Post # 1
I’m trying to decide how to provide my vendors a place to eat at my reception. It is a buffet but I will be having assigned tables for our guests. Our venue does not have another designated area for eating. I asked the venue how most couples there choose to do this, and they told me just add them to the plate count and let them eat “wherever”.
The only question I have is, should I plan for an extra table without anyone assigned to it, in hopes the vendors sit themselves there? I am not planning on making escort cards or assigning seating to the vendors, I just want to make sure they have a table and a place to sit and eat.
The alternative to my idea I suppose would be not having an extra unassigned table and just letting them eat wherever they want.
What did everyone do for a buffet and their vendors meals?
Post # 3
@Snapdragon2804: If you’re assigning tables for all of your guests, and your venue does not have a designated area for vendors to eat, then you need to assign your vendors to a specific table or tables also. If you allow them to choose a seat wherever they want, they could be taking the seat of someone else who is assigned to that table.
I recently attended a wedding where my Darling Husband, who was the pastor/officiant, and I sat at a table with the photographer and two other couples. We very much enjoyed talking with the photographer as well as the others at our table.
Post # 4
If I read this right…
You ARE HAVING assigned seating for your Guests… Table Nos. (in the least)… if not all the way to place-cards
Organize a Vendors Table… decorate it the same etc. Just make it the designated spot for your Vendors. Don’t need place-cards for them… just inform them that it is “Table 11″… “Table XYZ” or “The Vendors Table”… whichever way of naming tables works for you.
The table can be the same size as your other tables… or not (not sure how many Vendors you’ll need to feed)
My first Wedding (circa 1980), I seem to recall we had… 2 Photographers, and a DJ, and set them up at a “4-Top Table”
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
And to follow up on the post by Brielle:
And as I am an Etiquette Snob…
It is ALWAYS proper Etiquette for a Wedding to Invite the Officiant & a Guest when it comes to a “family style” Wedding (ie not an Elopement).
(Cannot believe how many Brides don’t know this / do this)
AND the Officiant & their Guest are honoured attendees… and should be seated in a place of importance (lol, not at the Vendors’ Table)… preferably with family !!
If one is using a Head Table or Sweet Heart Table… the Officiant is usually seated with the Bride’s Parents (preference)… or the Groom’s Parents
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
@Brielle: Okay, cool. It didn’t even occur to me that although I would know which table was “extra” that they wouldn’t. Of course that makes sense. Should I make out escort cards for all of them or just tell them “there’s room for you at table __”
Idk if it makes a difference but for what it’s worth, we were planning on just assigning guests to certain tables, but not specific seats.
I certainly am hoping they choose to mingle with each other and the guests, as I want them to have an enjoyable evening as well. I just wasn’t sure how it usually happened.
Post # 7
@This Time Round: Perfect! Exactly what I was wondering. Thank you.
Post # 8
@Snapdragon2804: No, you do not need escort cards for your vendors (though you should have one for your officiant and his or her spouse/guest). Just let them know at which table they are to sit. I think @This Time Round: provided excellent guidance. 🙂