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#1 alrager

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    Posted 28 December 2007 - 07:38 PM

    I wanted to get some advice from you all...who are you supposed to provide a meal for Are you supposed to provide for the photographer or dj or wedding planner? What did you all do

    Amy R.

    #2 TammyWright

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    Posted 28 December 2007 - 07:43 PM

    you should definitely offer and let them decide what they want to do...

    i still feel like such a schmuck for not offering...i just assumed that they would know they were invited to eat.

    so ask each vendor what they prefer.

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    #3 -Kate-

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      Posted 28 December 2007 - 10:50 PM

      I asked the wedding coordinator, photog and assistant, DJ, and videographer if they wanted meals and if they had any food allergies or preferences. They all accepted and were very appriciative.

      #4 starchild

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        Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:03 PM

        Our food was buffet style so when I noticed the photog/minister/boat captain/etc. sitting off to the side while we ate I invited them to come make a plate and they did. They were very appreciative as well but would not have asked if it wasn't offered.

        Also, our location was restricted with no other food options or way to leave, so they were there as long as we were and deserved to eat. BUT, If I were paying $100+ a plate and the vendor was only there for 2-3 hours or something I may not offer it. Not sure what protocol is on that....

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          Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:10 PM

          Yeah - I didn't give meals to the mariachi band or the judge bc they were only there for an hour. Basically I gave meals to those who were there for more than 4 hours. Make sure you consider when the vendor actually arrives too. We booked the DJ from 5:30 to 10:30 but he was there setting up at 3 and never left. Same with the video people.

          #6 NYJen

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            Posted 28 December 2007 - 11:12 PM

            Quote:
            Originally Posted by LALA
            Yeah - I didn't give meals to the mariachi band or the judge bc they were only there for an hour. Basically I gave meals to those who were there for more than 4 hours. Make sure you consider when the vendor actually arrives too. We booked the DJ from 5:30 to 10:30 but he was there setting up at 3 and never left. Same with the video people.
            My WC told me the same thing - meals for vendors who will be there longer than 4 hours.

            #7 starchild

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              Posted 29 December 2007 - 03:12 AM

              That sounds about right to me.

              #8 alrager

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                Posted 29 December 2007 - 01:36 PM

                Thank you all for the advice. So if I am having buffet style...I should ask them before the event if they want a meal Also...if I am having open bar...I don't have to offer them that right What about the hotel wedding planner...I do I have to offer them a meal...won't they get one free from the hotel

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                #9 hls140

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                  Posted 29 December 2007 - 10:22 PM

                  I asked up front for their (photographer and WC--we didn't have a DJ and used our ipod) meal selections and provided non-alcoholic drinks. About the hotel WC, we counted her in, but she kindly refused and said she could just eat for free from the kitchen, so perhaps offer and see what they say?

                  #10 alrager

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                    Posted 30 December 2007 - 06:12 PM

                    Thank you all for your advice...I really appreciate all the help.

                    Amy




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