Should I Feed My Vendors at My Wedding (A Guest Post from On The Go Bride)

There is a pretty prominent wedding resource out there that
a lot of couples turn to when planning their weddings. They do a Q & A
feature that I really like the concept of, because I know when I was planning
my own wedding I was a little clueless on some things. For me education is key.
The more you know, the better your wedding day will flow and the happier you
will be.

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A few weeks ago they received a question from a bride asking
what the protocol on feeding your photographer was and if you were required to.
A question many of you may be wondering…Should I feed my vendors at my wedding?
I was floored by their answer. To summarize they told this bride (and millions
of their readers) that it is not the couple’s responsibility to feed any of
their vendors and vendors should specifically put in their contracts a meal is
required if they expect one. Huh? I’m going to venture out on a limb here and
say I think that was some bad advice. Here is my take on the subject and some
alternative food for thought!

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You have many different vendors involved during the process
of your wedding. I think we can all agree on that point. Some vendors may only
be contracted for a short duration to time, such as your makeup artist and hair
stylist. Other vendors like your DJ, wedding planner, and photographer are
going to be spending a significant amount of time that day. Anywhere from four
to eight hours or more. I don’t know about you, but I do know about me and I
can become a little cranky if I go an entire day without eating. Not to mention
my productivity level starts to rapidly decline. I’m guessing your wedding is
the last place you want your vendor’s productivity to fall?! Sure it would be
an easy adjustment for all vendors to start putting in their contracts that
they require a meal during your wedding. And maybe they should? But wouldn’t it
be just as easy for you to offer what you would want someone to offer you in
the same situation?

To me this is a no-brainer. I wouldn’t dream of not offering a meal to my
vendors. I am human and need food to function. So do they. If I had to draw a
line I think a good rule of thumb is to plan on including a meal for each
vendor that will spend four or more hours at your wedding. If you are feeding
your guests, make sure those vendors are taken care of too. They are working
hard to provide you with a great service and will appreciate the renewed energy
from a meal.

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What are your thoughts? Do you have a time frame in mind of when vendors
should be included in a meal? Do you think all vendors should state this in
their contracts?

Krisstin-thorburn-bio-picKrisstin is the
Founder and Editor of On the
Go Bride
. Launched in 2010, Krisstin’s focus is on the busy-bee brides of
California and Nevada. As a professional always on the go, Krisstin discovered
the difficulties of planning a wedding. Her struggles with limited amounts of
time for meetings and mistakes made along the way inspired her to create a
resource with quality vendors, inspiration, and advice for the professional