(Closed) Am I supposed to feed the photog?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not sure if you are “supposed to” but I plan on including them in my count and have let them know they will have access to the buffet.  Where you have such a specialized catering plan, perhaps arranging for a plate for them in the kitchen, or on the side, might be bettter?  I’m also planning on feeding our pastor (a family friend) and our musician (not a family friend).  I just figured it was a nice gesture to feed them.

Post # 4
5787 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes, you should feed the photographer. You should really feed any vendor that is spending a long time at your wedding (band, planner, etc)

Post # 5
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My photographer requests a meal in her contract, as well as requests to be sat in the reception room itself (and not fed a vendor meal in the kitchen or a separate room).  It’s nice to include them in the count and feed them, but not neccesary unless they specifically request it,

Post # 6
4485 posts
Honey bee

Yes. They will be with you the entire day(8+ hrs in most cases), long before the wedding starts, and will not have a chance to skip away and stop at Wendy’s. If they aren’t fed, their energy runs out and you may not get good pictures, and they may not think highly of you. Plus, they may include in their contract that they receive a meal. Talk to your caterer about vendor meals or what they charge to feed a vendor the same as your guests will be eating. A buffet won’t make that much difference pricewise since the caterer automatically makes extra. But don’t feed them in a different room, especially if you want any pictures taken during dinner, when they have to be in the same room. Also, it is a major health violation for anyone, no matter who it is, to be fed in the kitchen, and any venue/caterer who does can and will be fined and closed indefinitely by the health dept.

Post # 7
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I like food! 😉 In all seriousness though, it is in my contract for weddings where I am booked for more than 6 hours that I either be fed or allowed a short break to get food. Shooting a wedding is grueling, all that climbing and ducking to get the shots, my energy would be nil if I didn’t eat before the end of the night. Even if I didn’t have it in my contract, in the past my brides have generally been courteous enough to feed me, and a little courtesy goes a long way!

Post # 8
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It should say something about this in your contract!

Mine says that meals are appreciated when they are working the ceremony and the whole reception. If they are not given a meal they state that they will need to take an hour to go and eat! Which is reasonable in my mind!

My venue provides vendor meals – which is the same meal but at a lower per head cost because all the extra’s aren’t included in it! Alcohol etc.

Post # 9
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Yes, you should feed them. Your caterer should have food pulled aside for them to eat while everyone else is going course by course…. It would be rude not too unless you’re OK with them leaving to get some. If you would like them to stay, you need to provide food. Check your contract, most have it listed in there!

Post # 10
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think you should definitely feed all your vendors if they are there for several hours or more.

Post # 11
35 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would really recommend feeding your photog or any vendor who is at your wedding for an extended period of time (like the other ladies said). But, you don’t have to serve them what you serve your guests. Our caterer is going to put together a gourmet brown bag dinner for them, separate from what we serve our guests. Sounds like that might be a better option for you than a 10 course meal!

Post # 12
293 posts
Helper bee

Just tell your caterer you need a “vendor meal”, it’s absolutely standard practice to feed your vendors – photog, DOC, musicians, etc.

I’m surprised it’s not specified in the contract. 

A vendor meal is usually much less than your cost per person, just fyi.


Post # 13
877 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My photographer asks for dinner in her contract.  She’ll be having the same thing as our guests.  Since we’ve booked her for a 10 hour package, we’ll be providing her with lunch and snacks too.  We’re trying to maintain good relationships with our vendors!

Post # 14
34 posts

Definitely, for all the reasons everyone has already said!  Just one extra thought, though–I like to be seated in the main reception area and not in a separate room, just in case something special happens and I need to hop up and snap a picture of it.  

Plus, pretty much everyone hates having their picture taken while they eat, so there’s not much going on for the photogs anyway.  It’s a nice chance to give them a little break, and I agree–even if you don’t provide food, at least provide the chance to eat SOMETHING. 🙂

Post # 15
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you should offer.  If they get hungry, the work will suffer.

Post # 16
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we are definitely including our photogs in the food count, they’re going to be with us 9 hours… i can’t imagine someone having to do that without eating!!!

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