Post # 1
I just was going over my potential contract with a photographer that we’re really interested in, when I found this line:
Vendor are to be fed the same meals as the wedding guests and are to sit with wedding guests so as to cover the meal and events. Vendor meals are not acceptable. If this provision is not met, you agree to pay $100 per photographer and staff.
So I understand that they need to sit in the same room to get pics…but vendor meals aren’t acceptable? Is this normal? Our wedding meal is fairly pricey…and this photographer is fairly expensive. This seems a bit ridiculous to me….let me know what you all think!
Post # 3
HAHAHA screw that!
Wow, I seriously can’t beleive that… I’d point that out to him/ her and discuss it. Why’s the need for expensive ass food, you’re there to work not to eat like kings. I asked if subway was ok he said I don’t care we just need to be fed.
I’m sorry but spending 80$ for 2 photographers isn’t something I’m willing to do.
Post # 4
I plan on using vendor meals as well for my photographer. It won’t be chicken finger kids meal but it also won’t be the $105 plate everyone else is eating. Bring it up and say no go on that. If they try to charge you find another photographer. Unreasonable is the word of the day. Good luck!
Post # 5
@Everyone, when you actually sit down and eat one of these vendor meals, come back and then tell me how unreasonable this is. After one too many disgusting, dry, Wonderbread-and-Bologna sandwiches that I couldn’t even FORCE down my throat after working 7 hours straight with three to go, I also have something similar to this in my contract.
However, mine states that if myself and my staff are provided a vendor meal or no meal, we maintain the right to leave your venue for one hour to obtain a hot meal. I also charge $300 an hour though, so a guest meal that I would take 15 minutes tops to sit and eat, is usually much cheaper than the hour of coverage the client could lose. Charging an extra $100 after the fact would not help me get a hot meal on the day, so I don’t see the sense in that, but to each his own.
Post # 6
Venue should be willing to give the vendors the same meals as everyone else. Typically venues charge half price for vendor meals, but they are not drinking so have no part of the open bar, and don’t eat dessert or rarely the cocktail hour. I don’t see this as an issue, they probably have had bad experiences being served subway or something.
Most venue’s I have delt with give the vendor one of the meals the guets are eating, just no choice…so if it was fish chix or beef, maybe they get the chix….but it IS the same meal the guests are getting.
Post # 7
Vendor meals can be quite gross…I don’t fault the hardest working person at your wedding for wanting real food. The $100 charge is likely just to incentivise you to give them the food they requested instead of blowing them off.
Post # 8
@PassionatePhotoLady: Even if it is gross, you do need need to demand you be fed the same meal! I mean to fork over 200 bucks for your food? Hells to the no. I have no problem paying for something to eat, but you ain’t even coming close to a meal that costs that much of a pretty penny. It’s reasonable you get decent food, I’d agree with that but I don’t think it’s fair to demand the high end food the couple may be paying for.
Oh and the demand to sit WITH guests? Hells to the no again for me. You’re not my guest you’re a vendor I’m paying you to be there, not inviting you to the party. Unless of course you’re a “friendor”.
Post # 9
@mandyjo12: Before making a stink about it, I’d contact your venue and see what their standard is. We’re paying $160 pp for our guests, and the vendor meals are $80, since no open bar or hors d’oeurves during cocktail hour. And they’ll be in the same room so they can take pictures. So find out what your venue usually does, because it may completely fulfill the contract anyway.
Post # 10
I fully understand the fact that they should sit with my guests. I would never consider hiding a vendor (any vendor, but especially not the most important one at my wedding) away in a back room. Plus, I would like some pics at dinner!
I just wanted to see if that was a normal request. Honestly, giving them a good meal isn’t unreasonable, I just didn’t particularly like the whole demand written in their contract. I guess that they’ve been burned in the past.
Post # 11
My photog contract says they are to be seated in the dining room and fed dinner (doesn’t specify the type of meal), if they are sitting at a table in the dining room, they will get the same meal as the guests, I would never have them eat at a table with guests and not have the same meal options. The contract says if we don’t feed them, they will leave the premesis for 1 hour to eat.
Post # 12
Our venue doesn’t do vendor meals. I have to shell out for my photographer, his wife (assistant) and the videographer. I hope the DJ comes later, but we’ll have to look into that too.
Post # 13
And let me also say that the food request wouldn’t make or break my decision to hire this photographer. They do great work, have great personalities, and come highly recommended. I just wanted to see if this is standard for a contract.
Post # 14
My photographer’s contract does say we have to provide a meal and I plan on giving her the same as my guests.
Post # 15
i find that ridiculous!!! especially when you are spending 2-3k on them! are you kidding me?…
Post # 16
I had a buffet reception and I inquired about vendor meals for our two photographers and DJ. They said they don’t have a reduced price for vendors but don’t count that closely *wink wink. I ended up just counting one more head for the three vendors, and with a couple guests that didn’t show up at the last minute, it worked out that the venue still came out ahead.
My best friend is also a photographer and she says she almost always packs food because if she ate wedding food every weekend (sometimes 3 times) she’d be 8 feet wide. So, I guess it just depends on the vendor?