feeding the people you hire?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: For my wedding I did or I am...
    buying my hires for the days food that is the same food my guests are eating : (79 votes)
    84 %
    buying my hires for the days food but, I got them something other than guests food (if so what) : (13 votes)
    14 %
    not considering myself responsible for their food but, they have a break (at what part of the day?) : (1 votes)
    1 %
    not considering myself responsible for their food and they are not taking a dinner break : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 2
    2791 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

    Yes, you should be responsibile for feeding them or letting them leave to get food or allow them to have a pizza delivered. Many vendors actually have this in their contract. Some venues will supply vendor meals if you ask.

    I’m having a buffet pig roast and it’s a more casual wedding so per plate isn’t that expensive ($18ish). We will be feeding our photographers, bartender, dj, videographer, officiant (if he wants to stay). Make sure you have a place for them to sit and eat if they don’t have their own space (photographer versus dj who’d eat at their booth). I’ve been to weddings where they’ve had their own seating assignment just like a guest.  My seating is really limited so since the bar will be closed during dinner and there are seats at our bar we will just let them know to eat at the bar. (it’s not in the dining room)

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  amberback.
    Post # 3
    2792 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Our caterer did not provide a seprate vender meal, so we just ended up giving them the same as the guests.  Our DJ had it in his contract that he was be provided a meal.  Our photographer had in her contract that her and her second shooter were allowed to eat or be allowed time to go get food. 

    Our DJ did tell me a really horrible story about a bride who insisted he be there by 10:00 AM to set up.  The bride then insisted the stayed there even though he typically went and helped the rest of his crew set up other events.  He asked if he could grab something when the rest of the guests where eating and had the bartender who worked other weddings for him look after his equipment while it played background music.  There was a Mc D’s litterly across the street from the venue, but the bride lost her mind and insisted that he couldn’t leave.  He basically went 14 hours without eating. 

    Post # 4
    373 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We provided vendor meals (a fruit cup, a sandwich, chips and water). The photographer and his 2nd shooter were “on duty” for about 10 hours from start to finish and we didn’t want them to go hungry. They took turns in a room off to the side at the reception to eat and take small breaks. We fed the DJ too and he sat at the table with his equipment.

    Both vendors (the photographer and the DJ had it in the contract that they would be fed. One photographer that we considered had in his contract that he would be fed a hot meal.

    Post # 5
    430 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    its in my photographers contract that they get a 1 hr break at dinner service.  DJ is only 6 hours so he works through.  In my officiants contract it says its at my discretion if i want him to stay for dinner and blessing or not.   

    Post # 7
    4586 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    We only need to feed our photographer, as it’s in her contract – and I am fine with that! Our band will set up before the reception, but stated that they did not need to be fed. We’re also having a photobooth, and the gal will set up before everything starts – but she said would leave and come back once the photobooth starts. However, we are considering giving her a meal if she wants one.

    Those are the only vendors we have to worry about during that time. But like I said, only our photgrapher has it in her contract. Which, I don’t feel is asking too much when they’ve been with you ALL day.

    Post # 8
    187 posts
    Blushing bee

    LadyPeacockk: I agree, a lot of vendors have it in their contract, typically the host needs to provide food. I used to work at a bacnquet facility, and I can’t think of an event where the DJ/Photographer were not fed, only thing that varied is where they ate. Some ate at a table in the event, others tucked themselves into the corner or a side room.

    As far as timing goes, they are usually pretty good at this, DJ’s typically eat at the same time you do, they usually have a dinner playlist that they queue up ahead of time, and unless you look for them, you wouldn’t notice them missing. Photog typically takes a few shots of food being served to the head table (if desired), then eats quickly while guests do. Some people want a shot of the food, but those are best taken when first served. Pictures of people eating are not typically flattering, so the photog eats while guests do.  

    Post # 9
    1648 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    My photographer worked 10+ hours on my wedding day.  They are people too, they get hungry.  It’s like working more than a full day at the office, you can’t go without food, you need a break and a meal.   I provided both my photogs, 2 DJs (who worked the ceremony and reception), and officiant with a hot meal. 

    Post # 10
    12875 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My venue provided a vendor meal that was discounted, same plated dish as the guests but wihtout the extras (appetizers, salad, and dessert).  Their contract will usually state what they require.  My photog had a line in there that said that if she is not provided a meal, she is entitled to 1 hr off site to find food and will not be available for photos.

    Post # 11
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    LadyPeacockk:  Our photographer required that a meal be provided for her and her second shooter if we had them for more than 6 hours (we had them for 8).  Our DJ was also required to have a meal.

    The photographers I gave a choice of meal (same as our guests as they were sitting with guests) the DJ got the chicken same as the guests…I could have given him a choice but the company was being difficult, they didn’t advise us of any dietary restrictions so he got chicken…He seemed very happy with it.

    Post # 12
    3833 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had a buffet, so our photographers, DJ, and bartender (only vendors on-site all night) had the same meal as everyone else. The DJ and bartender ate at their posts, I gave my photographers seats at a table. I’ve been seated with a photographer before – didn’t bother me, so I figured some of my guests wouldn’t mind either.

    Post # 13
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Everyone we hired had a place at a table (for when they wanted it) and they ate everything we ate — Which was a buffet, so it worked out beautifully.

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    Post # 14
    744 posts
    Busy bee

    We don’t have anything in our photographer’s contract, but we intend on providing him (and his second shooter) a meal.  We will also provide the DJ a meal (which we would have done regardless, but ESPECIALLY since he is a professional acquaintance of FI’s doing it as a favor for us). 

    Our caterer provides the meals at a very reduced rate for vendors.  I think they will get to go through the regular buffet line.  However, I don’t have an issue with providing vendors a different meal, as long as it’s still good food.  Like a nice sandwich with a side and a cookie is perfectly fine for a vendor, IMO.  We get that kind of food all the time at work and I am perfectly happy with it!  They are not a wedding guest and don’t need to be served a fancy meal on the job.

    Post # 15
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    We have to provide for our 2 photographers and the DJ. We don’t have vendor meals, so they get the $240 pp dinner. :/

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