(Closed) dinner for photographer and officiant?

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
945 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

No, they typically do not want to sit bc they’re running around (at least the photog). You can also provide them with a cheaper vendor meal. 

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@babbot:  I did some research on this myself. You are supposed to provide food for any vendors that will be with you through out the duration of your wedding. You do not have to serve them what you and your guests will be eating but you do need to have a spot for them to eat a meal provided by you which can be anything really. I think that we are just going to serve our vendors something that our venue provides, rather than bringing in sandwiches which was my original thought.

Post # 5
1794 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@babbot: It’s customary to feed vendors who are working through the reception. So, I would definitely order a meal for the photographer (and DJ if you have one). Make sure you ask your venue about vendor meals because they will usually charge you less than the price for guests. I don’t think you need to set a place for vendors at your tables though. Usually they will find somewhere quiet and out of the way to eat quickly and then get back to work.

I think it’s a little different with the officiant. If you have a personal relationship with them, even if it’s not close, you should probably invite them to the reception. Otherwise if the officiant is just someone you hired, they will normally leave after the ceremony, so you don’t need to feed them.

Post # 6
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have asked any vendor I have hired and my dj will be eating my 2 photographers said no because they miss 2 many shoots if they eat .. I’d just ask each vendor 

Post # 7
1023 posts
Bumble bee

After consulting the hive when planning our wedding I learned that it’s usually expected that the bride & groom provide a meal for the photographer(s), but you don’t need to provide them a seat at a table since they’ll be runnign around. We ensured ours had a seat at the bar of the restaurant and the ability to eat from the full menu.

Our officiant left after the ceremony, but if yours stays for the reception I imagine you’d need to provide a meal for him/her as well.

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