Post # 1
Our DJ is coming at 8pm – after the dinner is over. I know if the DJ is there all night, it’s customary to feed him, but I’m not sure what we should do in this situation where he won’t be.
We’ll have him from 8pm-1am, which is still quite a long time. Should we provide drinks? Let him know we will pay his tab at the bar for soft drinks or water? Bring a snack? Ask the venue to feed him?
Any advice on this would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
What does it say in his contract? They should mention something about being fed.
Post # 4
If your worried maybe ask him. Mine didn’t mention anything in the contact and he will only play for 3 hours instead of the 4 we had to pay him for so we aren’t feeding him.
Post # 5
I think anyone who works over 4 hours is required by law to have a meal break.
Post # 6
I don’t think you need to feed him – he will eat before hand!
But if you serve a snack or cake later I would offer him a snack!
Also he should not be drinking unless you offer a drink – but then someone should get the drink and bring it to him – he shouldn’t be going to the bar! But someone should make sure that he has something to drink (pop, water) most of the time!
Post # 7
There is no contract. He’s located a small town, we just called and emailed back and forth to confirm the details.
Post # 8
I would feed all of your vendors. We did that and our vendors were so appreciative. I think its something that is just courteous to do. I also think that if they are hungry they may not perform as well, whether it be a band/ DJ/ videographer/ wedding coordinator/ photographer, etc.
Post # 9
He is likely going to be on site earlier than 8pm for set-up. My opinion is yes, you should provide him a meal. But why don’t you just ask him if he would like a vendor meal? He may say no, then you are off the hook, and if he says yes, well then you know you won’t have a hungry, unhappy vendor.
Post # 10
Yes, I’d definitely offer dinner to the DJ (and all vendors!). If it’s not in his contract, maybe contact him ahead of time to ask what his meal preferences are and see what he says. Even if he says he won’t need dinner, I think it is polite to at least offer it up. Meals for the vendor are often discounted so cost shouldn’t be a big issue.
Post # 11
You should have a contract. For your specific timeframe, I suggest you ask him what he would like. Let him know that dinner will be over, but you would still like to know if he requires anything while he is working. I agree that if you are having snacks, cake, etc., he should be offered those. And also free nonalchoholic drinks.
Post # 12
Anyone who works a certain number of hours (over 4-5) is required to be given a break and food. Definitely have substantial snacks and beverages for him, even though dinner is over at that point. He will not be able to leave though to go get food elsewhere during the reception.
Post # 13
I wondered about this too! We had the option whether or not to pay for our photographer’s meal but instead we just let him get his own food. Your photog and DJ will have to take a break, so he just left for a little while during dinner and then came back. As for the DJ, we never even got asked about providing a meal for him although during dinner I did notice he wasn’t there for a little bit (he had a playlist going) so I’m assuming that he just brought a meal for himself or ran out to grab something.