- Miss Chapstick
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
Okay, so I’m a wedding vendor, and I typically work 10-18 hours per day if I’m working a wedding. When I was planning my own wedding last year, I admittedly put very little thought into the vendor meals. I’m so ashamed to admit it, but it was so low on my priority list, and my wallet was stretched thin, that I just told our venue to provide a turkey club sandwich, chips/fries, fruit cup and beverages, even though a guest meal was also an option for more money (but still less than what we paid for our guests). I never thought to ask our vendors about eating preferences, and even though nothing was mentioned specifically in their contract besides, “A meal must be provided” I now feel so guilty!
I worked a wedding last weekend that was a long one: 18 hours. And my vendor meal? A pre-made sandwich wrapped in saran wrap that had soggy bread and was room temperature. And, I don’t eat a lot of meats, so I had to pick it all out, and basically eat gross, soggy bread and veggies. And there were no sides. Just the sandwich. Toward the end of the night, I felt so light-headed that I had to run to my car for some emergency granola bars I keep in there just in case.
So, because I know brides have so, so much to think about while planning a wedding, here’s a friendly reminder that will get you even better service from your vendors:
1. Ask your vendors if they have any dietary restrictions. My husband, who works weddings with me as my assistant, is a vegetarian, and he often goes without any dinners at all, and relies on nutritional bars he’s learned to bring with him for meals. Some of our brides ask ahead of time, but most don’t.
2. If you can, provide a full meal (equal to that of your guests). I completely understand when it’s not in the budget if your venue charges the full price for vendors. But some venues will offer the guest’s meal at a discounted rate, and trust me, it’s worth it!
3. Ask your venue or caterer what EXACTLY comes with the vendor meal, and if it’s fresh.
4. It’s okay to offer vendors a sandwich or something similar. Just make sure that it’s more than a sandwich, and has enough side dishes to keep us vendors full and happy all night so that we can serve you better 🙂
Remember, most vendors also have to scarf down a quick lunch during the day, too, because they’re usually working during lunch time. I usually bring some power bars, dried fruits and a banana to keep me going, but I certainly do not have time to run out to Subway. So take that into consideration as well!
*I’d just like to state that I hope I don’t sound like a snotty vendor. I’ve just seen a lot of questions about vendor meals, and I wanted to shed some light on the subject.