During wedding preparations as couples make the reservations for the services of a photographer, once in a while there comes a question that has been a dilemma for some couples who were planning their weddings, and it is all about the matter of providing food for the wedding photographer.
First things first
First things first, let’s get one thing perfectly clear here. It is but proper for the photographer to given something to eat in the course of the coverage he will be doing for the wedding. After all, the photographer will be spending about 12 hours or more covering the wedding. Without some sustenance, the photographer would not be able to do the job as well as we would expect him to do. This also creates a feeling of mistrust and animosity in some cases between the photographer and the client couple for such inhumane treatment.
Fortunately, that part is something that is very rarely argued upon. However, things get a bit trickier when it comes to the arrangements as to how they would eat. This is something we will touching on in the following parts of this article.
Where to eat
Depending on the arrangement, the photographer could take his meal at the guest table along with the other wedding guests or take it at a separate area, usually along with other vendors and personnel like the band members, the DJ, among others.
Speaking of the arrangement, some photographers have certain preferences as they may prefer being at the guest table. In any case, one should check with the photographer if there are such preferences in place and if there are, it should be specified in the contract you will have with them.
In some cases, the reception venue has already a separate area assigned for photographers and other vendors where they could eat. So it’s best to coordinate with the venue as to whether they have such areas set up.
The food to be served
Then there is also the question of the food to serve the photographer as well as the other vendors. Would they be served the same meal as the guests would have or would they be given a different meal? This would depend on your caterer or the with the reception venue, whoever will be providing the food at the reception.
Some photographers may specify that they prefer to be served the same meal as the guests. If so, make sure that clause is included in the contract and, more importantly, the costs for their food would be taken into consideration.
Also, try to check with the caterer or the reception venue, whatever the case may be, if they offer vendor meals to be served to the photographers and the other wedding vendors. Vendor meals may or may not be the same as the food the guests may be having at the reception, but they cost less compared to the average price per plate the couple may spend for the food of the wedding guests.
The bottomline: regardless of the food that will be served to the photographer, whether it is same as with the guests or not, you have to make sure the food that will be served is enough to be satisfying and ease away the hunger he may be feeling after hours of wedding coverage he has done at that point.
There are many factors to consider: the photographer’s preferences, the preferences of the caterer or the venue, as well as the budget concerns. But these factors should not impede you from providing food to your photographer. In fact, these factors should rather help you make a sound decision as to how you will be able to do that humane and proper gesture.
Photographers are important people in the wedding. And it is proper that they would be given the respect and kindness that is due to them. And with the hard work they will be doing covering the wedding and making sure it is covered well, the photographer deserves not only to be fed but to be fed well enough for him to get through the day doing his job right.