Post # 1
It might be a silly question… but I’m trying to finalize my seating so I can let my vendors know the amount of people for sure tomorrow. Do I give my coordinator a seat at the reception? What about the owner of the venue that we’ve been working with? If they dont get a seat, are they just not going to eat? Or do you think they’d want to eat when they have a spare minute in the kitchen or something?
Post # 3
You can offer them a seat, but they will probably decline. Mine did. I was going to have a vendor table, but my planner told me that it probably wouldn’t get used because the vendors will just eat, if they have a minute in between things. If you are giving them a meal, they will probably grab it and hide somewhere to eat.
Post # 4
ok, because i only have 3 open seats & 2 are at my mom’s table lol. I’ll plan for them + extra people for the food & rentals anyway.
Do you think I should ask my coordinator? Or just assume she wont want a seat?
Post # 5
I was a DOC for a wedding and she provided a table for all the “vendors” It was me, the other wedding planner, her husband, the photographers, DJ and photobooth guy. All the people who worked at the building ate in the kitchen.
Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 6
@deebstation: As a courtesy, I would ask her, but you can probably assume that she will say that she doesn’t need a seat.
Post # 7
Your vendors don’t need seats, unless there is literally nowhere else in the venue where they can sit down to rest for a moment. Vendors usually eat separately from the guests. They also usually eat quickly, because they have a lot of running around and work to do.
Post # 8
Thanks Bees! Your comments have helped a lot, as always! 🙂
Post # 9
The only 2 vendors we had at the reception other than the catering manager of the restaurant were the photographer and the videographer. Now, since most people don’t like having their picture taken or being videotaped while eating, our catering manager helped us find a place for those vendors to eat while the guests were eating. It worked out well because fed vendors are happy vendors, but also so they were ready to go when the festivities started back up (they ate at the bar, nearby to where we were all seated so they could be closeby yet not feel awkward).
Just a thought – I’d definitely offer her a meal but she may request to eat it at the bar or something so she can pick at it.
Post # 10
Yes and it should be in the same room. Ask your caterer about vendor meals if you don’t want or can’t afford to serve the same thing to your vendors who also need to eat at that time. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot eat in the kitchen and should not be quarantined to the hallway or another room as though they are lowly servants. Treat them as you would want to be treated and they’ll be happy to do their jobs instead of begrudgingly.
Post # 11
most catering places won’t let them eat in the kitchen. i think it is a nice sentiment to give them their own table, even if they only use it for a few moments. breaks are nice!!!
Post # 12
Nope. She’ll probably be too busy to eat… Honestly if you can have a seat off in a corner somewhere she will probably appreciate that the most (I usually do!)
Post # 13
I had the same question but now i’ve gotten my answers. Thanks for posting, this really helped me out.
Post # 14
If your coordinator has time to sit and mingle then you need a different coordinator..