(Closed) Should we feed our DJ?

posted 8 years ago in Music
Post # 3
35 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

What does it say in his contract? They should mention something about being fed.

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If your worried maybe ask him. Mine didn’t mention anything in the contact and he will only play for 3 hours instead of the 4 we had to pay him for so we aren’t feeding him.

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think anyone who works over 4 hours is required by law to have a meal break.

Post # 6
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t think you need to feed him – he will eat before hand!

But if you serve a snack or cake later I would offer him a snack!

Also he should not be drinking unless you offer a drink – but then someone should get the drink and bring it to him – he shouldn’t be going to the bar! But someone should make sure that he has something to drink (pop, water) most of the time!

Post # 8
1509 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would feed all of your vendors.  We did that and our vendors were so appreciative.  I think its something that is just courteous to do.  I also think that if they are hungry they may not perform as well, whether it be a band/ DJ/ videographer/ wedding coordinator/ photographer, etc.

Post # 9
197 posts
Blushing bee

He is likely going to be on site earlier than 8pm for set-up. My opinion is yes, you should provide him a meal. But why don’t you just ask him if he would like a vendor meal? He may say no, then you are off the hook, and if he says yes, well then you know you won’t have a hungry, unhappy vendor.

Post # 10
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yes, I’d definitely offer dinner to the DJ (and all vendors!).  If it’s not in his contract, maybe contact him ahead of time to ask what his meal preferences are and see what he says.  Even if he says he won’t need dinner, I think it is polite to at least offer it up.  Meals for the vendor are often discounted so cost shouldn’t be a big issue.  

Post # 11
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You should have a contract. For your specific timeframe, I suggest you ask him what he would like. Let him know that dinner will be over, but you would still like to know if he requires anything while he is working. I agree that if you are having snacks, cake, etc., he should be offered those. And also free nonalchoholic drinks.

Post # 12
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Anyone who works a certain number of hours (over 4-5) is required to be given a break and food. Definitely have substantial snacks and beverages for him, even though dinner is over at that point. He will not be able to leave though to go get food elsewhere during the reception.

Post # 13
2083 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I wondered about this too! We had the option whether or not to pay for our photographer’s meal but instead we just let him get his own food. Your photog and DJ will have to take a break, so he just left for a little while during dinner and then came back. As for the DJ, we never even got asked about providing a meal for him although during dinner I did notice he wasn’t there for a little bit (he had a playlist going) so I’m assuming that he just brought a meal for himself or ran out to grab something.

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