Organising a table for staff should not be up to you. Normally the venue has an area where they will seat photographers/djs etc, which is normally to the side or in a different room. Meal charges for these people should generally be less, as 95% of the time the meal is either just the main meal of a 3 course dinner, or a separate meal all together (eg a burger and chips).
You providing a meal for them is pretty much all you should have to organise(thats if you want to provide a meal, but theres nothing worse than working an 11 hour wedding and not getting something to eat as you dont get a break the entire time, and you can hardly pull out a sandwich in the middle of the reception room). Any table arrangement for them is not something you need to worry about
lol now im even more confused.
1. because we only have 4 staff we dont know there is no way we can put them on a separate table within the room.
2. service meals are cheaper ($65 from memory) which i can deal with but will have to contact **** hall about the dj meal- it wouldnt be fair to include a free dj but not the meal though?
3. i sorta feel mean seating them outside the actual even room- is this just me or does it feel a little cold?
4. i agree that putting them with guests would sort of give them the oportunity to bludge a bit but does this actually happen? im afraid now that if i do they will miss a vital moment etc
5. i dont so much mind about having empty seats cause there are 13 children under age 14 so there is always going to be heaps of chairs swapped and free etc because they are kids but im not wanting guests to be put out by the photographer getting up and down- has anyone had this happen to them?
1. Let the venue organise a table, often they will even go into the back of the venue and eat in the same room as the venue staff.
2. $65 seems like a lot of money to me, certainly for the amount of food I normally get. A 'free' DJ generally means they have an arrangement with a particular company and they add the price onto the cost of your package. Now, this also means that whichever DJ does your wedding should hopefully be familiar with the venue and that generally
means that the venue will provide them with a meal whether you pay for one or not. Though Id probably be a little upset (maybe unreasonably) if I saw the photographer getting something to eat when I didnt. On a similar note, you will probably find the the actual DJ whos working at your wedding is the least paid of any of the outside service providers there on the day, and sometimes the easiest way to get someone in that position to do a better than average job is to give them something to eat (just a thought).
3. I dont see an issue with it, they may not want the other guests to see them eating when they have been paid to work anyway. The only possible problem with them being outside is if you are looking for them and dont know where they are.
4. Ive never been seated with guests, but if I were that wouldnt make me want the 'bludge'. The staff that are like that will find a way to stuff around no matter where you sit them, trust me Ive seen a few.