Post # 1
We’re having our reception in a private dining room at a restaurant. The officiant and her husband are invited to the dinner as guests because of all they’ve done for us. This only leaves the photographer to feed. How does this work? I know she’ll have a few minutes at one point where nothing will be happening and she’ll be with us from around 4pm until a little after 9pm so I want to feed her. Do I give her a choice of food like everyone else? Does she get all of a four course meal? I’m just wondering how this works.
Post # 3
I would ask her what would work for her.
She will know from past experience if she will actually have the time to sit down to a hot entree.
She may be busy at the time the hot entree is served and may prefer finger foods.
Post # 4
Some photographers write it into their contracts that you have to feed them some kind of dinner. I would anyway because a hungry photographer won’t be working at her best. You can ask your restaurant if they offer vendor meals at a discounted price, and make sure it’s something decent (not just chicken fingers or cold sandwiches). At my wedding, I paid for regular guest meals for my vendors, but no alcohol.
ETA: Your photographer won’t have much to take pictures of while you guys are eating anyway, unless you want photos taken of you with food in your mouth. So the best time to feed the photographer is while everyone else is eating too.
Post # 5
I was thinking maybe have her pick from the entrees and get her just the main entree with sides instead of all the courses.
Post # 6
My venue’s “Vendor Meal” is the main course (entree with sides), so it’s cheaper than the guest’s full meal (4 courses). I emailed my photographer with the chicken choice and asked him if he would prefer that or a vegetarian option. Some people have allergies or are vegetarians so it’s always best to ask.
I am also planning to sit him at a table where we have empty seats, so if a photo opportunity occurs, he will be around.
Post # 7
The vendor meal for our venue was turkey sandwiches with a side and french fries. I dont know when our photographer ate! I put it into our schedule, but I didnt even think about this on the day of because my venue coordinated with my photographer already. Probably sometime while we were eating dinner he was eating dinner too. They only eat for a few minutes and then they come back to photograph. They will take other short breaks (most likely) throughout the night as well. I would just talk to your venue and see what their usual MO is for this. Good luck!
Post # 8
Definitely check with the venue…they may offer discounted vendor meals, and you don’t necessarily have to feed your vendors the same meals that you serve the guests. Like julies said above, he/she may be more inclined to go for finger foods/something that he or she can quickly eat and keep moving!
Post # 9
I think it depends on the venue and your choice. One of the places I considered offered club sandwiches for $12.
I’m having a buffet so I thought the vendors will eat that. I don’t know how my venue does it, but I’d like to give them somthing yummier than sandwiches 🙂
Besides…good food puts almost everyone in a happy mood! You def want you vendors super happy!!!
Post # 10
Usually the vendors sit down to eat their meal at the same time when you are eating (you don’t really want pictures of you stuffing your face do you?). While I wouldn’t give them the full 4 course meal, I would see if the photographer could get some type of hot meal.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t mind paying for the entree/sides portion especially to keep the photographer happy with us and fed. And I know there will be a good 15-20 minutes when they can do this. I just wasn’t sure how it worked. I guess when we finalize the menu past the rough draft we have now we’ll just give her a choice of the entree selections and let her have that part of the meal.