Many vendors will request meals as part of their contracts. Therefore, it’s important to allocate and slot-in the RIGHT time for those meals to be served, in order to keep a continuous / efficient flow of the reception.
We often see catering staff serving their own meals, as well as all other vendor meals, at the END of the dinner service. Having completed their duties for the night, this makes perfect sense for the catering staff. However, it leaves all other vendors getting served their meals when you’re already finished with your own and ready to get the dancing started.
Our recommendation and best-practice is to have the Photo / Video / Entertainers served at the mid-point of your dinner service. This allows your vendors who have work through the end of the reception, to eat at the same time as you — and most importantly, to get the party started when you’re ready!
Another way to look at the above is:
Would you rather be waiting for your vendors, or have them waiting on you to start the party? ;)