Just curious as to what your Brides choose to do with vendors. Do they typically feed them and if so, do they serve them the same food as the Wedding Party and Guests? Where do they eat? Is there a table in the back corner or are they relegated to another room all together. I would love to hear your feedback.
there was just a discussion about this same topic in the WW vendor forums! how funny.
As far as myself, I always ask if they are feeding me, with no implied obligation, I tell them I just need to plan ahead. Drinking alcohol at all during my coverage of the event is a severe NO-NO!
Usually they seat me wherever they can.
I always ask my couples if they have thought of vendor meals or discussed them with their venue. I also tell them it doesn't have to be the same food. Really, who has time to sit down to a steak when working?
I also let them know I will deliver the meals when the vendor is ready for them and find out if there is a vendor table set up, or a designated eating spot.
As for myself, I always bring plenty of bottled water and snacks and fruit to eat.
Alcohol is never to be consumed when on the job.
As a wedding planner, I appreciate knowing that I can get something to eat. If I am onsite for 10 - 12+ hours, I can't just leave to eat and can't go that long without some food.
Some of my brides don't usually think about food for vendors, but they are having a buffet so it isn't a huge issue. I try to make sure that the other vendors get to eat as well or fill a plate and take it to them. I prefer to eat at a back table or somewhere away from guests. It is usually with some of the other vendors. We usually eat after all the guests have eaten.
It's great to hear everyone's take on this subject. We are all in agreement that we need to eat! It's just will it be provided or do we bring our own. I always have food packed for myself and my staff, sandwiches and munchies, since we usually don't get the opportunity to sit down, and even if we did, I don't usually feel comfortable sitting where guests can see the coordinator eating. It's funny that some brides think about it and some need to be guided in that direction. Some don't feel it's their obligation to feed the vendors and some wouldn't dream of not feeding the vendors that are working so hard to make their dreams a reality! I appreciate everyone's feedback, we work in a great industry!
Here's to you . . .
I am a photographer; I typically start about about 9:30 am (as early as 7AM for some weddings) and continue through until the couple leave the reception: a 12 to 14 hour day with no breaks - my contract includes a clause that ensures my assistant and I get to eat during the reception, but through the day we tend to subsist on snack bars and fruit juice.
It is standard for the reception house to ask how many photographers and other "contractors" they need to cater for and price our meals differently. Most then provide a separate table for us and in many cases we receive only part of the meal - the main course without the the entrée, or sometimes with no dessert. Other places provide a full meal.