(Closed) Do you feed and tip photographer, dj, mc?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

1. A percentage on the cost of the service, like a waitress or stylist at a salon

2. Yes, you feed them. Most venues/ caters offer a vendor meal option that is less than the guest meal

Post # 3
1111 posts
Bumble bee

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Kimmypossible:  I don’t think you have To. I didn’t. It’s their job to be there and you are paying them hourly without breaks unless you have a very long wedding. You said it’s only for about 5 hours, so I believe you don’t have to. Tips for the caterers are usually already added to the bill. 

Post # 4
1805 posts
Buzzing bee

I fed mine. They provided a valuable service and it is proper etiquette to do so. A fed vendor is a happy vendor and it shows!

Post # 5
1685 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I’m feeding all my vendors (photographer, videographer, dj) but hadn’t considered tipping!

Post # 6
6798 posts
Busy Beekeeper

We didn’t have a DJ or emcee.  We did feed our photographer – we had our reception first, so told her to come early for lunch, then asked her to stay for dessert after the ceremony.  I think it would be pretty rude not to feed them – they are there just as long as you are.  You’re hungry?  They’re hungry. No tip though – for our photographer, it is just her as her business, she sets her own fees, no tipping necessary.  Probably wouldn’t have crossed my mind anyway though.

Post # 7
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

We fed our photographers. I asked if they would like to sit down properly and have a full meal with us but they preferred to sit in a separate are and have some sandwiches. The hotel provided those for us.

I didn’t fed the DJ because he was the resident DJ for the hotel so I assumed they would look after him, plus he arrived after the meal.

Post # 8
332 posts
Helper bee

In Australia we don’t need to tip, however we do need to feed our photographer and DJ/MC.

Post # 9
894 posts
Busy bee

We fed everyone and tipped our musicians in the band we had. Our venue had a vendor meal price. Our meal was $130 pp but included alcohol. The vendor meal (just the food) was discounted and only cost $70 pp (they were served the same plated meal). The photographer sat at a table with our guests and the band sat together in a separate location.

Post # 10
943 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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Kimmypossible:  We are tipping and feeding the photographers, DJ, and MC. Not positive how much we are tipping just yet, but the meal is half price for vendors at my venue

Post # 11
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Yes absolutely you feed them. The venue probably has a vendor meal. But feeding them is a must. 

and tips yes if they are not the owner of the business 

Post # 12
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Kimmypossible:  It’s in most vendors contracts about meals. I require a meal to be provided when I’m photographing a wedding. Yes you might only be having a reception, if if your event falls over a meal time they should be fed. If you only needed them from 5-7 I’d say don’t worry about it but from 6-11pm yes they should be fed. Speaking as a photographer I’m typically leaving at least an hour prior to my start time, and that’s sometimes more depending on the distance….plus the couple of hours leading up are last minute preperations, etc. I’m not sitting down to enjoy a huge meal that will get me through to midnight. 

Most venues will provide a vendor meal, which is usually the same thing as guests just at a discounted price because vendors are enjoying cocktail hour or the bar. If it’s a buffett normally we just run through the line really quick. 

Post # 13
24 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016

We fed our photogrpahers, DJ, MC, wedding coordinator and her team. Our caterer prepared ‘vendor’ meals which were $20/head vice the $65/head we paid for our guests. 

We gave our wedding coordinator tip money for each vendor where a tip was expected (i.e. H&MU, officiant, bartenders, transportation, etc) BEFORE the event based on how easy it was too coordinate with that vendor during the planning period.  After the wedding, we mailed a little extra to the vendors that we thought deserved more. I think it’s optional to tip the photographers and DJ/MC but we tipped them for our wedding.

Post # 14
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We provided a meal for our photographer. My tip would be not to tip the photographer until you have received the photos as shooting them on the day is just one part of their job.

Post # 15
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Yes…feeding all vendors. Our venue said cost would be less since the $70 per person includes alcohol so they’ll remove that on the 6 vendors we will have at reception

Had not thought about tipping….DJ/Photo booth/lighting is the most expensive in area so I wouldn’t see tipping them as they priced themselves much higher bc they know they’re good.

Do I tip my wedding planner is what I wonder?

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