You know, all of those super talented people you've hired to document your day, play the perfect song to get everyone on their feet, and make sure *everything* runs as smoothly as possibly. The people you researched and religiously stalked their blogs to decide whether or not you liked their work. The professionals you anxiously waited to receive an e-mail from, letting you know whether or not they had your wedding date available. The ones who are really going to make your day exactly what you've always wanted to be.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
All of the bridal party, family and guests will have a chance to grab some grub, but when/where/how are our vendors, specifically those who are there 8+ hours, going to eat something?
So, the question is not so much what - we will include them in our head count for the catering - but when and where?
Deciding when they should eat was a little more difficult, because of course we want them to be photographing, filming, or being a part of everysinglemomentofthewholeentireday. But let's be real here, how exciting is Aunt Sue going to be while she's chomping on her fresh mixed greens salad?
Finally, where are you going to seat these important people? This is where my Google search (sort of) came in. Most folks said they either a) sat the vendors at a guest table, b) set up an alternate space/other room for the vendors to eat in, or c) gave them their own table to eat at, but kept them in the reception area with the guests.
I liked the idea of the vendors getting to eat in another room, because I feel like they would get to "relax" the most, i.e. set down their cameras, step away from the guests for a bit. However, our ballroom is not connected to any other rooms, and there's not really and secluded space they could be put in. I also worried that they might miss an unexpected moment because they were out of sight. Seating the vendors with some of the guests was something I really wanted to avoid, if at all possible. I just didn't feel like it would be a good experience for the vendors or the people we've invited to our wedding. That leaves us with the vendors having their own table in the reception ballroom. I was 100% okay with that IF we had enough space after we got all of the RSVP's back. Luckily, that seems to be the case, as we have had a good bit of people tell us they won't be able to make it (Boo!/Yay! - such is the contradiction that comes with planning a wedding).
BUT. (Of course you knew there had to be more.) Which table do we seat them at? The table in the corner, where their equipment can "hide" a little easier? Or the table closest to the edge where they have the most accessibility to get up if needed? These are the things that a bride-to-be must ponder. As of right now, I'm thinking not completely tucked away in the corner, but not in a super visible, million dollar view seat, either.
Are your vendors getting a quick dinner break at some point during the big day? Where are you going to seat them? And who thinks we could make a drinking game out of the number of times I said "vendors" in this post?