“An Army Travels On Its Stomach” is an historical quote attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte … and throughout wars in history it’s been proven true…

{OK Mark, what’s this got to do with weddings?}

One of the age old issues for wedding planners, brides, venues and wedding professionals is the dreaded ‘vendor meal’…

Caterers and venues often want to offer whatever is convenient, brides don’t necessarily want to invest the same money they are spending on guests, photographers, videographers {and wedding planners – but we’ll get back to us at a later time } who are with a client all day (sometimes 12+ hours) would  like a hot meal….

Some wedding photographers across the country have gone to fairly severe lengths to ensure the get a meal… after getting nothing, or a day old cold sandwich some wrote in to their contracts that they get anything from – a guest meal, a hot meal or even that if not fed they can leave property to get a meal during the receptions.

I totally agree with Napoleon – your Army travels on its stomach… providing a hot meal for the wedding professionals who will be interacting with your guests, shooting your memories and keeping your dance floor packed will be happier and perform better (especially after 12 hours) when fed…

Wedding professionals are often fed AFTER guests entrées are served giving them about 5 minutes to shovel something in before the band gets back up and everyone is back to work…

This weekend I worked with the Union League of Philadelphia – their vendor meal is generally the same.

A chafing dish of pasta with chicken, a tossed salad with dressing on the side, a platter of rolls, a platter of cookies, assorted sodas, an urn of coffee/decaf and ALL the silver ware, plates and napkins…

Go figure… it was set up in a room adjoining the main ballroom- at the BEGINNING of the reception, it was reasonably priced, and they even provided Portobello mushroom and pasta for the two vegetarian band members as pre arranged.

Nothing fancy, nothing expensive – but it was there so we could all break in shifts and still take care of our clients… THANK YOU!

 

So when your venue asks about feeding your vendors keep in mind an army truly travels on its stomach and a well fed army is a happy army…