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Event Partners Working an Event: You Are Not a Guest. Top Reason To Not Be Referred Again

Rants / 05.23.20180 comments

Every event supplier working a wedding works incredibly hard, long hours.  In fact, most of us have put in more than a full day’s worth of hard, physical (and mentally-challenging)  work before the actual event event begins and guests arrive.   Further, depending on the service you are providing, your “break” time may be at a different time than when it is suitable for the main vendor meal break.  I  respect everyone’s vibe and the right to a well-deserved break and nourishment to provide the energy to keep going and doing the stellar job that they need to do.

That said, a wedding is a production.  It is about providing the client and their guests with the experience of a lifetime.  In order to create this magic, no matter how casual the event, there are certain professional standards that any wedding and event professional “gets” as necessary to create that backdrop of magic for the event experience, and those include:  professional attire (sorry, Birkenstocks may be comfortable for you, but don’t really set the tone even for the most “casual” of weddings, particularly when you are being paid to provide a service on one of the most important days of someone’s life);   not smoking in front of guests; not taking personal calls in front of guests; not taking a break in guest view when possible; not drinking from the bar (or at all)  – not even on a break; not eating your meal (or any food for that matter) in guest view when possible.

But the worst offender of all of these?  The event partner who  demands that their vendor meal be given at a distinct time completely at odds with the rest of the event and perhaps even before guests have eaten.  And if it is a buffet, asking to go through the buffet line before it’s open to guests is the height of poor taste and lack of professionalism.  If you don’t know these basics, you won’t be working with me.  And if I’ve “inherited” your service from the client (that is, they chose to hire you and not through me), and you do this, I will make sure you are not referred again and will let others know of your unprofessionalism.  

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