Wedding & Event Etiquette Tips: Volume 1
There are a lot of questions to be answered in this domain... And so, we are starting with one for the couple regarding vendors, and one for anyone who might use a napkin when dining.
QUESTION: Why would a vendor ask for a meal or snack to be provided during my reception an event?
RESPONSE: The short answer is the human body needs fuel. Check your contract to see what a vendor is requesting in terms of food and water during your event. Vendors are working the entire time they are on-site, providing water and food keeps energy levels high and quality of services won't suffer because of tired staff. Vendors do not expect a $75 per plate meal, often times the caterer can prepare "vendor snacks" so that your photographer, coordinator, DJ, and others may grab a bite here and there and keep running to make your day the best it can be. You could even prepare a vendor snack plate or box and alert those working for your where the food is located.
2. QUESTION: How exactly am I to place my napkin when I am going to the buffet or leaving the table and plan to return?
RESPONSE: This is one of the most common questions that goes unasked and guests find themselves secretly looking to other guests for guidance. We've attached a blog link below, yet here's the short version: If you are returning, place your napkin neatly on your chair seat and slide in the chair. If you have finished your meal, place your napkin neatly to the left of your plate. Boom! No more secret glances.