Post # 1
I know that commonly, people will provide meals for the wedding vendors (DJ, photographer, etc). I’m okay with this…I understand that they’re working hard and would be hungry. I guess I’m just curious…is it a requirement, or just something that a nice person would do?
This question really sparked my thought process because in reading over a potential DJ contract, there was a mention of providing food for those who came to work.
It seems like a lot of extra money to feed EVERYONE, but that could also just be part of what needs to be budgeted in…?
Post # 3
Some vendors do require meals as part of their contract, so I’d check with yours to make sure. Some catering companies will comp the vendor meals…mine is, or even give you a cheaper vendor meal. I only have four vendors to feed so it wouldn’t be too outrageous if I had to pay for it. We’re feeding our two photographers, our dj, and our coordinator.
So is it required? In some cases yes. Should you provide meals? I think so. They’ll work better with full tummies than on an empty stomach.
Post # 4
I’ve heard it go both ways. There was a pretty long thread a few months ago about feeding vendors and people’s thoughts on it. I always took it as a given that you should feed the vendors. I personally would feel weird if I didn’t. We are doing a buffet so it doesn’t matter, but I have heard some venues offer a separate meal for vendors that is lower cost than the meals served to guests.
Post # 5
I think you should budget for meals for the vendors. You have hired them for a specific period of time, and if it falls over a meal time, they are entitled to a meal. Would you rather your photographer, DJ, etc. “take a break” to go find something to eat (like a fast food restaurant) because you didn’t provide anything? They may miss out on key points of the reception then. Especially when it comes to the photographer, who you may have hired for 6-8 hours – they need time to eat. IMO, I would be upset if my job made me work for that long and didn’t provide a time to eat (and in many states that would be illegal), so I would treat the people I hired the same way I would want to be treated.
In short, please provide hot meals for all of your vendors.
Post # 6
There are some vendors that ask whether you will be providing meals, and some that require it.
Our asked – and we said we would feed them. After all, its all these people involved that will help make my special day perfect, right?
Depending on your venue, they have something called “vendor meals” which are half of what your cost is per person. Our venue offered this (because obviously they won’t be drinking and we have an openbar part of the “per person” cost) and we were able to get their meals half off.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone! That makes a lot of sense. I definitely don’t want anyone to be hungry and grumpy….that seems not very nice. I guess it’s just sort of a shock everytime a new expense pops up. Silly weddings.
I feel like the venue we’re using had something about discounted vendor meals though, so I will ask. 🙂
Post # 8
Some people put it in their contracts, but even if they don’t, I think it’s the polite/humane thing to do. Fed vendors are happy vendors 🙂
Post # 9
A full vendor is a happy vendor IMO. I plan to include mine in the headcount because if it were me, I’d have kind of a hard time working if my stomach was grumbling!
Post # 10
Not a chance! I’m paying too much as it is. This will be a small & short event. It seems to me if they are true professionals, they will bring food & take a break when appropriate, not expect to be catered to as a guest.
If it’s in the contract, that’s one thing since it’s stated up front & freely negotiated. But there is no way in hell I’m spending my hard earned cash to feed vendors!
Post # 11
All my vendors had it in their contracts. I mean, you surely can’t expect them to work for 6-8 straight without food? And do you want them leaving your reception to go to McDonalds? Feeding them is the right thing to do.
Post # 12
So feeding them seems like the route to take. And I just found out that vendor meals are half off, so that’s good.
It’s just frustrating a bit, realizing all these new little things that add up. Golly. Oh well, good to know now versus the month before. 🙂
Post # 13
My photographer and coordinator had meals indicated in their contract. The venue offers lame sandwhiches for vendors, but has also allows the vendors to eat the same meals and the guests so they getting well fed!!
My DJ said that he works the whole entire night without one break…he’s getting a plated dinner anyway!
Post # 14
I think you should. I had a buffet, and asked about a vendor rate and our site coordinator was like, “no sorry, they’re full price, but really would we notice that you’re plus or minus a couple people?” Kind of strange, but I just added in two extra meals and told all four to help themselves. those *wink wink moments are always kind of awkward. In the end we had 9 guests not show up, so everybody was accounted for and then some.
My best friend is a health nut and a wedding photographer. She always brings her own meal because in her words “If I ate banquet food every weekend I’d be six feet wide”. I’d say check with your vendors what their preferences are.
Post # 15
I think you should definitely do it if you can – we did a discounted meal for our vendors that was sandwiches and french fries. I Thnik they were fine with this! If your photographer is taking pictures for 8+ hours they need to eat to keep their energy up!
Post # 16
One suggestion – request that your vendors are served at the same time or slightly before all of the guests (especially the photographer!). At my friend’s wedding the photographer had to wait until every guest was served before he was allowed to eat. By the time he got his meal, everyone else was finished and he was eating when they started to do a toast. I remember her complaining that they didn’t get all the toast pictures.