In the past week, I’ve seen a new trend talked up on two different wedding reality shows. On both Rich Bride, Poor Bride and Whose Wedding is it, Anyway? couples have been advised to get and have chosen to hire living tables.
What’s a living (or strolling) table? Well, it’s a person who dresses up in a costume and stands inside a hole in a table on casters decorated to match the costume. The table is then set with a selection of hors d’oeuvres, or desserts that guests can help themselves to as the table wanders through your reception or party.
Here’s what it looks like:
There’s also a head-only version that pops up and says sassy things to your guests:
I don’t know about you guys, but I find this concept a bit on the creepy side. I can’t help thinking it combines the worst aspects of costumed mascots and living statues or mimes…but then I’ve never liked any of those things. Your mileage may well vary.
And while I know it’s an honest job for people who need one – and some of them no doubt really enjoy the work – I can’t help being reminded of things like nobles using their servants as living chess pieces and feeling oddly uncomfortable with the whole thing.
Most of all, I can’t get past my personal prejudice that furniture should not move under its own power and food shouldn’t talk back.
So that’s my stand. Don’t want. Would really prefer not to see or deal with up close and personal. But I’m curious about how all of you feel. Do you think it’s cool and fun? Kinda creepy? No problem but no interest? You tell me.