Catering is a great way to earn a few hundred dollars in a short amount of time.


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Skills Required to Work as A Banquet Server:

  • Friendly attitude
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work on a team
  • Some serving experience
  • Promptness
  • Ability to stand on your feet for an extended periods of time

Benefits of Serving at Special Events:

  • The hours are nights and weekends, usually, so it won't interfere with a day job.
  • You can work as much as you want (to a certain extent - if you never work, you'll likely be dropped).
  • You are usually working weddings, which means people are generally in good spirits and wanting to celebrate. 
  • You can earn substantial tips

Typical Duties and Responsibilities of Catering Staff:

  • Set up and Clean UP-Taking orders
  • Serving meals
  • Refilling Drinks
  • Bussing tables
  • Serving alcohol (may have an age requirement)
  • Assisting in transition a room from eating to dancing

Drawbacks of Being a Banquet Server:

  • You will be on your feet a lot.
  • You have to wear formal apparel, which might stink if you are working outside on a hot day.
  • You will likely be required to have one year of serving experience before you can get started
  • You may run into very demanding clients
  • Not much time for breaks
  • You may end up working very late (into the early hours of the morning)

Other Things to Think About Before Working as a Wedding Waiter

  • Your appearance matters. If you have lots of tattoos or piercings, you might not get hired. You will be required to keep your uniform pressed.
  • You will be working with a team. Part of any gratuity will likely be split with your team members and the overall level size of the tip will depend on how well your team does as w hole. being able to keep everyone working together, on time, and friendly is a good skill. If you can motivate others, and enjoy working on a team, this may very well be a job for you.

Other Types of Event You Could Work:

  • Weddings - by far the most common event
  • Banquets - think award ceremonies, receptions for companies and nonprofits, galas and more
  • Graduations
  • Bat mitzvahs-and other religious celebrations
  • Quincianeros- and possibly other extreme birthday parties
  • Dances and balls - proms included!

Types of Companies that Hire Servers:

  • Hotels
  • Caterers
  • Wedding Planners
  • Restaurants
  • Sports Stadiums
  • Bars

Other Jobs To Consider:

If working weekends/weddings appeals to you, but you don't want to serve, consider the following occupations:

  • Freelance Wedding Photographer
  • Wedding Caterer
  • Cake Decorator/Baker
  • DJ
  • Bartender