(Closed) Food for photographers?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I would definitely plan to feed vendors that are there for your event. Check with your venue/caterer and see if they have any preselected vendor meals. Many caterers will have options for less expensive entrees for people like your photographers, DJ, coordinator, etc.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would plan to feed them – if you’re offering a plated selection, shoot them an email asking what they prefer, chicken or beef, or whatever, or findout if your venue has a “vendor meal” price. My photographers told me they would just bring power bars, but when they agreed to stay longer than our contract stated at very minimal cost, I insisted they eat!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Fed vendors are happy vendors, so it could only end up helping you in the long run! We got married at a restaurant, and I had the vendors meals served at the bar. They really appreciated it and stayed longer than contract without charging us to “make up” for the time they were eating (which was only around 20 minutes)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It was in my contract for my photographer that I’d be feeding him.  I’d check your contract, and even if it’s not in your contract if you can afford it (mine was easy peasy to include) then plan on feeding them!

Post # 7
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624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Hmmm this is a good question. My photographer will only be with us for 4 hours.

So I didnt think to include her in the Brunch.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@MsRMTiffany: I’m sorry, if I am paying you for a service and providing you a tip based on performance I will not pay for your food! My job does not come with a meal plan. I think having a break is fine but it will not be on my dime, you are not a guest.

Post # 9
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171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I will definitely be feeding my photographer and band. They will be with us all day, can’t let them starve. 

Post # 10
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think the kind thing to do is to provide them with a meal. Plus think about labor laws, if anyone works more than 5 hours in my state, they are required to receive a meal break. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

They need some kind of food for being there all day.  Just like you are required to get a break if you work a shift longer than 4 hours, they deserve a break too.  If you can’t afford to have them eat the same as your guests, ask your venue about less expensive options.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@MsRMTiffany: I fed the photographers and videographers. The DJ didnt eat anything as he ate before he came to the venue but the pic/video people had been with us since the morning.

We had a table in the corner set up for them the sat down and very quickly ate food ( I didnt see it but my ssiter said the poor guys littler gobbled the food up and took off) so they could get back to work.

Supply food.

I was a DOC at a wedding and they had a special vendor table, the DJ, other even t cordinator, photographers and videographers were there. The serving staff took a small plate and ate in the back.

IMO opinion it would be very rude to have all your guests eating food and your poor vendors who have been with you all day or going to be all night standing their starving.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@MsRMTiffany:Of course the vendors need a break, that’s normal. Help me understand why I would pay for food after 3 or 4 hours of service? They law requires a 30 minute break after 6 hours of work but it does not state your employer has to pay for your food. I’m open to this; but please help me undrstand why? Are you also providing a tip?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I asked about this a few weeks ago, and got mostly similar responses to what you’re getting–etiquette, and often contracts, will suggest/require you feed people.  And, as they put it, they’re working hard to help you, and do a better job when fed.  🙂

Also, like many others said, vendors will often get cheaper meals.  I know our venue provides half priced meals for vendors.  So check it out with them.  🙂

Post # 15
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381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Soladylike: I think if you don’t provide food, especially if they’ve worked/ traveled all day, you’re basically telling them that they can leave the site to go find and pay for their own food. I personally wouldn’t want my photographer, dj, videographer, etc to leave in the middle so that they could go grab something to eat.

I think it’s in one’s best interest to provide food to your vendors. I would still probably feed someone (even just a cheaper vendor meal) for working 3-4 hours because it’s the nice thing to do.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Soladylike: You really want your photog leaving your wedding to go get food? They could miss a significant chunk of the event that you want photographed. There’s a reason why most photogs add it into their contract – it’s the most efficient way to cover the event. You’re willing to spend thousands on photos but not $30 to feed them? Most caterers have cheaper vendor meals available.

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