(Closed) Vendors – Who eats??

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would ask your officiant if he would like to join you for the reception and if he’d like to bring his wife. I think for the dj/photog/videog/assistants they can eat at a table thats out of the way in the down time. Some venues have vendor meals too.

Post # 4
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

We did 4 vendor meals…photographer,DJ & asst. & driver. I honestly don’t know where they ate as everything was a blur! Minister was also a guest. Our caterer provided vendor meals at a reduced rate.

Post # 5
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are only feeding vendors who will be with us for most of the day like the photographer and possibly dj. But for our officiant that will be with us a whole 30min and mariachis like one hour I do not feel we need to feed.

Post # 6
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are feeding our photographers (2), DJ and the Emcee, and videographer (pretty much only those who will be with us for more than 4 hours on the day) –  our venue offers vendor meals at a reduced cost but it’s still pretty pricey so we’re actually going to bring in some outside food (tray of sandwiches and whatnot) for them instead. OUr reception place has a separate space for vendors to eat.  We invited both the priest who is marrying us and his wife to the reception as well since the church we’re getting married in is FI’s parent’s church.  

Post # 7
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Our vendors were given the same food as the guests, but our caterer only charged 1/2 price for them. They were served in the bridal room at our venue.

Inviting your officiant is always a nice idea.

Post # 8
1221 posts
Bumble bee

We are having our Pastor and wife as a guest because it is his parents pastor from their church….

We are also adding our photog as a guest…. I haven’t asked our vendor if they would give a discount for them… hmm Maybe i should

Post # 9
2681 posts
Sugar bee

Any vendor who will be there that night should get a meal whether is a boxed vendor meal or the meal your guests get.  You dont need to set a place at a table for them, there should be a spot they can eat while the guests are eating out of the way.  So for you I would do 4 meals, for the photographer, videographer, DJ and assistant.  We did meals for our 2 photographers, DJ and assistant and our photo booth attendant and gave them what our guests ate at 50% cheaper since they werent drinking and didnt have hors d’ oeuvres.  They ate in a side room we rented for the cocktail hour overflow.

Post # 10
197 posts
Blushing bee

Vendors eat in a separate room. Any vendor that working through your reception should be provided a vendor meal so photographers, videographers, band, DJ, coordinators etc. (except people that are emplyed by the venue ie. catering staff). If you invite the minister and his wife, you give them a regular meal, not a vendor one and they sit with your guests.

Post # 11
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We had estimated 5 vendor meals but my final bill shows 7 vendors ate. I’m guessing them to be : 2 photographers, 2 videographers, 1 DJ, 1 DOC and 1 of her assistants. They do not sit at the tables, they eat in a side room (I think) since I never saw any of them eat.

Post # 12
4485 posts
Honey bee

Any vendors who will be with you all day and during the reception. This includes your photographer, DOC, videographer, dj. The catering staff eats on their own time and you do not provide their dinner.

They should not be “quarantined” to a separate room to eat as they will miss important events they need to capture or be involved with. They cannot do so if they are not in the same room. Also, contrary to popular belief, they should never be fed in the kitchen as that is a health code violation and not only can the venue be shut down but the catering company can be fined as well.

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