Post # 1
I am planning the reception right now, and I am confused about catering and tips. I am curious if and how tipping works if wedding servers are making $15/hour directly, and bartenders $25/hr. There is no pay cut to the catering company. We are having a buffet with 4 servers and 2 bartenders for 100 people. I don’t want to be cheap, but I do want to be prepared.
Post # 2
lucyco: Isn’t it in your contract?
Post # 3
I don’t think you can go wrong with the standard 18-20%
Post # 4
lucyco: I actually work for a catering company (as a server) that does weddings. I’m not sure what the policy is for the catering company that you are using but sometimes service charges are for the company itself or for the kitchen staff, not for the servers. Sometimes there is a gratuity percentage added to the bill that will go to the servers and/or catering personnel working the event. No matter what, any additional gratuity is appeciated, especially if it’s on top of an already included gratuity. You should check with the company regarding their policies. But in my opinion, if they do a great job and you are happy with their service some cash at the end of the night is greatly appreciated!! Especially, if they go above and beyond your expectations. I know I’m a little biased but I also know first hand what it’s like on the other side. I hope this helps.
Post # 5
Depends on where you live and whether that is considered a living wage or not. Or ask the company directly. Our caterer told us straight up that they are already charging me so that they could pay the employees well and nothing else is expected. Another company quoted me less bthe then had a minimum tip.