(Closed) Vendor etiquette questions!

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@starlight31385: Definitely send an invitation to the officiant. The photographer might want one to photograph. The DJ and baker don’t need invitations. The baker really doesn’t need to be invited unless they’re a friend.

You should ask the DJ if they prefer a seat reserved, or if they will eat at their DJ booth/stand. The photographers should definitely have somewhere to take a load off and eat, preferably somewhere with a good view of what’s happening (i.e., don’t stick them in the kitchen). I’ve seen tables with just 3 seats, and I’ve seen photographers seated with guests who are in the same age group. That’s up to you. Having a table with the 3 vendors might work out well if extra guests show up and you need somewhere to seat them. 

Post # 4
1650 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

You should take a look at your venue/catering contract, because it probably specifies how vendors are fed and where.  For example, my contract says vendor meals are served in a designated staff area.

I agree the baker doesn’t need an invitation unless it’s a friend.  The reason the photographer and DJ need to be fed is that they’re working through the reception – this is not the case with the baker, who has made your cake and delivered it and then goes back to work or home.  So if it’s not a friend, then it’s purely a business arrangement, and she is not going to expect to be invited to the festivities.

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