Post # 1
so when it comes to feeding vendors, which ones exactly are you feeding? I know the photographer is the obvious one. We don’t have a videographer, and our DJ is DJ iPod. But then there are the ones I’m not sure of. I assume that the caterer feeds their own wait and bartending staff, correct? What about the rental company – the people that are setting up chairs, lighting, etc? Do we feed them? And what about the people who are there early but not for the full event, like the hairdresser and makeup person? Is there a comprehensive list somewhere of vendors that you are expected to feed? I just want to make sure everyone is happy and that I’m fulfilling all my obligations!
Post # 3
I suggest checking your contracts – it’s usually written in whether or not your expected to supply food. I am feeding my band, the photographer, the waitstaff is taken care of by the caterer. I am not feeding the delivery people because they will be offsite by the time the reception takes place. Hope that helps a little!
Post # 4
I fed my DJ and photographer. That’s all I needed to feed. My hairdresser actually fed US (Breakfast. She’s awesome and made us homemade muffins). I really don’t think you need to worry about feeding the catering staff or set up crew. I never heard of anyone doing that before. If you have a good relationship with the hair dresser and make up person, maybe a generous tip or a nice, thoughful gift will be a nice touch.
Post # 5
We’re feeding the DJ, photographers (2), and our day-of coordinator and her assistant.
Post # 6
You only have to feed the vendors who will be present during dinner. I doubt your beauty team will stick around that long and the rental guys probably just set up and tear down. I’ve never known of a rental vendor to stick around for the whole event but I guess it could happen. You should reference your contracts to see if anyone mentions anything about a meal.
ETA: We fed our DJ, photog and DOC their choice of entree. My beauty team and DOC got to enjoy some of our catered brunch with us since there was soooo much food and they were there while the girls and I were eating. That definitely wasn’t necessary, though.
Post # 7
The pastor and his wife and our DOC are included in the reception. No plus 1 for the DOC as she will be busy anyway.
Our photographers gave us heads up that they will need an hour to get their own supper. But we’ll include them in the late night reception of snacks and drinks.
I don’t think we will include our live band in the dinner, but we will include them in the late night reception as well.
For our ceremony string trio, my husband’s cousin is playing violin and he’s invited with his wife. We will include the other 2 musicians in the cocktails (shortly after the ceremony), but not in the dinner.
Post # 8
We’re feeding the photographer and the DJ. They’ll eat what our guests are eating (BBQ buffet) but I know a lot of venues have options for cheaper vendor meals that are different.
Post # 9
Like PP mentioned, check your contracts. We are planning on feeding our photographers (2), wedding planners (2), and our dj (1). Our photographer and wedding planners do request a meal for the day of wedding but even if they didn’t we would’ve supplied it anyways. I wouldn’t want any one of them to strave or faint because they didn’t get to eat!
Post # 10
DJ and photographer. We wanted to feed more, but they all said they didn’t need it. 😛
Post # 11
@UpstateCait: Agree with this – if they are around during the dinner, they should be fed (and contracts may require it).
We fed our photographers and DJ. They had the same food options as our guests. We had food stations.