(Closed) the DJ gets a meal?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re asking someone to be at your reception for five hours, then yes, you need to feed him.

Post # 18
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes, you need to feed the DJ and the photographer. My guest meal is about $30 per person also, but the venue offered vendor meal comes in at under $10 for a sandwich box that includes a sandwich, chips and a drink. It’s not fancy, but I doubt the vendor is expecting the plated meal that you are serving your guests.

Post # 19
1493 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We fed our vendors. They didn’t eat in the main ballroom area with our guests, but were in the lobby by the buffet table eating together. Totally normal and expected.


Post # 20
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Definitely feed the DJ….the venue usually has a reduced price meal for vendors (although, at $30/person, there might not be much of a reduction–our vendor meal costs $25 but they get the same plate as guests– but I would still strongly suggest you do it). The DJ usually has a contingency plan for while he eats (like a pre-set cd to cover a few songs). You usually also feed the photographer, and the venue has a place set aside for vendors to chow down so they aren’t doing it in front of guests.

Post # 21
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Of course you should feed your DJ! He won’t do a very good job on an empty stomach.

Post # 23
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

we provided our dj with a meal! i think it is pretty standard, as all of my other friends who have gotten married have also done the same!!!

Post # 24
2980 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I fed my DJ and photographer. I think most brides do. I would feel terrible not offering. I even made sure they got cake!

Post # 25
3363 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

In all honesty, I know my DJ and photographer got meals, but I never worried about “when” they would eat.  My venue coordinator took care of all those details.

Post # 27
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I cater on weekends and we always assign someone to get plates off the buffet for the photogs, DJ and planners. If there is a band, we bring a lasagna and salad package for however many people.  We charge less for this but always make sure it happens because we want to maintain a good professional relationship with them so that we can refer back and forth.

Post # 28
13563 posts
Honey Beekeeper

We fed our DJ, photographers, and videographers.

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