Where to seat our photographers and videographer?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bmo88:  I’m wondering this myself — commenting so I can follow the suggestions!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I dont know either, but I have the same problem. Hopefully someone will help us with ideas. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Did you ask them if they were going to want to sit down for dinner? My photographer declined when I offered, and she was up pretty much the entire time taking pics.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We only have 20 guests, so we’ll likely have 3 tables and then a fourth table for the photographers and assistants. That way they can eat when they want, get up from the table when they want without disturbing everyone, or eat in shifts. I figure they might also want to discuss photography stuff, go over the day, etc.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I sat my photog/assistant at a table with 5 good friends of mine, to keep the tables even. But they had already made an agreement with the hall to eat their food in the kitchen, so they could eat quickly, quietly, and out of the way!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would put them in a separate table, they may not feel comfortable sitting with guests and they will not leisurely eat like them. We had our vendors eat at our venue’s adjoining restaurant area and they ate whenever it was convenient for them (some took their meal at the beginning of dinner, some waited until halfway through)

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Former wedding photographer here! Shot weddings for nearly ten years (still do from time to time).

Ask your venue, usually they have a plan for this.

Side note, in all honesty, it can be a little awkward being “included in the group.” I know the intention is to be welcoming and friendly, and I always appreciated the well meaning gesture.. however when would I take my meal break I really would just want to take a BREAK from the event (remember, this is WORK for us).. Maybe text my SO, zone out, whatever.. Making awkward dinner conversation with a group of strangers is not a particularly fun “break”, especially when you’re working a 12 hour day and are probably only taking 20 minutes of that for yourself.. Small weddings are particularly awkward because usually it’s a very tight knit group, and you’re the lone stranger. 

I always preferred the situations where I was eating in the kitchen, or at a seperate “vendor table”.. then at least my dinner companions are all in the same boat, just trying to take a few minutes for themselves.. me with my head burried in my cell phone feels less rude when the people sitting around me are doing pretty much the same.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m sorry I don’t have an answer on this but I can’t afford to feed the photographer too! Do people really offer a table for vendors? Please, you can’t be serious?! With the kind of money they charge, they should be ashamed to think you’re going to spend any more money feeding them and making them a part of the reception! HA!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chickadea07:  You may want to check your contract from your photographer and your DJ (if you’re having one); they may state that you are required to provide them with a meal. And check with your venue, too — vendor meals may not be as expensive as guest meals are.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@leenh78:  Don’t have a photographer contract written out yet but if anything that is stated anywhere, they can bet their bottom dollar that I won’t be using them as a vendor hands down, which may or may not mean anything to them anyway. Who am I anyway? Nobody, but its just a little rude in my opinion to expect things in life.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@chickadea07:  Think of it this way, though — they’re working several hours for you (5-6 hours, I imagine) and will be hungry. Even if it isn’t required in your contracts, it’s a nice gesture.

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