(Closed) Vendor meal – boxed lunch or entree plate?

posted 7 years ago in Food
  • poll: What to serve our vendors?
    Boxed lunch : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Entree like our guests : (39 votes)
    85 %
  • Post # 3
    2775 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    If you can swing it, feed them the guest meal.  A well-fed vendor is a happy vendor, and you will get better service if they are able to refuel with a substantial, hot meal vs. a soggy sandwich and chips…  plus, it just seems like the right and generous thing to do.

    Post # 4
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    If I were the vendor and you gave me a sandwich at 7:30 at night after I had worked hard for you all day, I would be very offended, and I can guarantee you poor work afterwards. Feed your vendor the same way you feed your guests, not doing so basically says “we are above you”.

    Post # 6
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Check your contracts.  My vendors all required a “hot meal.”  I was actually shocked.  Offering a different meal is just tacky.  I guess they had eaten enough box lunches/sandwiches to actually require a hot meal in the contract.

    Post # 7
    4435 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would definitely offer the plated entree. It will not be that much exrra $$ in the long run, and the vendors will be happy! 

    Post # 8
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    If I was you, and could afford it, I would ask the manager of the vendors which they would prefer. You might be suprised that they perfer having quick on the go vs hot meals.

    Post # 9
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    You should also ask your vendors what they want.  My DJ did not want any food at all, but we made sure to give our two photogs hot meals!

    Post # 10
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I had vendors that specified a hot meal aka whatever your guests are eating. Our caterer charged us vendor prices but serve the vendors the same meals as the guests (but I imagine it doesn’t look as fancy). I had a caterer that we considered that felt the same as your caterer and wanted to serve only sandwiches. Honestly, even if we had the choice, I would’ve picked a hot meal anyway. I liked our vendors and they were there for 6+ hours for us. I even let our vendors get drinks from the bar (I think they stuck with soft beverages), desserts, hors d’oeuvres, etc. I recall asking my coordinator if she tried certain things because they were awesome. That’s just how Darling Husband and I roll; we want everyone, even the people we hired, to have a good time.

    Post # 11
    9097 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    All of my vendors will eat what my guests eat. I feel it’s only polite — they’ll be working their asses off for you, so they should have a good meal in their gut.

    Post # 12
    1848 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Hot meal, all day every day. It’s most fair and lots of venues heavily discount the hot vendor meal, anyway.

    Post # 13
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’d review your contracts and if you’re willing to provide the entree ask them which they prefer. My best friend is a weddin photog/health nut.  She says if she ate wedding meals three days a week all summer she’d be a Mile wide. She usually packs her own meal.  So it would suck for her clients to pay for a real meal for someone like that. 

    Post # 14
    1397 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Ask them what they want. Maybe your photog or DJ don’t like to sit and eat… maybe they just want to gulp down and sandwich and juice when they have a minute. Or maybe they want a hot meal. I would hope no one would be unprofessional enough to do crappy work for you after getting a sandwich, as others said, but it’s possible. Anyway, I’d just ask them which they prefer.

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