Post # 1
So we decided on hiring a DJ and we found one we really like that has a lot of experience doing weddings (8 years).. I’m filling out the form we need to turn in along with our deposit, and one of the questions it asks if a meal will be provided for the DJ…
I don’t know what to answer on that? we’re having a sit down dinner that’s $30 a person. however the venue is allowing my Future Mother-In-Law to bring in appetizers from her friend’s restaurant so in addition to the sit down dinner we will have an appetizers table.. should I provide the DJ a plate or just write on the form that he will be provided with appetizers??
I should add that he will be there from 6pm-11pm
Post # 3
I think the norm is to provide him a meal.
Post # 4
Our reception was around the same time as well and we provided a meal.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Most caterers have a “vendor meal” as an option. You generall feed those who are there for a while (photogs, DJ).
Post # 6
Most venders who are at the reception require a vender meal. Talk to your caterer about it, it’s usually about the same price as a kids meal or less.
Post # 7
I think you should allow him a plate. I think it’s rude to not offer, and I feel rude eating in front of someone that wasn’t offered.
Post # 8
Yes, the DJ is supposed to get fed.
Post # 9
As Mink said, you may get a vendor meal for less than your $30.00 guest meal. Ask your caterer.
Post # 10
Provide him with a meal. A full vendor is a happy vendor and a happy vendor works harder.
Post # 11
It’s usual to feed DJ’s and photographers, however, I’d definitely ask how they handle meal time. Last summer at my cousin’s wedding the DJ was more interested in eating than doing his job and he was rude to the mother of the groom when she asked him when dancing would start. I think there has to be a plan for the how and when of feeding them.
Post # 12
I agree that the caterer should have a vendor meal. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a sandwich or something to hold them over.
Post # 13
Usually yes, if your having a buffet they join in and help themselves to food alongside the guests as this is during the interlude anyway.
Post # 14
I think the option though just lets him know if he needs to eat first
Post # 15
Yep, and so do the photographers
Post # 16
Of course, feeding your dj/photographer/coordinator is common courtesy.