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Location: Rochester, New York

asked May 16, 2013 in Guests and Etiquette by anastasia

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Yes! You can approach the situation by discussing it in your contract. Sometimes it is already in their contract. Then sometimes caterers will work with you to do special "vendor meals" that are discounted-- it depends on your caterer though.

answered May 16, 2013 by cindy
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Absolutely, you should feed your vendors so that they won't be starving while they work. It can be difficult trying to focus on taking pictures when your stomach is growling! Talk with your venue and/or caterer about the different options. I know my venue has a special room where the vendors can retreat and have some food.

answered May 16, 2013 by MsWhite
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Feeding your DJ or your other vendors is your choice. I do not put food into my contract but I know wedding DJs that have. I also know that many DJs take breaks and I do not. I hear these things from people at the events I am hired to do. In plated dinners, many caterers charge per plate and the events I do with a planned plated dinner usually end up with no food for me. A few plated dinner events have clients that are nice and order a plate for me and it's always a surprise because in my pre-event planning I never mention food and myself. Events with a buffet style meal usually end up with me getting something to eat but high end Wedding DJ etiquette rules that the DJ is the very last to go through the line. Everyone must have a chance to go through the line before a high end etiquette DJ, like me, will even think to get up and quickly get whatever is left. Even if I do get something from the buffet table for myself, I keep the music going at my DJ station. I do not consider getting the food nor eating the food at my station a break from my duties to pay attention to the bride and groom and their guests. If you see a DJ get food other than dead last, put them in the category of beginning DJ (a little tiny excuse) or bad DJ.

answered Aug 22, 2013 by DJ Dave(expert)
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It is considered to be good taste to feed your vendors. If you keep them fed and happy they will certainly work harder for you. Besides, after an 8 hr. day everyone needs a break. We work our tails off. Yes, we get tired. Yes we get hungry. It's very nice when we are appreciated. We think less of those who think less of us.

answered Sep 6, 2013 by chaswp