Post # 1
So, I found this great place that would probably allow me to have a bigger wedding. However, on the bottom of the pricing info, I saw that it said, subject to 6.75% state sales tax and 18% administrative fee! 18%????? (note: this is not gratuity)
So we would have to pay 6% sales tax, 18% admin fee, and at least a 15% gratuity on food and beverage. Is this right…do all places have this fee?
Post # 3
Wow – that’s terrible! No, the venue we are 99.9% sure we are going with, has 6.5% state sales tax and a ridiculously high 24% gratuity rate. No administrative or other fees (our gratuity also keeps the bartenders from putting tip cups on the bar which is good – I think that looks tacky at a wedding when we are already tipping them). I would talk to your venue about what exactly that ‘admin’ fee is for. If they can’t tell you or it doesn’t make sense, tell them they can take it out of the grauity because that’s what it sounds like it is – just more gratuity with a different name.
Post # 4
ok…so I assume I should go talk to them and see what this fee is about…but if its legit…then we probably should go with them
Post # 5
It might be a good idea to try and negotiate that percent to be less. If they don’t budge, you might ask that they add some extra things for example another hour at the venue.
Post # 6
I think it is a MA thing. My venue has the same 18% charge along with tax and gratuity. I think every location that I looked at had the admin charge (I am not sure what it is for either!) My parents also had to pay it when my sister got married 3 years ago.
Post # 7
Before my venue search, I did read about how to go about it in articles, forums, and magazines, I did read about additional fees that they’d stack on to the rental fee and that brides are supposed to watch out for them, and it seemed like commonl practice, but just be aware of it. I did see some venues that charge the administrative fee, but fortunately, my venue doesn’t.
Post # 8
I’ve never heard of that, I hate it when you get nickle and dimed to death!
Post # 9
I never heard of that either, maybe you should clarify if that goes to a provided DOC or something