Post # 1
Bees, I need help! I know I need to feed my DJ and 2 photographers at the wedding… but do they receive the $80 dinner plate that the rest of my guests will receive? Do they sit at a guest table?? I copied the following “question” from a little questionnare that my photographers asked me to fill out before the wedding about some basic stuff related to the big day. Tell me your thoughts…
We normally either follow the bridal party up to the buffet when dinner begins or eat the plated dinner with the guests at our assigned seats so that we can begin getting photographs of you all mingling as soon as you’re done eating (as we will finish at roughly the same time if we eat right after you). Is this acceptable or have you worked out an alternative?
Doesn’t this seem a bit presumptuous? Do most photogs sit among the guests and eat the wedding food too? I’m already paying these people over $3000 for 7 hours of photography. I don’t want to pay another $160 for them to eat the food at this wedding too. This just seems waaaaay crazy to me. Advice please!
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@Mary Green: Okay… but do they sit at a guest table too?
Post # 5
We paid for our photographer & assistant to eat what the guests ate.
Post # 6
@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
- 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
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
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
- 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
- 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
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
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
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
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.
Post # 16
Thanks for the tips ladies! There is nothing in the contract about vendor meals for the photographers, so I will be sure to ask our venue what their policy is on vendor meals. Our reception is at a Hilton hotel, so I’m hoping they have some sort of procedure and discounted meal for our vendors. Don’t get me wrong, I really like our photographers (that’s why I picked them)… but they aren’t guests. And, they shouldn’t sit a guest table in my opinion. I agree with a previous poster who said that they would feel like a really unimportant guest if they had to sit with the vendors…