Post # 1
Hello ladies…I would appreciate a little input on feeding my vendors. I am having an 8 piece band a 2 photographers and 2 vidoegraphers that are all going to need to be fed. I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have concerns over is the fact our caterer doesn’t have a vendor meal plan (they eat what we eat) and our plates are running almost 100 per person. I do not want to pay an extra 1200 to feed these people we are already paying a ton of money to for working our wedding. What should I do? Is it acceptable to order a boxed lunch type deal from Atlanta Bread Company, or a pizza? Help Please!!!
Post # 3
If you’re allowed to bring in outside food (some places won’t allow it), then I think something like a boxed lunch would be a nice idea. Another idea that I’ve seen on other boards when this question has been asked is to order deli platters and then they can make their own things and provide snacks/sides.
Post # 4
Did you ask the venue how to go about feeding them? Explain to them that $1200 is a LOT for people you are already paying for. That’s so dumb if you can get around it. Maybe they will understand and let you bring in a boxed lunch for them. Or *snacks*
They shouldn’t have to eat what you eat, that’s silly! After all, i’ve never seen them all sit at a table anyways, they eat off their lap hiding somewhere!
Sandwiches outside the venue? They can take a "break", can’t they? LoL. Then you could go to Sam’s, buy a sammich ring for $16 and call it a day. =]
How about…instead of *you* bringing in catered food, tell all your vendors that you will provide a boxed dinner for them b/c the food is super expensive, but ask them to bring it? Or have your photographer or assistant pick it up? Then YOU aren’t getting them their food, they’re bringing it. You’re just paying. Surely the venue wouldn’t refuse them *their own* food.
Man, $100?! Yikes.
Post # 5
Like ejs4y8 suggested, I’d check with your venue/event manager to see what your options are here. Even though many places don’t allow outside food, they may allow you some other options to feed your vendors. Even if they don’t let you bring in ourside stuff, they may let you pick a less expensive meal option for them (like a deli tray or something).
Post # 6
Wow….$100 a plate? How many guests are you having?
Post # 7
We are having vendors meals too. The venue charged 15 a meal for them, our guests meals are 100 a head. They need to work with you on this. We didn’t even need to ask, she had already put it in our contract.
Post # 8
I agree with the ladies, boxed lunches or something more reasonably priced.
Call me a stingy beeach but since we are paying for our wedding I am having a hard time feeding the vender that we are already paying. My FH doesn’t have a problem since are having buffett but still I don’t get fed for free at my work I have to provide my own lunch at my office everyday……see my point. Anyway we are still feeding the venders as long as all the guests are taken care of.
Post # 9
In our case it’s $100 a head with liquor. Plated dinners are $75 and open bar per person is $25 this makes it $100 a head. They should have an option for your vendors meals as it is expected ( I think) to feed them. I would talk to your banquet manager at the venue your reception is at.
Post # 10
Most vendors that I know actually write into their contracts that you must provide them with a meal- so you may want to check your contracts. Also I’ve never heard of a venue not offering a vendor meal- even if its the same food you’re serving, its usually cheaper.
I also find it kind of offensive that you dont have a problem spending that much money for your guests dinners, but you only want to provide a deli sandwich to the people that are responsible for capturing/creating ambiance for one of the best days of your entire life. That’s a HUGE responsibilty, and working a wedding (photo/video wise)isnt the same as working an 8 hour desk job where you’re expected to "buy your own lunch." Being a wedding photographer (especially if its just you w/ no assistance) is a difficult job. Average days are 12-14 hours of nonstop work (including travel &backup of images after the fact)and usually the only break you get is to run to the bathroom every once in awhile(and hope you dont miss any good shots), and dinner break. Your vendors will be greatful to you for providing them with nice meals and chances are will be willing to work harder if they feel respected as a person, not like they’re nothing more than "hired help". In My Humble Opinion.But I may be biased since I work weddings.
Post # 11
I am also providing all my vendors with everytihng we’re providing our guests.
Post # 12
Just a thought but your vendors won’t be drinking. If your venue is charging $100/head, AND that cost includes alcohol, your vendor meals should be at a reduced cost. Good luck!
Post # 13
My vendors will be eating the same thing my guest are eating but all the venues (based on ones I’ve been looking at) offer half price for the vendor meals. Ask about something like that.
I agree too about the "hired help" mentality….and…because they ARE the ones responsible for capturing your wedding day you want to make sure you treat them right and are on your good side!
Post # 14
Our venue is $125 per person-that includes the open bar-and we are paying for our vendors to have dinner with us…it seems like the right thing to do. I would love to do a discount rate but I never thought to ask and I’ve already signed the contract. booo. I wish i had seen this post sooner!