(Closed) DJ meal

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Do you feed the dj a meal?
    Yes. Its the polite thing to do. : (34 votes)
    71 %
    Yes but not the same meal as the guests. Something a little less expensive. : (12 votes)
    25 %
    No. The DJ is costing me enough already. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No, because the DJ will take some time off at my expense. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

    @Lauraine:  Depends – some of my vendors have in their contract that we have to feed them, others don’t. We have to provide 6 meals for the band, for example.

    Post # 4
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    A full tummy could mean a happier DJ, which means a better DJ experiance. I would do it.


    How much would it cost you to feed him?

    Post # 5
    8730 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @Lauraine:  If you don’t then are you ok with him leaving to go and get food? Most weddings are over a meal time and most DJ’s put it in their contract that they either get a meal or get the time for a meal break.

    In my opinion it is the polite thing to do.

    Honestly I think $700 for a DJ for a 35 person wedding is a waste. Why not have an ipod or something if money is tight? I woukld rather invite 10 more people than pay that for a DJ.

    Post # 7
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014


    Totally understand, it does get expensive.

    Have you talked to the reastaurant about vendor meals? Sometimes they offer cheaper meals for the vendors.

    Post # 8
    9115 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I think you would be a good and gracious host to feed your vendor. Some have it in their contracts that if you do not provide them with a meal, they will take time away to provide their own. Is that something you’re prepared to sacrifice? Would you want to work for hours on your feed with nothing in your stomach? Even if you bought a platter of sandwiches, I advise you that it is a very good idea to feed the people working for you.

    Post # 10
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Lauraine:  Well, I think it’s just the right/nice thing to do. Who’s doing your catering? Would it be possible for them to provide him with a standard meal at a discounted price? It doesn’t seem like too much to ask.

    Might be worth asking and checking it out, but it really is up to you. Unless it’s in the DJ’s contract that he be provided a meal (our photographer has a note in his contract but has said that he’s fine either way).

    Post # 11
    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I think it’s pretty standard to feel your vendors (DJ, photogrpaher, etc). Like a PP mentioned, can your venue offer a vendor meal? Our venue is charging us $25 for the vendor meal which is like 1/10th of the guest meal price. Your DJ is not a guest so you obviously don’t host them like everyone else by providing alcohol, cake, etc. They do not have to eat the same meal everyone else does. 


    Post # 14
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    In our contract agreement, it was specified that we had to feed them. So we did. We didn’t give them the same meal though. 

    Post # 15
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My venue has the option of ‘vendor meals’.  I’ll feed my deejay, videographer, and photographer.  They’ll get a sandwich, chips, pickle, & cole slaw.  That’s fair.  They aren’t guests but it’s courteous to feed them so they perform their best to make my special day ss perfect as possible.

    Post # 16
    3267 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Lauraine:  You do not feed your vendors booze.  A meal for sure.  But does your boss serve you beer while you work?  This is his job.  He gets his meal, and possibly a soda.

    A beer with dinner wouldn’t inspire him to stay later.  To be honest I wouldn’t expect there to be much dancing at a 30 person wedding at a restaurant (Sorry).  2:30-10 is already 7.5 hours, and I really don’t see people staying at social events longer then that.

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