Weddings are an intricate tapestry of traditions, emotions, and logistics. As the bride and groom, you’re likely dealing with myriad details, from the perfect wedding seating plan to the guest list. One often debated detail is: “Should we feed our wedding photographer?”
The question isn’t as straightforward as it might seem. For many couples, it’s a gesture of gratitude, while for others, it’s a matter of practicality. After all, a well-fed photographer might have more energy for those after-dinner dance shots. But, should it be an obligation?
When Professionalism Meets Etiquette
At Mike Lister Photography, our stance is simple yet rooted in professionalism and respect. No, we don’t insist on being fed. Just like you wouldn’t typically offer a meal to a plumber or builder working at your home, we don’t come to a wedding expecting a gourmet meal.
Yet, weddings are unique. They’re longer than most professional engagements and often span meal times. If a venue offers a meal out of courtesy, it would be discourteous to decline a hot plate in favour of our sandwich and crisps.
Other Photographers’ Meal Expectations
It’s worth noting that practices vary in the industry. Some photographers explicitly mention meal requirements in their contracts. This is akin to discussing the costs associated with wedding photography. However, Mike Lister Photography has always prioritised the comfort and ease of our clients. It doesn’t sit right with us to obligate a meal in contractual terms.
Communicating with Your Vendors
It’s always a good practice to check in with your wedding vendors about their meal preferences. Not just with photographers, but also when you’re choosing your wedding venue or even discussing plans with a wedding planner. Always ensure you’re on the same page, so there are no surprises on the big day.
Weddings are as personal as they come. The decision to feed your wedding photographer should come from a place of comfort, not obligation. As you plan your wedding and invite your guests, remember that it’s all about mutual respect and understanding. Whether you’re offering a plate of food or a quick snack, it’s the gesture that counts.