(Closed) Vendors complaining about their meals???

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 31
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998 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our DJ brought along a second DJ without telling us. No big deal, we did stations so the actual number of people did not matter. What really sucked about them…they convinced the venue and my step-dad that I said they could drink as much as they wanted from the open bar. I didn’t find this out until later, and under no terms would I have allowed someone I PAID for their services to get drunk while they working. Some vendors are so unprofessional it’s laughable. 

Post # 33
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Worker bee

wntrwhte:  i’m also friends with vendors, and i totally agree that giving them cold food is NOT the way they should be treated. i think most people here don’t get it that being a vendor, either photographer / videographer / DJ can be VERY physical demanding, they never really sits down

i know videographer that holds a steadycam around 30lbs and RUNNS around just to capture the best angle of the bride where ever she goes.

and HIGH FIVE, i give my UPS guy water too. i know MANY people would do that. whoever thats trying to put shame on kind action should feel ashamed themselves

Post # 34
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714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Jacksonville Inn

Our photographers contract states that she gets 30 minutes to eat and that she will provide her own meal. When she told me that she just brings a bottle of water and a protien bar I insisted that she eat the same meal as our guests. Yes, she is being paid to photograph our wedding but I still feel it is the right thing to provide her with a decent meal.

Post # 35
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338 posts
Helper bee

I completely agree with the OP. I used to work for a catering company and we were surprised and allarmed by this trend as well. 1) guest meals are very expensive. you are not a guest, you are an employee and the hosts are not required to treat you like a guest in any way. 2) you are more than welcome to bring your own food. My catering company gave us sandwiches or mini pizzas, or calzones, or pasta etc. easy trays that can be heated or just grabbed on the go. If you didn’t like it, you could bring your own. 

 

The only time we ever were upset was when we’d be working 12-13 hour shifts and our OWN company didn’t allot us any time to eat. Again, NOT the fault of the bride/groom/hosts at all. If it’s not in your contract, you have no right to piss and moan about it. And even in the cases above, shit happens sometimes. I loved catering weddings because I enjoyed making the couple’s day special and we were very very good at what we do (did- i don’t work there anymore). If you’re working your ass off and don’t have 30 mintues to eat, then you’re doing your job well. The job of the vendors is to work miracles and make your day special! 

Post # 37
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Helper bee

Derp:  I’ve worked as a member of a vendor team (caterer) for over 150 weddings. I don’t believe I deserve a special meal just for showing up to work. (aka I agree with you) 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

If it’s not stated in the contract that the hosts need to feed their vendors, then I feel they have absolutely NO right to complain at all if they don’t like what the venue gives them for free. They’re on the job. My job doesn’t feed me every day, I bring my own lunch. It shouldn’t matter that they’re at a wedding at all, they’re not there to relax as a guest and mill around and eat. If they’re there for an extended period of time, then yes they definitely need to be alloted an appropriate amount of time to get food, but unless it was discussed with the bride and groom beforehand then I think expecting a $150 plate of food for doing their job is ridiculous. It’s a business transaction like any other, going on Facebook and any type of media and complaining is seriously unprofessional and tacky.

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

In my photographer’s contract, it said that she would have to take a break to get food if food was not provided.  I asked my caterer, and he said they always have food out in a buffet style for the servers, chefs, et cetera, and that she could eat any of that if she wanted.  I told her that, and also said that if it wasn’t sufficient, she could take a break.

I understand that photographers and the like are vendors, and that they are being paid to work at the wedding.  However, they’re people and they deserve to be treated as such.  Why not treat them well?  I’m sure it won’t come back to haunt you…ha.

Post # 40
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I don’t think vendors have any right to complain about their meal. If they have specifications then put it in the contract. I love my vendors and think they are great people in addition to being good at their jobs, but the only vendor who is getting a $100 a head meal at my wedding is my wedding coordinator. We of course are going to feed the other vendors, but they will be getting a vendor meal, because there was no specifications in their contract that required otherwise. 

The vendor who complained on Facebook about their meal has probably blacklisted themselves from a lot of brides and venues. It’s incredibly unprofessional and out of line.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i think its incredibly unprofessional to slam any bride and groom on social media.  we’ve all had less than perfect employers. if you have an issue, take it up with the bride and groom in person, don’t be a passive agressive asshat.

 

on the other hand, it’s not a big deal to serve a much deserved hot meal.  (from a photographers POV) – if we’re fed we provide better work, in so much that we are thinking about getting the best possible shot, not ‘jesus, i’m so effing starving after 8 hours of straight shooting i could actually eat styrofoam right about now.’  – not a big deal to be a nice human and feed them properly… IMO. BUT a bad meal or no meal is absolutely NO EXCUSE for blasting anyone on social media.  that’s just tacky. IMO.

Post # 42
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Helper bee

there’s something about weddings that somehow makes everyone and their mother’s fifth cousin somehow feel entitled to stuff that no one else would ever believe they deserved in any other circumstances. People think they can invite whoever they want, they think they can dictate where it takes place, they think they can decide how many people are in the bridal party! and now the venders think they somehow deserve the same $$$$/plate food that the guests do. 

 

If these vendors were employees in a retail clothing store and for some reason a couple came and and bought everyone else in the store a top shelf item, no way in hell would the employee of the store demand one too! If it was your kid’s birthday and you had a party, would every kid be correct in assuming that they would get their own cake too? Nope, because the party isn’t being thrown in your honor! there is no perfect analogy for a wedding, but weddings seriously bring out more self righteousness and entitlement than anything else I’ve seen! crazy! 

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

Derp:  Seriously! Vendor meals aren’t necessarily crap – mine still cost over $20 pp. Apparently that is just inhumane lol.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee

I like my vendors. I’ve had the chance to meet with them and they seem like really cool, nice people, on top of being some of the best in their profession in my area. For the work they are doing, I’m happy to give them a hot, good meal and planned on doing this before I even read their contracts. I can also appreciate couples that my not be able to afford a full-priced guest meal for their vendors. I think that at least some kind of meal should be provided. The only thing I’m not sure about is open bar. 🙂 Not sure I’d go that far for my vendors, even though I would like to go drinking with them and listen to their wedding horror stories (provided mine isn’t one of them!).

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