(Closed) Gifting Photography, but who pays for the vendor meal?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Should we pay for the meal?
    Yes : (13 votes)
    32 %
    No : (24 votes)
    59 %
    Other, I'll explain below : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think you should pay for the meal, but if you can’t afford it, ask the couple if they can afford the meal.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Mention to your brother that it’s customary to feed the photographer. The couple should cover it, but if it’s going to be a huge deal is there any way you could you offer to cover half?

    If your aunt dropped out can the photographer just have her meal?

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Considering she was going to go with a “friendor” who would be fed regardless, she may not realize that she needs to feed an actual vendor. It could be pretty awkward the day of when the photog is starving after working all day and no one has arranged to feed him. If it were me, I would probably just pay for the vendors meal personally (vendor meals are generally cheaper than the guests meals) but if you’re already pushing your budget, you should talk to your SIL about it so that she is aware and can budget accordingly. If someone was nice enough to cover a vendor for me, I would have no problem feeding the guy. 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would just tell them that they need a plate for the vendor & see how they react. If they seem even the slightest bit unhappy about it, I’d offer to cover it yourself as part of the gift.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    You don’t need to pay for the meal, but it would be polite to mention to your SIL that she should include it– especially if this is something she’s not used to. 

    Post # 10
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would just tell her “I’ve made arrangements for the photographer and their contract stipulates that he/she is to be fed.  Are you able to make the accomodations?”. Then leave it in her responsibility to make arrangements for a vendor meal or whatever. We had a buffet and our venue didn’t mind if they just picked at it at no cost to us. 

    But I’m wondering how long you hired the photog for?  If its just a ceremony and a few formals they may not be expecting to be at the reception?

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    What does the photographer’s contract state?  They may not require a meal depending on the coverage length.  If they do, make sure they get fed.

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would bring it up with them because some caterers have vendor meals for free…mine did! They are also often cheaper than regular meals if not free.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    As a photographer though, you definitely want to make sure the photog gets something to eat. At one of my weddings earlier this year I didnt get a chance to eat and I was so light headed on my drive home I had to pull over! No one can work a 10-12 hour day and survive on fruit snacks!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @kate169 I have had this done to me too. It’s not that it’s MANDATORY that the clients feeds you, but I think it’s just a nice thing to do. I try to eat before going to the wedding, and bring a light snack. I would ask the couple if they have made arrangements to get the photographer a meal as well. They might already have!

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