The first lesson is on feeding your vendors. It's unfortunate, but when I was planning my contract specifically required that you provide meals for me and my staff. I am not talking about a small sandwich and chips. I'm speaking of a nice hot meal and plenty of water or juice. I cannot stress to you enough that if you do not think about your vendor meals, the vendors will hurry through their duties so they can leave and eat a real meal. In other words, a well fed vendor is a happy vendor.
A few rules of thumb:
- Vendors working four consecutive hours or more should be served a HOT MEAL. Most vendor meals are at a reduced rate.
- Vendors should always be seated within earshot of the wedding festivities or they could miss the toasts, cake cutting or any other spontaneous happening that has been either moved up or removed from the timeline.
- Vendors should NEVER sit at tables in the room with the guests. Why? Because it's just tacky. That's right, I said it.
- Vendors should NEVER go through the buffet line with the guests. Once again...tacky. It's not that hard for the caterer to prepare platters and deliver it buffet style to the vendor area.
Good question. Let me explain how this works. Inform the caterer that you would like to add vendor meals to your banquet order or menu pricing. Be sure to ask the caterer or site to provide you with a cost, because as stated, vendor meals are often priced at a reduced rate.
Just remember, while it may cost you a few extra bucks, a happy, well fed vendor is more willing to work harder, longer and be less irritable. In the long run, it makes you the best bride ever!
Food for thought....when was the last time you worked 8 hours straight WITHOUT a break?