(Closed) Does the photographer get a meal?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Are you supplying a meal for your Photographer?



  • Post # 3
    13 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My photographer actually includes in the contract that we need to feed him. 

    Post # 4
    7899 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    Yes. People need to eat. Most photographers and DJs will include the meal in the contract. We gave our vendor meals at like $25 (vs. $150-170 for our guests). I don’t know what it was. They ate it quickly in the back somewhere.

    Post # 5
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    You most definitely need to feed all of your vendors.

    Post # 6
    5062 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Yep definitely!

    Post # 7
    10283 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    It’s common courtesy to feed all vendors who will be with you throughout the day. Just like you’ll be hungry, they’ll be hungry too. A well fed/happy vendor is a vendor that will produce their best work for you. 

    To answer your question, we fed our DJ, photog and DOC. Even gave them the same menu options that we gave our guests. 

    Post # 8
    15288 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yes, most venues offer vendor meals at a lower price than the guest meals that are just a main course and no apps/dessert.

    Post # 10
    5427 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I want to know what people think a vendor who is with you for 8-12 hours will do during that time? Starve? Yes, they should be able to eat! They are people… and they need to pee and also rest, I wouldn’t expect my photographer to spend 12 hours on his/her feet without eating or going to a bathroom…. Come on, they are not robots!

    I guess I am harsh… but think about it…

    Post # 12
    9050 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

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    @happyface:  I bring my lunch everyday, and occasionally go out on my own dime. Inthink perhaps that’s why it doesn’t cross people’s mind right off the bat that they need to be fed.  My BFF is a wedding photographer that typically packs her own lunch in a cooler because as she says, she’d be five feet wide if she ate wedding food three times a week all summer. 

    But yes, our dj and photographer were welcome to help themselves to the buffet.  I think unless you’re going to set aside an hour for them to leave your event for lunch it’s a sensible thing to do. 

    Post # 13
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I am feeding all of my vendors including the officiant and each comes with an assistant/spouse. The meals are discounted. 

    Post # 14
    13953 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m feeding every vendor who is working the full event.  I don’t need to feed the florists who will spend an hour setting up centerpieces, but the DJ, Day of Coordinator, and Photographer absolutely will be fed.   Could you imagine working for 8-10 hours with no food?  Eek!

    Post # 15
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I am feeding my vendors (DJ, Photographers, Wedding planner, Photo Booth attendant, JOP).

    Post # 16
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

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    @DryLightning:  It is in my photographer’s contract as well that we feed them. We are feeding all our vendors however I’m looking into if we can get the alcohol allowance taken off each meal since they aren’t going to be drinking.

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