My very first job was at a catering hall. I worked on and off there for almost 7 years. I spent my weekends going to weddings, sweet 16’s, engagement parties, awards dinners, and business meetings. I did this while most people my age were going out drinking and partying. I worked two 17 hour shifts a weekend plus 2 week nights. This on top of extracurricular activities and homework.
I hated this job so much. Mostly because of the people I had to deal with.
I have some tips for the general public.
- Be respectful. You have a job and people treat you well. This is our job treat us well!
- Say please and thank you. You may think that goes with respect. However, not all people think that way.
- Please tip waitstaff. You tip if you go to a restaurant like applebees or if you get a drink at a bar…why wouldn’t you tip at a wedding? Waitstaff still brings you food and drinks….If you are at a sweet 16 or a wedding please take care of the people who are running your food and drinks. Chances are they do not see a penny of the tips that are “included in the price” that the bride and groom pay per plate.
- Be on time to whatever party you are going to. If you show up 25 minutes after dinner service do not expect to get a warm dinner or dinner at all. If you show up and don’t give an order find a waiter and ask to place an order!
- DO NOT TOUCH WAITSTAFF!! If they have something in their hands chances are they should not be messed with! Grabbing a waitress to dance while they are serving salad is UNACCEPTABLE. In some cases we can get fired for something like that.
- As much as you may think it helps do not put your plates,glasses, trash on a waiters tray as they are packing it or walking by. Chances are there is a very delicate balance on that tray that you will ruin.
- Smile and have fun. If our tables are happy we can be happy.
These may be very biased. They may not even be true everywhere but please take these tips into consideration!