Post # 1
Our venue asked us to put together a rough estimate for the guest list so they can get an idea for the catering. I was wondering, apart from the normal guests, are you suppose to feed the extra people like the DJ and photographer? I remember when I was in my friend’s wedding they fed the photographer and the lady that did our hair. She was a friend tho. Just wondering if thats part of the etiquite to do that?
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Our photographer left before dinner. The DJ nipped it in the bud and told us upfront he prefers not to eat at his gigs.
In my mind it’s a total grey area as I have seen both ways done at weddings.
Post # 3
It will usually be stipulated in their contracts however, anyone working through dinner time you should plan to feed. For us that was photographers, videographers and DJ.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
Yep check your contracts. Having said that, venues often provide vendor meals at a lower cost – they may just get the main course instead of three courses that your guests get, or something similar,.
Post # 5
We fed all 18 of our vendors. They had 2 tables to themselves.
Post # 6
Anyone who will be there during dinner time needs to be fed. Usually this means the DJ, wedding coordinator, DJ…or whatever other vendors you have.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre
We have a table for the DJ, photographers, videographers, and the wedding planner
Post # 8
For the company where we’re getting our photo booth, it’s in the contract to provide a meal for any of their vendors at your event. They have photographers, photo booth attendants, videographers, and DJs. Our photographers own their own business and only asked that we have water or soda from the bar available to them if we didn’t have a drinking fountain available for them to use; they were happy to find out they were also allowed to eat the meal.
Be sure to ask your catering company how vendor meals are handled rather than just listing them in your total head count. Some places charge a discounted rate for the vendor meal. Our catering company also included 2 complimentary vendor meals for every hundred paid guests.
Post # 9
Definitely read your contract. It should be stated there. I would assume though that you should feed anyone that’s there for a long period of time. You wouldn’t want to work for hours w/o a lunch/dinner break would you?
On my photographers contract, it says we either have to feed them or give them 45 mins to run to get lunch. Personally I wouldn’t want to let them leave for 45 mins and miss out on some awesome pics/videos.
Post # 10
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
Like others have said, review your contract but ask them personally as well… my photographers were clearly there through dinner but have dietary restrictions (and are really healthy and just don’t generally like ‘catered’ food since they would eat it every weekend which I get!)… they preferred to bring their own meals which was fine. I just gave them a space in my bridal suite to relax and hang out. DJ usually works through dinner time so he can eat at his space.
Also, depending on your location, relationship with the officiant I think it’s really nice to offer espcially if they the ceremony/reception are at the same place.
Post # 11
We have to feed 2 photographers since we will have them for 8 hours. Our venue provides the DJ so his food will not come out of our budget.