Do we have to feed the photographer or will he sort his self out as he is there all day right up to first dance.
Hi I don't know about that either :)
I always thought you fed them, and anyone else like bands too. I don't think you're expected to give them the same meal as your guests but you could ask your venue to give him a small meal that he could eat somewhere. :)
Check the contract. Ours states that if they're there for over 5 hours then you need to provide a meal, but generally it's not the same 3 course meal as the rest of the guests. Well probably just give them the main course from the wedding breakfast. If in doubt ask them :-)
Always courteous to provide then with a meal. They are helping in capturing your entire wedding day!
I'd absolutely feed them, they will have a very long and tiring day so it's only right imo regardless of protocol. Best of luck for your special day x
We did full meal as had a couple spare places from our deal but they sat separately - our venue offered a sandwich option which was cheaper if I wanted it. I would check with the venue if they can do something cheaper than the full meal. I think it is only fair to offer something it's a long day and the only chance for a break.
TBH I always would, it's a bit unfair to make him starve lolx
Paula Murphy do u need to feed ur photographer and band? Xx
Ours says we need to provide a meal upon asking him he says he will have one but will sit away from the wedding breakfast as he likes to upload photos to a back up device so they are safe
We had to feed ours she was there 8 hours and contract stated would require a meal.
Ask them some have it in contract however ours didn't want one as he used that time as a break had his own lunch etc
I offered mine a full three course and he said just sandwedges which I had sorted at the bar for when he requested, sandwedges chips and a drink
I am feeding mine. He's a friend anyway so I'd feel mean leaving him to fend for himself! I've also sat him with the few people he knows.
I'm also going to make sure my venue staff get bacon/sausage butties in the evening too...as someone who works in hospitality I know the struggle is real if you can't get a break!
We did, although it was optional. There were two and they went off to the restaurant in our hotel and ate after our speeches. They had a little break and a small token to say thank you xx
It may be in his contract/agreement or if not I'd double check with him - he is there for a long time to have no food
We are feeding our photographer as she is gonna be with us from 9am till the first dance 😁
Our photographer was with us from 11am-11pm. We gave him a search at one of our tables and the venue paid for his afternoon tea.. We also told him to help himself at the food on the night too x
Unless they have it in a contract & you agree , you have no obligation to feed them. Please remember YOU have EMPLOYED them to do a job for you, I notice people say 'oh but they have a long day' so do builders if you employ them would you provide them with a full meal? Anyone you employ is more than capable of bring food for themselves ..... you are am employer
We paid for two extra meals and they ate separately as there was no space with everyone else.
A friend of mine had a low key wedding with just hot buffet. Her band were told to have some food but cheeky buggers went upstairs to restaurant and ordered big steak meals and charged it to her.
I will pay for a meal and a glass of prosecco for the photographer the same as all my guests. They're there throughout your whole day so it's just courtesy to provide them with the same as the guests.
We fed ours as it was part of our contract. We chose to have them eat the same meal as our guests as they were there for the entire day. They were also very friendly and got on with everyone. Unless stated you have absolutely no obligation to feed them.
Ours did request a meal as he was there all day and evening!
As a wedding photographer myself, it is always great to be fed. We are normally there for 12 hours , and if you have to leave food in the car until there's a chance to eat (normally when everyone else eats) sandwiches etc can go a bit funny after sitting in the heat for that long. Some venues also won't allow outside food to be brought in
If he is staying for duration of reception and evening do . Would ask if they would would line feeding
I would feed them. Not like people want photos of them stuffing their faces.
We covered a wedding and got a sit down meal with the guests. Cameras at hand
I'm making sure mines fed.
We gave our photographers places at a table and included them in final number for lunch and dinner (it was a picnic style lunch rather than a 3 course though). I think it is only fair to give them a 'lunch break' as such, as others have said it is a long day and you would expect a lunch break working that long! I know our photographers really appreciated it :)
I've always been taught that you look after your "work men and they'll look after you" i.e. tea, bacon sarnies etc. I would feed them regardless of the contract, they appreciate it and possibly go that extra mile for you with photos 😊
We fed ours.He was there for 13 hours.He didn't want starter or dessert but had same main as the guests.We had an hour turn around time to change room over,so he ate then.I would deffo feed them.They are with you a lot longer than some of your guests
Our photographer and videographer asked if we could in our first meeting. We told out venue and the venue said they are having the same meal as us but at a cheaper price because they are a supplier. It's common courtesy to feed them and hopefully your venue will charge them at a lower price too
Regardless of contracts etc, I feel like its a nice thing to do and there's nothing wrong with keeping your photographer happy!
We fed our photographers...I have no idea whether it was in a contract or not but we made sure they were fed and watered
Our photographer went off whilst we sat and ate his choice... he then come back for the evening so was gone a good two hours. Ask photographer and venue no two people/place is the same.
We made arrangements for ours to be fed the same as our guests- he buggered off not eating the food which we had paid for- even though he had put it the contract- then we got the worse photos ever!
I don't know why but it doesn't sit well with me that some have it in their contract that they require a meal. I know they're there for 10 hours at times but my husband works 12 hour shifts and doesn't get fed. They know how long they will be there for so why can't they bring their own lunch? I'm not harsh I fed our photographer but that was our choice we had spare places but it wasn't in the contract x
I only had my photographer for formal post ceremony shoot so no need to feed. For the evening I put throw away cameras on tables and they did an amazing job of capturing fun and natural photos and I loved looking through them when developed.
You generally feed them weather it's bar food or full 3 course meal
We are having a small meal of 30 people at one table and was worried about having him randomly sitting there with no one to talk too - but we just straight up asked him if he would like a meal l, said it would be no problem but he said he was absolutely fine, he said it's actually a great time for him to get some shots of the venue and decide what he is going to do next! So just ask, there's no harm . Xx
Mine will be fed and have a table with a few of my friends who are also photographers. That way i know they won't be short on conversation topics.
We're feeding ours yes
I would and same as my dj I would offer them food just out of politeness I wouldn't expect them to be there all day without food.
Ours do not expect to be fed. We've offered them food but they have said thank you but they will be fine. I organise events on a daily basis. Not all expect to be fed but it's always good to check and offer anyway.
Some photographers, and other suppliers, will ask that you provide a meal for them. Like us, a lot of wedding venues will have a 'suppliers meal' that can be offered. It's always worth checking with your suppliers as to whether they're expecting to have food provided for them or not. - Kirsty, Wedding & Events Coordinator
Yea we fed ours set them a place at a table photographer videographers etc
We provided a meal for our photographer, videographers and band. Although it was only in the contract for the photographer and videographer we would have offered them something anyway, it's an immensely long day without real breaks and as others have said, wedding venues are often in the middle of nowhere so it's hard to pop out for something. Yes they could bring a sandwich but I'm not sure I'd want to work a 14 hour day on just a butty! We didn't give them the wedding breakfast, nor did they expect it, but the venue did soup and hot sandwiches for them all. That was our choice and there's no right or wrong way of doing it but I'd advise checking the contracts and discussing with your suppliers x
Check with your venue when you book. I was unsure of this but my venue told me they always put 2 plates by for photographers which is included in the price and if I need any more I will charged half price for them. Always worth asking... if you don't ask, you don't get :)
Good photographer, your paying good money. Feed them, not a three course meal, just a meal / a plate of food. Even better photos.
I fed mine. I offered him a place at one of our tables as well as we knew him before hand but he chose to go to the bar. We gave him a 3 meal the same as everyone else and treated him like every other guest at our wedding x
I didn't check but my photographers were with us from about 7am & I wouldn't dream of leaving anybody out (that's just how we are). We had bacon butties in the morning which mum ordered in & I automatically included my photographer, hairdresser & make up artist. Same with a party platter style lunch as it was an afternoon wedding. I then told both photographers beforehand to help themselves to food on the day as we opted for a hot buffet (due to personal reasons). If I'd had a 3 course sit down meal, I would have also included them. But check, they might feed themselves or the venue can put them something together. xx
I used to work for a catering company. They had it written into the contract that we would feed the photographer at a extra cost. But it could be removed if you didn't want to. If you don't want to feed the photographer make sure they know. We had a guy come and ask us for his food which we didn't have, because the couple removed it from the contract. He wasn't happy. He was stuck in a very rural area with no food. He approached the couple during the meal who then said that they would feed him the main course and let him sit at the end of the top table.
Be rude not to, give him the choice.
I was wondering that to. But mine was the piper and the minister.
We are having a BBQ so it will be a come and get your own and then a Buffet later so there should be some spare. Usually Venus offer a buffet later in the evening as an option so this may be an idea?
We fed ours.... you're best asking them! Ours had a main meal when we sat down to ours! I assume all day and into the evening then yes as it's not nice for them to go hungry!
I would ask them, when my bff got married 2yrs ago her photographer said yeah but they didnt end up having anything. My personal view would offer them something anyway