Dear Mr Pickles,
How cute are you!
I have been discussing with my planner and my caterer the issue of feeding my suppliers on the day. My planner says that we will get a much better response from our suppliers if we feed them and take care of them during the day, but equally I am trying to be manage my budget as carefully as I can.
Who do you think I should do? Happy suppliers or take my wedding planner's advice?
Thank you so much for your help.
Thank you for your lovely comment it made my whiskers twitch.
I whole heartily agree with your wedding planner, it's extremely good wedding etiquette to feed and look after your suppliers on your wedding day.
For many suppliers it’s an incredibly long and very busy day (for some suppliers it will be 12 hours +) and ensuring they have a break during the wedding and have something hot to eat is essential.
A lot of venues are very accommodating and will be able to review spaces within the venue that you can use for your “green room” for your suppliers on the wedding day. This will allow them to take a break and for your photographer to do that very important back up of their first batch of images from your wedding.
I would also advise you check with suppliers their dietary requirements so you are aware of any allergies so you can be advise your caterer, also offer a vegetarian and meat option as a meal option.
I would also advise you speak to your caterer about timings and when they can feed your suppliers, it's essential your photographer and film team to be fed as closely after your guests starters / mains are laid to ensure they have eaten and can return to capture the speeches an important part in telling the story of your day.
Your caterer may not be able to feed all suppliers at the same time, as the wedding breakfast service will be in full flow and the team will be focused on delivering this. Speak to your caterer and review other times when they can serve the other suppliers meals and build these in to your timings and share these with your suppliers so they are aware of the catering schedule.
Also if you want to earn serious brownie points set up a beverage station that gets replenished during the day, with water, tea and coffee and if you are feeling flush a cooler with some cans of coke and diet coke for those figure watchers amongst us.
With the recent spate of good weather you can see it’s essential to keep your suppliers well hydrated.
Have a happy sunny weekend
Mr Pickles x