The Wedding Vendors You Need to Feed on the Big Day

The Wedding Vendors You Need to Feed on the Big Day

Your vendors are one of the most important parts of your wedding day. They make the magic happen and keep everything running smoothly. Keeping this in mind, vendors are people too -- they need to be fed. Vendor meals is an often forgotten part of the wedding budget, and some vendors even require a meal be provided in their contracts.

Feeding your wedding vendors isn’t just polite -- it’s an insurance policy. Giving your vendors a meal keeps them energetic and focused on the mission: Making your wedding day the best it can be. But not every vendor you bring on board will need (or expect) a meal. Here are the wedding vendors that you should feed on your big day.

Wedding Planner
The wedding planner will be on-site early that morning to project manage the production and will still be there to clean up when the big day comes to a close. Providing a meal, if not multiple, is an absolute must for planners and their teams.

Entertainment
Have a band or a DJ keeping the party moving at the reception? No matter which form of entertainment you’ve selected for your big day, be sure to provide them with a meal. This also goes for any entertainment -- like orchestral band members -- that you might have had at the ceremony.

Photographer/Videographers
Wedding photographers and videographers have a tough job. They are on their feet all day long trying to capture the perfect shot of every passing moment for your wedding album/tape. Be sure to provide for any assistants they might have brought along as well.

“On-Standby” Vendors
Have hair and makeup on standby to keep you looking fabulous all night long? Have a few people working a photo booth? Any vendor that’s staying for the entire wedding should be fed so they can keep their energy up.

Don’t Skimp on the Meal
While it may sound appealing to save a few dollars by skimping on the vendor meals, don’t give in to this temptation. A hot meal that takes any voiced dietary restrictions into consideration is best. The meal certainly doesn’t need to be elaborate or equivalent to what you’re serving your wedding guests, but something substantial and filling to give them energy. Worried about costs? Caterers will often provide vendor meals at a discount.

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