(Closed) Should couple provide food for all vendor staff on wedding day?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
9519 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Photographers, DJ, anyone there for 6 or more hours should get a meal. Generally the venue takes care of their own employees

Post # 3
1707 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Talk to your caterer about vendor meals. Usually they can do something simpler and less pricey for your vendors. 

Post # 4
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard

Yep. Definitely should be feeding vendors. Ask your caterer to add the meals 

Post # 5
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

People like your photographer and DJ who are there over dinner hour and basically working all day should definitely be fed… I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in their contract! It was for us. 

Post # 6
14048 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Your caterer generally will be able to provide vendor meals.  Anyone working a full day or an event spanning a meal time must be fed.

Post # 7
5379 posts
Bee Keeper

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kajamartin:  We will be providing vendor meals for our photographer (2), videographer (2), DJ and day of coordinator.

Post # 8
6798 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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kajamartin:  Anyone who is there over a mealtime should be fed.  Imagine if you were at work and they said they just didn’t feel like feeding you (but didn’t even warn you ahead of time) so you had no lunch, no dinner, maybe skipped breakfast to arrive on time… just feed the people who are helping you.  No brainer.

Post # 9
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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kajamartin:  Any vendor who has been with you the majority of the day, or who will be there over a mealtime should be fed. Catering usually takes care of their staff and isn’t typically included in the vendor count. People like your photographer/videographer, DJ/Musicians, Planner, Photo Booth Attendant…..

Definitely check your contract, as most vendors include it in theirs. For me, as a wedding photographer, I’m usually showing up prior to lunch and working through it OR having to eat a late breakfast / very early lunch to accomodate driving through lunchtime to arrive at your wedding on time. I’ve worked all day into the evening with no downtime, it’s in my contract dinner should be provided. 

Post # 10
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yes, you should most definitely feed them. We added meals for both photographers, both bartenders, our day-of coordinator, and our officiant (though she didn’t end up staying at the reception). If they’re working your wedding over a regular mealtime, they need food.

Post # 11
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

My dad is a photographer; it would be considered extremely rude not to feed the photographer at a wedding. 

Post # 12
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You definitely have to feed them. We are paying for meals for our 2 photographers, videographer, and DJ. The meals are half-price, so they aren’t nearly as expensive.

Post # 14
906 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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kajamartin:  It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate…maybe sandwiches or platter-style. Your venue should at least be able to set aside a discreet place for those vendors to eat. 

Our venue includes a certain number (I think 10?) vendor meals included in our catering. That doesn’t include their staff–but it includes our photographer, videographer, DJ, their assistants, photobooth person, and day-of coordinators. 

I know a lot of Bees push back on the need to feed vendors–I’m glad you’re doing it! Our coordinator told us about a bride who tried to remove vendor meals from her venue contract. A 300-person wedding, but they were trying to get out of sandwiches and pizza for 10 people…

Post # 15
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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kajamartin:  it is pretty much expected here. I 100% wanted to feed my photographerst because they were with me all day….but felt it was so stupid to feed the djs. I don’t get to go to work for 5 hours and have my job provide food for me! Even if I worked 12 hours they wouldn’t lol

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