(Closed) Vendor Meals for Catering Staff

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Umm….OK!?! I don’t know if that’s normal but I would definitely be skeptical about it. I mean, can’t they just eat their own food? Gosh!

Post # 4
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It is a nice gesture, even if it is just sandwiches, but also check out your contracts. Many vendors require you to feed them and also have their own "break areas." I know my band does.

Post # 5
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I would say no, not at all. But I can see why that would be in question, just ask your contact person at the catering company. Caterers are a lot different then band, dj, photog etc. 

Post # 6
1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I would talk to whoever you are working with reagarding the contract. Most of these things are contracted into the pricing.  It is worth a simple phone call!  Good luck.

Post # 7
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I would also think no, but ask your contact person.  I had a seated dinner and only had to purchase vendor meals for outside vendors (photographer and DOC).  I did not have to purchase vendor meals for the waitstaff or bartender provided by the caterer.

Post # 8
236 posts
Helper bee

You absolutly do not have to pay for the caterers employees.  If the caterer was going to charge for this it should have been incorporated in the cost per person. The band, photogapher, etc are different because they are not involved with the food process at all.

Post # 9
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook IL

Nope, you don’t need to pay for the catering staff to eat!! First of all, it’s not expected at ALL. Second, there is always PLENTY of food back there! I am a wedding planner, so I’m back in the kitchens/prep areas a lot. More often than not, there is tons of extra food after the event, and the staff often eat the leftovers. Sounds weird, but its completely normal… 

Post # 10
48 posts
  • Wedding: January 2009

I second emerald’s sentiments…. being a server at a banquet is definitely the way to roll – amazing food, great money, and steady work. Most caterers provide food for the staff, but outside vendors will need meals 🙂

Post # 11
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005


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