Post # 1
We’re hiring a waitstaff and bartending service since our venue is not a typical wedding venue and does not supply a staff.
The best priced servicing staff recommends one person for every 20 people for a servers. Since we’re having a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet with a wedding cake, they said we can get away with one server for every 35. So, if everyone attended (111), 3.7 servers! Ha, well, we were figuring three, but they said round up to four.
As for bartenders. We’re having two beers, a white and red wine, and soft drinks and water – open bar for four hours. The servicing staff recommends one bartender and a “floater” who would work between serving and bartending. Or, two full-time bartenders and at least four servers.
Does anyone have experience with this? Any ideas with these numbers? I think six people is exsessive for this.
Post # 3
I think 6 total sounds about right. You might be able to get away with 3 servers. An alternative is to do a buffet and only have people serving at certain food stations. You definitely want to have 2 bartenders
Post # 4
@imanw: No one is needed at our heavy hors d’oeuvers buffet. The servers won’t be at the “stations,” but would only be needed to remove empty platters and put fresh ones out.
I’m having a hard time with having two bartenders. I’ve only been to weddings that had one and had more guests then we’d be having.
Post # 5
Well in that case I could see you getting away with 2 or 3 servers. The reason I suggest 2 bartenders is that I have been to so many weddings with ridiculously long lines to the bar. It can be off putting to have to wait 15-20 minutes for a drink. It’s just something to keep in mind.
Post # 6
@BetterSherm: i’d go with 3 servers, 1 bartender and 1 floater. the floater is good for keeping the bar stocked with glasses, ice and product. this will keep the bartender available and won’t interrupt the bar service.