I have seen several articles online written about whether or not a wedding couple should provide their vendors with a meal or not. Personally, I don’t understand where the confusion lies when it comes to this matter. I feel it’s pretty simple and sort of a common-sense matter, but nevertheless, there are still many articles that continue to debate this. Some say yes, you should feed your vendors, some say no, you are paying them, you shouldn’t have to feed them too.
Since I have seen so many of these articles lately and the responses, beliefs and practices all seem to differ, I felt it important enough for me to chime-in with what I feel is the only correct answer to these questions that are so eluding to everyone. For me, it’s just a common sense thing…if you put yourself in the vendor’s perspective. Here is how we answer the questions:
Do you require a meal break? If yes, do you require that the wedding couple provide your meal?
Yes, we do require a meal break. Although we do not require you to provide us with a meal, we would greatly appreciate it if you did. We really LIKE food! Especially during a long day of working. At most every wedding reception we work, we are each provided with a vendor meal. This is the norm at most reception venues.
If you do not plan to provide us with a meal, we just need to know this prior to your wedding day, so we can plan accordingly and bring our own food. Our team works incredibly hard throughout your wedding day. We can get pretty hungry during an 8 – 12 hour day of shooting. You wouldn’t want to work all day long without eating would you?? So, all we ask is that you let us know whether you plan to provide each of us with a meal, or not.
How many breaks do you usually take throughout the day?
We may rest briefly at times during the day if there is downtime, or during dinner time, but otherwise, we are continuously working throughout the day and evening.
Plain and simple – right? It’s a simple matter of communication. If you are going to provide us with a meal, let us know. If you are not going to provide us with a meal, let us know. That way we will know what to expect and what to do.
So that should answer these questions for anyone and everyone who keeps wondering what they should do. Communicate with your vendors and also with your reception venue, so that they know exactly how many vendor meals to provide, if you have chosen to feed your vendors during your wedding reception. And if you have chosen to feed us….thank you very much in advance! 🙂