Q. Do you eat at weddings? If so, what do you eat? And when?
A. YES! We always eat! Or at least, 99 percent of the time we do.
Usually we eat lunch before we arrive, but after 5-6 hours on our feet carrying heavy gear and running around, we are normally ready for some food! We aren’t picky about what we eat at all! Nine times out of ten, we are treated to whatever the guests are eating, whether that’s a place at the buffet, or a plated dinner. We are always so appreciate of this. At most weddings, by the time it’s eating time, I could eat ANYTHING set in front of me, but a hot meal is always such a welcome treat! When couples have a buffet, we usually try to join the line after the bridal party. When the dinner is plated, we ask our couples to ask their caterers to serve us early, after the bride and groom.
We normally try to eat when the bride and groom eat. Why? Not because we think we’re special, or that we think we should eat first, but because for the sake of practicality, it makes the most sense. We don’t photograph people while they are eating (those are never flattering photos, am I right??) so this works out best timing wise. We’ve worked with caterers in the past who prefer to feed all of the vendors last, and while I can understand where they’re coming from with that, I also know that if I don’t get food until the last guest has been served, I probably won’t get a chance to eat at all (sadly, I know this from past experiences). By the time the last guest has been served usually the dinner portion of the evening is starting to wrap up. Lots of couples choose to go from table to table visiting their guests at this time, and we’ll take the opportunity to shoot some candid images of them. Or other times the first dance or the toasts happen while guests are still eating, and obviously we are going to want to shoot those.
John and I are so lucky to have had so many amazing clients who treat us like friends rather than hired help. So many of our couples and their family members have been kind enough to not only make sure we ate, but to come up to us to see if we need anything, and if we’re okay, and even offer us cake or pie, or encourage us to take home favors! 🙂 We’re so grateful to work with such kind people…and to get to fill our tummies with delicious meals while we work!
I hope this post was at least a little bit helpful…I’m writing some more FAQ posts answering a few questions we get quite a bit….I’ll be sharing them soon!