mac5155 wrote:photographer/dj meals - same meal as the wedding guest?
We are doing a buffet with fried chicken and roast beef and the sides and told ours they are welcome to enjoy the buffet after our guests have made their first pass through.
Not sure where they're gonna sit though.
As a former wedding photographer, I'd strongly encourage you to reconsider this. The photographer should get fed immediately after the bridal party, otherwise they're sitting around for an hour with nothing to do (who wants pics of their guests stuffing their faces?) and if you make them wait, by the time they do get fed, the bride and groom will be finished eating and ready to socialize (something the photographer will want to cover) so they either get to eat a fraction of their meal or not at all. At this point, they've probably been working for 6-8 hours without any break.
And please, please find them a place to sit. I always found it ridiculously rude to end up at the reception and find out that the bride and groom didn't have a seat for us. People don't believe it, but wedding photography is hard work. You're on your feet almost the entire day carrying equipment, etc. I must have shot at least 20 weddings where the bride and groom didn't take this into consideration and ended up standing for another 4 hours at the reception. It was back breaking. Almost as bad was being seated in another room and having to get up every 3 minutes to make sure I wasn't missing anything while I tried to pound down a meal like Kobayashi. That said, the photographer doesn't need to sit with your guests. A table in the corner was my preference.
Treat your photographer like a guest. They're with you virtually the entire day.