(Closed) Is it expected to provide meals for vendors?

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 32
1292 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I never even considered this until it came up a few days ago. I just assumed that considering we were paying the photographer thousands of dollars, we wouldn’t also have to buy their food. My company doesn’t buy my food when I come in to work for ten hours 😛 I understand what everyone is saying, it just seems like another expense we don’t need.

Post # 33
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@BoxerLady:  I’m a part time wedding photographer and I shot a wedding where the bride and groom didn’t have meals prepared for my 2nd photographer and I (she didn’t even have a seating for us) we had to sit outside the hall on a bench to rest and I nearly died that day! It was a 15hour wedding day too!

We were out in the country and the nearest place to get food was more than 20 mins away, as per the contract we didn’t put that they had to provide food for us since it was (common decency) and always provided for us at previous weddings we shot (it had never been an issue). We were nice enough NOT to leave the venue to travel 20 mins to find food, eat and then return, that would have been an hour out of shooting time.

Near the end of the night my associate and I had NO energy left and I literally felt sick to my stomach, and we still hadn’t cut the cake or thrown the bouquet. We still shot the last bit of it but there wasn’t much enthusiasm in our work at that point and to be honest you could kinda tell in photos we provided (just the late evening ones but it was NOT done on purpose). I’m a petit girl too and every inch of my body wanted to fall off, needless to say, I got sick the next day lol worst wedding I’ve ever shot.

I’m not saying we need to be eating the same thing as guests but you should have SOMETHING prepared, or just discuss it with your vendors ahead of time so you don’t run into problems like I had.

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