(Closed) What vendors do you invite to reception

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We invited our pastor and his wife to the reception. Our 2 photographers (husband and wife) were at the reception and took pictures during most the time. 

In terms of number of plates for dinner, we had pastor and wife (2), photographers (2) and DJ (1).  We didn’t actually invite the photographers and DJ with an invitation – they were hired during that time to do their jobs.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

It is polite to invite the priest.  There is no need to invite your vendors – they will be there doing their job.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am inviting my officiant and my photographer as well as DOC. I just figured it would be nice to at least feed them for all the work they are doing for us. My florist was already on the guest list before we hired him, as well as the DJ.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our officiant is invited but thats only because she’s my cousin. If my cousin wasn’t going to marry us we would have just picked a JOP out of the phonebook and that person would not have been invited to our reception. I feel that unless the officient has a personal relationship with the couple or family, they don’t have to be extended an invitation to the wedding festivities. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our pastor is coming but he is very close to us.

Our photographer requested either a meal or she will leave for an hour to get something to eat. (not sure yet what we will do.)

Our DJ is a friend who does other weddings of our friends, so he might have been invited otherwise, so he will get an invitation.

Not the videographer who is just recording the ceremony.

All the musicians are our friends (we are musicians) who would have already been invited.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our pastor is coming but he is very close to us.

Our photographer requested either a meal or she will leave for an hour to get something to eat. (not sure yet what we will do.)

Our DJ is a friend who does other weddings of our friends, so he might have been invited otherwise, so he will get an invitation.

Not the videographer who is just recording the ceremony.

All the musicians are our friends (we are musicians) who would have already been invited.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would not feel obliged to invite her unless you had a relationship with her. 

The entertainment and photographers/videographer if you have will be there working.  Check with your venue to see if they offer vendor meal pricing.  Sometimes it’s the same thign your guests eat, other times it’s a ‘lesser’ meal but in either case the price should be less. 

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our officiant and wife are invited but thats because we are close to them and active members of the church. Ofcourse the photog and videographer will be there but not as guests but rather to capture the reception on film

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

in most of my vendor contracts it stipulates that we are required to give them a meal, but i’m not friends with them so i won’t be inviting them to the wedding- they are working it. like @CaitMarae, our officiant is a close friend, but if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be invited.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@JoJo Bananas:

Oohh your so right! Its important to invite th priest.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

You dont really invite them, in other words they dont get an actual invitation, but do add them to your head count for food. Not all vendors though. Only those that will be there for the whole event. For example, we are including photographer, wedding planner, DJ etc on our head count, since they will be there from start to end.

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