(Closed) Do I pay for my photographers to sit at a guest table AND eat the plated dinner?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
336 posts
Helper bee

@amw511s: Most of the wedding books I’ve read said that you can either feed them what the guests are eating or arrange for the caterers to prepare a less expensive boxed lunch for them.

Post # 5
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We paid for our photographer & assistant to eat what the guests ate.

Post # 6
336 posts
Helper bee

@amw511s: It’s up to you. At my sister’s wedding they sat among the guests. I think it depends on if you have space & stuff like that. Otherwise just have a designated area for them to eat. 

Post # 7
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

At my venue, there is a separate tasting room where the vendors can take a break and eat together. 

Post # 8
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I know it seems a bit weird, but where else will they sit? They’re going to have been working for a long time, and they’re going to be tired. I would just have them sit with the guests and eat the same food. 

Post # 9
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t have them at guest tables, and we provided them a different lunch than the guests. It was a boxed lunch with a nice sandwich etc. Our coordinator actually suggested this because it is easier for them to take somewhere and eat privately, and they can eat more quickly than a plated meal. 

I actually think it’s a little funny to have them sit at a guest table. If I was a guest and I had the photographer at my table, I would think I was pretty low down on your list. It’s nothing against the photographer, I would just feel like a left over person. 

Post # 10
1433 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

@amw511s:  Whats your contract say?

My DOC and photographer contracts state they must be seated with the guests and receive a guest meal, so they will. 

My band doesn’t have a required clause in the contract, so we’re going to get the venue to do “vendor meals” for them, since we want them to play during dinner anyway. 

Post # 11
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

We had a separate table for all the vendors/helpers and they ate a different meal from a menu provided by the restaurant.  It’s up to you.  I think your photographers are allowing for that option with the last part of what they wrote. 

Post # 12
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

at our venue we had 2 tables set up for the vendors in the back staging area near the kitchen, (out of site of the guests)  The cateror prepared vendor meals which were substantially less expensive than what our guests received.

Post # 13
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our DJ, his assistant, the photog and his second shooter all sat in a seperate area and ate vendor meals. They were all super cool and didn’t really eat much; spent most of the time shooting. During lunch they ate sandwiches with us! 🙂

Post # 14
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

It’s hilarious how uninvolved in the process I was when it came to feeding vendors because the hotel where we had our reception is a really popular wedding spot, so our photog, videog and band are there almost every weekend. So they just did whatever they always do, but definitely did not sit among the guests. My photographer took about a 1 hour break while I was eating, but I didn’t mind because there wasn’t much to photograph other than me shoving filet into my mouth, lol!

Post # 15
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My venue had a vendor price for the meal.  They got to eat off the buffet with the guests and it was about 1/4 of the cost!  I have no clue where they sat though- I was too busy to even notice.

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