(Closed) Feeding the 2nd shooter…

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Does she expect to be seated with the guests?  My photog ended up eating with her 2nd shooter at another table (because I hadn’t realized she was bringing one).  There was extra food and my venue made sure he had a meal.  It wasn’t a big deal and we ended up paying for guests who didn’t show.

Long story short – yes, feed the 2nd shooter!

Post # 4
4755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Tell her the situation!

Say you can’t really afford to, however you can get them a easy, fast meal to eat before hand, or after. If they don’t accept that as an option you need to refuse the extra service due to your constraints.

I was also offered a 2nd person for free. However, I’m feeding them subway before the reception (they don’t sit with guests, and are not getting vendor meals). So all I really had to do was buy another sub.

Post # 5
5800 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are you sure your photographer expects to be seated with your guests? I’ve never heard of that. I’d feed the second shooter, you’re still getting a deal.

Post # 6
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

$55 for even more shots of the day you spent so long planning and so much money all already?  No brainer, do it!

Post # 7
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a little confused why you are seating her with the guests?  I would have just done the vendor meal- and typically they do not sit with guests.

Post # 8
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@sheilad72: I was going to say this!

its worth it – id just pay it. I had to pay for my photographer and my DJ to eat – it was the least i could do for them, they did an amazing job all night. whats $55 in the grand scheme of things. plus you get the second shooter!

EDIT: does your venue have cheaper food options? i know we had a choice between giving them the food we wer eating or a boxed sandwhich meal which was cheaper.

Post # 9
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I can’t speak for the 2nd shooter situation, but I know for my wedding, we didn’t have a seat for our photographer.  She was running around the whole time and ended up just getting her meal to go and snacking on it as time permitted.  I’m pretty sure that’s what your photographer(s) will do, too. 

Maybe just ask them for clarification on if they would expect to be seated with your guests, or just eat off to the side somewhere. 

Post # 11
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We had two photographers and they alternated eating so that at least one person was always taking pictures.  Maybe explain to your photographer about the space limitations and ask if they could switch off during the reception?  Then, you only need one place setting for two people, and there won’t be a break in pictures during dinner.

Post # 12
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve never been to a wedding where the vendor(s) sat and ate with the guests. That seems odd to me. They usually get seated some where else since they’re running around working all night and just grab a bit to eat real quick when they can.

Post # 14
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

It seems odd they would sit with the guests, small wedding or not.  As far as the meal, I would say you really appreciate the 2nd shooter.  Would it be ok to ask that instead of both choosing from the full menu, could they choose 1 of 2 cheaper options? 

Post # 16
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would definitely feed the second shooter. Especially if there is not extra charge for him. You’re saving more money in the long run.

I plan to seat my photographer, DJ and band members at one table on the outskirts of the venue.

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