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

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We fed our vendors. Our venue gave us a discounted rate since they weren’t drinking and just getting food. They got one of the same choices our guests had. 

We also tipped our dj, photographer, and maitre d and her waitstaff. . My dj was amazing and he worked for a company so we tipped him and his assistant Well as they made the party and went above and beyond.

We also tipped my photographer. I wasn’t planning to since he owns his own business, but he stayed longer than the contracted hours and to the very end of the reception so we felt he deserved some extra cash. 

Post # 17
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Temecula, California

Yes you are absolutely supposed to feed the vendors that are there the whole time. For example, the DJ and photographers. You can tip whenever but typically it is done towards the end of the night.

Post # 18
2411 posts
Buzzing bee

Feed, definitely. It may even be part of the contract at your venue and likely as not, a simple version of your entree.

Tip? Not unless some extraordinary service is offered. Their fees are developed as compensation and no tip is expected, although I get one on occasion, always if I’m asked for somthing at the last minipute or some other little extra.

Post # 19
2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Yes you feed them and give a token tip. (Not 20% of services,  of course) 

Post # 20
888 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We fed everyone.

Post # 21
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

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Kimmypossible:  As a vendor I like to be fed, just because we don’t really get breaks to go grab something to eat, and we’re with you during meal time. I don’t have to be served filet mignon, but gotta provide a meal, it’s even in my contract. However I never expect a tip, some couples have given them to me (usually between $100-200) but if they don’t it’s not usually missed.

Post # 22
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Check your contract – some vendors add in that they require a meal.

We are feeding our vendors.  Our venue provides less costly vendor meals.  We are also tipping them as we have had a wonderful experience with them so far, particularly the florist who ended up helping plan our whole theme!  I plan on making up some envelopes with tips and ask the DOC to pass them out depending on when they will be onsite.

For the waitstaff… we are figuring out additional tip.  There is a 20% service charge which covers their wages and tips, but we are planning for extra in case of amazing service.  My Fiance moonlights as a bartender, so we are pretty generous with tips.

Post # 23
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We are feeding everyone the same meal as our guests…. But our day is MUCH longer than yours. 

For five hours, I think feeding them is nice, but not necessary (unless specified in their contract). I do not think you need to give them the $70 plated meal, your venues vendor meal should be more than enough.

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