Saturday night I worked yet another wedding. This time I was able to follow the banquet manager the entire time, so I was able to see what to do from start to finish of an event. When I got there I helped Daniella, the event coordinator, set up the bridal room. Before every event, we stock the mini fridge with bottles of water for the bridal party and put out chilled champagne and champagne glasses. We also have to put out chilled water bottles in the lobby or study for the groom and groomsmen. After I set all that stuff up, I had to organize the place cards. Usually we request that the bride give us the place cards already in alphabetical order, but this time they weren’t. Therefore, I had to go through the whole stack of place cards and put them in alphabetical order. Seems like an easy task, but they were done in calligraphy so I couldn’t even figure out what some of the letters were, so I had to use the printed guest lists to figure out their names and put them in order. Then I placed them all in One Atlantic’s sand boxes for display. There were no favors to set up for this wedding, instead the couple decided to make a donation to the American Heart Association in honor of the bride’s father and the groom’s grandmother. During the ceremony, the bride had her father’s fedora with a red rose placed on what would’ve been his seat. She also honored him with a charm on her bouquet and had part of one of his shirts sewn into her dress. After I was finished with all of the set up, I was able to follow Paul for the remainder of the night. I shadowed him during the server meeting. This meeting is held at the beginning of their shift. During it, Paul goes over the timeline of the event, the menu, guests with allergies or special needs, and any new changes One Atlantic may have. Specifically this week there were two new items to be discussed. The first one is that anybody under the age of 21 is not allowed to drink from glass. This helps everyone know who is and is not of drinking age, as well as stop any hazards associated with glass wear. The second new thing was that we were going to try to stop people from taking drinks onto the dance floor with them during the night, because glasses are often dropped or drinks spilled, which also causes hazards. Later in the night we realized that its impossible to stop everyone, so we just supervised and made sure nobody was dancing out of control with drinks. Daniella, Paul, and I were placing bets on which girl was going to drop her drink first. The bride and groom wanted their reception to be like HQ and they were pretty close. There was a lot of crazy dancing and fist pumping! This couple had hired a Photo Booth for their wedding. The guy operating it asked Kelsey, the other intern, and I if we wanted to be his test strip before the party started using it so we got to go in the Photo Booth and get a photo strip to take with us! For the rest of the night, I followed Paul, and saw how he managed the timeline and the food. The toasts went much longer than anticipated so it messed up the rest of the timeline, so we had to move things around and arrange them so that we could get back on track. The timeline is very important for the DJ, the banquet manager, and the kitchen, and they all need to make sure they are on the same page. Another thing that the banquet manager does is make sure the bride and groom actually sit down and eat. You would not believe how much you have to hound the couple to eat. They are usually so busy talking to people and making their rounds that often they don’t get to eat their own wedding food! Its really important that they get to eat, especially when they’ve been drinking all night like this couple. This bridal party was a rowdy one! They LOVED the open bar, but I thought they were great! They were all really nice and fun. The bride was so beautiful and not just because she had her hair and makeup done for her day, but you could tell how truly happy she was and that made her that much more beautiful.
On a side note, before introductions the groom’s grandmother walked up to me and asked, “Is it true that Snooki got married here or is getting married here?” I thought this was the funniest thing I’ve heard. Not only did the grandmother know who Snooki was but the fact that this rumor was floating around was hilarious. So I just kinda laughed it off and was like “No, not to my knowledge”. Later on I tell Daniella about this hilarious exchange, and she informed me that Snooki and JWoww filmed an episode for season 3 at One Atlantic. It was Daniella’s 2nd day at work and they were there filming an episode like they were venue shopping! Daniella said since it was her 2nd day, she barely knew anything about the company yet and was so nervous during the filming. So obviously I had to come home and search for the episode and watch that part. After finding this all out, it made a lot more sense that the grandmother was asking me that question. Here’s the link if you want to check it out! (Minute 2:00)