meal for the vendor. 

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