Gratuities for caterer?

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
4576 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@TrousseauHorse:  I think his approach is pretty tacky but yes, he’s asking for a gratuity.

As a former server, bartender and employee working with catering, tipping is NOT expected (in my experience) for catered jobs. Any employees working with the caterer would be recieving and hourly wage.

ETA: is this plated? are you having servers or a buffet? those factors make a difference.


Post # 4
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The 18% would have been normal.  Ours is 21% but it’s only on the service provided, the wait staff and cooks.  Could you break it down and figure out what that would be?  It’s nice they waived it so you could get away with doing less.  I would recommend to see how it turns out and base your percentage of how you thought they did.

Post # 6
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think you tip on food and service charges, whatever those components are, but not stuff like rentals.

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