Post # 1
Our photographer is going to be spending from 1pm – 10pm with us for our wedding. I obviously wouldn’t expect him (and his wife as assistant) to not eat the entire 9+ hours they’re with us. What do people typically do? Did you add him to the catering list? Provide some extra food in another way?
It seems a little overboard to include him in the count of guests for the food since the package includes open bar, and it’s a little pricey. Any ideas?
Post # 3
Our venue has a “vendor meal” option. It’s basically the same plate that everyone else eats, taking out the cost of cocktail hour/open bar, etc. We’ll be providing that to our photogs, DJ, videog and other vendors. Is that an option you can discuss with your caterer?
Post # 4
i plan to feed my photographer. in fact, providing a meal for her and her assistant is included in our contract. i will probably look into a vendor meal. i think that’s pretty standard.
Post # 5
our photographer said she would either like a meal or else will leave for an hour during dinner to eat. Our venue also offers a non-alcoholic beverage option for $7 for vendors.
I wish I knew if she preffered to be fed or to leave, cuz I can’t decide!
Post # 6
Our photographers and DJ were included in the total head count for the venue. We chose their meal, though and they were not included in the per person cost for the open bar.
Post # 7
If you are having a buffet or food stations, typically the photographer, videographers, DJ and wedding coordinator will try to grab some food after the guests have eaten.
If you are having a served dinner, then please make sure your vendors have food since they are usually onsite for 8 – 12 hours and can’t leave.
Post # 8
Our venue reaqures us to add them to the guest count, since no outside food allowed, but they deducted the cost of the open bar. See if your venue has a vendor meal and if not request that they lower the cost for your vendors since they wont be drinking.
Post # 9
@red_rose: I would feed her. What if something exciting happens while she is gone and she misses it? At least of she is there she can grab her camera and cath the moment and then go back to eating
Post # 10
We are having a buffet and will be feeding our photographer. When I asked her if she wanted to be included in the dinner she was so excited and said nobody has fed her at a wedding before. I was shocked. She is going to be with us from before lunch time until after dinner, so I just assumed we would feed her.
We will also possibly be feeding our band, I have to talk to them about that.
Post # 11
Our caterer had plated meals for photogs and DJ that they ate out of sight during dinner. The contract for photography stipulated that whenever we ate, the photogs had to have a meal too. Our DJ didn’t care if we gave him food or not.
Post # 12
They will be added to our guest count for meals. To me it seems kinda crappy to give all of your guests nice food, but stick the photographer and band and all the other vendors whoa re working so hard to help your day go awesome with a sandwich or something.
Post # 13
YESSS!!! You have to keep the photographers happy if you want great photos! Purchase a vendor meal from your caterer and they’ll be happy to eat it “out of sight”.
Post # 14
@Future MrsB: The only people we didnt feed were the DJ’s, caterers (obviously) and the bartenders, they started wortk at 6:00 so we felt it wasnt necessary. Out photographers, and videographers who had been with us since 9:00 the morning, got food. Most caterers will provide a discounted rate for vendors etc.
Post # 15
we are having a buffet, so our photog and DJ can just grab anything they want, when they have a free moment
Post # 16
Yes, you should feed the photographer. Ask you caterer how they usually handle the situation. I actually forgot to arrange a meal for mine but we had no shows and he simply sat at an empty seat. I felt bad.