Post # 1
Hi ladies, I’m just curious did you/will invite your photographer to sit and eat at your wedding reception? I was just thinking our ceremony will flow directly into cocktails and then the reception. She will be shooting for 9 hours So I’m sure she will get hungry! how did it work with your photographers? Did you provide them food? Did they bring their own? I know I can ask her but I didn’t know what was customary so didn’t want to suggest her having a plate if that was out of line. Also if I’m paying 4k for photos do I have to pony up another $100 for a plate of food for her? Plus there will be a second shooter! Ack! Any advice you ladies have would be great!
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas
Our venue had vendor meals available at a discounted price, so I fed my photographer and DJ. I would ask your reception venue if they do anything like that.
Post # 3
We let our vendors pick what they wanted to eat, they could either order something from the hotel restaurant or eat from our buffet. We fed our photographers (2 shooters), our DJ and his wife, and our videographer.
Post # 4
As far as I know, quite a few photogs would expect to be fed. I mean, they are standing around for 12 hours photographing you! Most caterers will provide cheaper vendor meals.
Post # 5
Most photographers contracts require you the feed them if they are working over dinner time. Our venue had vendor meals so I just asked my photog what her dietary requirements were and they picked the appropriate main course for her (she got the vegetarian option).
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
Yes you should feed them!
Post # 8
Yes, definitely should be fed. All our vendors will be receiving the same meal as the guests.
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
BWLE: I think they should be fed, otherwise they’d starve! Our photographers asked us ahead of time if there will be room for them at dinner/reception, or if they’d have to make alternate dinner arrangements. We definitely fed them, it was the least we could do (besides pay our bill of course) since they spent 9 hours with us!
Post # 10
Yes, we plan on feeding our photographer and her second shooter. It was optional in our contract, but if we didn’t pay for them to eat, they required a half hour off to eat. I think it is fair, as legally if they were my employee, that would be required for working for the 7 hours we are contracted for. It was more important to us to have them at the reception than it was for us not to feed them. Our photographer explained to me that she will eat while the wedding party does, and her second shooter will go around and get photos of the tables. As soon as she is done eating, she will get photos of speeches and what ever else is going on, and her second shooter will eat.
I would make sure you read your contract and see if feeding them is required. If you decide not to feed them, to be aware that they will need to go grab something at some point and it may cut into time that you would prefer for them to be taking pictures. Also, it’s not rude for you to not feed them the same thing that you are feeding your guests. It sounds a little snobby, but they aren’t guests.
Post # 11
I know we will be feeding our photographers (2) and DJ, I’m not sure how our venue does it but it is a restaurant venue and they do weddings all the time so I know they have it covered. I have no idea where they will be eating, but that is something for me to figure out with the venue ASAP 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks ladies!! Did you just include them in your seething charts or did you have a seperate vendor table? I want to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as possible!
Post # 13
Misswhowedding: thank you this was exactly what I was wondering!
Post # 14
BWLE: Yes, of course.
Some venues have vendor meals at a discounted price. For example, our venue costs almost $200 per plate, but the vendor meal is $45 because they will not be using the bar or eating during cocktail hour.
Where your vendors sit will depend on the set up of your venue. Your photographer(s) will ordinarily eat while you’re eating because you aren’t at your most photogenic at that point, anyway!
Do you have a separate space for cocktails? Since we have two separate rooms, our vendors will be eating in the cocktail room while we have dinner in the ballroom area.
Post # 15
The photogs I’ve asked have said that they’ve had a smaller vendor table off to the side for DJ, photog, and whoever else, and that’s worked really well for them.