(Closed) Meals for Photographers?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Vendors expect what is called a "Vendor meal"  — mine is "chef’s choice".  They won’t be offended!  They understand that they are there to do a job and are not guests.  There is ususally an area in the kitchen that they have the vendors eat.  But remember, your officiant is not a vendor and should get a seat at a table and a regular guest meal.  🙂

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would just check with your photographer and see what he prefers/requests. Mine had in the contract that he got the same meal that the guests were eating (dumb, but I guess thats how he wants it) and my sister in law’s photographer had a hissy fit because they gave him a vendor meal! I think most are perfectly happy with the regular vendor meal, though!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Getting a nice meal is one of the perks of working in the wedding business.  The vendors deserve to be treated like guests and should have the same meal.  We budgeted for this — it’s just another cost associated with hiring a professional.  We didn’t seat any vendors at tables with guests, but they did not eat in the kitchen either.  Both our photographer and DJ had statements about the meal in their contracts, but we would have served them a regular meal anyway as a courtesy for their participation in our wedding. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

— my dj and my photographer both told me that they prefer the vendor meal because they are there to focus on their work.  I had originally thought I would serve them the same food as our guests because I had never heard of a vendor meal.  They each (independently – they do not know each other) told me that they expected a vendor meal, and that is when I called my venue to ask about it.  My vendor meal costs $23.00 each, compared to the $83 I am paying for my guests.  My wedding cordinator also told me not to put her down for a guest meal, even though I already had.  After being corrected by 3 of my independent vendors, and being told by my venue that they have a standard vendor meal they serve at all of their weddings, I find it hard to believe that serving vendors the guest meal is the standard.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

WOW what kind of a professional would include a meal demand in their contract???  Lets be honest, they are in the service industry-they are not your children’s governess!  I’m leaving it up to the venue–whatever they usually do is what I’m going with.  What is this world coming to that we have to deal with this!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

>>WOW what kind of a professional would include a meal demand in their contract???<<

well, when you see what kind of ‘meals’ many big hotels (the Fairmont especially) consider acceptable then it makes sense that vendors would ask for ‘hot meals’ or be less than stoked to get a ‘vendor meal’. A baloney sandwich and apple are not acceptable ‘box lunches’ when you are work a 15hr day.

When you take care of your vendors, they take care of you. The one group you don’t want to mess with are your photo/video team…. give them a good meal (vendor meals are fine as long as you know what you’re paying for). Give them nothing and it will be evident in their work. Nothing worse than working on an empty stomach.

Also — one thing I’ve learned is that hotels tend to cut corners when it comes to vendors, inform your vendors ahead of time if you have paid for a guest meal. MANY TIMES hotels will feed them the box lunches and leave a table of your paid meals in the back or never serve them and simply never tell the vendor.  

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Our photographer has included a meal requirement in their contract too but that’s because they’re going to be there for 5+ hours. (I think the clause said for any event over 4 hours or something) When I was booking my vendors I automatically assumed I would be feeding them and already added them to my head count. I’m hypoglycemic and eat something small every 2.5 hours so I can’t expect them to go 5 or more hours without any food! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

yes, they usually have a meal requirement, especially if they are working through their dinner time!  but they usually don’t specify what they want to eat….regardless, the venue normally charges around half of the guest fee, and I thought they served whatever you were serving your guests.  Ours did.  I mean, they normally make 10% more than your guest count, and then serve it to the vendors.  But I have never seen a placce charge full price.  or serve them sandwiches.  I don’t think I could ever do that by choice either – its pretty much like, hey thanks for working our once in a lifetime day, heres a sandwich!

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

We provide the same meal as our guests for our photographer and her assistant.

We also have 6 casino dealers that worked at our wedding and we only provided drinks for them because they only work for 3 hours and they started at 7:30 PM. We asked the dealers if they would like for us to prepare vendor meals for them and they said no because they will be busy the whole time with no time to eat.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

This issue totally depends on what level or class your photographer is as each sort of has it’s own standards. It’s fairly industry standard in high-end wedding photography to provide a meal amongst the guests.  

As a photographer, I require that we are seated amongst the guests – and therefore eat the same meal. This has nothing to do with feeling entitled, or anything 🙂 It’s one big reason and one lesser reason.

The lesser reason is that I’m an all day photographer. I personally don’t offer hourly coverage. Last Friday I started at 7am and quit at midnight. Saturday I started at 9am and ended at 2am. I don’t stop for lunch or snack breaks so come dinner time I honestly have to eat. That’s 17 hours a day. A little longer than most of my weddings, I’ll admit, but a 10 hour wedding day is a short day for me.

The bigger reason is that I need to be seated amongst the guests. This is because of my focus on the job – not in spite of it. If I’m off eating with the vendors then I’m no longer working. I’m on break, if you will. As a wedding photojournalist, I need to be around at all times in order to be able to cover everything. So, I sit down, get some food in my stomach. and am still able to shoot through many of the important events. Honestly, my clients pay me too much for me to go off in a back room for a half hour and potentially miss an amazing photograph.

Bobby Earle

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