(Closed) Should I pay for the full priced meals of the vendor’s assistants?

posted 13 years ago in Food
Post # 3
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The only people I fed were the ones I hired to be working for six or more hours.  That included my photographer and her assistant.  She did need her assistant from what I saw and it was in her contract that I feed her if she worked 6+ hours.  I see paying for the DOC, but how long is your DJ going to be there?

Post # 4
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If these folks are going to be there the whole time, doing similar work to your photog and DOC, it would be kind of mean not to feed them. After all, you want to ensure that these people have the energy to do the things you want them to do during your day! Just talk to them and be upfront about it — that you’re concerned about the budget and wonder if there can be any alternative arrangements done just between the two of you (have them arrange to bring food themselves, etc). Or would your venue be willing to serve them a vegetarian entree? Certainly cheaper than something with meat.

Post # 5
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

All of that info should be in your contracts – read them over carefully.

Post # 7
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

although 6 hours is the rule of thumb, i would still feed the DJ if he’s there for 5 1/2 hours (who wants a starving DJ who will be preoccupied by his rumbling tummy instead of keeping the dance floor packed?).

as for the potential assitants, i would bite the bullet and ask them directly. it’ll save a lot of confusion in the future (or maybe have your DOC ask them when she’s finalizing the timelines, etc?). when is your final head count due to the restaurant?

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