Hey guys, So this completely skipped my mind. We hired a photographer and videographer for 8 hrs; I am assuming it is basically mandatory and just polite to extend the meal to them? Dreading it as it is $300/plate and we did not originally put them in our budget. Whoops.
Like pp said there’s actually often times a separate meal that you can get the vendors. For instance for me it was roughly $50 a person for my guests but for my vendors I was able to get them a $20 meal instead at the venue
Caterers provide vendor meals at a discount rate. Let them know how many you need. Your dj might appreciate it too.
Definitely check your contracts. Our DJ definitely requires a meal, per his contract, and I think our photographer does too, but we'll feed her either way. Vendor meals were also in our venue contract, so I know we only have to pay $35/each instead of the $100 or so we're paying for everyone else.
Vendor meals are typically cheaper, but yes, it’s super important to feed your vendors! Meals should also be included in the contract. So far, we have to provide three vendor meals and there’s a potential fourth. Two are for the photographer and her assistant and one is for the DJ.
You should definitely feed them, especially because they will be there all day. And $300/plate? What are you having served? That’s alottttt I’ve never heard of each plate being that expensive lol
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Ugh, to be honest, I don’t know yet. We just chose this venue as my future MIL is dying from cancer, so doing a small wedding of 15-18. I emailed the venue asking if they have a cheaper option for vendors! Lol Thank you