(Closed) Providing food/drink for our videographers???

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Sugar bee

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whytneynicole:  as many others have noted already, vendor meals are totally normal. it is in my contracts to feed my two photogrpahers, videographer, and DJ. our venue does do discounted vendor meals, but they’re still expensive (vendor meals are $79 versus $165 for adult guests)! it’s just something to factor into the cost of hiring your vendors.

Post # 17
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Worker bee

I think it’s strange.

We provided our vendors with the same food we ate and I asked them what they wanted: salmon, chickent or filet mignon.  Their meals cost as much as our guests and I didn’t complain.

But it does seem kind of weird.  When I go to work I don’t expect my employer to pay for it.  I’m responsible for the food I eat.  I don’t understand why it’s different for vendors.   

I became friends with one of my vendors on facebook and I found that she sometimes has other vendor friends in the industry that sometimes take pictures of their “provided meals” and complain.  Which seems really unprofessional but, hey, it’s not my industry to understand I guess.

Post # 18
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Helper bee

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madamepsychosis:  

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whytneynicole:  

I think the difference is this – where are they supposed to get the food from? Skipping out to go to McDonald’s is unprofessional. Bringing along a granola bar is hardly a meal. I don’t think they’d be expected to bring along a few sandwiches, or a cooler for their food. Maybe there’s the expectation that they should just pay for the cost of the wedding meal. And while your employer doesn’t pay for your meals, shooting a wedding for 8+ grueling hours in the cold or sun has got to be stressful and uncomfortable. I know they chose their line of work, but this is also a standard in their line of work. If you’re expected to work those hours in the sun and not get fed, I’m sure you’ll be on their side.

Videographers / photographers ARE costly, but just because they’re being paid for their services, it doesn’t make them any less human.  A bit of food, courtesy and kindness goes a long way.

 

 

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

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whytneynicole:  We had the option of adding vendor meals in to the catering. They are similar but cheaper meals for all the vendors who need them. Ask your catering if they offer that.

Post # 20
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Worker bee

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maocat:  Well as I stated – I didn’t complain.  I didn’t even really think about it until this thread popped up so I don’t really think I have a problem with understanding that courtesy and kindness is a good thing and goes a long way.  And did you really say “any less human” implying that I and the OP think vendors are subhuman?  I really, really resent that and I think you need to read over what I wrote again.

As far as grueling – look I’m not here to say they don’t do hard work.  But I know people that work in the sun or cold (my dad) for 8+ hours and he has to pack his lunch.  Again – I’m not complaing or saying they don’t deserve it.  I just don’t understand why packing a lunch is that hard when almost everyone figures out a way to do it in other lines of work.  And you say “not get fed” as if people are expecting them to not get a break at all and starve.

Most venues have a fridge and other appliances where they could get their packed lunch together.  Again – I’m somone that provided meals without even thinking otherwise but now that I’m thinking about it.  Seems strange.  Me thinking critically about this does not mean I think they are “less human”  Absurd.

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Outdoor

Yep, totally standard. Your venue/caterer will have a provision for “vendor meals” which will be charged to you at a discount (ours was half price) I think our photographer and DJ got vendor meals, our officiant and baker were family friends so they got guest meals. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee

So, why IS it necessary to feed your photographer?

1st. You would be surprised how many weddings have NO BREAKS for us unless we specifically request that we get one / get food in our contracts. Sure, the guests might be sitting down and chatting as they eat canapes, but we might be doing family photos / photographing guests socialising / doing detail shots of the rings / etc.

2nd. There is no such thing as “the venue is remote and no food is being served”. What? So you’re going to starve all your guests for 8+ hours too? That’s rude to them. And you’ll probably be hungry. This never happens.

3rd. Can’t we fend for ourselves? Well, yes. We could pack something. But here’s the truth: if we pack something, we automatically get given less time to eat it (and to rest our feet, which are full of blisters by that point, at least for me!) because it takes no “preparation time”. Also, you can only pack so much, amongst the whole trunk worth of equipment. It also feels a little unfair to be eating a granola bar when other vendors (e.g. wedding planner) are eating with the family.

4th. As horrible as it sounds, we are humans too, and we WILL like you more if you are generous and kind to us! I wouldn’t be surprised if some subconsciously prioritised editing images from events they enjoyed, rather than events where they were feeling hungry or unappreciated. And having something to eat and be free of migraines is a massive part of being able to enjoy something.

5th. We only request one meal for the whole day. That’s it. Just one. We are often with the bride for hair and make-up, which for people like me, means no breakfast, because it’s often early in the morning and I can’t physically eat as soon as I wake up. As the bride and family eat lunch, we gulp down that granola bar / chocolate between detail shots. All we’re asking is to sit down and eat one meal.

Hope this is helpful 🙂

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

Yes it sounds really cold. 

Post # 25
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Honey bee

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madamepsychosis:  so you want food of unknown origin placed in the fridge of your caterer???

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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whytneynicole:  I get it, your aggravation.  To me, many people regard weddings as free stuff for us, and take advantage of couple. That is why I advice people to check with Venue when booking what they do for vendor meals.  If you go to the Knot, some of the lunatics there suggest seating photographers with guests, etc.  I suspect those posters are vendors.  Vendors do NOT need to sit at a table with a centerpeice etc.  They do NOT need alchohol. 

Someone here mentioned makeup/hair people.  Who the heck keeps them past when the ceremony starts, they should go home at that point.    The band will only be there for the reception for the most part, not 8 hours.  Review what their contract says, but I do not see a need for them to get filet mignon or lobster, I think chicken is fine.  Your photographers may have a long day, if they start with your getting ready, and end with your leaving the reception, that is your decision. 

If I saw any vendor posting pictures of the food they got, I would not hire them.

As to the poster saying, well it keeps us happy, that to me says unprofessional.  If they want food, it has to be in their contract.   Thats how the business world works. Some contracts may say hot meal (so they dont get a sandwich), some may say same as guest. 

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

These are people who are working both for you and with you to make your special day as perfect as it can be. Most of them aren’t just with you for that one day but have (most likely) been working with you for months doing meetings, phone calls, emails, and trying to exceed your expectations. And you think it’s too much to give them food on the day? Sorry, but that’s awful to me.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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whytneynicole:  I provided 4 meals for my vendors and was happy to do so. They are spending a huge amount of time with us and quite frankly, I loved my vendors and wanted them to enjoy the food like everyone else. our venue provided the same meal for them that everyone else got at half the cost. Some venues provided boxed lunches as vendor meals 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Saint Domingue

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madamepsychosis:  Did you want your vendors bringing in PB&Js and Lean Cuisines and plopping them down at tables at your perfect venue?  I’m guessing not. 

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Worker bee

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immoralbeloved:  Don’t really understand your point as I wasn’t exactly sitting between my photog and my DJ at the head table when I was eating my meal.

 I’m not the cold heartless bitch everyone wants me to be on this.  People are being willfully ignorant to what I was saying.  I said I thought it was strange.  THATS IT.  Not that they aren’t human, not that they don’t work hard, not that they don’t deserve to eat.  

Probably worth noting I chatted a friend of mine that’s a wedding photographer and asked if it was in her contract she said No and that she thinks it’s unprofessional to make it a condition and she can take care of her meal herself.  Doesn’t mean everyone has to agree with her.  But people can chill and stop acting like this is the first time someone has ever dared wonder why it’s a non-negotiable and standard.

 

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