(Closed) Really obvious question about outside vendors?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@anahappilyeverafter:  I invited my hairdresser, but it’s because I am friends with her.  You don’t need to invite your makeup artist or your officiant (unless he’s a friend of yours, like mine was!)  You provide your vendors with meals, but I wouldn’t provide alcohol.  If you are having your wedding catered they usually have cheaper vendor meals. 

Post # 5
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

In most cases, I don’t think its standard to invite the hair dresser and MUA to the wedding. For my sister’s wedding, we invited our hair dresser and MUA because her husband was the DJ and she staying with him most of the time. 

For my wedding, my hair dresser is one of my BMs so she will obviously be staying for the wedding. 

Post # 6
8689 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We did not invite the hair/makeup people. I think it’s nice to offer your photographer a meal at least, although ours actually declined and said she would just grab some snacks at cocktail hour. As the previous poster said, some caterers have specific meals for vendors which are cheaper.


Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not inviting any of my vendors to the wedding but will be providing meals to those that will be there during the reception of course.  They’ll get a vendor meal, which is less expensive than the guests meal and will not eat at guest tables but will have their own table.

Post # 9
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Most vendors who will be present for the majority of your day (photographer, DJ) will usually require a meal in their contract.

Apparently this is a hotly debated topic but I’ve never heard of NOT feeding vendors who are working 6+ hours for you. And even if it weren’t part of the contracts, I’d feed them anyway. People need to eat and I would never expect someone to work that long without a break or food.

I’ve never heard of inviting hair dressers, but if you’re close with them, inviting them to the reception is fine.

Where I live it’s also common practice to invite the priest or officiant plus a guest to the reception.









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