Post # 1
OK, first of all I completely understand that it’s proper etiquette to feed your vendors and would expect nothing less. My question is this, do they recieve the same meal options as guests? If we are having a sit-down dinner (we are), is that what we give them? It’s confusing because our price-per-head icludes unlimited alcohol, so how do I handle that? What are you guys all doing?
Post # 3
Usually your caterer offers a “vendor meal” option that is a cheaper version of the guests’ meal.
Post # 4
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
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
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 # 7
OK thanks everyone – should have done my research, I see this topic has been addressed many times!!
Post # 8
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
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
- 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.