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Feeding your photographer?? Maybe a question for past brides....

We have Todd B&W booked for 6 hours, he will be spending an hour at our reception. Do we include him in our numbers as a guest when we confim with Maggiano's or will he be able to just grab a plate and some food if he wants it.

I'm sure he'd appreciate something to eat after the long day, but on the other hand, I can't imagine he'll want to sit down for all four courses with us so I wouldn't want to pay another $92 if he's just going to have a few of the hors d'oeuvres and then leave.

What did everyone else do?

Re: Feeding your photographer?? Maybe a question for past brides....

  • kikibabykikibaby member
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    edited December 2011
    It's generally accepted that you will feed the photographer if they're going to be at your reception.
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  • aerinpegadrakaerinpegadrak member
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    edited December 2011
    Ask Maggiano's if they offer a vendor meal.  He's probably not going to want a full four-course meal, but I'm sure he'd appreciate a sandwich or something.  Bottom line, if he's about to pass out from hunger, he's not going to deliver the quality you're paying for.
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  • edited December 2011
    I would give my Photographer anyhting he wanted!  I want goo photos he gets good food! Period.  If it costs me 93 more dollars so be it.


  • edited December 2011
    Its actually in our photographers contract that we feed him!  But, who wants a hungry person taking your pictures.  Also, who wants pictures of them eating?
  • edited December 2011
    We had Todd for our wedding (8 hours) and had our reception at Maggiano's.  Maggiano's does offer a vendor meal for a reduced price so that is an option.  Todd had a place setting at a table and we fed him, along with our DJ.  But he was at our reception for more than 3 hours.  Because he is only going to be there for 1 hour, I might ask him about the meal just in case.  Normally, I would definitely say to provide a meal, but ask in case he feels obligated to stay longer at the reception since he is only there for an hour and will have a meal.
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  • mayanutmayanut member
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    edited December 2011
    Go for the vendor meal.  They usually provide something easier and quicker to eat.  I've heard from many brides that had B&W, that he often never has time to eat.  So I think he'd appreciate something quick.
  • edited December 2011
    I am feeding my photog she will be with us ALL day long :)
  • edited December 2011
    We had Todd for 8 hours and fed him. As it is, he only took a quick break, but if he hadn't had dinner, it would have been a really long, exhausting day with no food.
  • RachNRichRachNRich member
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    edited December 2011
    We'll have Todd for 8 hours, so we've added him to our guest list count for Maggiano's. I really just want him to be comfortable after being with us for so long!
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  • edited December 2011
    With the vendor meal, Todd can eat the same meal as the guests, it's just at a discounted price because they figure he probably won't eat as much.  We had him assigned to a table with a place setting, just like a guest.  Of course he ate quickly and was back snapping pictures, but he really appreciated that we included him and fed him.  He made it a point to thank us for the meal and actually stuck around longer than the 8 hours that he was scheduled. 
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  • Ray_RayRay_Ray member
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    edited December 2011
    We didn't have a sit down meal but I included Todd in the numbers for food and drink and I made sure he had something to eat when we did. I also kept telling him to get a drink from the bar. He seemed grateful to be fed and watered but, like others have said, it didn't even cross my mind not to feed him. If I were working my arse off for 8 hours with a rumbling tummy I'd be pretty annoyed!
  • ClaireS80ClaireS80 member
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    edited December 2011
    Great, I'll ask about the vendor meal. Thanks everyone.
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