(Closed) Tip for future brides: Serve good vendor meals!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You don’t sound like a snotty vendor at all!  I agree that this is something that most brides overlook, but it is important.  I wouldn’t be able to function and properly serve a client if I hadn’t eaten either.  Good post.  I will definitely be considering this as I book vendors in the next little while.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh I feel your pain! One venue is notorious for feeding us the “boxed” lunch. It consists of a day old, half frozen airplane sized sandwich and snickers bar. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a snickers, but as a hypoglycemic trying to mind her figure for her own wedding, that just won’t do… You def. don’t want a vendor passing out or being grumpy and hungry while the room is filled with heavenly scents of delicious food.

🙂

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow I had no idea people actually didn’t feed the vendors the same as guests! I just assumed they ate what the guests ate…

From day 1, I’ve included my vendors in the meal count #’s without even thinking twice!

I can not imagine giving my vendors a soggy sandwich :-

SO SORRY you had to go thru that last weekend!!

Post # 6
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433 posts
Helper bee

Very good tips! What do you think about where the vendors get to eat their meals? We’re having a tented backyard wedding and I guess they can go eat on the porch or even in the house but it it rude not to provide a real table and chairs in the reception area?

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that your advice is sound. Like Sunshine, I have always included the vendors in our guest count. They will be offered the same meal as our regular guests. Vendors can’t do a good job, if they are hungry. I would hate for my vendors to get cranky from not eating or get light headed and have to be rushed to the hospital.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Ok I didn’t even know I had to feed my vendors! There was nothing in the contracts about it and I guess I just assumed they would eat before. Is that not the case? Even if they don’t stipulate it am I still expected to feed them, and who do I feed?!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m just trying to think how it would ever happen that you’d end up with a soggy sandwich!! Because, doesn’t the caterer have to do the vendor meal? WAs it the caterer who gave that to you?? I mean, the bride wouldn’t have gone out and bought the sandwich for you, right?

We honestly didn’t even ask our venue what the meal was, but I’m not worried about it because they are highly reputable and all of our vendors have worked there many times before and received the vendor meal.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@PaperCrane: I am having a vendor table set up, so the vendors can have a decent place to eat without having them intrude on the regular guests. They will have the same set up that the regular guests will have, but it will be a designated table just for them.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I can see myself running into this problem, its something i would forget about…but i will try not to!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@MrsPinkPeony: I would feed the people that will be with you all night such as the photographer and assistant, videographer and DJ.  Anyone that is there during the dinner service really should get a meal.  Some places do have really nice boxed meals, just find out like the OP said.  My venue gave our vendors the same duet meal as our guests for half the cost.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Ok sorry to be the dissent but I don’t quite understand.  We did give all the vendors the same food as the guests and brought them food and drinks when they wanted. 

But, that being said I’ve worked plenty of events (not weddings) but all day affairs mainly at golf clubs and I would never have counted on them feeding me.  Sometimes they did and it was nice, but sometimes they didn’t.  I don’t expect my boss to feed me at my office job now either which is a lot cheaper than wedding meals, I donno, I kinda feel like the meal is an added bonus, especially for the high cost some of the dinners.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@ Miss Chapstick

Good advice for brides.  We included our DJ and photographer in the guest count and provided them the same meal accommodations as our guests.  It just seemed like the only right thing to do and it never would have occurred to me that it would be okay to feed them old, soggy sandwiches.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@june42011: It varies with each vendor whether or not the meal is included in the contract. Some vendors have you check yes or no if you will be providing them with a meal or not and others just leave it up to you. If a particular vendor is going to be at your event all day, you should feed them. You will get much better service from them if you do. Not having an empty tummy is much less distracting than being hungry. If the particular vendor is not going to be at your cremony/reception all day, then you don’t have to feed them. If you have a planner, photographer, DJ, or any other vendor that you will require to be there for the majority, if not the entire time, you should feed them. It is not required, unless stipulated in their contract, but it is a nice gesture and very much appreciated.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@ troubled

But at the office you get a lunch break, don’t you?  Most brides would lay an egg if their photogs took off for an hour in the middle of the reception to go grab dinner.

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